Note:-Updated as of 3/12/21
No pack, so the bow gets dropped.
Cord hammock dropped as Para-sheet hammock roll found cheaper, lighter, and less bulky.
So, the weight of vest (plus pouch belt and IFK) is close to 10 kg, 22lb.Which is going to be heavy for me but should be OK for most.
Remembering that you should not carry more than a 1/4 of your body weight, I weigh 165 lb, 75 kg, so my MAXIMUM carry weight should be something around 19 kg. (ROTFL)
Now the why.
When I looked back at my original bag list, dated 1985, it weighed in at a back breaking 31 kg, 68 lbs. How the hell I managed to lift that amazes me except I was 29 (ish), weighed in at 154 lb, 70 kg and, although I was a bit knackered, I was walking without sticks.
Back then it was all about being totally self sufficient come a bug out. So most bags were basically I.N.C.H, i.e. I’m Never Coming Home Bag.
The futility of carrying so much gear dogged me for many years. Something aching knees and just about everything else, plus getting older will do.
Then, nine years ago, I was watching an ‘shortie’ post apocalyptic film with the light bulb moment script; “Wanna know the funny thing about the end of the world? It’ll still be there afterwards”.
After talking in depth to a few also knackered preppers and survivalists, quite a few friends also cottoned onto the simple logic. Carry only what is essential and forage for the rest. After all most of us had no intention of bugging out into the wilderness (as in the UK there isn’t a lot of that) so prepping for every eventuality wasn’t appropriate.
We also discussed the basic immediate actions for most CBRN events which all call for getting into good insulated, sealed cover. Something that a debris hut or sheet tent was never designed to cope with. With that in mind, the focus changed from carrying full NBC gear to how to get out of “The Rain” quickly.
As a result my loadout reduced dramatically in weight, complexity, and BULK.
Over the years, I have constantly reviewed how ‘we as a couple’ move around in our daily lives in terms of what other people see aka The Grey Man Defense / Persona. Especially over the last year or so, as things are drifting towards a more disordered violent society. More so in the larger townships and cities.
The why is unimportant, it’s happening, and the more sensible preppers and survivalists are all re-thinking their daily routines and approach to being out and about.
The heightened sense of awareness (we now living in Jeff Coopers “Yellow level”), PLUS the ever scary Covid-19 situation, has increased our social distancing and overall wariness of everyone and everything that is going on around us.
Which is difficult as we’re quite social animals (only now wearing FFP3 masks) with ‘them like us’ i.e. the little people in life.
We live our lives purposely making some friendships (which the ex-spurts call networking), and it has been proven ‘advantageous’ in all sorts of ways. As a result, some of the people we know (who polite society would cross the road to avoid) see us as no threat to a point where they freely assist us more readily than others.
Would they do the same if the chips were down?
That’s an unknown but, as a matter of course, we always dress down, wearing the same beaten out work jackets the whole year around, looking, acting (body language), speaking ‘street’, and as if we’ve not got a penny spare between us.
In short, is it going to be worth them rolling us? Na.
Would we appear as a person of interest by law enforcement? Na.
And on that happy note, this post ends.