I hear you there. Posts are going fine then someone drops in and loses their crap abotu what someone says they want to pack in their bug out bag. I think with the level of moderation and oversight we have here we could avoid that pretty easy.
Exactly the stuff I'd love to hear more about.
CF wise I think the average army cadet has more survival training than the average CF member.
Good post and fair points NS.
I think a forum dedicated to this stuff specifically might present a better environment (read more constructive) for people to post prepping/SHTF/survival posts. If you build it they will come sorta thing ;D
I'd say it's worth a try to see if it generates traffic and interest.
Agreed. It's surprisingly interesting to see how wicked those/these threads go off the rails. I'd recommend a no politics for sure. Maybe a couple other caveats.
I'm in Petawawa and it seems like we lose power here ever year during the summer, whether a couple days or a
tornado microburst comes through and its for a week+. For a bunch of rednecks I'm surprised at how unprepared people still are 'round these parts.
I think if crap really hit the fan we would call in troops from outside areas due to what seems to happen in the US where local law enforcement and military basically say screw that noise and go to check on their family and support them (can't really blame them). Lots of fun fantasies about bugging out and what to put in a backpack and live off the land but I'd say chances are you're going to end up bugging in and there isn't as much literature on that.
WRT apps and links and stuff, for example National geographic just launched a free website for printing topographical maps. I've printed some and they're pretty sweet.
I tend to agree although that was not always the case, I remember time spent with 2PPCLI in Northern Ontario, in the mountains with 1PPCLI, on the West Coast Trail with the Infantry School, it was called adventure training and it could be fun and training. Deep water crossings with air mattress raft, ice fishing with string and paper clips, making shares and skinning rabbits for stew, eating seal raw or collecting shell fish on the West Coast shore for a meal (the IMPs or IRPs then were for emergency only), canoeing across 8 lakes to sleep on a little island where the stars almost reach down and touch you. No budget for that now.
Most survival threads go off the rails when some urbanite comes in and decides they can allow no discussion of anything that may impact their carefree world of lattes and public transport. You do not have to believe but there is no reason you need to convert the believers, just move on.
My whole lifestyle is set around bugging in. Small house (720 Sq feet) in deep country on side road, generator with 2 weeks gas which is refreshed bi weekly as I cut wood and brush and terra form my deer hunting woods. Fuel wise we are fortunate that the local general store is generator wired so we have purchasable cold products and fuel beyond the first day crash.
We have 15 days fresh food, 90 days box and canned food, 100 days home preserves, 6 months hard rations. 12 apple trees, a high bush cranberry plot, raspberry plot, choke cherry grove. Finally, axes, saws, water filters, snare wire, hand tools, guns, lots of ammo, hand pulled sleigh, canoes are available for any food gathering scenario.
Lastly two rucksacks are packed at all times with 48 hours means, the canoe outfit which allows up to two weeks camping when food is added, and there is the truck camp outfit which adds a big tent, cots, table, big Coleman stove and lanterns to the canoe outfit to camp all summer when food is added. Tiers of readiness I like to think.