Friday, March 23, 2018

Friday's Thoughts and Other Stuff

Dear Preppers and Survivalists,

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As you know, I have decided to modify an aluminum external pack frame, from the '70s, using military equipment.

Straps, Rucksack
In the military, at least these United States' Army, every box is labeled with its contents, with the noun first, so a box of soft toilet paper would say, Paper, Toilet, Soft. A box of pepperoni pizza would say, Pizza, Pepperoni.

Pretty cool, eh?

Of course, I'm chiding myself for failing to get pictures of each of the rucksack straps attachment points because I will probably need to wrap the bottom ones with electrical or duct tape. It seems the mounting bracket might be too sharp, so it could cut the pack straps.

Oooh, I have a picture from the previous photo shoot. See what I mean?

I don't like mesh because it's like Capri pants.

You pay full price, but you don't get all of it.

So, ...

I plan to replace the civilian top and bottom mesh pads with military cushioned pads.

You guessed it. They are called 'Pad, Back, Lower' for the bottom one.

Lower Back Pad
Actually, everybody calls them kidney pads; even though, they aren't anywhere near the kidneys when you carry a rucksack. Go figure.

O.K. It was a good idea, but the lower back pad strap is too short. It won't wrap around the bottom of the frame, like the existing mesh.

And, ...

The pad's attachment points don't line up with the frame, either.

Plan 'B'
Not to worry, my $30 ($25.90 for two pairs of straps and $3.95 for the lower back pad) won't go to waste. I still have an old A.L.I.C.E. gear backpack frame, so I can use the straps to finish it.

The ALICE (All-Purpose Lightweight Individual Carrying Equipment) load bearing system was adopted on 17 January 1973 to replace the LCE (M-1956 Load-Carrying Equipment) and the MLCE (M-1967 Modernized Load-Carrying Equipment). Although since superseded by MOLLE (Modular Lightweight Load-carrying Equipment), ALICE gear is still in some limited use in the U.S. Army in National Guard and training units, as well as by Navy and Air Force ground units; additionally, the U.S. Marine Corps currently uses ALICE gear for training only.

Thanks Wikipedia!

With that said, ...

Here are some pictures of a rucksack frame I have had since ... Ha, Ha, Ha, you thought I would tell you.

Frame, Pack, Ground Troops (ca 2018)

This picture shows the side where the pack will be attached.

Notice, the cross members are riveted, not welded like the civilian frame.

Frame, Pack, Ground Troops (ca 2018)

This side is the side that has the pads and straps.

Notice where the two pieces cross. That rivet is usually broken because troopers sit on their rucksack

Frame, Pack, Ground Troops (ca 2018)

A side view of the frame.

Again, notice how all of the parts are riveted together, making it easy to repair or replace parts.

Cool, ... Especially when your military owns a few million of them.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Wednesday: 21 March 2018, Part Three

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

photograph by
Henryk Borawski

If you have been camping, you know that crawling in and out of a tent gets tiring in a few days.

So, ...

You might think about getting a big tent. You know the ones where you and your family can put a few cots, to sleep on during the night.

Well, ...

The big tents are noisy; the same goes for tarp shelters.

So, ...

You and your family might think about getting a travel trailer, like the one in the picture.

But, ...

Some of us don't have the money for a new trailer.

So, ...

We can always purchase a used travel trailer.

But, ...

They can have problems, even hidden problems.

So, ...

All Outdoors - Watch: Building a Teardrop Travel Trailer

Wednesday: 21 March 2018, Part Two

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

photograph by
Sreejita Chowdhury

In a few short months, Getting Started in Emergency Preparedness will be ten years old,

In honor of this event, ...

I have collected, every Wednesday for the next year, a few blurbs from various places, such as ...

Safely Gathered In
Hannah and Abbie with Brittany, Aleasha, Sarah, and Tiffany provided wonderful advice and suggestions about gathering, storing and using food storage for you and your family. The six women also provided great, delicious recipes based on their food storage that their families eat at family meal times.

Safely Gathered In - Food Storage Friday: Chicken Tortilla Soup

Safely Gathered In - Bean Series: Dry Bean Logistics (Guest Post)

Food Storage Made Easy
Jodi and Julie have a wonderful blog with lots of information, so they also have many tips, tricks, and recipes, for you and your family.

Food Storage Made Easy - Shelf Stable Recipes: Pantry Jambalaya