Saturday, March 31, 2012
The Woodsman's Backpack
Dear Preppers and Survivalists,
First, I would like to thank Md. Knighthawk for the link, to his mini-athoids tin, in the comments for "Survival Kit in a Tin."
Next, I would like to thank the Woodsman for allowing me to photograph his backpack (BOB, GHB, GOOD, 72-hour Kit) that he plans to wear with his combat vest.
The Woodsman's Backpack
His backpack is his former bookbag from middle school. If you enlarge the picture, you will notice one of the back pockets is missing.
For as old as the bag (ssh, it's over 10 years old) is, it's still in good shape and has many more years of service. Plus, Woodsman has hacked his backpack, so it works for him.
First, you will notice the sheath on the outside; Woodsman made it out of deer hide (Yes, he shot it, skinned it, butchered it, tanned the hide, and stitched it into the right shape) to fit a machete; he made from an oversized machete. He bought from one of the china-marts.
Which he modified.
The woodsman has some really neat stuff, in his backpack.
The patches cleaning jig, and bore brush are in plastic baggies to prevent them from getting lost. An important issue in prepping.
I like the idea that the handle knife sharpener is in orange, so it is hard to lose. Plus, the sharpening rod allows him to sharpen serrated knives.
The headlamp allows the Woodsman to use both hands, when it's dark, to cook, clean, tend a wound, or complete other tasks.
The spices allow the Woodsman to add flavor to his food, if needed.
He also carries a small copy of FM 21-76-1 from June '99. (I think the booklet is an excerpt)
Now, the Woodsman also carries additional gear.
The Woodsman told me that he carries the chemical warmers because he found out first hand how cold it can get here when he went coon hunting and got wet, miles from home.
The Woodsman's first-aid stuff is some gauze pads and a small bottle of aspirin.
OK. What do you think?
Pretty good, isn't it. It is, but Woodsman is missing some critical items, to me. Let's take a look.
Woodsman is missing some kind of shelter, to me. Yes, he can improvise a shelter using the machete and the cordage, in the headlight and spice picture, or he can use the rain poncho to make a shelter.
Me? I prefer a blue or green tarp dedicated for shelter, say a 10 feet X 8 feet or a 12X12 tarp and some 550 cord to tie the shelter down.
Woodsman has a water bladder, I think 80 to 100 ounces, that's enough for short emergencies about one to two days. He can obtain more potable water by using the matches to make a fire to purify the water for drinking.
Me? I would carry some Polar Pure (Nope, not an Amazon link because it's not a DOSC article) or some kind of disinfection tablet. I like Polar Pure because it's iodine crystals; they'll never go bad.
Yep, Woodsman knows it too. He has no food in his pack. Of course for a short emergency, more water is better since a person can survive three to five weeks without food.
Woodsman and I talked about it, and he's thinking a couple packages of Ramen noodles, trail mix-type bars, and other stuff like that.
Some wilderness writers will put fire on the same level as shelter. I agree and Woodsman agrees too that's why he has two different ways, in his pack, to start a fire. If you count his combat vest with rifle and pistol, he would have five ways of starting a fire.
1 - Matches, 2 - fire starter, 3 - rifle bullet, 4 - pistol bullet, 5 - fire starter on his knife.
Rifle, pistol, knife. I don't think he needs anymore.
Woodsman is a little light on the medical gear. He could use some duct tape and a couple of band-aids, maybe a few more sterile gauze pads, too.
OK, that's it. I'm going to bed.
Thanks again to the Woodsman for allowing me to photograph his backpack and its contents.
State of Washington: Department of Health - Purifying Household Water
Backpacker Magazine - Gear Review Polar Pure Water Disinfectant