I like the outdoors, hence the name “Ranger”. I like mountains, and . . . .
I like big BUTTS and I cannot lie,
you other brothers can’t deny
that when a girl walks in with an itty bitty waist
and a round thing in your face
you get sprung.
Ummm sorry about that meaningless tangent, I got caught in the rhythm, the rhyme, the feeble attempts to make you laugh and earn a dime. Lyrics complements of Sir Mix-A-Lot.
Where was I? Yes, I like the outdoors, mountains, and SHTF subject matter. Add it all together and you get this post. Fall is in the air. Can you smell it? *sniff . . sniff* I knew you could. If you haven’t been hiking of late, maybe this fall is YOUR time to . . . . TAKE TO THE HILLS!
I see a number of reasons why backpacking is good for SHTF preparations:
- Exercise – Git fit! If you’re out of shape now, and the mushroom cloud goes up, you’ll wish you were. You might have to run for your life. You might have to fight for your life. Being in shape decreases the odds you’ll need medical attention. Shed the spare tire, climb to the top, and scope the view.
- Learning the Trails in Your Area – Attention! The Russians have landed! The Russians have landed! It’s Red Dawn style SHTF madness! Head to the hills! Grab the toilet paper! Find shelter! There are a lot of hiking trails and woods roads out there. Do you know where they are? Do you know where they go? Do you know where the lean-to shelters sit?
- Go Bag Gear – You got it? Yes? Put that equipment to use, don’t let it collect dust. Water purifier, camping stove, GPS, backpack, all of that. Hiking gear largely has a dual SHTF uses. Get familiar with the gear.
- Skill Building – Good with a map and compass? You should be. Learn it before you need it. Buy a topographical map, grab your pack, your compass, and get some fresh air. It’s bushwacking time!
This all assumes, of course, that you live near the mountains. If you don’t, improvise some way. There must be walking trails somewhere nearby . . . or maybe not. If you’re a hunter, you can use your backpacking/bushwacking adventure to scout terrain for game sign. That way you’re double skill building: tracking and navigation. Awww yeah – multi-tasking!
Spend a night or two or three out in the boonies with your homies and/or kids. Bring along all the gear you’d need for comfort, but instead try not using it, try building a fire without matches or a shelter with just a knife. Practice that action.
There are some survival safety tips you should be mindful of, however. Check it:
- Always tell someone where you’re going. Otherwise, the search and rescue teams won’t have a clue where to begin looking for you after you fall down a ravine after a few too many frrrrrosty cold beverages.
- Remember, wool clothes keep you warm even when wet – so pack some!
- Never hike without heat – matches and lighters that is.
- Don’t push yourself if you can’t handle it. Mountain climbing ain’t for the weak. Build your strength up incrementally . . . or just say screw and go balls to the walls and be sore for two weeks. That’s usually my approach to getting back into hiking.
- Don’t forget that map and that compass.
– Ranger Man
BTW: You can always try naked hiking – if that’s your sort of thing.
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