The thing about a bugout situation is that it’s most likely to come when you’re least prepared for it. Funny how Murphy is always waiting around the corner waiting to take a giant dump on your survival plans.
Here in Maine the temperature has started to drop despite the gloomy forecast of global warming and I’m now officially running my pellet stove. Pretty soon I’ll be doing some ice climbing and winter camping, which got me thinking about a winter bugout. Here’s a question for you: how many of you are ready for a real winter bugout? If you had to could you take off to the woods and survive for three days? I realize the chances of a situation causing this are pretty slim, but having the knowledge, skills and gear to do so are wonderfully relaxing once you have them.
Winter camping is a lot different than summer camping and not just because it’s colder. Those of you who have camped out in the winter know what I’m talking about. First of all, everything takes about twice as long to accomplish and the colder it is the more complex it is. Ever try to put a tent up at night with a pair of big gloves or mittens on? You wind up taking them off for tasks needing more dexterity and pretty soon you’re fingers are frozen. Things that should only take a few seconds will now take minutes such as putting your tent poles together. Ever try to do it when there’s a big plug of snow or ice in one end of the pole? Now you’ve got to knock the snow out and try to realign everything and pretty soon three minutes have gone by.
You also burn a lot more calories in the wilderness during the winter because everything is harder. Just moving around through snow up to your knees is brutally hard after just a few minutes much less trying to hike any distance.
Covering a winter bugout will take more than a single post, so I’m going to break this up into several posts and stick them in here and there over the next few weeks. If you have any questions or comments please let me know and I’ll address them over the next few weeks.
I love winter!
Do you like winter activities?
Me about halfway up an ice flow called Ever Drip.