Flashlight

Oct. 29th, 2012 09:35 am
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Artisan's Asylum made the good point that this is probably a good time to keep a flashlight with you.
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doomsday_prediction

Clearly we have plenty of things to worry about in the world today (oil supply, climate, economy, all of those affecting food production), but I find it comforting that it's pretty common for people to believe the world is about to end, and they're generally wrong.

Biggest surprises:
Christopher Columbus predicted 1658.
Isaac Newton predicted 2000 (Christian).

On that theme: "There's like 295M people in this country who have a vested interest in things not going Thunderdome, I think a lot of survivalist types forget that." -Marty Roesch
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Highest projected sea level increase by 2100: 200 cm = 2 m = 6.6 feet (from wikipedia)
Interactive map showing what areas would be flooded: http://geology.com/sea-level-rise/

I'm not suggesting that climate change isn't one of the many reasons we're doomed, Read more... )
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Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OnCbOs5alYA

Tonight at 8pm Eastern.

On the subject of the expected flood of new users:
"Let the world send us millions of new users who want to know the best brand of katana to use in a Zombocalypse. By the time we're done with them, we'll have them running to the Buy 'n Bag to get a case of peanut butter and a 55 gallon drum for water. And they'll enjoy doing it.

We're Zombie Squad. That's what we do."

There is a local New England chapter, #22:
(You need to sign up, and go to http://zombiehunters.org/forum/ucp.php?i=167 to "subscribe" to ZSC 022 before you can see it)
http://zombiehunters.org/forum/viewforum.php?f=99
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It's so much easier to walk on than boulders at a 45° incline.

"I'm too fat to walk up a mountain." "Most people are."

I don't know about most people, but I'm sure not comfortable with not being able to walk up Liberty Mountain in a day. I saw lots of people do it. I saw two couples go up and then come down in one day, and the vast majority of people we saw didn't seem to be packed for spending the night. And my coworkers were confident I could get up the mountain.

We saw one other person about as overweight as me. He was hollering obscenities.

But I spent my weekend hiking in the woods with [livejournal.com profile] cathijosephine instead of with my butt firmly attached to my sofa, and that's awesome.

And hopefully it'll motivate me to reduce my body fat and increase my cardiovascular stamina. More.

Maybe in a month I'll try another valley trip, quite possibly Flat Mountain Pond from the West end. Let me know if you'd like to come with me.

Zeph was wonderful to have with me.

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I was very much reminded of this:
"If you pick 'em up, O Lord, I'll put 'em down." - unknown, "Prayer of the Tired Walker", from whiteblaze.net
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Due to weather, I decided not to go up Mt. Liberty and instead go with my fallback plan of Flat Mountain Pond Trail. It was good.

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I feel a lot more alive.


This hasn't been proofread yet. Maybe I'll get to that, and maybe some more detail, later.
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A dozen miles, two days and one night in the woods, is nothing. I have the gear. I can do this. I should have done this already.

You're welcome to join me. I'm planning to spend the days walking, but I don't expect to make a lot of distance.

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A fairly common (to me) acronym is BOB - Bug Out Bag. A more specific term that often brings tears to my eyes is:
INCH bag.
I'm Never Coming Home.

"You only truly own what you can carry at a dead run."
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I was looking for a recipe for imitation Soylent Green, and found Logan Trail Bread. It was created for a 1950 expedition up Mt. Logan in Alaska to be "indestructible, high-energy and nutritious".

This reminds me of Ezekiel Bread, a "Biblical Formula... food scientists have... found to be surprisingly complete in nutrients..." "A similar diet sustained the prophet Ezekiel for 390 days." Buckets of the grains and beans used in this seem like a fun way to store food.

And of course Elven lembas from the Lord of the Rings.

Lembas may have been inspired by hardtack, a "flour, water, and sometimes salt" biscuit "used for sustenance in the absence of perishable foods, commonly during long sea voyages and military campaigns." "...it would stay intact for years as long as it was kept dry." Sailor Boy brand Pilot Bread is a currently produced form of hardtack, apparently popular among Alaskans and people interested in long term food storage.
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http://img137.imageshack.us/img137/3246/201102stmatthewisland.png (link source)

In 1944, 29 reindeer were introduced as a backup food supply for a base which is abandoned shortly after. Abundant resources and no natural predators. The results are neat.
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FEMA recommends that everyone have enough food and water for, I believe, at least 3 months.

I encourage you to get in the habit of picking up an extra jug of water, and canned / dry food every time you shop.

Sure, you're not likely to need it, but this is two of the three requirements for human survival, and a fire extinguisher isn't even on the list. (Shelter is the other.) Consider the possibility of people in your household simultaneously becoming unemployed - having food covered would be nice.

FEMA suggests commercially bottled water because it keeps well. I think at my local store, gallon jugs are actually the cheapest (less than $1 per gallon).

http://www.fema.gov/plan/prepare/water.shtm

There are, of course, a number of options for ordering food for long term storage by the pallet:
http://www.aaoobfoods.com/
http://www.mreinfo.com/

The only bottled water [livejournal.com profile] cathijosephine will not drink is Poland Spring.

1 year of food and water seems like a good goal to me.

I finally got around to watching Zombieland. I watched it twice.

(The Boston area suddenly ran out of drinkable tap water Saturday.)
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Costco doesn't sell fifty pound bags of pinto beans either!
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I just ordered a Country Living Grain Mill with all the accessories except the electric motor and the lids. It can handle dry beans.
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I got this urge to practice surviving in the woods with only what I could carry. Seems like a decent hobby.

I ordered a military Modular Sleep System (used, for $150) which includes a bivy sack so I don't need a tent, and the total system is rated down to -40F.

I plan to test it in my back yard as soon as it arrives, and then go backpacking in the White Mountains, in the direction of a designated Wilderness, the following weekend or so. Starting on a Saturday morning, walking away from civilization for a day, curling up in my bivy sack for the night, then walking back. My current plan for food is MREs because they're easy - hot food without the need to build a fire. Easy, right?

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Does this sound fun to you? (Happy to sell you several MREs for simplicity.)

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