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(2) Training Area: Moscow

Posted by Ivarr Bergmann on May 15, 2020 at 12:25 PM



Drills will start in June so we needed one more scout of TA: Moscow and we hope to get in one more scout of TA: Rhodesian too. To kick off the GReen Season we have decided on a 3 day-2 night drills of varying tasks. The general plan is one night of a simply relaxed RON to plan the next two days and night but on the second night the plan is to do a tactical Hard Routine-RON after a day of varied tasks being conducted. However Scouting on this day we scouted " TA:Moscow" again.  Mrs. Bergmann was not with us. There will be 3! of us when drills start- Me, Bjorn and Huginn... On this scout my friend "Huggin" was with me. Ive known his about a year, he even attended my wedding with Mrs. Bergmann, and our lives finally aligned and we're able to get him into the field now.Bjorn was busy with life or it would have been a 3 man scout but 2 was fine.

Simple sketch map I used. It was a big help..There we Sat pics from the 90s till 2018. I just stuck to the pronounced details otherwise the entire page would have been filled with all the changes from over the years. I was sad that the Admin and other building were there right up to 2012- I just missed them before the place was cleaned out. On my last trip there I made mental notes of the decent amount of marsh and other water sources. This is important because that place really is located in a vast forest. Its not like the other areas I have used with water water everywhere. Satellite pictures indicated it was basically surrounded by swamp and marsh inside a vast forested area- Being on the ground was a totally different view.

Some Kit we used..



Kit was simple LBE rigs and day packs. Nothing special or high-end. Just kit. LBE, Day pack, Rifle, Pistol etc etc etc..


The Old Admin area...


We checked out what was left of the Admin buildings- There wasn't much left and whats more is they were in a wide open field, or right off a maintenance road thus of little use


Old dog Kennels..


Huginn next to a buildings remains.. Looks like steps that went down..


Me next to what remained of a bulding.. Its sad.. there were even towers here at one point...


The day was a productive one. We just strolled the roads occasionally cutting through forested areas around and inside the complex grounds. The lack of water in the area was very pronounced and a bit shocking. Last visit a week ago the place was sopping wet with small shallow marches and ponds everywhere. The up side was there were no mosquitoes but you cant drink mosquitoes... The plan of the day was to make it out to a lake a few miles away to see if that was fit for use. Experience tells me it was probably not. I was guessing it had dried up a lot and than shrunk putting the water in the center of a mud bog that was totally unreachable..


At one point we climbed up the berm that divided the compound to get a better view. Above is a view of another building skeleton. Looked like a vehicle garage at one time...Up there The Olaf decided to french kiss another porcupine so everything stopped while we used a Multi-tool to de-quill his face and inside his mouth. Wont you ever learn, Olaf? Id like to thank my friend for all the helpwith The Olaf when he tried to rape yet another porcupine..It was the worst yet. 5x worse then his last run in.. It was so bad there was luaghing or taking pics.. He needed help bad..Thank you Huginn!

 

The Olaf was fine after we plucked his quills... I found more when we got home though..



Moving on...



We discovered a Bunker at the far west corner I had not scene on the first scout. It was in good cover, very clean inside and surrounded by trees that would mask it nearly totally once the green filled in on the trees and vegetation. The road to it was unobstructed and you would get made very easy in one but it was noted regardless. I noted the inside was VERY cool and could be used in the event of someone going down with heat issues..Later we looked for a mirror bunker on the East side but there was none, or at least none I saw. I liked this bunker and I liked it location. If alone I would consider using it just to simply get a good night sleep with much less worry about bear. A simple tangle of bear alarms would suffice with one way in and out. Setting up alaram around the perimeter would give me a sound mind to get a good nights sleep.Tactically its a death trap for Evasion in most situations of active or even passive threats...



Later we reached the two main Missile bunkers. We checked out the roofs of both. Noth special was found though the roofs seems to be in great condition. The bunker missing its roof was odd in that the roof seems to have had the steel cut from i rather then it being destroyed by time or vandals.. We still just walked around checking this out. Its was smooth and low impact- and it WAS HOT. We decided to duck into Bunker2 for some lunch and discussion. It was cool and shaded in that bunker It was also dusty as fuk... My sweat soaked Partizan Smock started to make me shiver a bit. It must have been 10 degrees cooler in there... It was getting into the long part of the day. The sun was high and it was warming up. The Olaf ate pretty well. My Arctic MRE was a bag of shit I could get down my neck so I gave it to The Olaf and he also ate a whole can of Chili..The Olaf usually finds water on his own so I never pack him in any, but he found none and drank an entire canteen of mine. Its was OK though. He had a rough day and I know the excitement and panting drained him- He was dragging as at this point.


 

After summing up the situation water was the issue. The lake was over a mile away (1 way) and If we couldn't reach the water we would have serious issues. Judging by what I saw around me there was a huge risk of ending up with no water if we went. And this was just a scout. There was no pint in pushing it.  Water was the issue and in my experience of reading AK it would remain so for a long while with a chronic dry season seemingly here to stay.. On the way out we wanted to take a trail that cut through the forest that we suspected would take up to the main road but the prospect of it actually going another direction, up the way, discouraged that idea, otherwise we would end up bushwhacking with little to no water to drink. The safest route was to just sticking to the main road. We used the cleared area that use to be the outside fence perimeter to get to the main road. It was a good choice. While eating lunch we actually saw 2 adult males (NPC-OPFOR) on mountain bikes peddle past Bunker 2. They looked like they were coming in but saw me and promptly peddled off..


So in closing the lack of water posed a few challenges I think we can handle. This would make for a good practice drills for using the sun and earth to collect water using a few methods. It could also be dangerous so that needs to be taken into consideration. We pondered the idea of someone coming back with a Mountain bike to place water stashed or someone just doing a quick run back to the lake on a bike to check it out. We have options and there's a lot to think about. The other two are MUCH closer to this area then I am so it would be on them to do so. Otherwise we may just consider focusing on TA:Rhodesia for the three day-2 night drills when all scheduling and pre-drill time factors are considered with real life taking up peoples time in normal life. We have nearly a month to decide. We have to watch the weather patterns and weight all the options.. The water situation even effects our plans to fish for food by improvised means (yes you can fish in this area though its super far from me) in the next drill becuase if we cant reach the lake you cant fish! TA:Rhodesia suffers from the drought much less...



Anyhow thank you for your time.. look for the video coming out regarding the latest scouts for a real life view and not just stills.. Below are a few words from "Huginn"..









Ivarr..



 



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18 Comments

Reply Ivarr Bergmann
2:59 PM on May 23, 2020 
Zia Survivor says...
I went back to the faithful belt kit. Chest rig was just to hot in my aor. Glad the Olaf is well. Stay strong.


I think belt kit will suit most Evaders. Belt kit has served man since a cave man wrapped a chunk of hide around himself to load up for plundering the next village..

He's good thanks.. crazy fuk went after one this past Tuesday.. it got up the tree though..

Thanks for stopping in.,.

Ivarr
Reply Zia Survivor
1:08 PM on May 23, 2020 
I went back to the faithful belt kit. Chest rig was just to hot in my aor. Glad the Olaf is well. Stay strong.
Reply Ivarr Bergmann
10:54 AM on May 16, 2020 
TheGuzz says...
[Ivarr Bergmann]
"This one is odd... a normal MED/Large ALICE measures 12 inches across the top- this one just 10, and yes its US military issue with stamps and all that.. No way its a copy/import.. Ive never seen one like it.. I think it may be a factory second.. All in all I like an ALICE but I hate this one.. my plan was to stick it on modified K35 Swedish frame but it wont fit- but a normal ALICE will..

and good to see you and others posting! I feel things are bouncing back.. (i hope)"

I wonder if that's an ALICE Radio Pack? It's almost identical looking to a normal ALICE medium, except for the woodland camouflage and a velcro-closed slot for an antenna on the top flap.


I know what you're speaking of an no it wasn't one of those either.. I had several of those over the years.. I think this one was a factory seconds. It didnt even wear right. I think it was way out of spec. I have since dug out my old MOLLE II patrol pack and this one will become a truck ruck now. Ill be using the MOLLE again frm here on out..

Thanks for the post and help..

Ivarr..
Reply TheGuzz
10:07 AM on May 16, 2020 
[Ivarr Bergmann]
"This one is odd... a normal MED/Large ALICE measures 12 inches across the top- this one just 10, and yes its US military issue with stamps and all that.. No way its a copy/import.. Ive never seen one like it.. I think it may be a factory second.. All in all I like an ALICE but I hate this one.. my plan was to stick it on modified K35 Swedish frame but it wont fit- but a normal ALICE will..

and good to see you and others posting! I feel things are bouncing back.. (i hope)"

I wonder if that's an ALICE Radio Pack? It's almost identical looking to a normal ALICE medium, except for the woodland camouflage and a velcro-closed slot for an antenna on the top flap.
Reply Ivarr Bergmann
10:26 PM on May 15, 2020 
Longhunter says...
Good to see another successful scout.
How're you liking the medium alice pack? I've found myself returning over and over to the alice series. The medium alice is great for a day/assault pack and the ability to use it with or without a frame is a bonus.


This one is odd... a normal MED/Large ALICE measures 12 inches across the top- this one just 10, and yes its US military issue with stamps and all that.. No way its a copy/import.. Ive never seen one like it.. I think it may be a factory second.. All in all I like an ALICE but I hate this one.. my plan was to stick it on modified K35 Swedish frame but it wont fit- but a normal ALICE will..

and good to see you and others posting! I feel things are bouncing back.. (i hope)

Ivarr..
Reply Ivarr Bergmann
10:22 PM on May 15, 2020 
Phil Bixler says...
When did you go to a collapsing stock on you G3 and how do you like? Great post like always.


The wife made me buy it when I mentioned something about fighting are way out of town, shooting from the vehicle and marauders.... I LOVE it.. changed the whole weapon.. so much handier now.. and thank you..
Reply Ivarr Bergmann
10:20 PM on May 15, 2020 
moonboots89 says...
Great post as usual. Poor Olaf!


Thanks.. He bounced back super fast. I found some more later at home but he is no worse for wear.. thank you sincerely..
Reply Ivarr Bergmann
10:19 PM on May 15, 2020 
Journeyman says...
Just finished watching Evader Factory. Water is definitely going to be a problem during the dry times. Hopefully there is something somewhere near to resupply. I noticed you've gone back to the belt rig as opposed to the lighter weight rig you were running. Just back to old faithful or need the enhanced level of kit?


Yeah after chasing it the realization that the rules are made by Ak and not me I simply submitted to her and went back to a belt rig... You really do need X to =Y up here... My ruck scout/patrol load has lightened since taking on partners though..

Good of you to stop in...
Reply Longhunter
10:00 PM on May 15, 2020 
Good to see another successful scout.
How're you liking the medium alice pack? I've found myself returning over and over to the alice series. The medium alice is great for a day/assault pack and the ability to use it with or without a frame is a bonus.
Reply Phil Bixler
9:56 PM on May 15, 2020 
When did you go to a collapsing stock on you G3 and how do you like? Great post like always.
Reply moonboots89
9:53 PM on May 15, 2020 
Great post as usual. Poor Olaf!
Reply Journeyman
9:02 PM on May 15, 2020 
Just finished watching Evader Factory. Water is definitely going to be a problem during the dry times. Hopefully there is something somewhere near to resupply. I noticed you've gone back to the belt rig as opposed to the lighter weight rig you were running. Just back to old faithful or need the enhanced level of kit?
Reply Ivarr Bergmann
7:45 PM on May 15, 2020 
Austin Ford says...
Good scout and great read. Looking forward to the accompanying video. Glad you kept posting here.


Thank you. I will continue to do so.. the vid is done.. its just a look at the last 3 scouts via a simple video..nothing real special..

Stay healthy..

Ivarr
Reply Austin Ford
5:38 PM on May 15, 2020 
Good scout and great read. Looking forward to the accompanying video. Glad you kept posting here.
Reply Ivarr Bergmann
3:44 PM on May 15, 2020 
[lovemygear]
Love the Rhodesian Camo. Used to have a set of Propper BDUs in Rhodesian Camo. I have wished many times I didn't sell them on ebay when I consolidated gear and got rid of most of my camo collection. How effective is the camo pattern in your AO? It was too dark for my AO.
[/lovemygear

It tricked my eye quite a few times from just a meter or two away. Its in the woodland spectrum so there was really no reason it wont work in Alaska..I may have persuaded that pattern in the past but it was and is always too expensive or not there if I wanted it....

Thank for posting!

Ivarr
Reply lovemygear
3:41 PM on May 15, 2020 
Love the Rhodesian Camo. Used to have a set of Propper BDUs in Rhodesian Camo. I have wished many times I didn't sell them on ebay when I consolidated gear and got rid of most of my camo collection. How effective is the camo pattern in your AO? It was too dark for my AO.
Reply Ivarr Bergmann
3:16 PM on May 15, 2020 
IntSur says...
Very cool. Except for lack of water, that seems like a good place for training. My first instinct is to say that a small group could probably hole up there for a while and just stop opfor at the one road. but thats just judging from pictures and pictures dont give the whole story.


You are very correct.. IMO that place could be shut off and held from any access or not making it worth the trek in. Sheer distance would be a defense in many situations..

Thanks for your insight and time you took to post!

Ivarr
Reply IntSur
3:00 PM on May 15, 2020 
Very cool. Except for lack of water, that seems like a good place for training. My first instinct is to say that a small group could probably hole up there for a while and just stop opfor at the one road. but thats just judging from pictures and pictures dont give the whole story.