|Posted by Ivarr Bergmann on March 22, 2019 at 12:55 PM||comments (8)|
(Both pics below were snatched from News Sites and not persoanlly owned web-pages)
Im of the opinion that NOT looking like a soldiers is the best idea for the Rural Evader. Not because of some social fear of " OH HORROR, WHAT WILL PEOPLE THINK!?" Rather because the Rural Evader is NOT a soldier. The Evader is a free thinker and beholden to no ones rules and regulations other then the rules set out by the Evaders particular area. Too many folks out there rest their selections of terrain matching clothing and other kit purely on emulating what they see soldiers doing w/o much thought to any of it.. Particularly source of emulation is the SF community. Its just bad form and screams looking that looking Tac-Fabulous is more important to said individual then getting something done. Sure surplus offers a readily available source of hard wearing kit but the Rural Evader needs to look past the regimented conformity of military thinking and understand that all that uniformity is there for a reason and serves a purpose in a larger machine- The War Machine. If you're here your thinking about making a plan on some lever. So why not express your freedom of thought/individuality and let that seep into your terrain matching tasks?
Here I'm literally using 6 different camouflage patterns and 2 earth-tone colors to break up my outline..
+Simple old school OD
+ Russian Partizan (Autumn side out)
+Digital Woodland (MARPAT)
+ RealTree "Advantage"
+Old School Woodland
+ Flecktarn Gloves
+ Custom paint on my M4
Though this was just a Scout and not a Creep, its just good drills to observe and stick to. Break up your outline with multiple patterns will probably give you the absolute best concealment while wearing just clothing and kit. Im not referring to camo rags and Werewolf Suits, just multiple patterns spread out over your kit and clothing randomly. Im of the opinion that there's no better way to provide yourself the best C&C capabilities with simple clothing and kit being of different patterns and earth-tone colors. From distance- to close in- it will break you up FAR better then one uniformed pattern from head to toe.
(The below still shot is a little washed out. Its taken from a video.)
Yes I have been seen wearing the same pattern from head to toe. However this was do to many factors-Mostly do to the availability of garments with patterns that can withstand real use. The age of German camo is coming to an end. Reproductions are merely made for light use and have failed time withstanding real pressure from real use. Lately Its business as usual with Scouting new areas, however I will be adding new patterns and earth-tones into the mix as they have come more radially available to me. I have some Creeps planned soon as well. Commercial Hunting tree camouflage apparel is expensive. High end stuff is even more expensive. Recently I have been finding loads at the second hand stores, thus adding even more flexibility to my over all terrain matching abilities. Speaking of practicality the Split-Pattern just makes sense for proper concealment for the Rural Evader. There are also legal ramifications for dressing up like a soldier that should be evident to anyone serious about surviving the collapse..
Facebook Marketplace, Craigs List, Yard Sales and second hand stores are excellent places to source various types of tree type and surplus camouflage apparel and earth-tone color to mix it up. Just be aware that hunting camouflage usually isn't as durable as surplus in the field and whats more is that it will not tolerate constant washing and will fade to a grey bring mess in no time. I recommend simple hand washing in lukewarm water (no soap unless absolutely necessary) and air dry for all commercial hunting apparel. (I also follow this with my surplus clothing to make it last) Also I have found that the older the hunting camouflage the better the quality so think SECOND HAND STORES, or simply used before buying new.
|Posted by Ivarr Bergmann on March 15, 2019 at 1:00 PM||comments (5)|
One of the most common misconceptions about my area of Alaska is that I need heavy arctic kit to keep warm. At times I use some heavyweight cold weather kit but generally the temp falls no colder then 20 below 0 in my area, though I have been out in 30 below. My go 2 hand protection against the cold is a simple OLD SCHOOL OD Green wool liner inserts. I say old school because it seems the ones made after 2000 are made much thinner and are complete garbage when compared to their predecessors that were in service since WWII. Even before I arrived in Alaska 10 years ago I used these inserts to keep out the cold in the winter.
There's many reasons for this continuation of hand kit. IT SIMPLY WORKS. Its all a combination of price-value-durability-and stowage capacity, as in how many i can carry with me.
I prefer these simple wool liners because I can carry far more sets of these then I could with one huge modern bulky set of 5 finger gloves. Also I recommend layering in all aspects of winter/cold weather tasking so why would gloves be any exception to that rule? Wool liners are totally easy to repair, relatively heat resistance for use around heat and flames, when one gets wet you can rotate them out for a dry set to either dry the wet ones or to store away to dry later. Have you ever tied to dry out on of those thick sets of gloves that are a kin to a glove from a Astronaut suit? At home its hard but by campfire its nearly impossible unless you have an endless schedule (wich you will not when the hammer drops) and its extremely difficult w/o damaging the glove. Yeah its takes 18 forevers and if its dry by camp fire you have a probably risk of melting the modern materials its made off. Wool leaves a wiggle room with its high heat resistance and they dry SUPER fast.. Stuffing them in your smock can even dry these gloves relative rapidly.
One this day the temp wasa modest 30 Below 0. A double set of these gloves were appropriate when I was moving and working. It was one set of finger-less liners with a full fingered version under that. Note: I was moving all day long. Static protection would bee mush more robust.
One this day I was building a snow cave. The temps were similar as above but I suspect a bit warmer. The hand protection was identical. One finger-less liner over a full finger liner. DO NOT MISTAKE STATIC PROTECTION AND WORKING PROTECTION FOR YOUR HANDS. You will PAY.
When working or moving these gloves generally keep my hands warm with just a layer of finger and finger-less gloves. Even getting a nice coat of ice on the outside. As long as Im moving my hands are warm. Remember other factors will play into your extremities remaining warm regardlless of a static situation or moving. Every thing from diet, smoking cigarettes, to humidity and fatigue. There is NO silver bullet to suit everyone. Try for yourself!
Storing these gloves...
The Glock 19 is for scale. What you see here is 3 sets of these gloves rolled up. These are full fingered and uncut. They are relatively equal the mass of one glove from a set of modern Astronaut size winter gloves. So for the mass of one modern Astronaut size glove you get 3 sets of liners. Maybe even 4... x2 you get 6 sets of liners for the mass of one set of banana fingered modern gloves. Guess what? You just created options!
Layering and combinations...
At times I just want to keep one set of finger-less gloves on when its cold. Usually this is when i use hiking sticks in crazy terrain and its pretty cold but I don't want the burden of putting my hands into a full set because i like my finger tips free and able to be used easily. I carry a set of trigger finger wool mittens with me that just go over my finger-less gloves and form a warm cocoon. I can simply fling them off if i need to use my hands fast and I still have a a layer on my hands for some basic protection. I can also wear full fingered gloves w/o issues. These wool wittens are an amazing piece of kit and cost pennies. Ive had this set for 10 years. Stowage of the mittens is little difference in mass as the fingered liners. Gets some wool and see what will work for you and your tasks..
These gloves here are the modern liners with tiny rubber dots on them for gripping. While these looks identical to the normal version, its been my experiences that these are half as thick as the normal sets. Thus I have found them to be much colder to use. Whats more is when you cut off the fingers they turn into a rats nest of unraveling wool yarn that just never ever stops coming undone. As a whole they generally are more comfortable putting them on as a bottom layer but I try to avoid these gloves when I can. They are at the bottom of the pouch when I reach for a new set of wool gloves regardless of superior grip ability.
This is a picture of the old school gloves with the gingers removed. They just tend to curl back a slight bit and Ive never had any unraveling issues in all my years.
These gloves have a light fleece liner. I have found them to be generally very warm for summer use, but I have been known to use them quite often in the summer for their leather protection against thorns and devils-club. Wool simply will not offer that protection. They also offer a camouflage option to go along with their protective nature. They were originally full fingered but they were sent to the sheers and i hand sewed the ends to keep the liners and outer layers aligned and stable. I really love these gloves. They can be found quite easy on the surplus market. I have been using these since 2014. They make excellent work gloves as well and have been used extensively during shelter construction. They are built well and from sound materials. I highly recommend these gloves. I generally have these with me regardless of the task at hand.
The Heavy Weights..
These are true arctic weight mittens. Designed for simply keeping your hands warm when static. They have limited dexterity or utilitarian use. They are mostly a stand alone item that hangs around ones neck with a cord. If you hands get super cold you just shoved them strait into the mitten. They are ridiculously warm. being made of canvas, leather and wool felt they are made to last.. When I first arrive in AK the temperature was much colder in my area when winter would come but now not so much so they get little use. There have been a few times Ive ysed these on the move. Mostly when the moving was slow and it was just that cold. They were used in combinations with wool inserts at various levels. Experiment for yourself..
The inside liner is made of the same material as a US poncho liner or US filed jacket. Its a simple nylon and poly-fill liner. Its super warm however once wet its useless and loses all insulation capabilities. They are made for dry cold environments so anytime is cold enough to use these the chances of getting them soaked are slim, but not nonexistent. The liners simply snap in and are removed easy for laundering.
So in closing the real point of this post is the wool inserts. I been using them for YEARS and I highly recommend their use. One again its not 'putting all your eggs in one basket' and utilizing the best use of space and making options for yourself. Several sets of these wool gloves will serve someone far better then one or two sets of banana finger gloves. Well, at least its worked well for me over the decades. These gloves can be had for 2-5$ on line. You get a lot of warm for your buck...
|Posted by Ivarr Bergmann on March 8, 2019 at 11:50 PM||comments (4)|
My very first Survival smock. Made from a standard S95 Rip-Stop Smock. This served me from 2004, to many countries in Europe, the East Coast US, Canada- just recently here in Alaska. Ive used a lot of smock but this one is one salty smock with lots of stories behind it. I will continue to use this smocks and others from time to time. As a simple standard outer garment but the practice of loading them up with survival items will no longer be an SOP for me.
The Survival Smock concept was a noble idea but alas it has served it purpose. Its time to retire it. It was adapted from the European concept (Originated in the UK) of using the smock for its cargo capacity and convenience in a protective outer garment. However as time went on this does not translate into a long term solution for carrying base line, pocket type items for E&E survival needs here in Alaska. Its a further example of how military ideas and survival ideas are simply apples and oranges. I suspect anyone that puts in any real time will figure this out for themselves too. The use of the survival smock has been in a 2 year decline with me as I have experiments with other options and Ive finally settled. The smocks time of carrying base line items for me has now come to pass.
Its all about improving. If nothing changes then nothing is getting done.
|Posted by Ivarr Bergmann on March 6, 2019 at 1:15 PM||comments (9)|
This Kayak was produced by Mainstream in 2004 and it was their camouflage "Patriot" model. I think its since been discontinued so I'm giving information from memory as I couldn't find reliable information on the net. But that strategy of going waterborne to escape is the point here, not really the Kayak. It boasted a length of 11ft long. It had a cargo capacity of close to 400lbs and i used every bit of it, but always left some to spare for scavenging. It included one watertight bulkhead (that usually leaked at the divider wall with the seat) with a rubber lid, It was a flat bottomed touring kayak that I could take into the open waters of the Chesapeake Bay or hit the coastal marshes and vanish in reed grass with water as shallow as 4 inches with the kayak totally loaded. It was common to get 30 miles a day from this craft. It ran super stable and super quiet with its flat bottom. The stealth factor of this craft cannot be overstated. It was amazing. This flat bottom touring design also allowed for the stability its cargo capacity as well. In the marshes it was common for me to be able to stand up in this craft given its stability and my short stature.
The first mods were just simple items lashed on the front and rear deck with bungee cords. It was soon apparent that for this to be a true escape craft that could go the diatnce that Id need more cargo ability that was more convenient to use where ever I might find myself. Whether hiding out in a marsh or cutting across open water. The cargo generally consisted of food, water stores, a small rucksack, camouflage netting, fishing/trapping kit, and basic repair kit like silicone sealant and mesh screening.
Early on after much trial and error I decided to add a deck mount. This mount was made from an old ALICE rucksack frame. The original deck racked included a bread rack I found in a dumpster. I simply used hose clamps to attach it to the ALICE frame and used bolts and screws with very large washers to attach the frame to the deck.. I also added a rear rack of sorts. This was made from the leg to a fold out Army Hospital medical cot. The cot broke so I simply cut off the curved aluminum leg and shoved in the holes that were already there for fishing rods. It also change camo patterns a few times because I wasn't satisfied with the pattern it came with. I also mounted a compass in the cup holder that was located between the leg on the seat. This eventually shattered in the blazing hot sun out on the water.However this compass was super handy and conveniently placed
Later the final version was a monster of a craft. I removed the bread rack and added a simple camo zipper pouch from a British rucksack. I also added navigation lights and a "headlight" made from a army flashlight. I learned fast that fishing and crabbing boats out on the bay don't really watch where they're going in the darkness of the morning-which was when I would generally cast off to avoid the heat of midday. I also added a milk-create I found in the trash. This fit snug wedge under the lip of the front deck and it sat right where I needed it. This was filling with critical items i may need. Inadvertently this milk-create also added a firmness to the hull and the kayak glided better on the water. Carrying enough water was always a priority to in addition to the 4 canteens on the beck I usually has a few inside the the milk-create as well.
The Milk-creat on an early mod version. The pads on the ore kept the sound down when creeping around. It dulled the thud when the ore struck the hull.
So thats the Escape Kayak in a nut shell. The Escape Kayak did not make it to Alaska with me. I did not fancy going 5000 miles across the frozen Yukon with that strapped to the top of my jeep. Sadly I should have and could have. I do plan to get another one this summer and hit Prince Williams Sound with as much enthusiasm as I did the Chesapeake bay. However I have 5 years of solid experience skimming around the bays and marshes unseen formulating and escape plan just like I do here with my Spider Web Strategy.. Finding food was super easy there just as it will be here. Water is probably the best resource anyone can have if you can secure your place in the post collapse world.
|Posted by Ivarr Bergmann on February 9, 2019 at 11:10 AM||comments (4)|
Much has changed since my last video. Familiarizing myself in the wild with the G3 and new Marine Patrol pack has taken new turns, welcome turns.. I showed a Frankenstein Rig I made for the G3. Simply put it was what I had at the time and I made do. It served it purpose, however short a duration it was. Recently I walked into a local Surplus Store and happened upon a Marine issue MOLLE Rifleman Rig. The same store where I found my USMC patrol rucksack and loads of other USMC surplus. It was new and still in the plastic bag it was packed it at the factory. A few winters ago I fielded the Army version in woodland camo of the MOLLE Rifleman's rig. I loved this rig, sadly I went through 3!! that winter. It was quite ridiculous how they fell to pieces- and a further "sign of the times" . Mostly the webbing was pulling away from the mesh and MOLLE panels on the belt area. Thus I moved onto other rigs until I ordered my PLCE from the UK. My hope is that the USMC had better QC and this rig will last..
So ive got this new dark-earth-brown Rifleman's rig and its the tits. Yes if this holds its part it may replace the PLCE for me. With it duel caliber mags pouches its just delivers 'hold' for me. It can take 2 G3 mags or 4 M4 mags, respectivly. For the Rural Evader. IMO this ammo compliment is plenty. Whats more is my Pilots Survival Holster has arrived. Ill explain more about both as I continue.
Im appreciating the versatile shade of the dark earth brown on this rig. This helps break up my outline much better. Im a huge proponent of never weaning a complete pattern of camo if one can help it, and always wearing multiple patterns and colors to break you up as a human shape at distance. The Dark Earth matched with woodland and other earth tones pouches is a camo pattern upon itself. Add in the Marine rucksack and thats another pattern. Im also abandoning the use of more exotic camo like WWII German and such, as a whole. Ill be sticking to NATO woodlands and MARPAT for Alaska. Commercial reproductions just haven't panned out no matter how sexy they look or how effective they are. The con's are just too vast..
Ive also aquired a used 30 Round Factory Glock mag for my Glock 19.. This is a "First Conatct" Magazine.
The Rucksack rundown...
The over all tempo and function of a patrol ruck has not changed. The content is still the same. Ive just moved things around and added new pouches to decrease the burden of using whats packed inside. Keeping things in order and masking items easy to access is paramount for me.
+ Sustainment Poch
+ Austrian Mess tin in M240 ammo pouch
+Food Stores in a simple MOLLE pouch
+ Both are Earth brown but painted a light brown and green camo shade
+Marine Raider Bowie Knife
Attaching the Sustainment Pouches..
This was super simple. I simply put the ruck under the sewing machine and added simple lengths of webbing to attach the side pouches. A major modification but cargo improvement but merely took literally 5 minutes. The M16 Bi-pod is simple attached with an ALICE clip and tied to the webbing.
On the right side....
The sustainment pouch on this side was attached identically. The Raider Knife was attached simple by adding a strip of webbing. The homemade sheath on the Raider allows the belt loop to be unfastened, fed through the strip of webbing and re-fastened. The strip of webbing will also facilitate my Tomahawk should I wish to take it out but it was intended for the faithful Raider I have used for YEARS. The knife is placed in such a way that it will not conflict with the verticle zipper to its left. The pocket is still accessable. The bottom of the Raider is simply lashed to the webbing usinmg 500, just like the m16 Bi-pod.
Im still not recommending this rucksack to anyone. Merely I'm expressing my approval for what its done for me thus. I will not recommend it to anyone without a year, at the very least, of dragging it around Alaska and functioning from it. It is, however, one of the best-if not the best- patrol type rucksacks I have ever used. And with its current modification and super stable fit, i can see this serving me for years to come. The price on these is super dicked up. They are quite common so I cannot see spending 70, to over 100$ for one of these used rucksack. Even the older woodland MOLLE patrol rucksack are harvesting a price tag of over 100$ these days.. Super BULLSHIT
Moving on.. The Riflmans Rig...
The LBE content does not change. The load here is identical to what I carried way back in my PLCE kit. But this rig is miles more comfortable to haul what I need. Though my Frankenstein Rig was a chest type rig with no backside, this has a butt-pack that I described being made in my last blog post. The Butt-Pack worked flawlessly and as expected. No burdens or liabilities were experienced. I kept it near empty with just a poncho, 550 cord and a hand saw. When i can I like to keep most pouches I near empty for room for scavenging. Whats more is there was 0 rucksack-butt-Pack conflict when I wore them together.
The Pilots Holster is the tits. Though I will be improving the lids fastening apparatus in the near future. Its a very appropriate holster for use in the wilds here. I had 0 earth, snow or water get into the holster yesterday and I did some serious amounts of crawling and getting showed on with snow falling from the trees. I was enveloped in the snow and forest debris nearly constantly. Its passed the test for me in that respect. But some mods will have to be done, and done soon. Even the lanyard for the Glock seemed to work well. I never felt one snag or received one hang up the entire day. if the Holster interests you I posted a link in the forum section 2 weeks ago.
In closing it think yesterday was a very productive day of familiarization, PT, using fire skills and learning my area. Its good to be back and have my life back..
|Posted by Ivarr Bergmann on January 31, 2019 at 4:00 AM||comments (5)|
Ive never cared much for these nylon butt-packs that hit the scene in the 90. They were meant to use with the LBV88. They were saggy, thin and worst of all they were way to engineered with loads of useless straps to stow, cut or tape up. I never seemed to have a use for the congression of loose straps that were provided so they were either cut off of taped up. Whats more is without proper support like tape of 550 on the belt these packs would simply fold up in the center from sliding on the belt as they were pulled on by ALICE shoulder straps. Simply put I never like these and seldom ever used one if i could help it. I usually found these cheap and harvested the bounty of straps and buckle from them and the rest went to the trash bin.
I wont get into the rig this is now mounted on or why I chose to to use this but suffice I was very unhappy with the MOLLE Butt-Pack Ive been using for a few years now. Suffice to say I salvaged this one right form the abyss of the trash bin this morning and decided to have at it under the sewing machine. It was a mod that was beckoning me to follow it through. But I needed to add it to a MOLLE rig and this is a ALICE mounted pack. Well I needed to add what was left of it. However salvaging parts from this ove the fall for various projects made reapplying the straps and hardware MY WAY much easier and simplified the entire pack
Two buckles on the lid with enough webbing to go under it to cinch down a load to stabilize it.. .The first step was adding new straps and buckles. I kept is simple and stream-lined.. I scoured the scrap box for Fasttex clips and strips of webbing. I went with dark earth just to be fancy. I used it on the cinch straps guide tabs and on the top female Fastex clips. For the cinch straps and male clips i used some salvaged British webbing though my machines hates this stuff as you'll see on the messy seams in the back.
The end result was very simple and stream lined. The extra earth-brown tabs on the belly of the pack will get rid of its previous issues of those straps being so unruly.
Moving on... The securingt straps..
On the back I used some existing straps as the securing web to feed through the MOLLE on the belt part of the rig. They were already there so I just use them as is. I added some extra stitching at the top of the securing straps simply for peace of mind though I know it would hold as is.To secure the straps once fed through the MOLLE on the belt I simply used these buckles that were once on this pack. They are very very secure. There was no sticking involved and it was super simply. Just attached them to the lower cinch straps that hold the lid closed. They are in place and ready to be used once the pack is attached to the rig.
The plan was sound and working itself out. It simply improved as it went. I added two more webbing tabs to make this act like it wanted to be a MOLLE poach. My machine at this point was acting up badly. It has a chronic reaction to British webbing straps for some reason.
This is what it moved into being..
It was turning out well and taking minimal effort. I was pleased. I was fitting a square peg into a round hole by tricking the peg.
The rig ...
This is the undersideof the cinch strap that will attack to the load bearing straps once its fed through..
This side of the buckle will lay against my body..
and so on...
Simply fed through like a real MOLLE pouch..
Sorta self explanitory..
The green webbing laying on the brown is the part that is fed into the buckle.. do as you wish with the loose strip. I simply tucked it under the belt.
This is how it looks attached..
The Pack attached.... It can hold a lot. Here i just jammed a load into it for reference. but I leave packs like this lightly loaded for the possibility of having to haul scavenged items later. Plus it keeps the weight evened up all around.
The face.. (rear)
This shot if not the same as the above. Look close. I added 550 to support the packs attachment web straps directly at the buckles. I did this with the MOLLE butt-pack that was designed for this. Its not because this is a Franken-Pack. The reason is is that I have a lot of experience with these rigs and while they can handle a close snug load well, a pack like a butt-pack will work the webbing loose on the belt rig becuase of it free hanging nature and causes eventual failure of the webbing on the belt. The 550 simply takes the full burden of the weight that's pulling down off the belt. This is very important when using this rig with a rucksack as well.. I went through 3 of these rigs in one winter one year. I'm hoping this USMC rig is made better than its army counterpart..
Anyhow I hope someone finds this useful. I really dislike the tubular MOLLE Butt-Pack. This version is a better option for me, plus it makes more room on the belt and its not so crowded and jumbled. Weight distribution is better for me as well.Whats more is the pack will stay atablized being fixed properly in the MOLLE webbing and will not slide and close up like on an ALICE rig.
(This is Helga.. my GFs new pup.. She wanted to help)
|Posted by Ivarr Bergmann on January 23, 2019 at 10:50 AM||comments (3)|
This is also a basic rundown of Patrol/Scout Rucksack content..
|Posted by Ivarr Bergmann on January 11, 2019 at 11:00 AM||comments (8)|
Yesterday was one of the coldest times Ive had out. I expected it. Warthog Valley holds no pity for anyone. Its one of the hardest valley to contend with in my experiences. On one trip I saw 70F, snow, sleet, blazing sun and killer winds in the span of a days trek through this valley in July.
Here is the link to the original video about the Waterproff Smock Liners....
Yesterday was the first time Ive had any of these liners out in extreme cold. I cannot know the exact temperature out there but it was well below 0F. My frozen SOLID beard and burned skin attested to this fact that I claim from experience. These liners seem to be good into the mid teens F but anything lower and they will shatter as I experienced yesterday. I fully expected this though. They were and will remain a cheap stop gap precaution that does serve a purpose. People in warmer climates can expect better results, I suspect. I would recommend armoring them up with Gorilla Tape. However if they cannot go the distance for 4 season use then they are of little use over all and will present a burden and real liability under real Evasion conditions here in Alaska..
So this brings me back to the start. I need something that can go full on and last the duration. For this I suspect looking back into time is the answer. Both my time in gained experiences and knowledge here- and history. There will be NO sure fire, one shot-one kill solution for surviving here. As I have said a million time, it takes a little something from everything to form a resourceful plan and to keep the balance of math in ones favor as best one can. When the hammer drops the prepared and mindful Rural Evader will be a walking-surviving time capsule of what was and what works. He may have a modern GPS, a flashlight and armed with modern weapon, and he may be wearing a Buckskin fur anorak and a squirrel skin Ushanka and mittens he fashioned from kills of hunts passed. What he will not be is a visual clone Navy seal kit'ed out with fancy- in style camo, a race-car gun, high-tech nigh-vision with other electronic crutches and sporting the latest in Body armor, nor will the Rural Evader be a dirty hairy creature that resembles a modern day Neanderthal man. He will be a product of his preparations...
So what is the plan? I'll have to resort to making my kit one again. "Resort" is a poor word to use. Its actually very satisfying and reliable. However this can be time and financially consuming. Leather is not cheap, but I have not learned to tan leather YET. However NONE of the kit I have ever made has failed me in the wilds. When i first got to Alaska i submerged myself into making kit from leather by hand and fabrics on the sewing machine. I got good at it. I still sew to this day but I have not worked in leather in some time. I found oils and leather were the best defense against wet weather for my kit. Below is an Apex example of a rig I made from leather. Most of the pouches and the belt were made by me. As were the knife sheaths, fur pouch and fire kit bag inside the larger pouch..I did not make the shoulder straps, pistol holster, canvas pouch (Czech Surplus) or the canteens (Also Czeck Surplus). Yes this rig is based on a German design. They also had a fine mix of old world quality made kit from the late 1800s mixed with the state of the art Assault Rifles and even night vision kit in 1945. The German soldier was known for improvising and making thier own kit. Especially the Mountain troops in Northern Lapland's and in the south in the Caucuses Mountains.
You will need skills to make things by hand from the get go, and as things fail beyond retrieval later. Getting out and training will show the direction the Evader needs to take this. Buying gear and pileing it up to jerk off on or to post to your buddies isn't gonna cut it. Its that simple. To get in the know, you need to go. Period! . Items like these pouch liners are just a stop gap for me. As stated above they will probably work better for some in warmer climates and should be armored up with Gorilla Tape.
My recourse is to get some supple thin leather and make my own pouches and find a lid closure device that will keep the water out. Oiled leather is highly resistant to freezing in temperatures that I see here in Norther South-Central Alaska.
Above is one possible solution to making a a leather pouch water tight. A simple potato chip bag clamp. Yes its plastic and very fail-able but its a start. I will search out something that is made of metal or stainless steel. Perhaps one of those large black metal filing clamps will suffice. Weight and bulk of leather will have to be considered as well, especially when talking about smock or LBE/Webbing kit.
I don't quite know what made me move from making my own kit at such a level. Perhaps it was that fact there is just so much to do and such little time to do it. Money Im sure was also a factor. Making things is not cheap when leather is concerned, but in the end you get more for your money then constantly replacing shit modern garbage made in some factory is shit bag Communist China.
There is a lot to be said about there being so much to do. I like to explore all options. Ive found the past is usually the best place for me to look in these situations. But not too far back. A mix of old world and the modern seems to sit well with what I do in preparing for Rural Evasion. Time has passed and things fall into place little by little and its making sense.
Alaska was good to The Olaf and I yesterday....
Everything you do to prepare is connected to the next challenge. Take care about even what shoes laces you select because even they are a link in the survival chain and its connected to the next possible challenge that you will either avoid or have to find a way to over come. I will have to continue to use these liners until i can procure some suitable leather. On the other side of that my woman mother successfully hunted a caribou recently up in the interior and I'm looking at acquiring some hide with fur from that, but we will see. You may see a caribou fur pouch on my webbing sometime soon.
Please practice and develop skills. NO ONE TAUGHT me, I just did it. Though I did have some help with leather crafting supplies from my best good friend Joe Smith up north from me. If you have any questions on how to start, I will help if asked but I am not a teacher. I can just show you the way but you have to walk it yourself.
Thank you for your time..
|Posted by Ivarr Bergmann on January 6, 2019 at 2:05 PM||comments (4)|
This post isn't directed at the older folks or physically disabled. It directed at the Lip Jockey "Experts" ..
One things Alaska has shown me its what its like to have no help coming. It thoroughly sucks and its a relentless creeping feeling that is constantly there reminding me not to fuk up. If I do there's no one there to help. No one is coming and no one will even know. All the help I have is what I carry. Skills are absolutely necessary in these situation but they are equally as important as kit and knowing how to combine the two to live to see the sun rise. In many cases kit will trump skills. This misplaced notion you'll meet at some planned rally point with all your Internet brothers at arms is unrealistic with all the variable the collapse will throw at us. An Evader should plan to be alone regardless of the outcome. I have multiple place to go. This puts the math in my favor.
I don't post about things I don't know about. One thing I do know about is what isolation looks like and what it takes to get yourself through it. This isolation can translate into what most ppl will experience when the hammer drops else where. What I experience here, in the now, is what ppl will experience when its all gone. Oddly enough Ill probably actually have it better here in the wilderness then most people will when it all comes crashing down and society starts to digest itself. A great purge will happen until such a time that the numbers will thin out in populated areas. Here in Alaska predators will be my constant OPFOR unless someone decides to come look for me. The rhetoric by some "experts" of going out light and geared to only fight to survive when the hammer drops is counterfeit nonsense at best. The notion you'll be the savior of what was once the USA and that you should address and approach the collapse of everything as some sort of Fighter is even more ridiculous, as are the 'for sale' grandiose expectation of having a unrealistic plan based on this flawed idea. Its fantasy fan-boy garbage. You need kit and you need a rucksack. Going light it insane. It simply doesn't translate into a world where there is nothing left but what you take with you, sorry. Its even more non-transitioning if you have a family. When the hammer drops there is no rescue service coming to help, there isn't even going to be a 7-11 to go get cough syrup should you develop the sniffles or a simple bottle of Pepto should you get a bad case of Ass Blast. But wait, it gets much worse-There will be no airstrikes or JDAMS to kill a dug in sniper, or choppers to evac someone if he gets a good shot upside your head. There will be no follow up forces to aid you should you get stuck in a fight with no way out. There is no monster Governmental element there to help with a simple call. Its going to be OVER. You will be your doctor/Medic/Nurse, your commo guy, your armorer, your seamstress, your marksman, your cook, your recon guy, your fighter, your auto mechanic, your boat captain, you medivac and your spiritual reservoir when the end finally releases you....Get use to this idea.. A patrol or Assault pack simply isn't enough to live from.
You will need the ruck and all it can carry to get by. Whats more is you'll need a larger ruck then you think in the event you come across items to scavenge and take with you. Extra room saves time and liability and this translates into less problems and moving quickly. For the Evader there will be situations where you need to be self sufficient. By that I mean your shelter, food and fire to cook from will come from you and what you have brought in your ruck, not by natural means by making a fire or constructuing a shelter from natural materials all to disturb the area and leave harder sign you were there.. You'll need dry clothing on the spot, or you'll need warm food procured from the supplies you should have in your rucksack.
You'll need a change of clothes. Perhaps several. Here Im changing my clothes during a creep in a frozen forest.Of course Im posing for the blog picture to make my point.
My PLCE ruck.. My fav ruck of all time. Works right for me.
Here's a quick story:
This is a much edited version but I hope you get the point.
Long ago in a swamp around the Mid-Atlantic coast of the USA, close to the Chesapeake Bay. We were creeping though this swamp heading to a pre-determined base camp. The task was to creep successfully with all team members making it to the 'base camp' that was a mere mark on the map made with a simple grease-pencil smeared in black. Thats all that we were told and It was that simple. Avoid contact and avoid a fight. Utilize tactical formations, C&C and terrain to move successfully undetected as a team. The trick was is that there were two factions fighting each other in the AO. They didn't know about our existence and we were vaguely advised of theirs.. There was no one actively searching for our group. We were a wild card. Getting made just once would have changed the game and we would probably have probably have been actively hunted by both factions because no one knew what side we were on. The truth was were weren't on anyone side. The objective was to creep and not get made- It was as simple as that. We had woodland BDUs, Rucksack and LBE and were armed with just M4s and side arms..
We were three days into this. On the 4th day we made our way to a strait away in the road. The map, terrain and the activity we observed dictated this was the best place to cross unless we wanted to swim or deal with a bridge. We sent out scouts on either of our flanks hand-railing the road. Far enough out and up the road to give a good report on when it was clear. We observed the road for hours. We could hear distant activity but visually saw nothing and the road remained unused. The activity was close, however. We decide to wait till sun down to cross. We had the time. Once sun went down we initiated the crossing after the scouts on each flank reported it was clear. The first man didn't make it 3 steps to the shoulder of the road and trip flare went off up the road and an RPK just appeared and opened up nearly directly infornt of us across the road. They were firing at a target 100 meters or more up the road. He was throwing flash and rapidly changed mags. He was joined by rifleman and some simulated ordnance explosions Their OPFOR opened up on them from their 1 o'clock from up the road near the general area of the scouts just off a crook in the road. It was fast and seemed to hit with a lot of shock value. We were sitting in the midst of the factions fighting one another. The ball buster was that RPK and rifleman's position was so well hidden we didn't see or hear anything for the entire time we observed that area from our covert positions. But they didn't make us either.
BRDM Armored Scout Car (Truck)
It wasnt long and a BRDM armored truck painted in a NATO camo pattern and drapped with pieces of camo netting hanging from it came rumbling into the fight pounding off with its KPV 14mm cannon ( gun actually). Fortunately no one from either faction saw us. We didn't get made. That was 90% of the battle, staying unknown. We were just in the wrong place at the wrong time. The scouts were pulled in and we wanted to get away from the firefight so the group rallied and peeled back disapearing into the dark swamp. We were 100 meters in when a guy in our group took a trip face first into the drink. This was a cold night at nearly 30 degree temps. The guy was scruffed from the drink and pulled to safety. Just about that time a team from one of the Factions presented itself in our immediate area. They were moving with a purpose but not fast enough that were were going to get made. We hid well and used the terrain and vegitation to conceal us.. They were trying to flank the RPK position and had to run through us to get to them. The RPK team must have had support because another firefight broke out between the two factions once again, right in our Escape area. Our group broke out of the area and rallied at the swamps edge some distance from the fight. It was thought that neither side would want to get backed into the swamp so it would be avoided at great length.. Pop flares could bee seen in the distance but the group was well enough away not to be illuminated by them or even get stuck in the fight. It was relatively secure. Ordnance detonations, the crack of automatic rifles and the low thump of bursts from M60 Machine Guns could be heard in the distance for some time.
The guy that went into the water was in serious condition with hypothermia taking its toll. He was near immobile with his kit and rucksack being dragged by his team mates and the medic in follow. His gear was properly water proofed and everything inside was perfectly serviceable.. His sleep sack and spare clothing were retrieved from the main cell, and at the top, of his ruck with absolute ease because it was packed properly by priority. His cooking kit was also packed by priority and retrieved with ease from outside side pouches. Hot liquid was eventually prepared for his infusion with his burner stove with the proper light issues addressed once the fighting has passed. All members of the group had properly prepared rucksacks so this meant that if one person had a mishap they wouldn't drain resources from using up other members kit and supplies because of ne mans own inaction and lack of preparations. By the group observing the rule of using rucks larger than was required there was spare room to divide up the convalescent members kit to help get him out until he was able to get on by himself. The group had no radio contact with 'base camp' or anyone else if there was a situation like this, but the point if this was after the hammer dropped these men in the group werent prepared to act as a group or individually with properly prepared rucksacks and kit inventory..?
Thats all I have to say about that short story....
Me on Dartmoor in the UK. I was down with Hypothermia. Took kit from 3 guys patrol ruck to get me stabilized.
Patrol/Assault Rucksacks are good for my scouts. Even when the hammer drops Id be hard pressed to go from shelter to shelter with a simple 3 day pack. If I get displaced and unable to reach the next destination/shelter I dont want to be caught in the wilds without proper kit.. Ill might go over this later in another post.
Some Vid Links:
Ruck Content Vid: https://youtu.be/3Er_-Shg8n0
Ptrol Ruck Video: https://youtu.be/GZGviVv5TUw
I implore anyone reading to not discount the rucksack. Do not listen to guys who want to sell you on going out like you're assaulting Central Baghdad. If you're reading this you're looking at the collapse from my point of view. However my plan is designed for ANY SITUATION that brings a collapse, not just invasion or civil war were commerce and civil services have disintegrated. Going out with nothing when the hammer drops will give a whole new meaning to "travel light-freeze at night". Yes rucksack is hard weight. It takes training with it to know how to use it and what to do with it. When to take a chance and ditch it for retrieval later and when to never take it off. The ruck should be protected at all costs. Much like you weapon is. IMO its just as important. There are no shortages of examples of my handling one throughout my vids and picture history. Ive found that most ppl telling you not to take one are the ppl that simply cant handle one
|Posted by Ivarr Bergmann on January 2, 2019 at 12:30 PM||comments (5)|
Got this Esbit stove going with a Bic at nearly 40 below 0 F...
This is a 1950s German gasmask can. Its metal with a rubber gasket. These lighters were stored in this can with a set of candles undisturbed since 2015. The temperature at the store site easily dropped to 20 below 0 and had highs in the 80s. Upon retrieving them the lighters all worked on the first strike. They were a cheap off brand and not made by Bic.
Fire on the first try....I love lighters and depend on them to a great deal. Dont be afraid to use them and depend on them. Your life really may depend on one and its not "cheating". Ive found out very quickly that most of the items you see in the tin above are pretty useless in the real wilderness.. I do however carry a Ferro Rod or two just in case. I have found that a store of lighters on my body and a couple Ferro Rods is all I need when on the go. Ive even sewn some into smocks to retrieve years later and they worked fine even after a lot of exposure. Whats more is most of my Pods contains them as well.
I'm not Jeremiah Johnson and I'm not Grizzly Adams. Those days are long gone and I see no point in revisiting that sort of hard existance if I can avoid it at any level. There are reliable modern implements that can be used by the evader to make a world of difference in your overall survival. Ill never understand the ill nature some ppl give toward lights or those who depend on them. Ive found most ppl see them as "cheating" in the big theater of show and tell on the internet. Its just not reralistic. They are extremely reliable and durable. Ive used lighters down to 30-40 below. Simply store them in a warm part of your body and you'll have no issues. If they get cold in your pocket or in a pod just put the head in your mouth, waist band or arm pit to warm them. Its really a simple reliable way to stay alive. I carry no less then 4 Bic or generic lighters on me in just my smock. A fav green one i have used for years and its still got a long life left in it.
Take note that even the Army was smart enough to axe a bow and drill from the survival phase of its SERE course..
20 for 22$ on Amazon can be a game changer and save your ass...
|Posted by Ivarr Bergmann on December 27, 2018 at 10:10 AM||comments (2)|
Its been a very long road the past two years. There's been much contemplation and thought about the years facing me. One things was for sure, I had to get this page up and running again when the time was right. That time is now. Hastened by the repetitive banning on FB by sneaking little cowardly snowflakes who seem to constantly report the smallest infraction to their child like sensibilities, compounded with the mindless drones scouring the net for their daily drama fix from posted pictures their simple minds see simply as fantasy, never understanding for a moment the pains, hard work and effort put into the making of one single shot out in the wilds.
Whats more is I tried once again to do the "Team" things while i was on sabbatical and once again ppl have proved to me they are best when avoided. Its clear by the 3 pictures above that my thoughts on survival in the Alaska wilds differed greatly from theirs. I wish them luck and fortune in the future...
Here are some links of three (or 4) vids I made for the team when I was there.. The group had potencial but alas humans happen...
The above proved to be true in the past 2 years. Many talked a good talk about brotherhood and friendship, few delivered in my time of need. One "Friend" even took it upon himself to steal guns, gear and money from me when i was at the lowest point of my life. But on the flip side ine true friend drove 50 miles in a snow storm to hang with me to make sure I was ok one night..
The past two years have not seen much scouting or anything else productive. Its been mostly a flash of a blur as days went by trying to just keep my head above water. 2019 will break this trend. 2017 and 18 were rather spent in the wilds paying for the same land over and over again to maintain PT, and to check on pods and shelters. Mostly to maintain my sanity.. It truly was a survival situation of another sorts.
|Posted by Ivarr Bergmann on December 26, 2018 at 7:25 PM||comments (0)|
And the start of a new era...
|Posted by Ivarr Bergmann on December 12, 2016 at 10:00 AM||comments (9)|
What a great compliment and a great reason to post my first post of the new site.