|Posted by Ivarr Bergmann on January 11, 2019 at 11:00 AM|
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..
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