Evasion Survival, Alaska

   A  Mobile Survival Plan For Rural Escape & Evasion Survival  

Rural Evasion Kit

I will refrain from using military lingo, GI issue acronyms, and "Prepper" trendy-conformity thinking-pet names for kit as much as possible here. This page is for anyone to understand and apply. Contrary to the redundant spin constantly applied to the topic to seem 'militant fresh' and new, its really a very very simple topic once you step into it by practicing and adhering to some basic kit and skills to then get out for some committed continuous training. However, then and only then will you really understand. I know such acronyms and jargon make ppl feel empowered and to a certain extent- invincible-  but trust me its a false lead by the nose. When you're out there exhausted, cold and hungry, and you're being hunted by ppl that shouldn't even know you're there, only then will you'll see all that horseshit on the internet and the Tv was just an advertisement driven emotional illusion that simply does NOT exist in real survival. Whats more is do not take your lessons and examples from what the military is doing in terms of kit, load compliments and your approach to a over all plan. The military is not survival. They have a vast empire of logistics and manpower behind them- As an Evader- YOU WILL NOT.

Kit Rules I Follow..

1. Kit needs to be used thoroughly, often and when new, properly vetted ASAP. Unused Kit serves NO PURPOSE.

2. Kit should never cause an unnecessary burden or liability. Proper Kit access and over all fit cannot be overstated.

3. Kit must always work together in a functioning system for the Evader. Pocket kit+Rig+Ruck= Functioning System

4. Never cover yourself head to toe in the same CAMCON pattern. Select proper CAMCON patterns for your area.

5. Always improvise or make your own kit when you can but never at the risk of a dangerous liability or burden.

6. Never stow all your Kit in one spot in your system. Spread it out and memorizes its location throughout

7. ALWAYS remember that you're an Evader when selecting kit- You're NOT a Soldier or Gun Fighter.
8. Never fear the Ruck.-Your life depends on it. They get heavy and stay heavy- Get use to that idea.
9. ALWAYS keep kit organized and maintained. Put Kit away when not actively using it- Clean soiled kit immediately.
10. Kit will always be EQUALLY as important and skills to the Evader.- One will always support the other.
11. NEVER cut corners with cheap footwear or wet weather kit. (or anywhere else you can afford to move up a grade)
12. Kit advice and research only takes you so far- You have to get out and do for yourself.
13. Observe weight- THINK- Unnecessarily overloaded kit can get your dead and uses valuable energy to haul.
14. For the Evader 2=1 and 1=0, as long as its not being stupid and creating liability or burdens w/ unneeded weight.
15. Quality Kit is very important but you cannot buy your way to success. High cost kit does not raise success rates.
16. Selecting clothing is selecting work clothes. Hard wearing is the goal. Tattered and naked -you're ineffective
17. Sunglasses are gay and impede your first line of defense- YOUR SIGHT.
18. Know how to hand sew and repair kit with you hands. This includes proper thread, stitches and methods.
19. Booger knots are your friend.
20. Always wear something with a hood on it.
21. Always have a bandana around your neck. Its uses are endless.
22. Wear gloves always. I prefer ginger-less all year round.
23. Tacticool is for internet fan boys. Leave it home always. Function over form should be the objective,
24. ALL your kit should be set up with 4 seasons in mind. (Only my boots change with the season.)
25. Know your kit in pitch black night w/o the aid of a flashlight. See rule # 6
26. Use DUMMY CORDS and sew anchor loops in all available pockets.
27. Never store anything in your smock or pockets you can't roll over on or lay on for a long duration.
28. Protect everything that needs protecting from water as if you had just 3 seconds to decide to jump into a river.

Good kit is important and YOU NEED IT. Knowing how, when and where to apply it is equally important. Survival is a self-supporting circle with one aspect depends on the next, and the one before it and kt is no exception. Don't get sold on the lies from charlatans claiming gear is any less important then skills. I'm many cases kit will trump skills in keeping you alive and going steady. Good kit doesn't mean expensive neither. Ive found over the years that a healthy mix of surplus and commercial usually fits the bill. For me the older it is the better in many respects. For example a camouflage canvas shelter section that doubles as a rain poncho and that's made in Europe (Zeltbahn) will FAR outlast a simple thin woodland Military issue or commercial poncho shelter -by decades- with constant use. However weight is your trade off!  However all that is a separate topic..

Kit Level 1-2-3.

The Rural Evaders kit needs to be set up in levels.  Below is a general overview of how I carry my kit.

Level 1* Pocket Kit- Smock, Shirt and Trousers kit-  First and foremost Smock and pocket kit is about ease of access and organization for me in any situation, and secondary as a general last ditch effort to stay alive with whats left on me should such a situation come to fruition where I lose everything other than my clothing, and this includes simple pocket kit and sewn in kit. What kit that is sewn into my clothing is not hidden for the purpose of tricking OPFOR that may have captured me but rather this kit is "stash and forget" in my clothing for this Evader to use in the event I lose all other kit. Count on being killed if you're captured by Post-Hammer OPFOR so it wont matter. This isn't a Jason Bourne Fuk Fantasy so don't over load your clothing with hidden gimmicks and tricks- If you get captured you've more then likely met the end.

Level 2* Battle Rig Kit- For fighting from and Surviving from with more convenience then pocket kit but much less then your Rucksack kit. There's a lot that can be done with this level. Its a personal choice but self defense and survival is the goal. Its put together depending on your experience and comfort level. With less experience you may want to consider more kit to fall back on at this level.

Level 3* Rucksack Kit- This is the Evaders home on his back. Its about total existence and should be packed wisely. This kits load and layout will be effected by what the Evader has already stashed away someplace else to use later, but should also be packed in such a way that if you're deviated from your main route you can live from it for a while. What you carry on your back in the Rucksack is all the luxury you will have when the hammer drops. 

Level 1- Smock & Pocket Kit

My General Base Line Smock and Pocket Kit:

* Pocket Knife (Trousers pocket)
* Belt Knife. (Hip belt)
* Hank of 550 Cord (Smock)
* Second hank of 550  (Trousers Cargo pocket)
* Bic Lighters (Some sewn into, some in pockets of Shirt, Smock and Trousers)
* Ferro Rod (Smock)
* Handcuff Key (sewn into back of trousers)
* Battle Dressing (Smock or trousers cargo pocket)
* Button Compass, protected utility razors (Sew throughout- Shirt, Trousers, Smock, boots)
* GPS/Map/Compass/Pace Beads, Note Pad (Smock)
* Multi-Tool (Smock)
* Black Contractors Trash bag (Smock
* Collapsible Water Bag and Water Chem Tabs (Smock)
* 4 Inch Hacksaw Blade (Sewn into rear of hat)
* Small Admin Pouch: Electrical Tape, Meds, Toilet Paper,  and Other Personal Mics Items  (Smock)
* Small Flashlight (Smock)
* Face Paint Kit (Trouser Cargo Pocket)
* Bandana ( Around the neck)

Level 2- Survival/Battle Rig

Battle/Survival Rig Kit- its a piece of kit that allows you to go away from your Rucksack and conduct tasks with the relative means to defend yourself and with kit that you should be able to survive from it with relative success when in combination with your pocket. As an Evader you'll need to get in the habit of having it on you all the time. You can stay relatively functional and mobile with the items you thoughtfully learned to load it with through training and practice.

My General Base Line Belt Kit Compliment:
* Ammo. A basic 4-6 mags for the main weapon ( G3 or M4) and 3-4 mags for the sidearm.
* Knife with easy one handed draw and return ability
*. Water-bottle with the ability to treat water without fire, and metal cup .
* Binoculars.
*  Miscellaneous Kit Pouch with an assortment of miscellaneous kit like knife sharpening stone, First Aid box, 550 cord, weapons maintenance kit, batteries, headlamp, extra food items, etc-etc-etc. How you load the pouch will depend on your experience level and geographical/environmental requirements.


The Rucksack- . The Rucksack can provide all the necessary accommodations and comforts and makes life relatively easier with the items you have stowed in it. Simply tossing items into it isn't knowing what works for you. Constant evaluation is a MUST as is organization and maintaining it with good habits to look after your kit.. I have a habit of using lots of outside pouches on my Rucksack to help keep thing organized and to get to things i need with as little fuss as necessary.

Baseline Compliment:
1. Shelter & Construction-Tarp, Camo Net, Saw, Chopper, Bungee Cords, Butane Lantern, Bear Alarms, 550 cord
2. Cooking kit.- Butane Burner, Large bottle Butane, Mess tin, Cup, Fork, Wash Clothes, Lighter
3. Health & hygiene.- Evaders choice.-Common sense items.
4. Sleep kit- Sleep Mat, 4 Season Sleep Sack with Gore-Tex Bivy
5. Extra clothing. Complete extra set, plus extra cold weather kit ( I pack for all seasons year round)
6. Self Admin kit. Evaders choice- Common Sense items
7. Rations. One weeks worth.
All info on this page is relevant. but I have moved on from many topics, and returned to many topics mentioned here. Take what you need from here to help you further your plans. Don't be afraid to experiment with various types of kit to find a Smock, Survival/Battle Rig and Rucksack that will be the kit you will use to survive the hammer dropping.  Also don't be intimidated by more experienced people and not ask for advice. Any one worth his or her time in the wilds will gladly offer advice when asked. But never take everything given to you as advice for the whole picture (or truth in many cases) of what you need to be doing to set up your kit for yourself. The kit process can takes years to get the right setup going so don't get discouraged. Take your time, do your research and practice lots of SELF EVALUATION to choose wisely so you can move forward productively. Also expect conflict between kits items asnd take great steps to resolve them as soon as possible. This will derail kit set up plans fast and force you to rethink your set up, so think about what you want and how it will all work together with the entire kit compliment before you add things together. Your Evasion kit Compliment should work in harmony and in sync like a music orchestra produces fine sound. Reduce burdens to near nonexistence in your kit rundown. Even a simple holster added to a rig can have a domino effect of screwing up how your kit works together. Burden and liabilities usually show themselves at very inconvenient moments. This can be frustrating so be prepared. Many modern rigs are not like old school webbing rigs and are designed to use with a monster sized rucksack while old school webbing will, more times then not, conflict badly with modern elongated sustainment and patrol rucksacks causing kit conflict and liability that you should sort out as soon as possible. You can subject kit to unnecessary wear and tear with busted seems, torn stiching and worn spots appearing when kit doesn't work well together.

No one Rig or Rucksack will suit everyone. Kit is a very personal and intimate topic to the Evader so don't go and simply copy the first video or person you see because it looks good on them or they sound like they know what they're talking about. No one can prepare you better THEN YOU. Also high end uber expensive kit does not mean you will turn into a Super Evasion Ninja because you dropped 400$ on some vest or rucksack that is said to be used by SEALS or Rangers. Surviving is not something you can buy your way through. Ive used cheap commercial rigs and like a fool Ive used WAY overpriced rigs and kit and never really seen much of difference in quality or delivered outcome. Most of it is made in Commie land or from materials made in Commie lands and assembled in the USA. Ive also found that whether its high end or commercial kit-quality can vary WILDLY. Ive never had to replace or send a piece of CONDOR kit back but I cannot say the same for BLACKHAWK Tactical gear I use to use back in the day.

I got this button-compass in Switzerland around 2007. I sewed it into the hood of my S95 Smock. I retrieved it some 12 or so years later. It was made with a glass window and the glass had since shattered but the compass worked and found true north strait away.

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