MICRO WORRIES AND MACRO PLANS 2
Again, let me repeat, I do NOT advocate a mobile survival lifestyle. The only thing this article is doing is giving you perspective on how easy it really is to survive, so you don’t sweat the small stuff. And no, I do not agree with the saying, “don’t sweat the small stuff and it is all small stuff”. That trivializes people’s problems. I know we have great fun laughing at White People Problems, as if not being able to afford an $800 I-Phone is even on this plane of existence as a real problem.
And yet, when someone thinks they have a problem, it isn’t that we are dismissing their health robbing stress. It is just that they need to mature and gain wisdom through perspective. A LOT of preppers are suffering from White People Problem Anxiety Disorder Syndrome. I dismissively call them Yuppie Survivalist Scum. If they were to take one of the many pairs of shoes from their wife’s closet and beat her about the head and shoulders with it, and then insist they live within a budget, profound wisdom might be learned from that simple act. Instead, they gaze wistfully at their testicles in the pickle jar.
I expect you will still be stressing over real problems like overpopulation and energy contraction, the feral nature of ghetto residents bottle fed resentment all their lives, and etcetera. I expect you to put a lot of effort into luxury continuation for post-apocalypse. As long as you view it as a challenging hobby rather than something to stress over. Because you only need a lot of food, a little ammunition and some rugged camping gear ( and a few extra tools ). That is all you NEED. The other stuff you just WANT.
Not to say you shouldn’t get it, just that it is a THRIVE rather than a SURVIVE. Our movement is not labeled “thrivalism”. Thriving is gravy, not the meat. So, what do you need? Food, water, protection and shelter. Water is either a pot to boil the stuff in, or a Sawyer water filter, and preferably both. More than one, better one at every third food cache. At the price Sawyers are selling for, you might as well get three or five of them. Of all the canteen designs out there, I still think the military has the best one.
I’m positive they did it by accident, given their track record of marginal equipment. I’m not sure if they issue anything different today, but the old style belt canteen with the nestling cup on the bottom is pretty darn handy. There isn’t much you can’t do with the thing. You’ll always be able to boil water, but given the need for security sometimes, the Sawyer is also a nice addition. And no, you don’t need to boil water for fifteen minutes at altitude. As soon as bubbles start to rise, the nasties have been through enough heat.
Don’t go all Gay Rambo on your defense. It is defense, after all. Not offense. You want offense, set booby traps and ambush. You don’t need too much tactical in your firearm. Leave most of the ammo in caches and don’t attach everything and the kitchen sink. If you are mobile, that rifle needs to stand up to abuse. Just because it never leaves your side doesn’t mean you aren’t tripping and sliding and climbing and digging, etc. Hyperthermia is a bigger danger than Blue Helmets so stock accordingly. Better multiple dug-outs than multiple mags.
I can already hear you caterwauling. My wife, my kids, they need a concrete bunker on a hilltop with a herd of sheep and a Fry Daddy to cook them up tastily. Just exactly what did hunter gatherers do with their dependents lo all those hundreds of thousands of years? The little humpers knew how to walk out in the cold. No one is saying “live in a tent”. You have multiple camps for security and for foraging different areas. You can build comfortable shelters, you just can’t rely on only one. If you must turn to farming, pick and stay in a spot.
In the meantime, this is how you survive on almost nothing. It is the extreme frugal budget. You don’t need to buy land and a house because you cache most everything and you rely on primitive shelters built with indigenous materials. On your person is enough to get from cache to cache, shelter to shelter. Even if you only travel five miles a day, you only need food cached every thirty miles and you have a weekly resupply. A simple shelter and food every ten miles and it would be rare you couldn’t be comfortable every single night.
PVC pipe is a great cache system, but if you go above the four inch pipe the end caps rape your wallet. I’m looking to bury half my rifles, and a six inch cap is $12 EACH ( online ). Yet, the four inch pipe won’t hold all that much grain. It might be better to bury five gallon buckets. Just make sure they are Mylar lined to avoid a food smell for animals to chew for. They are difficult to hike with for burial, but that also gives you practice hiking and camping so you test your gear and know what is and isn’t needed.
One buried bucket for grain and another close by for the added cooking oil and vitamin pills and replacement items such as socks, underwear, long John’s, footwear, ammo, soap, blankets and the like. Know your areas wild plants and plan on trapping and fishing for a much better diet. BUT! You need that cached wheat for a minimum diet, and the oil for surviving in the cold ( and the vitamins in case you can’t find plants ). Thrift stores can supply a lot of your back-up items like used pots and pans and some clothing.
That seems like a huge pain in the ass, but if you look at one bucket as a month’s minimum calories, that is only twelve camping trips to stash a year’s supply of food. One a weekend for three months. For the second bucket, place the empty one over the wheat filled, with the items to go inside loose in your pack around the wheat bucket. You’ll need a large cargo pack built well, but it will come in handy for your post-apocalypse travels between caches. An ax, a small shovel, good footwear and winter clothing and you are set.
Obviously, needed details abound, such as sturdy water carriers besides just a canteen. The best shovel. How to stay clean, you and your clothing. Your sleeping gear. But that is easily solved by the camping trip you use to go cache. You can easily test bugging in by turning off the utilities, and you can easily test bugging out with camping trips. I would NOT go with light weight gear. It won’t last past daily hard use. Better to minimize gear, maximize caching and get sturdy bulletproof gear. When you boil down your needs to REAL problems like eating, this stuff is basic.
Even a kid on minimum wage part time, without a car, living in a big city, can prep like this. The cost per bucket varies, $15 for a Mylar wrapped five gallon bucket of wheat. On up with various items like ammo and shoes. But even if the gun is only a shotgun, $100 at Wal-Mart, you don’t REALLY need more for hiding, shooting and scooting. And I’ll wager that only eating grease soaked wheat at home will generate a lot of complaining but if you are camping, you get far more motivated to trap and fish.
There are a lot of disadvantages to mobile cache surviving, but it is super cheap AND mostly devoid of problematic people. I don’t advise this course of action, but it does really simplify what you’ll need to survive. Just planning this as a wargame and not doing it, proves how little matters when stockpiling and how unneeded stressing about how much stuff you think you need to survive all these problems facing us. It simplifies the over complicated. It can be like a Zen meditation technique, to peel away White People Prepping Problems.
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Read the other day that our NZ friends are getting visits from 2 plain clothed detectives backed up by 30 odd SWAT police asking about firearms they own. Don't think it can happen in the Land of the Free? Kennedy told Khrushchev that he feared the US Military would over throw him if he couldn't negotiate the Cuban Missile crisis in a timely manner. More recently, you've got the Red Flag (unjust) Laws.ReplyDelete
Let us not forget to look at NZ for another example of meekly giving up freedom. I WANT to think we won't follow. Perhaps we won't. At least we have the excuse of the Bill Of Rights to bag us some Revenuers. But again, since almost every gun owner has more guns than stored food, perhaps we will go quietly into the good night.Delete
I'm sure you've seen posts at WRSA and elsewhere about BigTech starting to deplatform "unpopular" creators. I want to take this opportunity to remind Minions of your contact info in the unfortunate event we turn on our 'puters & message reads you've been terminated for TSO violations.
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Yes, I am concerned. My web creator dudes seem cool and laid back, sort of a mom& pop, but they did send notice that our service can be canceled at any time for any reason. How reassuring! And Google, well...My e-mail service SHOULD stay freedom orientated. After all, look at he name. But...just in case, I can always transition to a monthly CD-ROM magazine through the snail mail. Thanks for the reminder and concern.Delete
Correct simplification of basics for folks. The western consumerism combined with excessive incorrect influencing caused by media and net informatiom dissemination has corrupted and biased people's needs and wants thinking abilities. Many will fail and crash stupendously because they demand and expect airstream r.v. type collapse living for only a couple of weeks at most. Those that can't adapt and then thrive in a scratch the dirt like chickens existence as a necessity during the impending (yes it is coming to all of jesus favorites, no one exempted) collapse and resultant die off will be unamed statistics in after action reports or egg headed history studies way later on. Study and practice hard core like, because reality has no do over or game console re-start button to cover for your own fucking off and dipstick errors. Just be saying for those fence rail squatters not serious enough to be worthy of survival.ReplyDelete
In a 99.999% die-off, very few slackers can escape the wrath of Darwin.Delete
Pro tip for caching: take an orienteering class at a junior college. It is an awesome skill to possess, but few people have it anymore. Also: learn how to triangulate. It's how surveyors find the shit they're looking for.ReplyDelete
One more thing: if you're gonna take the time and effort to dig some cache sites then each cache should contain what you would need to "start over" in the case that you have lost most everything for whatever reason. For me, this would include a pair of hiking boots and a variety of clothes along with small tent/tarp, a couple of Bic lighters and a cooking pan. I'd also cache water and alcohol for cooking. If your gonna dig a hole for a pvc pipe stash you may as well make it a 3 or 4 pipe stash.
"As if I've lost everything" is a good guideline, but obviously it cannot be exact duplicates. You cannot have a shotgun in every cache, unless you build your own, as a for instance. At least a knife and spear tips as a minimum, though.Delete
I would include books at every cache site. The apocalypse could get long and boring.Delete
I agree. We aren't prepping for pre-oil age living. We are stashing oil energy. There will be plenty of leisure time in this method of living, even with twice or thrice daily patrols.Delete
It was years ago now, but the authorities found a preppers cache out in the woods here in Dingoland. At first it was all "muh terrorist" but a bucket of food, a knife and other tools as well as a book about bush skills the authorities decided to be sensible & not have a witch hunt.Delete
Caching firearms &/or ammunition isn't viable in Dingoland. It'd see a Dingo put into the pound, maybe get put to sleep. At the end of the day coming afoul of the law is by far the biggest danger here so we keep our noses clean. Stashing food & tools in the forest will get you a slap on the wrist if you're caught. Get caught with a firearm and you're https://youtu.be/Zy7OdvPvFyU?t=23
Good one. I forgot how thick the accents were when I watched that previously.Delete
“You cannot have a shotgun in every cache, unless you build your own, as a for instance.”Delete
True. You could go with a compact pipe shotgun, maybe in .410 (Not the best gauge, but the shells are small and more stashable) and place perhaps a dozen shells in each cache. Maybe also a length of PVC pipe, and dacron, for bow making, and a few cheapie wooden arrows. The bow option would obviously be better for minions like Dingo, where the gun laws suck even worse. Maybe he could also consider tossing a few grenade tips in the cache, to give those arrows a little extra kick.
It worked for Rambo. :)Delete
Also Arnold, in Predator, when he slayed that alien dude. Whom ironically enough, looked very similar to what his future wife Maria Shriver, ended up looking like :DDelete
All the money and fame, and this is how it ends :(Delete
If I get an Infrared scope I can see my Fry Daddy at night! That's a necessity!ReplyDelete
Well, I can't say you don't have a valid point :)Delete
Pvc pipe will work it's way to the surface after several rains. That when u hear of caches being found with one end of the pipe being exposed. I suggest burying with a large rock on top to help alleviate this possibility.ReplyDelete
Thanks. I'm sure I've been told this before but keep forgetting.Delete