Hitting The Trails: Let’s Talk About Mileage

After this weekend; I have much respect for the folks who put in some serious mileage on the trails. We talk about books and movies which depict people bugging out due to a SHTF situation, but do we really know what it takes to do that? I know our military members know about this, but for folks who have not put any time into walking long distances, pay attention to this segment of our beginning hiking for the prepper series. It may save your life one day.

This weekend I decided to hike both Saturday and Sunday which is not out of the ordinary, but I did it differently. Not only did I increase the mileage to ten miles per day, but I included the weight of my bug out bag contents. So with a little over ten pounds in my pack and ten miles per day; I have made some observations that I feel our readers would benefit from. Keep in mind that nothing beats the babbling creeks, waterfalls, or running into wildlife. But back to preparedness discussion so get out your note pads because we have some homework to do.

WaterfallFirst and foremost, make sure you have the correct clothing on if you can help it. I started out early in the day and the temperature was pretty brisk. But at the day went on, it warmed up so I had to remove some layers. I know you thought I was going to start in about my bag, but I found this to be very important. My reasoning is because I feel my progress would have been hindered by selecting the wrong clothing. You may want to choose the correct pack so you can store the extra clothing along side your gear. We will get into this in a few.

I decided to do this exercise not only to get some trail time, but to get the feeling for carrying the gear I would need in order to get to a location I had predetermined. The one element I did not have of course was stress. It was a nice walk, but the pack got heavy around mile seven. The only contents of my pack I was able to use on the trail was the snacks and water. Being hydrated is very important and I cannot stress the importance of how you should carry some water and water purification with you.Animals

As I mentioned earlier, we have met many characters from prepper movies like The Road or books such as Patriots, where they have walked many miles in order to escape something or get to an alternate location. Though my dogs (feet) are sore, I truly appreciate having the opportunity to practice something I may have to do one day. If you can, I highly suggest getting out on the trails and building up your endurance. As I said earlier, this could save your life one day.

In a few weeks, I will begin to review hiking and trekking items that I feel will benefit our readers. So stay tuned and stay fit, because things are going to get hot and heavy for preppers on the trails pretty soon!! Stay smart and stay safe.




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One Response to Hitting The Trails: Let’s Talk About Mileage

  1. I’ll be honest, I’ve had my b.o.b. packed for about a whole year now, and I still need to take it for a walk/hike. I have a treadmill at home, and I don’t work until noon each day, so there is no excuse for me not to get up one morning, throw on the pack (a Transit 40 pack from Eastern Mountain Sports, transforms from a “soft suitcase” to a hiking backpack with hip-belt in under a minute; great incognito bag) and start building my endurance like you’ve started.
    One thing I’ve been thinking about even before you mentioned it is the clothing I have in my bag. Living in the northeast, temperatures can be really hot in the summer, to really cold in the winter. Right now I have my bag packed with layers of clothing for all seasons; heavy/rugged “fire hose” cotton pants & jacket for the winter, with a lightweight fleece, t-shirts, 2 pairs of underwear, low cut socks, high ankle athletic socks, and an extra pair of hiking sneakers.
    I sounds like a lot, I know, but if I’m going to really bug out, I don’t want to be wasting time picking out what to wear. And if I do ever have to bug out during the winter, my pack will be lighter because i’ll be wearing some of the clothing, however if I hit the road in the summer, I’m going to be dying from the pack weight.

    Any suggestions on how to streamline a pack? maybe have seasonal packs? Anyone?

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