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  1. I am inexperienced when it comes to hiking and have only really done day trips with the family but am planning on doing a very tough two day 100km(62mile) hike for charity next year. I have started training and considering products this week. I am also interested in starting to build my own bug out bag but being new to survivalism and serious outdoorsmanship I would appreciate all the advice I can get. I will tell you a bit about my self my local environment and what I want from the bag to help you help me. I live in Sydney Australia during the week and about two hour's north on weekends. My homes gets about 48 inchs of rain a year and temperature's range from about 107 Fahrenheit during the summer days down to about 40 on winter nights. I am a 21 year old student who does intense and regular exercise but I do not usually do high endurance things like walking for days. I am not sure exactly what physical characteristics affect the fitting of the bag but I am 6'0 210 pounds with a long body, short legs and large shoulders. As for what I want from the bag well being new to this I am not 100% sure what I should want. But Maximum durability is obviously a plus I want a bag with a capacity that can carry enough gear for any purpose whether its a two day hike or a indefinite amount of time surviving off the grid. Also the ability to store and utilize a large camel-back is a big plus considering how much of a killer the summer can be. I do not mind a pack that's heavier by a pound or two if it makes 40 pounds feel like 25. Also I have a substantial budget for the pack but do not want to waste money buying a some thing flashy but second rate. BMG-105 http://www.mountainhardwear.com/BMG%E2%84%A2-105/OU4059,default,pd.html Gregory Denali Pro http://www.gregorypacks.com/products/view/23 This looks like the front runner to me HIGH PEAK EVEREST 75+10 http://www.backpacker.com/gear-guide-2011-high-peak-everest-7510/gear/15653 If any one can tell me there experience with these bags or any bag they think is a suitable alternative I would be happy to listen. And any advice in general is welcome.
  2. I like this book it is great apart from his "experts" advice on unarmed combat. I am light years from being a expert in unarmed defense but I train Muay Thai and Judo as well as being afan of sports like Kickboxing Muay Thai Judo and MMA. The "expert" implies that a kick to the knee has a good chance of breaking said knee despite the fact that in kick boxing Muay Thai and mma kicks to the knee are completely legal often utilized by very strong professional's and they almost never result in a TKO or a broken any thing. He state's that a open palm strike under then chin will break a neck. This is what made me realize he had no clue. Bas Rutten was 205 pounds of lean muscle a champion that specialized in that technique, he utilized it numerous times in almost every fight and never broke a single neck in his 13 year career. The "expert" poo poo's cage fightings application in street self defense but when ever a rare story surfaces about a professional cage fighter getting in a altercation the result is never the cage fighter was easily brutalised. Small men like Urijah Faber have managed to survive assault by many armed men at the same time because of the skills toughness and physical fitness developed through a career in cage fighting. Mma might not be a perfect system for self defense but if you look at the case studies it clearly has a good track record. But the two most egregious crime's of the "expert" where telling people that do not need to spar or join a gym. Training as a complete novice with no qualified supervision will create bad technique that compounds on more bad technique. Drills have there place but there is no substitute for sparing. I have seen guys apply perfect technique in a drill but when they get in the ring with a fully resisting opponent they cant execute until they have done it some times hundreds of times on a fully resisting opponent. If your number one priority is learning to defend your self my advice is this, I am just throwing it out there to see what people think. Go to a reputable mma gym train at least twice a week until you have proven your competent in the basic application of the following skills against a fully resisting opponent. Jab, Cross, Hook, leg kick, elbow slash, foot work for managing range, keeping your hands up, blocking punch's with your arms, pummeling for under hooks, pummeling for full Thai clinch, knees to the body from Thai clinch, at least one take down from clinch, a double leg take down, sprawl, a rear naked choke and one other basic submission, transitioning from side control to mount, ground and pound from mount. Once you have those skills going to Krav Maga class's which include sparring will be helpful for learning about situation specific skills and approaches to fighting as long as you maintain your basics. Also remember that while being a perfect physical specimen in terms of speed strength balance endurance and flexibility wont always win you the fight it defiantly helps so do your best to strive for higher goals in all aspects of fitness. If any one wants to disagree agree or comment on any thing I have said I would enjoy the feed back.
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    Self Defense Training

    This is exactly my problem with a lot of self defense classes. The only way to practice defending against violence is to actually defend against violence. Not do some choreographed role play. Sports are one dimensional, in Judo you only learn how to stop people taking you, stop them keeping you down and make sure they do not strangle you or break limbs while your down which is just a small part of real combat. But its much better to actually have those few skills then to do four hours of pretend after which you have no skills in muscle memory and think you can defeat a much larger opponent.
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    Self Defense Training

    And just to be a counter voice to all the Aikido fans, in my opinion Aikido is not much use. I am not a expert and am happy to change my mind if some one has good evidence but I have never seen Aikido applied in either a full contact grappling striking or mma match of any format nor have I seen it applied in a street fight in my internet trawling. What furthers my belief that Aikido is not very effective is the fact that the few times I have seen Aikido guys sparing with full contact grapplers of other discipline's they seem to come off worse and are unable to implement there various techniques.
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    Self Defense Training

    I would be careful about where you get your training. A rule of thumb for me is if the school does not encourage guide and facilitate regular full contact continuous sparring then your probably not doing much to significantly increase your chances of survival in a unarmed combat scenario. For this reason I think combat sports are a underrated for self defense purposes. A good collage wrestler will crush a lot self defense instructors in a lot of scenarios despite never attempting to simulate real combat in his life just because his physical fitness technique and muscle memory are so finely tuned. I would find a combat sport club of some kind near by that you can get to at least twice a week to train at whether it is boxing kick boxing full contact karate Muay Thai sambo judo Jiu-jitsu wrestling mma. Self defense style training can be good but the quality of the training and regularity of sparing varies wildly because it is not tested by regular tournaments.