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I'm planning a solo camping/vacation trip for the middle of next month. The plan is to camp in one of the state parks. While this isn't really out in the wild so to speak, I want to use it as an exercise to see what my BOB needs or lacks completely. These sites are tent camping only walk in type, which means I will have to park a ways away and walk. I wanted my first trip solo so I can get use to my equipment. It Is less stressful than hearing mom mom mom over and over. It's my belief that if I have a good handle on things than I can teach her with less stress (for the both of us.) The plan is for two nights, I think that will give me a good idea on weight, gear suitability and the like. This will give me the opportunity to try different food options. Since I never had anything like a vacation in my adult life this is FAR overdue. I also plan on no electronics of any kind. Other than a pen and notebook I want to keep this exercise as primitive as possible.

 

 

I worry about my daughter she's growing up in the digital age and is highly involved in computer games it is sometime difficult to get her to do things outside. I'm a little more lax with this in the winter due to conditions, but I'm going to have to put time restrictions on her device usage. I'm going to need my mom's help with this also as she is more lax with this than I am. Once I get her outside she's great and loves it I want to take her camping with me soon before it gets too hot. Last summer here in Arkansas was BRUTAL.

 

I have to remember that I need to learns these skills first then I can teach her and then we can master them together.

 

 

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I advice that you first walk with your BOB in your area where you live for half hour, then increase the duration every other day, say adding 15 minutes every time. This will build your upper body mussels & mentaly know what weight you can manage in a haul. Better to know this close to home, than out in the woods. Just my thoughts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If your not " Physically Fit ", then your just Food for the Zombies.LOL.

In GOD I Trust, Everyone else keep your hands where I can see them!

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That's great LadyWolf, I recently went camping in Yosemite park and had a blast spent 3 days and 3 nights up there and it was pretty cold and windy at night, but I was comfortable in my USGI sleeping bag. I camped with more than my bug out bag though, because I didn't think GF would survive or enjoy it to much. Breakfast was the best meal of the day, so I want to share a bit of advice if you are bringing a cooler. Freeze water bottles and a gallon of water instead of bagged ice and if you want some eggs for breakfast like I always do, I cracked some eggs and poured them into a plastic water bottle then froze them. Good luck out there.

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Let me know how your experience goes. Several of my friends are looking for a similarly suitable location near us. An interesting one we came up with was Shackleford Island or Horse Island, off the coast of NC. You can stay there overnight, last ferry leaves at 5pm and one doesn't come back until 8am the next day. Raven Rock State Park might not be too bad also.

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Normally I would not recommend a person doing this alone for safety reasons. For this test i'd take a cell phone, if there is coverage, for an emergency. Let someone know where you'll be and a contact time in case you go missing. I'm big on self defense but do not know your skills or what you can carry in a state park. Check in with the office and let someone know where you are going in advance if you are planning a long hike. There are many lists here in the forum of what to pack but remember this..............water filtration, fire, food, shelter, safety.

I hope you have a wonderful time and i'm sure you'll be safe but a big part of survival is safety. Use whatever it takes to help someone find you just in case. A compass, whistle, mirror, etc...

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Let me second T2940's concern. While your idea is sound, you are alone and one twisted ankle away from disaster! If you have cell phone coverage take the phone with you and stay within coverage. If you don't have coverage, I would strongly advise you NOT to go alone. I KNOW you want to test your skills but if you are alone in the tall and uncut, it is NOT a test! It is for score; cut yourself, fall down a gully, break a bone, get badly burned or get disorientated and you are waiting until the search and rescue folks find you .... if they do.

 

For the sake of your family, if not for yourself, don't be out solo if it is not absolutely necessary. Leave a "flight plan" with a firm return date and time as an absolute bare minimum. Remember the story of the Washington state mushroom pickers who got lost from their car and spent several days alone with no gear in the woods. By yourself, you are one misstep away from disaster, quite literally. Shock can kill, blood loss can kill, lots of things can kill and if you are alone, you have no way to call for help.

 

Just my not so humble (and somewhat concerned) opinion.

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My pack is a Kelty Redwing in basic black.I went and was fitted at a local retailer, but I bought this online. I haven' had time to do and complete inventory as I'm still in school for about 2 more weeks then I have to move. Just for clarification this is a state park in a camping area I'll be within a mile or so walking from the reservation office which is open I believe 8-5 or so and only about 12 miles from my folks house. So no long hikes in woods by myself with the weather being as nice at it has been here I'm certain I will not be the only one camping here. I'm planning my camp after my folks get back from their vacation so If I'm not back when I say they will come a look for me. Also when I went to look at the park my mom rode with me so she knows already what I have in mind. I can say what I added today I received a pocket cooker. It's not fuel specific it will burn anything what I'm not liking is the weight of it so we will see. I also added a life straw and a camping towel however it much bigger than I though so I will have to cut it down. When I have a bit more time I will do a proper bag dump.

 

I'm looking for recommendations on a fixed blade knife. I have a SOG XL fielder good for food prep and light cutting jobs.

 

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I'm looking for recommendations on a fixed blade knife. I have a SOG XL fielder good for food prep and light cutting jobs.

What length of blade are you looking for?

What's your budget?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If your not " Physically Fit ", then your just Food for the Zombies.LOL.

In GOD I Trust, Everyone else keep your hands where I can see them!

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I'm becoming a knife addict.....................way too many.................time to do another trade show

 

Just no way you can have too many knives. The way I see it, it's like saying you have way too much AMMO. Yes i'm a bladed nut, that's what my wife says. LOL. I'm starting to make my own knives for the past few months, not sure where it will take me in the future.

 

Major Krisis, The Gerber LMF II looks good & the price is right.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If your not " Physically Fit ", then your just Food for the Zombies.LOL.

In GOD I Trust, Everyone else keep your hands where I can see them!

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There is an old flying saying ("The High and the Mighty" was on TV the other night - I'm on a roll here :-) ) that goes, "The only time you can have too much fuel is when you are on fire!"

 

Same kind of thing here: The only time you can have too much ammo or too many knives is when you're trying to swim a river carrying all of it!

 

Just the not so humble opinion of an "ancient pelican" B)

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Ladywolf, just wanted to add to the CPT's advise. Recently I went on a FTX (field Training Exercise), we went out on a night navigation course and it didn't take too long before I turned my ankle, went down hard and banged up my knee to boot. We were less than 1/2 mile away from camp, but I would have had to crawl thru an area full of rattlesnakes. Thank God I was not alone!

 

Have fun, be safe!

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