Are you prepared for the elements of nature?

Discussion in 'General Survival and Preparedness' started by ColtCarbine, Sep 3, 2006.

  1. ColtCarbine

    ColtCarbine Monkey+++ Founding Member

    So what type of clothing do you have for the elements in your area?

    Will your clothing hold up to the abuse of nature?

    What type of weather is prevailant in your area?

    Is your area plentiful with natural shelter or are you going to need to bring shelter along?

    All the food and supplies will do you no good if you can't survive the weather, whether it's clothing or shelter. If you're bugging-in, it might not be an issue but you will need to eventually venture out of your dwelling.
  2. monkeyman

    monkeyman Monkey+++ Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    Well around here it goes from lows in the winter as low as 12-15 below 0, highs as high as 110-115 in the summer and most any weather you would want to think of other than huricanes, but we make up for that with all the tornadoes.

    Since I have spent so much time working out doors for a living as well as around the farm I have plenty of durable clothes that can be layered (some snug on up to those that fit like a tent) so can be warm in cold weather even sitting still or can be stripped down to a single light layer for hot weather.

    On the shelters our primairy plan would be to get or stay home but if needed for doing that or for getting to back up locations then we have tents and sleeping bags that while not overly comfy in sub 0 temps will keep you warm enouph to get by.
  3. ColtCarbine

    ColtCarbine Monkey+++ Founding Member

    Likewise Monkeyman on working outdoors, you gotta dress for it or the day will be longer than expected. The worse element here is the rain, it's not uncommon for it to be 50-60 degrees and raining for weeks on end, it's a wet cold that goes to the bone. I'd rather be working in zero degree and snowing.

    Winter is pretty mild, we don't get much snow and below freezing temperatures are short lived. Same with the summers, we don't get long periods of over 100 degree weather. Weather here is moderate with lots of rain.

    If I didn't have any tents it wouldn't be hard to make a natural shelter of all the ferns, underbrush and trees that are in abundance here.

    As far as raingear goes, it depends what I'm doing on what I'll bring. I've got the old reliable Fisherman's rubber raingear, a couple sets of durable waterproof nylon pants and jackets and a oilskin Outback duster, not counting my hunting camo raingear. I bought a set of Gore-Tex once for work and it didn't last, not tuff enough for what I do considering the price.

    I've got polypropylene longjohns, wool longjohns and Underarmor for undergarments when it's cold. Plenty of Carhatt jackets and pants, Artic Weather Carhartt bibbs, a couple of insulated Gore-Tex jackets plus many other jackets that would work as long as it isn't raining. Lots of wool sweaters, pants and socks, money well spent.

    I've got all this crap and probably would grab the wool clothing and oilskin duster for surviving the elements here, if the need arose.
  4. ricdoug

    ricdoug Monkey+++

    I live in Sunny San Diego. The weather does not change...

    much here. I do keep a couple of jackets and fleece blankets in the car, along with 2 7-day BOB's, 2 self-inflating matresses and a 4-man dome tent and a Crosman 1377C. Ric

    Typical North County San Diego garb. Me on the left, Philippine Rock Star April Boy Regino in the middle and my wife Annabelle on the right:
  5. Bear

    Bear Monkey+++ Founding Member Iron Monkey

    Looks like just about what we wear in Hawaii....

    Good question.... good rain gear is about all you would need here... it will keep you warm.... a good poncho might even serve double duty as a shelter....

    Hmmmmm..... a good packable poncho makes good sense to me....
  6. monkeyman

    monkeyman Monkey+++ Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    Yeah thats one thing I didnt mention, around here the weather can change a LOT in a day. Its by no means unheard of to have 40-50 degrees difference between the high and low for the day. I know a few years ago I went camping on memorial day weekend and we got pretty much all the kinds of weather you would think of, rain, snow, comfortable and sunny, 80s, 30s wind, thunder storms. Its only half a joke around here that if you dont like the weather just wait an hour or so and it will change.
  7. ColtCarbine

    ColtCarbine Monkey+++ Founding Member

    Sounds a lot like the weather here. Today it was almost 90 and it's in the mid 50's this morning. However, we don't get tornadoes. If venturing into the woods, one must be prepared especially at the higher elevations, storms come out of nowhere and quickly sometimes. Central and Eastern Oregon is probably worse than over here for quick changes of weather at high elevation.

    For the most part, we get lots of cold wet rain, nothing like the bathwater falling from the sky in the South. While working in the South, it would 60 degrees and I'd be wearing shorts while the locals were wearing coats complaining it was cold. However, when it got hot and humid, I felt like I couldn't breath :D
  8. Quigley_Sharps

    Quigley_Sharps The Badministrator Administrator Founding Member

    Yup weather is a fast changer here in the East side, I guess that’s why everyone I know carries extra clothing in their vehicles including blankets etc.
    I spend good money on the clothing you have to if you ant it to last.
    We go from way below zero to 100+ degrees and not much in between for very long.
    I have some saddle cloth hunting rain gear, it works great I can wear it all day and stay dry and just right in temperature .
    Boots and a hat and gloves are most important to me in cold weather if I use good quality in those three, and a fair jacket I can stay comfortable.
    I have about 6-7 different pairs of boots all of top notch quality, and each one has its purpose.
    Ever go for a long day on snow shoes? Ever camp in the snow?
  9. CRC

    CRC Survivor of Tidal Waves | RIP 7-24-2015 Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    I'm not bugging in here...I'm leaving...

    But if I were to ....I have plenty of clothes and one thing I hardly ever wear...REAL shoes instead of flip flops....and yes I have rain ponchos...Many...I have used them at concerts to sit on the grass...when I forgot my raincoat or umbrella at work....they come in handy for a lot of things....I have a tent in my car....first aid, extra meds that get rotated...all in the trunk....
  10. ricdoug

    ricdoug Monkey+++

    Monkeyman, are you in the St Louis area...

    I have a friend in Fenton that has a HUGE (over 200) collection of airguns and a FULL BLOWN basement range to shoot in. His E-Mail is AOL and the name is SirTonySteel. Real name is Gary. Tell him Ric Douglas refered you. This would be a GREAT opportunity for you to try a variety of Adult airguns. Ric
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