Les talk about the Get Home Bag (GHB)

Discussion in 'General Survival and Preparedness' started by GrandpaDave, Nov 28, 2011.

  1. GrandpaDave

    GrandpaDave Monkey++

    For me the issue is not about bugging out, but getting back home in times of trouble. I'm lucky in that I only live 11 miles Due North from my office...Straight line, right up the highway. A nice long day hike for me...

    many of you have a lot further to go and would face tougher problems getting there.

    There are things I keep in my car, just in case....
    now that winter is coming on my old pair of Arctic insulated Carharts lives next to the spare tire along with my snopac boots. I don't store water in the car during the winter months as it would just freeze but there are several bottles waiting...

    I am never without my sidearm so a weapon is not an issue, the only real threat would be a stray dog. My Gerber multi tool serves as my knife and tools

    I also have several good compasses and a topo map of the county. See I figured if I'm forced to abandon the car that means the highway is out so I would have to plot another course...

    in case I'm stranded in a blizzard I do have my emergency candles and a tin can I can place that candle in so I don't set fire to myself... a sleeping bag and a small stash of food, energy bars, trail mix... stuff that doesn't spoil from living in my trunk.... Yeah I have a Kelly Kettle to melt snow into water if I have too...

    add a extra change of warm winter clothes and that's it for my list... but like I said I don't have far to Get Home and for me no bag is necessary as I can carry what I need in my pockets... but those of you who face a two three day hike back home... well now you would indeed need a big GHB
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  2. ghrit

    ghrit Bad company Administrator Founding Member

    I thnk I might have a couple MT water bottles that I could fill before leaving work. There is freezing weather when there's no snow on the ground to melt.
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  3. GrandpaDave

    GrandpaDave Monkey++

    That's my plan too... I'm just pointing out... storing water in your trunk might not work out so well... here the problem isn't lack of... but too much... most of this community is still recovering from the 2009 floods that hit large sections of Southeast Kansas Oklahoma and parts of Texas
  4. I work 25 miles from my home. Good day takes minimum 45 minutes drive time. I have two GHB's I switch out depending on time of year. I try to buy the lightest and usually more expensive gear I can find in order to save weight and still provide required protection. I really like Platypus water containers for the fact that they compact really small until needed. A good water filter, too. Plenty of places around here to find water. Handgun and ammo, map & compass, first aid. Full car kit ( 12volt compressor, fix a flat, jumper cables, etc..).
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  5. beast

    beast backwoodsman

    in winter i carry a couple empty canteens, botas or water bottles in the truck
    one i can sling around my neck and wear under my coat
    just fill it with snow and keep moving, it melts from your body heat
    and can help keep you from overheating
    trick i learned in norway with the marines
  6. larryinalabama

    larryinalabama Monkey++

    Simple tip is keep your vehicle full of gas.
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  7. Witch Doctor 01

    Witch Doctor 01 Mojo Maker

    MOre important have you scoped out the alternate route home... just incase th roads are blocked? swamps, livestock, rivers, etc... might just suprise you to find out exactly whats in the way...
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  8. ozarkgoatman

    ozarkgoatman Resident goat herder

    For me getting home might take awhile, I'm an over the road truck driver so being 1000 miles away is a real possiblity. So my plans are to go light and depend on whats between my ears. I don't carry millitary looking gear just quality things that do not scream survivalist.

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  9. Seawolf1090

    Seawolf1090 Retired Curmudgeonly IT Monkey Founding Member

    Here in north Florida, snow is not a problem - but temps can get into the low twenties/teens for short times each winter. I find GI canteens filled to an inch or so below the neck will not burst. I keep a couple on my bike as well as in the van.
    I keep a couple tins of sardines, as Dad used to keep them in his Mullet Boat - they keep quite well, even after months of exposure to cold and heat.
    My hike home (assuming the vehicle ist kaput.... is about ten miles through Indian Country, so I'd likely have to go south and vear around the bad areas. Make the trip 20 miles. I keep my GHB equipped for a night or two out.
    If expecting trouble before going to work, I could carry my mountain bike in the van, or on the rear rack. That would make the run home much quicker. Just hope I have it when TSHTF!
    So, I just have to avoid the gators and pythons.......

  10. GrandpaDave

    GrandpaDave Monkey++

    Why yes... my boys have hiked the route many times... last year when we got snowed in you could say was had a rehearsal in that we had to use the quad to make a run to the store. while the highways was impassable the old gravel road wasn't to bad...

    We may not know each other but see each other around... in other words we can tell who belongs and who doesn't.
  11. GrandpaDave

    GrandpaDave Monkey++

    I love sardines... esp the ones packed in mustard sauce... of course the wife wont come near me if I eat them... but ya know... somedays that's not a bad thing...;)
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  12. GrandpaDave

    GrandpaDave Monkey++

    In the winter I always stay topped off... but when the floods hit back in 2009... a normal 4x4 didn't cut it... we needed one of those swamp buggies or an air boat...

    FYI... on a quad the air intake is just under the fuel tank... what that means is you can drive into water that deep before it will stall out... if you do get water in there... your screwed as you'll have to drain the oil pull the plugs and and turn over the motor a few times to blow the water out. somehow separate the water and oil ( they don't mix so it's not hard) then after a good long dry out put it all back together and go around... if not... the best thing is you'll only pit the crank... at worse, you'll be buying a new motor...
  13. CaboWabo5150

    CaboWabo5150 Hell's coming with me

    Ohhh... Man, that cold weather training in Norway... I almost went there for that in 91'.... A little desert party came up instead...
  14. GrandpaDave

    GrandpaDave Monkey++

    Aha, camp ridgeway... our little oasis in the dessert... or was that a cesspool... I'm old now so I don't remember things so good....
  15. Falcon15

    Falcon15 Falco Peregrinus

    An ATV snorkel kit will address that. A simple CHEAP (in the grand scheme of things it is cheaper to get one bought and installed than having to rework a flooded engine) addition to your quad, and you can submerge it to almost the full depth of said snorkel (~6 or so inches from the top of the snorkel).
  16. GrandpaDave

    GrandpaDave Monkey++

    Would have to plug up any breather's on the motor too...
    my Polaris 500 has two... I've seen a snorkel kit on a Honda... Air intake, but wouldn't you also have to have the exhaust above the water line too??? we did that on those old USMC Hummers and older yet "Gamma Goats"

    I mean how much water pressure (Depth) can you have before the pressure is too much and the engine stalls???
  17. ghrit

    ghrit Bad company Administrator Founding Member

    Just don't stall the engine with water above the exhaust pipe outlet. (I sure hope the snorkle kit comes with water proofing for the electrics.)
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  18. GrandpaDave

    GrandpaDave Monkey++

    Wait... being this is a survival group... shouldn't we all be thinking about duct tape and PVC pipe instead of buying snorkel kits????

    My next tread will be on how to carve super-swamper tires out of a rotted log...

  19. Falcon15

    Falcon15 Falco Peregrinus

    An extension pipe for your exhaust could be an option to consider as well, bringing the exaust outlet to the same level as the top of the snorkel. I am passing this information 2nd hand as I have no ATV, but a member of my group has 2 Honda ATVs with snorkel kits. I can ask about the electrical component water resistance or proofing.

    GrandpaDave, a huge portion of survival is being prepared. I would call this being prepared. Bushcraft and making due when you have nothing, that is a whole different ballgame.
  20. beast

    beast backwoodsman

    lol, just too funny, "tread" "tires"
    good accidental laugh gramps
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