Do any of you go camping with your bug-out equipment & practice skills?
I have been known to go (solo) backpacking and wild camping on Dartmoor.
I know, like me, that you plan to stay put if it all hits the fan, but do you think that your normal camping gear would suffice IF you did have to leave home for some reason?Oh yes, was on Dartmoor over new year. Do it several times a year, the full bushy thing.
Yes m8 it would. I have good durable stuff, flint and steel kit and the like. Everything was chosen to have a long lifespan (of course it won't last forever, but better than most).I know, like me, that you plan to stay put if it all hits the fan, but do you think that your normal camping gear would suffice IF you did have to leave home for some reason?
Same with you Brownbear, would your normal camp gear be enough?
I have an ex Army jacket, was told it was a "tankers jacket", it's soft, Green, and quite padded, waist length. It's very warm. I used to have one of those Army sleeping bags with the arms built it, it was heavy as hell, waterproof though.I think my kit would look after me. You can buy kit on a low budget and some of it works well but IMHO some key bits of kit are worth splashing out on. I'm happy with a Bergen pack and side pouches as it 'fits' me well and don't cost a lot. I have a few sleeping bags, some down, some synthetic but all well made and expensive and all perform well. Army Goretex bivvy bags are cheap enough but well made and do a grand job (and add a season to your sleeping bag). I've a 20+ year old down jacket which cost me a lot at the time but has served me well in very cold conditions but that said you can pick up an army 'softie' jacket which is synthetic but works extremely certainly with a good layering system in place.
I have a couple of cookers, the Classic Trangia is silent and just works...no moving parts. I have a Primus Omnifuel which will run on gas/petrol/diesel/paraffin and work at sub zero temps but they burn loudly (LW, dump the Camping Gaz stove, it runs on Butane and at temps of 5c or lower just stop working).
never had any trouble with the Gaz stove Harry in all the years I've been using them(about 30 years), I don't want to carry petrol(LW, dump the Camping Gaz stove, it runs on Butane and at temps of 5c or lower just stop working).
I have been looking into rocket stoves this week myself, and weld up a small test camp stoveIn the end it just comes down to what you prefer to use, I was just putting some more options out there.
Does a rocket stove count as an open fire to the national park authorities?