Today We will discuss an example system for a get home bag. This should by no means be taken as gospel, and certainly should not be carbon copied. This should only serve as a guide to get the thinking process going.
Let’s say we have a guy named Joe. Average Joe. He works about forty miles from home what’s he going to need get home should he need to walk, or make the trip without his primary transportation?
We should start by taking a look at some of the factors that will determine his outcome.Where is Joe? Since there are so many variables involved in where everyone’s A and B are located this should be looked at by each individual, and most times for each outing. So much of the system can be affected by the environment that skipping this portion will easily cripple the most thought out system
When we look at this portion we ought to be looking at the area between A and B. We can assume that both A and B have basic support systems set up. Some of the things to look at:
- Weather and local weather trends. Often the weather report is based on a weather station that could be miles away. Joe needs to know specifics for the route he plans to traverse. Is he going to need winter gear or summer gear? Is the Terrain going to require an extra change of clothes? Perhaps two? Is Joe going to need extra water for hot weather.
- Terrain Joe needs to know the area between his A and B intimately. It would also be in Joe’s best interest to know the areas along beside his route. Now when I say intimately I don’t mean Joe needs to walk to work twice a week on alternating routes. What Joe does need to do is be familiar enough with google maps to understand what he is seeing. Does Joe have large hills that may not be nice to trek? Are there infrastructure items along the route that may be an issue? Or neighborhoods that are good to drive through but perhaps not for walking?
- Distance per day how much of the distance between A and B can be taken up in a day? The distance determines the volumes needed for the other two points we have discussed. At our example distance of Joe we’re able to walk an average distance of ten miles per day he’s looking at four days travel. Chances are pretty good Joe will need a few stop over places.
These should be identified in the terrain portion. If it is cold or otherwise inclement selection of the shelter will have to factor that in. If the terrain or required route is rough the distance per day will drop. How would Joes’ needs change if he made eight miles per day? Or six?
These are the first three items to consider when building a system. As I said before your system may not look like our friend Joe’s or even your cousin Marv, assuming you have a cousin named Marv. Next time we will apply this data to a couple more points of interest to come up with a jump off point for gear.
Until next time …
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