MISC Survival Thoughts

First of all I’d like t0 thank the folks that gave their thought on my last blog post about Advanced Medical Training.  I’m not sure exactly what I’m going to do yet, but the comments were extremely knowledgeable and helpful.

Minimalist Camping Trip

On to the fun stuff.  Not long ago I met a young guy that’s got lots of experience in the woods and doing solo survival trips like I’ve done.  Needless to say we hit it off and we’re planning a bug-out bag trip for this coming weekend if everything falls into place.  fire

My bag is pretty light and the idea behind it is to get home in case of an emergency where I can’t drive.  Instead of a sleeping bag I’ve got a wool blanket, instead of a tent I’ve got a poncho, and things like that.  To be honest it really won’t be a hardship and I’m looking forward to it even though we’re touting is a “minimalist camping trip.”  What’s going to make it even more fun is my oldest nephew is coming along and this will be his first experience sleeping in something he made himself instead of putting up a tent.

I’ve been working with him this summer and he’s at the point where he can start a fire with a firesteel, split wood with his knife, and do other tasks without losing fingers.  Another bonus is that he hasn’t been on the computer as much lately.  Hard to do that when there’s no wifi connection!

Anyway, I’ll report back and hopefully will have a few pictures or even a video or two to share.

Smart Phone

This next section is for Ranger Man.  He laughed when I told him I had one and told me I’d have to write about it.  So here ya go RM!

A couple of weeks ago I took the plunge and bought a “smart phone” to replace my old pay-as-you-go cell phone.  This smart phone is a Samsung Galaxy and it’s also a pay-as-you go phone that I picked up at Walmart.

I’ve been the biggest detractor of these rigs because I always see people with their faces buried in them and letting the real world slide by.  After having one for a couple of weeks I can see why; however, I make it a point not to check the phone if my kids are with me or at least until after they’ve gone to bed or are otherwise occupied.

Now, let’s talk about the positive aspects of a smart phone.  These little phones are truly the next step in sharing information.  People get caught up on the texting features, but what really got me was the camera and the GPS.  The GPS  software on this phone is way better than the one I bought a few months ago.  I’ll write more about it later, but I’ve been very impressed with being able to turn on the phone, then turn on the GPS (I don’t usually keep it turned on thanks to my tinfoil hat) and knowing precisely where I am at any time with a satellite map to see what’s around the next corner.  Unbelievable!

The camera isn’t any great shakes, but it’s not bad either and does very well for what I like to do with it.  It also shoots videos and everything is easily transferred to PC for uploading.

There’s a Facebook app that my wife likes, an email app that downloads all my email at any time and puts them in one convenient location for my viewing pleasure.  I can check out www.shtfblog.com any time and see what you guys are writing and I can even send emails and replies to you.  I will say that the touch screen typing is beyond me though.  I can get a few sentences out after some laborious typing, but that’s about it.

It may not do any one thing exceptionally well; however, it does do a lot of things very well.

Of course if there’s an EMP of some kind it’d probably be rendered useless, so I still keep a compass and other manual stand-bys around, but so far it’s a neat little rig that I’ve been getting a lot of good use out of.

Is a smart phone for everybody?  I doubt if everybody would benefit from one, but anybody who likes to be connected would certainly be able to enjoy one.

Thoughts?  Comments?  Shout ‘em out below!

-Jarhead Survivor