As the coffee dripped into the coffee pot, and the smell of pancakes filled the air, I thought, gosh I sure love the outdoors. Over the past week I had organized and set aside time to spend a few days scouting and camping in some outdoor areas that will remain nameless. I found myself able to get comfortable quick, after that first initial two hour period. For me I have that “adjustment period”, when my brain does not want to leave its comfy brain waves. It wants to stay glued to the news, watching movies, sleeping comfortable, and staying in the routine of daily life. When I suddenly place myself outside, with no TV, or air conditioning, or refrigerator; my brain says, wait a minute, why are you doing this, can we go back to “easy living”? Then somewhere between the first outside lunch, the sound of the animals, or the smell of the crisp air does my brain stop complaining and starts thanking. From that moment on, I am now living, not just existing.
I have posted up a few pics and want to share with everyone how easy it is to get a “base camp” set up and operating for when it is time to leave your house from the soon to be civil unrest and riots in our country.
Two hours, that is right, two hours. That is how long it took for me to set everything up, and exactly that long to pack it all up and put it away in my van. You can get there as well but only if you do preparation, proper purchasing, and a good method of storing and moving your gear.
- The tent; it is a 10ft X 8ft steel frame structure that I purchased from Wal-Mart. It was called the “family tent”. I can hear all the F&S fans already screaming; what WAL MART you got to be kidding me Chris! That is a valid point, it is a tent I purchased three years ago, before I really started researching and getting “my gear on”. I have to tell you for the $80 bucks it cost me then, it goes up easy, zippers work, I have head room, stays grounded, ventilates well, and has a very functional rain fly. Now knowing what I know today, I would recommend something else, but I am trying to show and talk you through what I used on this trip, and is pictured.
- Air Mattress; it is a double size, double bladder air mattress. I inflated it with a 120volt air pump using the electrical power from my solar set up. It is comfortable, but slowly loses air, you need to be prepared to pump these air mattresses up once per day. YOU CAN NEVER inflate this with just your mouth, you will pass out, it takes a LOT of air.
- Chairs; I had two basic fold up outdoor chairs. You know the $40 dollar versions, not to cheap, but yet not recliners.
- Tarps..You can see it one large tarp to use as my floor outside of the tent, I also had a second camouflage net that I strung over the site for shade and protection, (just can’t see it in the pictures.
- Solar Power set up: You can see I set up a 60Watt 4 panel solar charging system, with a 12 volt car battery and a 900Watt power inverter. This powered my blender, coffee maker, two large outdoor lights, air pump, and communication/radio.
- Propane two burner cooker. Uses the simple “green 16.2″ ounce propane cans. Also had four different types of pans, lids, plates, utensils, and cleaning solution.
- Two tables..Typical red neck folding TV Trays. Works great to store away in my van, and then use for the electronics.
- A flag…Soon people will want to know from a distance what you stand with, American Liberty…or some form of tyrannical world government. TODAY..and ALWAYS I will fly the stars and stripes.
- Wood Pile…Cut wood on site to use for heat in the fire pit that I brought, or your own stove.
Now if I planned on staying longer, I would have cut into the hill side a “water system”. I will save that for future training documents. I also would have set up an “outhouse”. Was not needed for the few days I was here.
On this trip I tested myself on exactly how long it would take to set up, and pull down, I recommend you plan a similar mock run in your near future.
God Bless You
God Bless America