Re: [East-Cobb-Economic-Sustainability] Survival Skills Wkshp, What goes in an emergency 'to-go' bag, cookbook

From: Denise (.
Sent on: Wednesday, February 1, 2012 5:32 AM

Folk -


Here is some insite as to what may be required...all helpful info.

If you do sign up, let me know...I did so earlier this week, maybe we can carpool...Denise




Arrival and Departure

For overnight classes you should arrive at 9 a.m on Saturday. The class will start at 9:50 sharp at the campground. Please be prompt. That 50 minutes allows you time for hiking back to the campground and setting up your tent. Walking directions are at the end of this letter. You will be able to pull away by 4 p.m. on Sunday.
For day classes we'll meet in the parking lot at 9:30 a.m. Pull away by 4 p.m. that afternoon.

What You'll Need for Overnight Classes
Bring tent, sleeping bag, pad, food, cooking and eating gear, weather gear, flashlight, extra batteries, extra bulb, rain gear, knife (preferably, a sharp sheath knife - the type that does not fold up) water bottle (refill water provided), notebook, pen, loose comfortable clothes begging to get dirty. It's just like going on your own self-contained camping trip except you'll have plenty of company and an instructor. There will be a community open fire for cooking but you are welcome to bring a camp stove. Some folks elect to stay in nearby lodging (bed and breakfast or motel) but most enjoy the camaraderie around the fire at night and there is usually an evening program. If you prefer such accommodations, I can help you with suggestions if you like. Wear loose comfortable clothes. Clean-up water and scouring pads for dirty dishes will be provided.
Please don’t bring electronic gadgets that can be distracting and take away from the enjoyment of being away from such things – like noisy games, radios. Cell phones don’t work here. Cameras are welcome.

There is one safety rule at Medicine Bow and one conservation suggestion to which I hope you will be open: 1.) Do not discard any scrap foods - solid or liquid - onto the ground. Especially be mindful of the eating area, where spillage is most likely to happen. There will be a container available for food disposal. 2.) Please consider low impact camping food with little waste packaging and little leftovers. It is not a requirement on a camping trip to buy envelopes of dehydrated “camp food” or military MRE packages that people usually end up throwing away more than half. Consider fresh foods: rice, potatoes, nuts, cheese, fruit, butter brought in a film canister, something homemade you bring in a reusable container or reusable Zip-loc, etc. If you want specific suggestions, I will happily share some ideas with you. Consider cooking in a real pot rather than gobs of throw-away aluminum foil. If this is a fall or winter workshop, your refrigerator is the world itself.
Bathroom is a latrine with a nice view. Tissue is provided.

From: "Wanda McCallum" <[address removed]>
To: [address removed]
Sent: Tuesday, January 31,[masked]:12:27 PM
Subject: [East-Cobb-Economic-Sustainability] Survival Skills Wkshp, What goes in an emergency 'to-go' bag, cookbook

Hi Everyone,


Mark Warren from Medicine Bow (Dahlonega, GA) just sent me information on a class this coming weekend. He gives these classes throughout the year. Here's the description in case you are interested. I'll be taking one of his courses later this year.


There are 4 spaces available in this weekend's survival skills class at Medicine Bow outside Dahlonega in the north Georgia mountains. It is not at all necessary to have attended part I in order to attend part II. ~ Mark Warren
FEB. 4-5 – WILDERNESS SURVIVAL SKILLS  (Part II ) 9 a.m. Sat. - 4 p.m. Sun. >This wilderness survival class includes the skills of food gathering, cooking, emergency medicines, stalking and throwing rabbit-stick, building traps and snares. $125



Also, you all asked me to provide the list of things to stuff into a 'to-go' bag that Chad so graciously shared with us last night. Here goes:


toilet paper


hard candy

flint (magnesium)

Butane lighters


thermal blanket



epoxy glue (plumbers putty)

Lock picking kit

zip ties


anti-diahrrea meds

anti constipation meds


550 cord

pain pills (and/or ibuprofen/advil etc.)


superglue (doubles as stitches for wounds)

rubber from tire to use for getting fire started




freezedried meals

rocket stove /wood gas stove/whirl stove/hobo stove

vacuum packed clothes/money

extra carry bag

metal thermus to boil water

chlorine to purify water

sock for filtering water (coffee filters recommended by REI but don't last)


rainfly to go over hammock

rain poncho

rain protector on backpack

string... to catch chipmunks ;)



Cookbook for preparing wild foraged weeds located at



I spoke with Bill Taylor for quite some time after everyone left. Bill has offered to do a presentation on foraging, weeds, seed, thriving. His expertise and knowledge goes way beyond my own. He was generous enough to share some lambsquarter and berry seeds with me (if my neighbors only knew...Their pristine monoculture lawns may fall prey to enemy seeds awaiting prolific propagation nearby ;)


I'll be posting the next meetup date (for March) as soon as I find out what date works best for Danny to present to us.


I'll be in Australia for most of February. See you in March!







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