This 'show and tell' meetup coincides with the Evasion hike set for that afternoon.
Feel free to bring items you're curious about including.
If I survived eight days in the freezing SoCal desert with just a knife, parachute, two canteens and by the way, with about 25 AK-47 toting, radio equipped guys looking for me and a bunch of other folks, YOU CAN TOO.
My rule of thumb - spend $30 - $100 on your backpack (yes, for $30 you can get an REI Lt-weight bag) and spend twice to three times as much on your lightweight hiking boots and WOOL SOCKS. After that, the rest is personal preference.
Second rule of thumb: one ounce of sweat now prevents a quart of blood later!
1.Staying lightweight prevents most serious joint pain and keeps your water consumption down to a manageable level.
2.Staying lightweight in your most basic gear (sleeping gear, weather gear, backpack) allows you to plan to bring more water, more food, and more ammo should you decide to.
3.Getting used to your lightweight setup as soon as possible means that should you need to take off, you know your gear, know its strengths and weaknesses, and reduce your worries!
Covers what's in my BoB (Bug-out Bag), where I got it, how much it costs. I'll bring several types of bags along on hiking Meetups that I do. You can try them on for the hike, loaded or unloaded, and see what you think. I'll also share my trial and error results and answer any questions, the first question being, "But I've got all my stuff prepped at home, why on earth would I ever need to Bug Out?!?"
Standard disclaimer: This meetup is for entertainment and education purposes only.