Overnighter Bug Out

  • July 12, 2014 · 7:30 AM
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Grab your bug out gear & prepare to spend a night in the wilderness. While we are out, I plan on offering a session on map reading, and orienteering.

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  • Bonnie F.

    Wow! Pics are GREAT! Looks Beautiful! I Could NOT Have Made the Hike Though Probably....Maybe By the Fall!

    July 18, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Simply wonderful!

    July 15, 2014

  • John M

    Glad everyone had a good time. We will have to use this location again.

    July 15, 2014

  • Janice M.

    Outstanding! I met some great people and learned a lot. It was really fun getting a chance to use my skills and see others doing the same. John had a fabulous Orienteering activity planned for us and it is a shame more members didn't get to take advantage of his knowledge and skill. I had a great time and look forward to doing more with this group.

    July 15, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Fun? YES!... but larger than that I got practical USEABLE hands on experience with my gear. Can't say "Thank you" enough to John for his instruction/advice. VERY good and useful experience.
    (plus great exercise, beautiful place)

    July 13, 2014

  • Carol S.

    I fixed my pants. yeah

    1 · July 13, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    One final question... How many meals do we need to provide for? Outside of trail mix and snacks, will there be a cooking opportunity? Thanks... see you in the AM.

    July 11, 2014

    • John M

      Bring what you normally keep in your go bag. And yes, there will be opportunity to cook if you want.

      July 11, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks for the advice... actually, I have everything except the kitchen sink (though I DO have a sink...). It's the 'overnight' part I lack.... but will make do. After all it IS California....

    July 10, 2014

  • John M

    Try not to over-think it. A BOB doesn't have to contain a lot. For 72 hrs, all you need to do is stay warm, stay dry, and stay hydrated. Everything else is about making yourself comfortable. So, minimum requirements would be: a cheap tarp, a sleeping bag, a way to make fire, and a container to boil water. Everything else is optional. Having said that; I tend to like being comfortable, that's why my kit weighs 35lbs.

    July 9, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    REALLY want to go, but not real sure of my gear. It looks nice on paper... (bag contents). Oh, what the heck... I'm in!

    1 · July 8, 2014

    • John M

      Glad to have you aboard Art.

      July 9, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thank's John, Lookin' forward to it... with some gear based trepidation (never have enough-itis).

      July 9, 2014

  • Janice M.

    John, I appreciate your comments. I have only been prepping for 10 mos. and in the process of acquiring the gear necessary to bug out. I didn't have an appropriate pack, and I needed to know the temp. in order to bring the correct sleeping bag. If this were an impromptu bug out I would definitely just have what I have but since I have the opportunity to ask, I would prefer not to arrive with an inadequate sleeping bag. No fun sleeping cold all night if it can be avoided. I lived in Fairbanks Ak. for 7 years so I do know a little something about sleeping cold. I appreciate your patience with my novice level of skill and experience.

    July 7, 2014

    • John M

      No worries Janice. Every time I do one of these events my kit gets a little better, but I'm always carrying something I don't need, and forgetting something I do. I guess it's just part of being human.

      July 7, 2014

    • Janice M.

      Thanks :)

      July 8, 2014

  • Bonnie F.

    Wish I Could Make it, Have ALABAMA Concert Tickets For That Night!! Hopefully Next Time!

    1 · July 8, 2014

  • Janice M.

    I need a little more info re: the area we are heading out into. Is it the Grouse Ridge up at 3000 ft. in the Tahoe National Forest? Will I be able to swim or fish? I want to be appropriately prepared. Bugging out here in the valley means something different than bugging out at elevation. Just spend 2 nights sleeping out at the family cabin at 2500 ft. and it was quite cool in the early mornings. Is Sunsplash the park and ride? Hate to sound uninformed but I guess I am.

    July 6, 2014

    • John M

      I believe you are over thinking this a little. The purpose of this exorcise is to field test your bug out gear, and should be approached from that aspect. Look at it from this perspective: If you had to leave home in a hurry, due to a natural or man-made disaster, would the gear you maintain for such an emergency sustain you to your final destination? Assuming your goal is to make it to your family's cabin, what would you need to take with you to ensure that you arrive safely? Also, preparing for the contingency that you would be on foot at least part of the way. You know the route you would take, the expected terrain, and associated hazards. If you had to spend 1 or more nights in the field, and on your own, what do you bring with you. This is your bug out kit. This is a chance to try it out, and see what works, what is excess weight, and what you forgot to include.

      July 7, 2014

    • John M

      Having said that, it doesn't have to be all work either. It's the SIerras. This time of year it gets down to the low 50's at night, and there is always a possibility of brief rain showers at any time. I don't know about fishing, but the location is excellent for swimming. Be prepared to hike 0.5km over mostly level terrain if your vehicle has high groung clearance, or want to hitch a ride. The parking for less aggresssive vehicles will add another 1 km walk up a moderate jeep trail.

      July 7, 2014

  • Janice M.

    Thanks Carol. I appreciate the clarification.

    July 7, 2014

  • Jeffery B

    Boy I hate double booking things, I have a first aid class through CERT that I don't remember signing up for.

    July 6, 2014

  • John M

    Don't forget to bring your compasses for the map reading/orienteering session.

    July 3, 2014

  • Diane R.

    Sorry I would have liked to be there but can't this time.

    July 3, 2014

    • John M

      Perhaps next time...after you hear what a great time we all had.

      July 3, 2014

  • Janice M.

    Ohhh, ah! Thanks! That helps a lot. I will meet you at the Park and ride on Taylor. I will watch for a time.

    July 1, 2014

    • Carol S.

      Need to be at sunsplash before 7:30

      July 2, 2014

  • Janice M.

    Are these the Blue Lakes owned by PG and E up near Carson Pass? I looked at the site and it says there are no reservations needed but it sited a $23 fee. Any info?

    June 30, 2014

    • Carol S.

      Blue lake is in the grouse ridge area off of hwy 20 and bowman rd. There are blue lakes off Carson pass but not the ones we are going to.

      June 30, 2014

  • Janice M.

    Hi, I am a long-distance member coming out of Lodi. This outing sounds really interesting. I'd like to attend. I drive a Prius. They really ride low and I was wondering if I will make it as far as the parking area. I don't mind the hike in. Are there any trees in the area for shade and privacy given that there are no facilities?

    June 27, 2014

    • Carol S.

      The road is fine until you get to the point where not many cars are going to get through anyway. From there we park the cars and hike in. I don't think its very far. less than 1 mile.

      June 27, 2014

    • John M

      There are lots of trees, and places to find a moment of needed privacy.

      June 27, 2014

  • John M

    We will be using a walk in campground owned by PG&E. It is located on Blue Lake, near where Jeff led the Dirt Time Meet Up. There are no facilities there, and no potable water. This is a chance to try out your bugout gear, and learn how to relate your physical position to a map reference, and some basic overland navigation skills.

    1 · June 10, 2014

    • Carol S.

      Just curious about the road to blue lake which we saw Saturday. Once over the bad section, the road improves but what about the bad section.

      June 10, 2014

    • John M

      There is a turnout just below where the road gets really bad, Most cars park there. There is another parking area just before the dam, but i wouldn't attempt that section of road without a true 4WD vehicle. I have seen small cars, like compacts, parked at the lower area, so it's navigable to there. But, the bottom line is you know your vehicle and it's capabilities best, so use your own judgement. I can take 1 rider up with me. Perhaps someone else can take others.

      June 10, 2014

  • John M

    Forgot to add: from the parking area, the hike in is roughly 1 kilometer (little more than 1/2 mile) if you have a high ground clearance vehicle, preferably 4WD, the walk in is more like 400 meters.

    June 10, 2014

  • Carol S.

    Where are we going or has that decision been made yet. Somewhere around where we went yesterday would be good.

    June 8, 2014

  • John M

    We will decide our staging point, in group discussion, when we get a better idea of who will be going.

    May 20, 2014

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  • Janice M.
    2016 Group Supporter
  • Carol S.
    2015 Group Supporter
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