We’re going on a 5km hike with our bugout bags. If you don’t have a BOB then just fill a backpack with 10 lbs of rocks to simulate the weight if you really want to challenge yourself. Or you could stuff a backpack with something really light (like stuffed animals) to make it look like you have a heavy load and impress everyone. Alternatively, just come out for the walk.
Getting used to the idea of walking with a bugout bag is something that everyone should be thinking about now. Practicing a walk with a BOB is not only going to be great exercise but it will also give you a better idea on the extent of your limitations.
There is some debate with respect to how many kms the average person can walk per day. What some people don’t account for is the following factors in a pending situation in which you need to get away from civilization:
1. Psychological Duress: We all experience stress in our day to day lives today – in a functioning society. What impact would it have on you psychologically if the basic necessities of life were taken away and you needed to move?
2. Dependencies & Comfort: Complementing the first point - the idea of breaking a regular pattern of coffee, nicotine, medications and everything else in between will likely lead to irritability and discomfort. Everyone one of us has some sort of crutch. The likely physical and psychological withdrawal symptoms will affect your moral and capacity to keep on track.
3. Injury & Health: Some of us are not in top physical condition and the slightest wrong step could result in injury. This is something that most survivalists and preppers don’t think about.
4. Third-party factors: You’re only going to be as fast as your slowest team member. If you have children or elderly dependents then you should account for their physical capabilities as you will be going at their rate of speed (not yours).
5. Security: In a ‘Bug Out Situation’ you’re not simply walking. You are walking and being mindful of your surroundings where security is concerned. This could include anything from ambushes to encountering people that are unprepared but desperately want what you have.
6. Rest: It’s unlikely you’re going to ‘get out of dodge’ after 8 hours of sleep and a hearty breakfast. If anything were to occur then it would be in that moment and perhaps you’ve already been awake for 12 hours.
With all that said do you think you have what it takes to walk 5km with a BOB in normal, civilized conditions? While some parts of this path will be gravel expect to walk in the forest. The terrain is ‘medium’ and all age groups are welcome to come although anyone 10 and under is not recommended. The walk should be around two hours long through an established path in the forest. Please make sure to wear appropriate foot wear and dress for the weather conditions.
We will meet at the parking lot on the south side of Old Colony Road, east of the William Bond Park and just west of the trail. Please see map for the location.
This event will be hosted by, Che, Organizer of The Ontario Prepper Survival Network.