Ivy Mike: A foray into the Appalachian redoubt and some lessons learned


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Imagine that.

27 responses to “Ivy Mike: A foray into the Appalachian redoubt and some lessons learned

  1. Nice story. Good common sense recommendations. Much of which can cross over to other environments and locations. But prefer snow and open spaces here in the Rockies, so will stay put. Never was lost but was not sure where I was for a couple days.

  2. outlawpatriot

    Been there, done that. Always a learning experience. Come down here and walk the Glades during a cold winter. It’ll give you a whole new perspective on life.

    • Amen, brother. I’ve had my ass hanging over the side of a canoe in a mangrove in the ‘Glades while Montezuma took his revenge. Can’t say I’d like to do it again. Great hog hunting off Okeechobee, though.

      Personally, I prefer the boils and springs in north central Florida. Go Gators. 🙂

      • Ouch. Great AAR, including the lessons learned.
        Kudos for not sparing the misses. The sting always drive them home better than the hits.
        Thanks for that whole thing.


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  4. Very informative, especially about the poly-pro underwear. USAF issued us poly-pro long johns in the ’80’s that would throw off static electricity sparks that you could see if the lights were low. I remember thinking, “yeah, this’ll be great in a crash with spilled fuel.”

  5. Arktis USA makes a good, relatively inexpensive wool long john set up. It’s used in the Euro fighter program. Durable, fire resistant.

    Poly is evil. The first gen would melt in your dryer….

    • They make some great gear. Grabbed one of their windproof parkas after Max V tried to freeze us all to death during a class. Glad it’s time for cold and misery season to break it out again.

  6. Nice and useful write-up.
    I enjoyed it and had some take-aways. 🙂

  7. Wool never went out of style in Western Oregon. You can get wet even when it is not raining, due to walking through wet vegetation (water that condensed from the air).

    One advantage of a rain forest: the moss on every tree makes the best buttwipe ever conceived.

  8. lol@MREs=meals refusing exit,hadnt heard that one before.Meals Requiring Exlax tho…anyways,excellent AAR on trekking the redoubt of the east.Most have no idea how truly wild it still is there.

  9. the fukkn A-team

    Shot an 6 point with my bow in Michigans Upper during the late afternoon in 99. Tracked it for an hour and found it right before dusk. Shit. I was lost. Made camp, and dressed the animal. As I sat there alone freezing my ass off around a little fire, it’s starts snowing, then I hear coyotes howling nearby. The mind starts running away from you at that point. Right before daybreak, I hear a car, then see headlights less than 100ft thru the trees. I was right next to a county road and never knew it. It was a State Trooper out looking for me. I was never happier to see the cops.

  10. Alfred E. Neuman

    Reblogged this on The Lynler Report.

  11. news flash now they are after the poor things license… lets help and make it happen….



  12. Excellent write up and lessons! Thank you. Im a huge fan
    of itchy ass thick wool. I found two pair of Filson
    wool pants in the Cabelas bargain cave a year ago
    at $85 a pair, i bot both (normal retail north of 165).

    Worth every penny. i get some looks snowshoing up the local
    hill with my pack and snowboard but its a great
    walk in those pants no matter the temp. Cant reccomend good wool
    highly enuf.

  13. SemperFi, 0321

    Wool outer wear may be itchy, but good merino wool long johns don’t make you suffer like in the old days. I have light weight and medium weight merino wool tops and bottoms that are so comfortable you don’t want to take them off, a buddy of mine wears his shirts all yr long when we go hiking. Expensive, don’t quite wick off sweat like polypro, but by far the best deal going for staying warm out in the woods.
    My favorite winter setup is merino wool under Bundeswehr wool trousers and a Wooly Pully, then a Brit smock for windbreaker over that. When you feel yourself beginning to sweat, off with the smock and let the air flow dry you off.
    Good Meindl boots like Denalis or Canada Hunters (or Whites shoe packs) with merino wool sock liners and heavier wool socks from Smartwool or DarnTough.
    Dry set of socks and longies to sleep in too.

    • Cassandra (of Troy)

      SemperFi, 0321/01Nov14@01:08,

      Unscented fabric softener does wonders for the itchiness & so will a suitably dense cotton underlayer like a long sleeved turtleneck t-shirt/drawers. Also, if you’d be so kind, your opinion of Danner Recon/Matterhorn 1697 & 7831 boots, Huberd’s Shoe Grease, & KG Xtreme All Purpose Leather Guard.

      • SemperFi, 0321

        Sorry, I almost missed this.
        Haven’t owned Danners, worn Whites for the last 38 yrs. I do know the US made Danners were a quality product, but most of their new stuff is Chinese made, EXCEPT for US Gov’t boots. Even my favorite German Meindls are now making their new lines in Croatia. Check country of origin before buying anything today.
        I use Huberds faithfully, have over 8 new cans sitting on the shelf. Great stuff for anything leather. Use SnowSeal when I really need to waterproof, rest of the year it’s Huberds.
        Do not know KG Extreme either, see Huberds……….

      • SemperFi, 0321

        Know several ladies who spin wool, they HATE fabric softeners and Woolite, use good quality dish soap for washing wool, leaves it clean and UNCOATED with artificial shit. Natural wool works best on it’s own.
        If you really hate wool against your skin, try thin silk long johns and then wool, that’s a feeling of winter euphoria! Gives you a nice warm glow……

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    This is for wool diaper covers (?!) but works great for all wool. Adjust ratios accordingly.