Mosby: Fundamentals of Fieldcraft – Packing for Partisans

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A repost from 2013, subtitled “A Conceptual Approach to Equipment Selection and Load-Bearing, Regardless of Position or Duties, with Specific Examples”.

Food for thought, provisioning, training/experimentation, and implementation.

6 responses to “Mosby: Fundamentals of Fieldcraft – Packing for Partisans

  1. 48 lbs is a good rule. After you run to the hills for X weeks then add in sleep deprivation and poor diet. 48 lbs will feel a lot heavier.

  2. Alfred E. Neuman

    Reblogged this on ETC., ETC., & ETC..

  3. To those not used to humping a ruck-that 48# will feel like 150#.
    I hike year ’round with at least 30# in my pack.
    During deer season,I usually carry close to 40#-a lot of that is from water,then add a thermos of coffee,my daily 20 oz Mtn. Dew,a 16oz OJ for breakfast,and a 16oz chocolate milk for mid-morning.
    Add snacks and lunch,rain gear,extra layers for warmth,dry socks,a complete change of clothes-(it’s not all that uncommon to fall in a creek/stream in cold weather)-ammo,first aid kit,fire starting kit,deer drag rope,heavy warm gloves/mittens,and you hit 40# real quick.
    You also tend to take stuff out after the days when you do a lot of walking,I’ve refined the gear I carry over the years,and only carry stuff I actually use every time-except for the first aid kit,fire starting kit,deer drag rope,and dry clothes.
    That’s for a one day hunting trip-think about what you’ll need to sustain yourself for days at a time.
    Then think about how heavy it is,and how much time you spend not in the woods humping a full ruck.
    It’s much easier to carry that full ruck if you hike with it year ’round,with at least 25-30# in the pack.

  4. Marlo Stanfield

    In the future let the enemy roll up in their IFVs and such. Let the troops move the couple of clicks to their objective and then take out their vehicles. Suppressed 300s, snipers going over watch. Take your youngest cross country running types and let them sneak in, wearing bear minimum. Repeat until enemy runs out of vehicles. It would be nice to get some of these 92 million Americans not working talked into doing night watch, day watch, stash some shit. 92 million that is an unemployed army. How many of them know how to sew or reload or do EMT type work? Or can do CNA work, play home health care specialist to someone wounded. Or the old people who could adopt and feed the homeless dude wearing Danner’s and Gore Tex after dark? Or buy dog food for a nonexistent pet. (Security dog has to eat)

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