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Survival pants and hoping I’ll never need them

Posted in Personal by Will on Friday, May 7th, 2010 ~ 1pm

This will sound absolutely crazy, because it conflicts with our hopes that everything will always be fine — but — I asked myself, what would I wear if things in the world, or in our country, went really ass-up? What clothing do I have that I could jump into and have at least a reasonable chance of being prepared for, well, say, for having to walk across the country on foot due to something?

I remembering having similar questions around the time of the Twin Towers attack, but back then I only fancifully mused about how it would be nice to have a Bat-suit (Batman) that would have everyone one needs to protect ones’ self.

But today, yesterday actually, I began investigating what there really is in the way of military or survival type clothing, and I’m thinking of getting some ACU pants (Army Combat Uniform) in a dark, subdued urban pattern and some hiking boots. Ridiculous? Sure, but on the other hand, what are you going to wear if things get bad? Slacks? Jeans? Cargos? Both of the latter are good, but fragile.

About the boots, I went towards EMT boots or SWAT team boots at first, but found that they reportedly leave black marks on floors and don’t breathe well, or at all for that matter. So in the hopes that I wouldn’t need boots that were quite that tough, I am now checking out light-weight consumer hiking boots, such as these:

http://www.amazon.com/Hi-Tec-V-Lite-Light-Hiking-Forest/dp/B00243G0ZA/

I have no idea about tops yet, but I don’t want to look like I’m in the military or anything so I feel less priority about tops. Plus, it would depend on the weather, wouldn’t it?

Will this ever be needed? Hopefully not. But I feel increasingly like it is better to at least be prepared. I’m not suggesting digging in to a fortress, rather, be prepared to have to move, on foot.

With that in mind, in choosing between Small or Medium waist size — which respectively end and start at my usual waist size of 31″ — I’d guess that Small would make sense because if things got bad, I wouldn’t be gaining weight, I’d be losing weight. Apparently military pants don’t come in actual waist sizes, they come in generic sizes, and then can be manually taken in about 4 inches.

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  1. Elizabeth said,

    on May 20th, 2010 at 11:56 pm

    Ahh… OK. Now I understand. I hate to have to be the one to break it to you, but if your really want to survive, you also have to become mentally prepared. That means you need to put the boots on and go out hiking (or for a long walk) and sensitize yourself to the activity. You don’t want to wait until things do go ass-up to start on this.. you want to start using your gear now, so if it happens you are as mentally prepared as you are gear prepared.

    Example: Rob will take me hiking up a new 14er trail and the first time I do any particular trail I will hyperventilate and have more problems simply because I have never been on the trail before and I don’t know where I am or what to expect. My anxiety causes me to need to drink more, eat more, and rest more on the way up the trail, as well as experience more muscle cramps and aches.

    This phenomena of anxiety and distress on a “new trail” is not particular to me, it is something that happens to human beings in general when faced with a new challenging situation.

    So, you are invited to come hiking here whenever you want! Not just because I miss you and would like your company… but seriously – you need to get prepared!

  2. Will said,

    on May 21st, 2010 at 10:43 am

    Fortunately, I expect any walking would be alongside roads (or, if too hot from the radiated heat of the pavement, in the woods alongside roads). No need to go up into hills.

    I climbed Mt. Washington and those other smaller mountains in my youth (high school era, summer hiking program), so I remember the look of things — the difference between a trail and not-a-trail. Doubt I’d ever do that again though, I don’t see the appeal. Plus I am out of shape. And I don’t like the atmosphere any higher than Boulder’s ground-level.

    My boots arrived, and they are lightweight but they are big due to the puffy nature of the synthetic materia. I maybe should have gone with the leather ones which are not puffy since they’re just hide. But on the other hand, puffy is probably good padding for knocks. I’ll have to think about this.

  3. Will said,

    on May 21st, 2010 at 10:50 am

    Ideally I’m hoping I’ll only need my boots while in the passenger seat of a car being driven to safety! 🙂

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