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Better yet forget the doggys, get Bill Murray!
1) has saved myself many times, epipen, moleskin for blisters, all sorts of dressings, salve antibiotics, tools: tweezers, scissors, suture kit, scapel, mirror (shit in your eye or a tick on your butt, signal too) betadine, eyewash/viseine, left over pain meds (opiates w/script), other pain stuff Ibu, asp, prescribeded antibiotics ( doxy, a cillin I'm not allergic too, something for intestinal).
2) for city folk just get this, it even screwed the Russians that liberals are so scared about.
Mish, You should be safe with this.
P.S. I carry 190 grain, it is < 1/2 weight, disinfects, and a firestarter. If ya want a city drink mexican whiskey is not what you want camping. I take some whylers dry drink mix, grain, and a way to make water pure.
Last edited by Mad Trapper; 04-04-2019 at 09:45 AM.
The Number 1 thing to do when Camping or Hiking alone is notify someone of your Plan.
When you plan to Camp/Hike
Where you plan to Camp/Hike
How Long you plan to Camp/Hike
In Black Bear country I'd have a firearm with a caliber that starts with a .35 and ends with a 7 minimum
In Brown Bear country, a .44 minimum
(When camping near Urban animals, something that starts with a 9 and ends with mm is acceptable but something that starts with a .45 and ends with acp is better! ...but I digress)
Most people don't have the ability to go for more than 3 days so food is not a big concern, but you better have your shelter and water covered. Plan for the weather and the season and also for any accident so a first aid kit is a must. Everywhere I go I have a Fire Starter kit so that should be second nature when camping alone or with people.
(About the Author; Slippy has hiked many a mile in State and National Parks in all areas of the US both alone and with family/friends. As of late, his solo camping trips are usually at NASCAR races in his trusty cabin style tent next to his buddy's RV!)
If you get a 44 , learn to shoot it, after targets I did woodchucks, at 75yds they are about 1-L bottle size. Perfects your stealth and accuracy, keeps them out of the garden too.
BBear I'd want a 12ga or rifle that ends in 06.
Don't be scared of the woods, I've went a few days with what I had in my pockets, even winter. Summer can be pleasant, except bugs, winter You have to be careful, make/find you're shelter before you need it.
I've got into 45-50 cal MLers (Gibbs/Whitworth, TC w/GM barrels aperture sights) with quality fast twist barrels and good sights, same bullets and will reach out and touch, think Creedmore or Friendship, 500+ yds with opens.
If you want security and a pistole check this out, 2 X 12 ga, legal everywhere. Load it up with 4s in one and a PRB in the other, a 12ga PRB is a mighty piece of lead.
I've taken plenty of solo trips so far back into the sticks that if I got into trouble I'd be in a real pickle.
I always leave an itinerary with several trusted people. I know my limits and take special care not to over-extend myself. I am always aware of my surroundings and never take chances.
Solo anything is something to think about. It is about ones comfort level as well as ones risk assessment in the area.
a) is it remote or do you expect nearby activity...other hikers etc.
b) is it inherently dangerous? Steep hills, rocks, heavy vegetation, animal activity.
c) what is your skill level in all related activities? Firsy aid, fire, water, food procurement.
d) what are your obligations? Family dependent on you?
Me? I love doing things on my own, but I'm not stupid about it. I kayak alone, but I never kayak turbulent water alone. I camp alone, but I won't enter the grand Canyon or the Appalachian mountain range to deeply alone or at least in an area that I could crawl to get help.
I have the skills I need for the most part, but I too don't practice them enough. Solo camping gives me the chance to see how well I have prepared without relying on anyone else. How can you help others when you can't deal with yourself?
I have lived a good life and dying doesn't worry me to much, and my family is taken care of....so when I do things I understand the risks. I let people know where I'm going, and where I'm planning to be and when. I don't really care if I die out there, I'd just want my family to know how I went. Drowned, eaten by a bear, dehydration, etc. and have closure. I ain't wanting to die, but I also ain't afraid of it when it comes.