I have taken some time off of work due to some health issues I am having and have 6 weeks until I go back to my Dr and we decide what course of action
to take. After much discussion with my wife over the last couple of weeks, we've decided that this is a good time to for me to go to AK and check on
and do some work at our property.
She can hold down the farm here and take care of the animals and daily responsibilities here so I'm going to be leaving Tuesday or Wednesday for AK to
spend 4 or 5 weeks on some land we have up there and sharpen my survival skills while I'm there.
So being that my children will be gone for 6 weeks to Fl to be with their mom for the summer and we have some property about 70 miles NW of Anchorage
on the Yentna River I'll be taking this time to get some things done there. There are no utilities on the land and the only shelter is an old hunting
cabin of about 400sf so to me it's going to be a well needed break and time to sharpen my survival skills.
There's an abundance of wildlife and as well as fish in the river so I wouldn't really call it a survival situation but as anyone knows who is
experienced in the outdoors it can turn into a survival situation in the blink of an eye, especially in the wilderness of AK. I haven't been to the
property in 2 years now so for all I know the cabin could be dilapidated or damaged from bears and storms so it's going to be interesting when I get
I will be doing some work on the cabin but my main goal is to test my skills and see how rusty I've become in the last couple of years and hopefully
come up with some new ideas and techniques. I am still on the fence as to what weaponry I will take and am really considering just taking one of my
bows, though my wife is leery about that and is insisting on me taking a firearm for bears but to me that is going to really add an edge that I don't
want to add.
So needless to say after sometime this week I will be absent from ATS for a while but hopefully I'll have some good pics and some new survival ideas
when I return in August.
The supplies I will be taking are my MOLLE BoB pack with all my standard survival items including, US ARMY Field Medic Trauma Kit, OKC Kukri, K-Bar
knife, Mirror, Magnifying Glass for fire starting, Torch Striker for fire starting, Magnesium Firestarter, Dryer lint and petroleum jelly tender, Rat
Traps, Azimuth Compass, pack of 24 chemlights, Wind Up LED flashlight, 2 Poncho Liners, 200' of para chord and 150 yrds of 20# test Berkley Fireline
braided fishing line,, Sewing Kit, 5 MRE's (for emergency), and Mess Kit.
Of course I am taking 2 fly rods and tackle, my Hoyt Carbon Element bow, and possibly my Remington MDL 700 in .300 WinMag as well as change of clothes
and the necessary camping supplies such as ECWS Military sleeping bag system and a tent in case the cabin is destroyed.
While I will have a bow and maybe a gun I will be making myself live as primitive as possible while there and trying to push my bare basics survival
skills as far as I can. I am going to be focusing as much as possible on trapping and open fire cooking as well as fishing.
I will also have a Sat Phone that we purchased about 6 months ago, it's an Inmarsat IsatPhone Pro an I will be doing a review thread on it as well as
the solar charger I have when I return. So far I am impressed with it but as with all Sat Phones or any satellite technology, the closer to the poles
you get the more chance of not loosing signal. However according to all the technical info I read it should get signal where our property is
So if all goes well I will be back in touch with the ATS community with some new great ideas and some good stories to share.
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