Started by Baruch, August 22, 2017, 07:27:18 AM
Quote from: Mike Cl on August 26, 2017, 06:59:09 PMI spent two weeks living out of a sleeping bag once, too. It was during my National Guard two weeks training--close to Barstow, CA, which is close to Death Valley. No, I did not re-up.
Quote from: Baruch on August 26, 2017, 06:50:28 PMSo I have gathered ..."Spent 6 weeks in a sleeping bag once." ... took that long for the pissed off scouts to let you out of the bag? ;-))
Quote from: Cavebear on August 26, 2017, 07:12:35 PMI could joke that the girl scouts wouldn't let me out, but I won't.
Quote from: Baruch on August 26, 2017, 07:05:31 PMYes, I hear Fort Irwin is hot stuff. That is where Patton trained his men in 1942, before going to N Africa.
Quote from: Mike Cl on August 26, 2017, 08:45:39 PMIt may be. But we were NG and the Reg. Army commander would not allow us on post, except to go through if we must to get to a particular training ground. No shower for two weeks and sleeping bags to sleep. If that bag had been mine I'd have burned it after those two weeks.
Quote from: Cavebear on August 31, 2017, 03:33:49 AMNo, you open the sleeping bag and expose it to the campfire. That kills the lice and fleas. Warms it up nicely in cold weather too.
Quote from: Mike Cl on August 31, 2017, 06:54:42 PMWhat campfire??? This was NG training, not a camping trip. We lived mainly on MRE's (which aren't bad, really--much better than C rations)--only had 3/4 hots the entire 2-week stay. Finally go a shower in the last 2 days. Needless to say, this 2-week summer training did not help the re-enlistment rate for the unit--they lost me.
Quote from: Baruch on August 31, 2017, 08:48:54 PMIf you had just joined the Marines, you would have eaten nails for breakfast, and liked it ;-)
Quote from: Cavebear on September 03, 2017, 09:20:58 PMYou can get almost anything organic to burn. In Boy Scouts, I whittled dry twigs into "pinecones", medium stems into shaves and debarked them, and larger pits of wood into splits pounding them with large stones.I set the fire with flint and steel. But I have since started fires with drill bows. I've never managed just spinning a stick in a hole in wood, but that really does require 2 people.
Quote from: Mike Cl on September 03, 2017, 10:11:07 PMIt was not a matter of not having matches--I really do prefer matches--but orders to not start any fires.
Quote from: Cavebear on September 03, 2017, 10:27:23 PMExpose the sleeping bag to ants for a day then. They will clear out the pests... Kick the anthills and drop the bag on it...
Quote from: Baruch on September 03, 2017, 10:31:17 PMIs the cure worse than the disease? Sounds like you are an Apache to me.s