Gabriel Suarez
11-21-2018, 02:33 PM

...and no...its not shooting

11-21-2018, 02:36 PM
Going for a ruck?

Gabriel Suarez
11-21-2018, 02:46 PM
Short little stroll...0800 to about 1930

11-21-2018, 04:32 PM
Sweet! Great use of time.
What boots are you liking these days?

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours, Gabe.

Gabriel Suarez
11-21-2018, 05:41 PM
Those are Asolos. My son favors Oboes. I already have alot of miles on these. They are broken in well. This jaunt will be about 20 miles through lots of elevation changes and terrain. We saw some bear poop so both of us will brinf 300 BO rifles as well as "the stuff you dont want to forget if you get stuck overnight".

I will post pics tomorrow night...maybe.

11-21-2018, 06:53 PM
Sounds wonderful. Enjoy it.

11-22-2018, 08:59 AM
What a great way to spend the day with family on Thanksgiving, while others are wasting the day with dancing clowns in parades and TV sports

Gabriel Suarez
11-22-2018, 05:08 PM

Gabriel Suarez
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Gabriel Suarez
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Gabriel Suarez
11-22-2018, 05:24 PM
Food, fire, shelter, and, water. Check.

Thankful for the seven hours...twenty miles...elevation changes...several eco systems and weather changes. Thankful for the fire...the beer...for family and home. And to hell, horror, and death to our enemies.


Jim Miller
11-23-2018, 04:46 PM

Great example of a shugyo session!

Would you mind sharing what, if anything, you did differently as a train up for this?

Jim Miller

ISA 6:8

Gabriel Suarez
11-23-2018, 05:15 PM
We didn't plan much. The idea is to get up right now and do it. So we have our gear packed usually 24-7-365. We pick a day that works and off we go. I like Shugyo stuff like this as it is telling. Non-karateka, google Shugyo. In essence...they are self imposed tests or report cards.

We covered close to twenty miles with serious elevation changes and atmo conditions. We went from t-shirts to polartec plus goretex twice. This is about a quarter mile from the house and we thrive on this as much as possible. We get two miles in and see no humans for days. This can be a leisurely stroll for a couple of miles...but we ran it like a test and had a route to manage, and the Shield Maiden at home with a Sat-phone in case shit happened.

We started at 0830 HRS on Thanksgiving Day and finished the route at 1645 HRS. I admit the last few miles were a chore for me. I overloaded my pack and my right knee began to give me drama on the way down. The right knee lost all its meniscus in 1999, so the downshift is a PITA.

We had many opportunities to take game had we wanted to, and ample shelter locations. We have a plan usually...but shit happens, and has happened, so we plan and are always on the watch for food, fire, water and shelter.

There is a route we are looking at to circumnavig a mountain. Maybe next year in the spring. I know Nichols wants to come...maybe Brent. We have seen Bears and Lions...and the occasional wilderness Breaking Bad type guy.

Today I am smoked..we gave it our all and beat our time table by an hour. This is what life is about...not sitting on your ass drinking yourself into stupor, but earning what you eat and drink with feats pf physicality.


11-23-2018, 05:36 PM
20 miles is no joke.

Gabriel Suarez
11-23-2018, 05:48 PM
I had to pop SF style "go sleep" pills to crash I was in such pain. Today is better, but yeah...it was a test.

Gabriel Suarez
11-23-2018, 05:50 PM
I think a small group would have a great time for a ten day stretch...a true "wilderness warrior" event...just saying

11-23-2018, 06:43 PM
Sounds like you had an amazing time. I don't get into the wild near as much as I would like. Skol!

11-23-2018, 08:14 PM
Your honesty is much appreciated.


Jim Miller
11-24-2018, 06:23 AM
I think a small group would have a great time for a ten day stretch...a true "wilderness warrior" event...just saying

That would be truly memorable. Calling it fun would do it a disservice.

Jim Miller
ISA 6:8