Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Basic Survival: Sleeping Bag - Your Home Away From Home




(NOT me in the video)

In case you have you not already read the initial article explaining important concepts...
read the following article first:
Basics Of Survival - Bug Out Bag


Sleeping Bag:  USGI MSS 
(United States Government Issue Modular Sleep System)

I have the complete 4 part system for each in my family...
it is that important.

They cost anywhere from $120.00 - $150.00 or so online
(the complete system).

The USGI MSS is issued to our troops
(this system did not exist when I was in).
It is modular because it is comprised of at least 4 components.

It comes with a black compression stuff sack with multiple attached... 
locking and adjustable straps.  This allows you to load the sleeping bag system
inside and then to really cinch down to compress it into a relatively small and easy 
to carry or store size. 

(In all the following cases...
it is with the use of the camo Gortex cover)

It also has a patrol sleeping bag (green) which when used by itself...
is rated to about 30 degrees F ( -1 C).

It comes with a black sleeping bag which when used by itself...
is rated to about 0 degrees F ( - 18 C).

Or when the temperature really drops...
the black sleeping bag fits and snaps into the green sleeping bag
to make an extra warm Sleeping bag in a bag...
which is rated to about -30 degrees F (-34 C).

The last...
and most important piece...
it comes with a camo Gortex outer sleeping bag cover.

Gortex makes it water proof...yet breathable
 (so moisture from perspiration/respiration doesn't build up on the inside).

This is extremely important on both points.

One of the most important things to keep in mind to prevent 
death by exposure...
is to keep dry.

As the video explains...
it is a complete system because with it...
you may survive in all weather.

Even without a tent...
in a downpour...
the Gortex outer cover will keep you, and everything inside, dry...
 as it functions as a tent with the cover secured over your head.

You may put in or take out that which will meet the temperature needs...
you can mix and match them to your desires and to the environment.

This is what makes it so great for camping year round.

Although it weighs in at 12 or so pounds...
the extra weight is worth it.

Need you sacrifice items for weight savings...
do it elsewhere.

Exposure is the biggest killer...
staying warm and dry is essential.

Should you be thinking that you would like a lighter bag...
or a less costly one...
believe me...
there is no longer night spent than one where you are...
cold and wet.

If you are cold and wet...
you cannot sleep well...if at all.

If you can't rest...
you can't recover so well.

If you can't recover so well...
you can't function so well...
not physically...
not intellectually...
not emotionally.

You must be able to function in all three areas if you are to survive
a desperate situation.

Should you already have sleeping bags...
you simply must get a water proof / breathable complete outer cover for each
(completely surrounding the bag).

With this system...
when you are lost and panicked...
scared witless, bone tired, soaked to the skin...
and so cold that your muscles have stiffened...
you will have the knowledge that when it comes time to stop for the night...
you will have a refuge...
a home away from home...
where all the suffering will end...
while you may retreat into your dreams...
and recover enough strength to drive forth upon awakening.


Post script:  One very important thing I had initially forgotten to put in here...
you simply must have protection from sharp or puncturing objects
on the ground before placing the sleeping bag on top.

Should the Gortex outer bag be breached in wet conditions...
you could have a very bad night.

A condensed foam rollable mat on top of a pre-cleared area would suffice.


8 comments:

  1. Yes...and what makes it perfect is the Gortex outer cover. With it...it is a sleeping bag and tent all in one.

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    1. I was right about you...very good. I, too, am very glad to know you!

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  3. ありがとぅ!
    白い虎。

    まぎぃ

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