17 comments on “Re-Post: Essential Skills: Getting Home

  1. Good info, and for those who are going through slight body changes due to age, you might want to consider suspenders. You’ll have possible items attached to your belt and you don’t need your pants drooping while your trying to make time.

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  3. Good article. You didn’t mention pants though. I’m interested in what you’d recommend. Hey, where do you live that you would need a Tru Spec coat AND a jacket liner? I live in northern Michigan and I wouldn’t hike in that much gear. A wool shirt (Minus 33), a fleece pullover and a light shell jacket is all I wear except in extreme conditions.

  4. Actually, we do mention pants, right under the paragraph on in-soles. I like to have the liner and coat as a matter of course; your choice of a wool shirt, fleece pullover and light shell jacket is essentially the same. I also know from my own experience up where you live is that you get acclimated to the colder weather and therefore won’t need as much insulation as quickly as say, an office worker in SE Michigan having to hike it home for a few or more miles.

    Thanks for the props and stopping by!

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  6. +1 on Danner. Whatever makes your feet happy under load and on hard surfaces is good. Breaking in is important, if only to find things like when on the right foot only, the leather above the rear knuckle of the big toe folds and scuffs, making a blister on the top of your foot (true story!)

    Some dress pants are comfortable in the office, but make uncomfortable chafing when walked in. Same with some sturdy working pants. Cabella’s and Columbia sell some nylon “guide pants” that are light-weight, sturdy, dry fast and are warm with ECW long-underwear pants/silk/wool liners or cool in summer, as needed. Both pack tiny like a baseball.

    USAF aramid air crew gloves, or hex-armor anti-puncture gloves. Deer hide gloves slightly large with room for wool liners has been effective on bicycle handlebars in damp+near-freezing. Hand protection is important.

    Motorcycle fleece balclava covers ears/cheeks. There are some boonie hats made from what seems to be heavy-weight Tyvek fabric that sheds water well and shakes dry.

  7. Appreciate the heads up on the Danner boots. I need to take a look at those. I have some military desert boots, and for the primarily warm / hot temps we have down here, satisfactory. But I don’t ruck any heavy loads like you mention – not much ankle support with those.

    Pants – I recommend the Duluth Trading Co. fire hose pants, as tough as they are comfortable. Not so much the light weight non fire hose models though – not strong enough.

    Thanks again for the post.

  8. Wiggy’s and Duluth Firehose insulated bibs have gotten me thru -10 with gusts to 70 kts.(toasty:) )

    I will be buried in my Duluth Trading merlino wool lined firehose pants. Sorry they stopped making them.

    Wiggy’s bags are in my cold wx kit…..out of my own pocket…..nuff said….:-)

    Boots, smokejumpers…Wiggy’s makes insulated boot covers…and liners….very nice.

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