Yes, yes, I know. We’ve had some really nice days in the 50’s interspersed throughout this winter. Global Warming idiots are using these days as ‘proof’. Of course, they’re not counting the days so cold that they’ve dropped the average temperature calculations overall. No, why should they?
So, what can we do to beat the dreaded ‘winter doldrums’?
Simply, lots of things.
You could start by watching (or re-watching) Ivarr Bergmann’s channel on YouTube. Start with his superb introduction to get your interest up or refresh your mindset. It’s a very nice dramatization that should have been made into a complete series. (Bergmann, maybe it could be finished?)
Escape and Evasion. The Evader, Parts 1 & 2.
From there, start with the series on ‘Kit‘ and see how his ideas match your own. What do you have that is as good or better than the examples he offers that others might want to use (please, feel free to post in the comments, or if you have a very detailed idea with instructions, send me an email, and maybe we can put it up as a stand alone post)?
Between videos, think about repacking your rucksack, inspecting all your kit, cleaning it, making sure it fits, making sure you haven’t over-packed and can actually carry what you pack, sharpening your knives, cleaning out the cobwebs in your repertoire of skill sets by practicing your basic knots, map and compass skills, waterproofing anything needing a reapplication of whatever you’re using, cleaning out your water carriers (bladders or canteens need cleaning on a regular basis), checking your foodstuffs you include in your ruck, etc.
All the above can be done at home; you can also restart your PT program (yes, of course, I understand the discipline everyone has and nobody EVER lets their PT program lapse….but for discussion’s sake, remember that if you WERE to restart it, don’t burn yourself out, and gradually get back to your standard routine…just sayin’)
Here’s something else you can do: Disassemble, inspect, and clean every single magazine you have, starting with your spares. Why? Once your spares are done, you load them with the inspected ammo you had in your ‘stand by’ magazines so you can clean your ‘stand by’s,’ which then become your spares, and voila! You’ve killed two birds with one stone!! Changing out your mags and cleaning them!!
Here’s a video on PMags for those that have them. No excuse not to clean ANY magazine!!
Don’t forget to, just for the hell of it, take that primary rifle out, break it down, and clean it again. Disassemble the bolt as far as your skills allow, wipe down, and reassemble. Same goes for pistols. Nothing says, “I know my weapons,” better than routine disassembly, wipe down, and reassembly that demonstrates an intimate familiarity with the system.
Here’s something that’d be fun when gathering with your : Without looking at either your rifle or pistol of choice, describe it’s Cycle of Operation in less than a minute, -5 points for each you miss.
Bottom line is there are many, many things we can all do to beat the Winter Doldrums. It’s up to us to shake off the lethargy so that when Spring arrives, we can hit the training path without skipping a beat!