Darin Prentice
Darin Prentice

range patrol. im in the mountains so gear is as follows…
1; jungle issue combat boots,waterproof cord lace, thick cotton socks.
2; thermal johns and top, covered by combat pants and jacket.
3;bellaclava, l.e.d. headlamp, insulated kevlar gloves, boot wraps,
4; ?two foot bayonette as a side knife, tactical 5 inch knife on my chest, mossberg 10-22, 14 shot longs.
5; left side pocket has bear bangers, flares, and whistle,
6; right side pocket has compass, gps, range finder, and elevation limiter.
7; chest pockets hold camera, cell phone, mirror, map, note pad, and ribbon for marking.
8; back pack is also jungle issue combat, with first aid, water purification and filter, two days food and water, second change of clothes, basic hygene and toiletry’s, snares and fishing kit, 50ft para cord, fire starting kit, poncho, small wool blanket, small tin of hooks and eyelets, sewing kit, canvas repare kit, portable mess kit.

at first my bag had more stuff but it weaghed 100 pounds..i barely made 5 miles. i eventually downsized so the bag now weaghs 40 pounds.there abouts.
once i got the bag to a managable size i set my goal to be exhausted before i come back. didnt take long at first, but i kept at it. my health increased quickly. and soon i was up to 60 pounds {carry extra water to place at posts along the way}. and in the extreme i tried humping 150 pounds in my bag..uhg…no i cant do that, now i know.
with a managable pack and health tuned up, now i do some drills. carry rifle in both hands never to point at any thing or anyone, forever checking over my safety, feeling the weaght movements, while walking or jogging. practicing crawling and rolling with bag and rifle, {my dog dont get that part}. i got used to it fast.

i would presume that invaders come to the claim for our goods, id gear up for that responce and try to circle the area undetected, then return to camp looking for the invaders, doesnt sound like much but every noise, smell, disturbance must be checked out. that and im training my dog he is so dam friendly….

at every opportunity i try new drills, the R.C.M.P. showed up at out camp, seemed a couple lady’s are missing and lost in the river valley. instantly we geared up to escort the officer down the valley. i put my dog on a lead and he led the way.. some time later we made it to the river, we did a basic grid pattern for scent, and soon Dodge was barking, he found the lady’s. a helicopter was called in, my dog was awesome… helicopter come down, picked them up and we completed a general search of the area, found a destroyed dingy and some gear, seems the girls were drinking and floating down the river. another half kilometer down the river is a canyon and deadly falls.
with deed done we escort the officer back up to camp… Dodge taught me a lesson that day, the teacher must always be open to learning.

as a home drill ill say… S.H.T.F. grab a bag !
dressing was the first thing i looked for, durable, tight knit or weeve, cloths in good condition, properly layered and secure {pockets done up, laces correct, good tuck and fold}, and to be ready in a timely fashion.

id say to my kids, control your breathing, feel your whole system, and try to concentrate now…and thats when i pour cold water on them. oh ya…me too. big shock. with wet cloths we now go into our bag and change out.
and instantly i find out we didnt pack any garbage bags for wet things….

while on nature walks, i encourage the kids to find animal trails, and droppings. we look at the area and whats in the droppings, bugs or seeds, critters or grass, and figure what kind of animal it is. how old the drop is. the birds and small critters in the area will let you know if theres something close by so i get the kids to always listen for warning calls from animals. just when they get right into it i gotta stop them to check the sky for weather changes, things were going good and i missed the storm moving in on us, they picked on that right away, sharp kids.

if the kids can one up you, i find they really excell. ill let my ten year old lead the way, if he wants to blaze a trail or folow the path i follow his lead. ill question him as we come to things and his understanding is good. he likes to sit in a bush and watch, for animals and birds, i think he made a connection to nature. its not really a drill but it is teaching me about my son, and building the confidence that comes with drills.

sometimes i come rolling out of a bush and someone is standing there, usualy a cousin or partner so i dont have to explain, they say “oh its just darin”, but to explain why you do what you do to those who dont understand is near impossable. to them, you should go home, turn on a light switch, get your food from a fridge, turn a tap on for water, flush your toilet, watch T.V. or play video games and leave the bush to industry. i had to laugh when i heard..
.”i dont understand them white men, they **** in the house and eat outside”

Prepare, Preserve, Protect...

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