Looking at several bug-out plans that friends have made, I noticed that most of them would not make it. Those who would not make it came up short on one specific issue: The ability to make it to their temporary bug-out-locations on the route to their permanent site. They expected to make it 10 miles a day, on average, from one spot to the next, in full gear, with no practice.
Going back and looking at my bug-out plan, I noticed that the shortest distance I was expecting to cover in one day was eight miles, while the longest was 14. This is not the farthest I have walked in a day, but it is farther than I have walked with a 30 pound bag and rifle in a long time. So, this past weekend, I decided to go for a bit of a hike and see how it all played out. It wasn’t as bad as I expected, but not as good as I had hoped. I would be able to make it to the eight mile mark, but 14 would not happen fast enough, given daylight hours being a concern.
When you pull out the map and start finding locations to travel to, take note of the terrain. Some of the paths chosen by my friends would have them climbing 400 feet in 12 miles and they hoped to do this in one day. Once you have picked out your paths from location to location, give the hike a try. Put on your pack, grab your rifle (if you can where you live), and start walking.
There are additional considerations to be made when talking about going from one location to the next.
- You will have to tear down your camp before you can move.
- You will have to set up a new camp when you arrive at your location
- You must be able to have enough time left to survey your location for threats before you occupy it. If the location is unsafe, you will need to have a secondary location close enough that you can make that hike before it gets too late.
- You will also need to provide enough time for things to go wrong, like illness and injury. If your path takes you through places you simply cannot set up camp, you must be able to fix any issues and still have enough time to get to a better location.
After seeing how far I could make it from camp to camp, I revised my plan. Some paths provided no spot to camp out in between bug-out-locations and this had to be fixed. If anything goes wrong, you must be able to take up camp just about anywhere so you can fix the issues and move again tomorrow.
If I were to get out of bed, grab my gear and go, I could make it the 14 miles. In a survival situation, this will not be the case. You have to be able to make the hike after having hiked all day yesterday, gotten poor sleep, twisted your ankle, and not eaten as much as you are accustomed to.
If you have not gone for a hike down your chosen paths to get from one location to the next, you are cutting yourself short and putting yourself at risk. Get out there and make a camping weekend a hiking weekend. If you ever have to bug-out, your feet, back, and shoulders will thank you.
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