Appreciate the input, if you noticed, the check marks turn off the weight for that item. I planned on messing with things and when you toggle the fields on and off it gives you live updates. I will certainly take all of this to heart and the link will remain as I modify and pair down some. If anyone wants to chat in depth and it does not seem relevant to the feed feel free to PM me.It isn't terrible, It;s actually a really good start. But there are more than a few things I would drop.
Is the rain shell for your ruck? If so keep it- if it is another rain jacket drop it.
I would likely drop the base layers. It hasn't been cold enough the past two years in GA to justify them, especially if you're rucking around.
What is the run/gun bag?
I wouldn't bring knee pads unless you really really like them
I also would drop the camelbak and just bring a large nalgene- there is water everywhere.
I would also say to drop the hand/foot warmers
This is a three day/two night event, I would just change the batteries in your headlamp before you leave and not bring extras.
I also haven't had a use for gloves the past three years.
I would leave the deodorant in the car
I would also bring three mags for pistol and rifle. If the pistol goes down the easiest and fastest way to get it running again is to drop the mag and stick a fresh one in. Then I also like to carry an extra in case i'm having a really bad day. For the whole match I never shot more than one magazine of pistol in a stage, but I like to be prepared because I have had shit happen before.
Have you thought about what you're going to keep the ammo in? I would advise one of those small sil-nylon dry bags from walmart that come in a three pack.
I would also say to just bring mountain house/backpackers pantry/something freeze dried in a bag for food- you then don't need a bowl or plate, and it tastes pretty good
I would also add 2 more pairs of socks to the list
I would only pack one shirt, wear the other.
That's my .02. Ive been backpacking forever, and have shot this 3x. The first year I needed way more due to the cold. The past two it has been really mild for most of the match.
I have not even bought the barrel but my previous .223 bolt gun (I sold a few years ago) I got a 77gr VLD to go a little over 3100 fps (hot load) but it was easily going 2950 so my plan was to get the 80gr ELD-M around 2800-2830 in a 24 inch barrel which I figure is a reasonable compromise for length, weight and performance.Also, Go for the X5- it's heavier but you'll appreciate the fact that it is full size when you're shooting.
Is that 80gr load moving at abut 2800?
After you add the tarp, straps, under quilt, and quilt/bag it's not that much different. To me, hammocks are for the summer.Would there be a benefit to using a hammock versus tent/bivvy? They look like they are pretty lightweight in general. This is assuming there are trees in the camping area.
Up before the sun. Walk 1-5 miles at designated pace. 5-30 minutes until stage brief the year at Arena. Get your stage brief. Each team rotated through on average 3 minutes per. I think we had 8 teams in our squad. Then 5-15 minutes later walk again.For those who have done Mammoth before, could you share what a typical day is like with regards to the hiking? In other words from when you start in the morning how far do you hike in each leg, how much time do you spend while at a stage, and how many legs of hiking do you do in a day? I wanted to spend a Saturday simulating what a full day at Mammoth would be like physically gauge my training so far.
Training is going well. I'm rucking at a 14.45 pace with 50 pounds. that's all walking, no running. I do two or three a week for 2-3 miles. I'm doing 1 or 2 5k's a week on the treadmill. two months ago I was at 45min plus. Yesterday I did 35:40. cant run the whole thing yet but working towards it. my goal is a 30 min 5k.
I have been rucking or running 3 to 6 days a week depending on my schedule. soon I will start incorporating some serious hill workouts and trail running (I havent run since I got out in 89!).
I'm pretty excited at my progress and even more at my recovery time, which is getting really good.
Look at the Garmin Foretrex line. The 601 reportedly lasts 48hrs on 2AA batteries.What do you guys do to keep track of your pace and distance on the rucks? I don't think my Garmin watch's battery (internal rechargeable) will last all the way through 3 days. The longest I've seen it last is about 7 hours on a 100 mile bicycle ride.
It's a team match.Sorry for the remedial question but I can’t find an answer to this on their Facebook or site.
Is there an individual competition or is it team based only?
Run what you brung. Unless something changes, the secondary shooter has to run 223 or 308. Many teams run work gas guns.Does this match follow the rules of PRS divisions ie Production, Tactical, Open? If not can the secondary shooter carry a Semi while the primary carries a bolt action? I ask because my partner wants to use his Dept issue OBR while I'm planning on using my MPA.
There were 2 stages were I remember tripods being very beneficial, I brought trecking poles and ended up not using them at all. The guys that did bring a tripod said it was worth it, I plan on running one in 2020.Good info. How valuable was having a tripod? Im interested in cutting weight and carrying trecking poles.
It was worth it for a couple stages. Given the unknown factor we will always have one. We brought trekking poles too which help me with mud and for pacing. They weren't as necessary since we ended up being near the road most of the time, but if we had to run the tank trails it might have been rough to keep pace with the big packs.Good info. How valuable was having a tripod? Im interested in cutting weight and carrying trecking poles.
Fitbit Blaze connected to phone GPS. It tracks via GPS and pace count, I have had better luck with that than just losing time in turns with phone GPS only. I also have a Garmin 401 I use for longer treks.What is everyone using for pacing, time tracking and mileage? I am looking at a bunch of runners watches from Garmin as well as the Garmin Fortrex 601. Currently all my tracking is being done via stop watch and google earth route mapping and I'd like to get more accurate data.
The Garmin Foretrex 601/701 is the only thing I know of that will make it 3 days (if you turn it on watch mode when you reach each destination.) You can always carry extra batteries, but the watches with the built in batteries are harder to recharge in the field. Once you learn how it works, it's really easy to use it for a trip computer.What is everyone using for pacing, time tracking and mileage? I am looking at a bunch of runners watches from Garmin as well as the Garmin Fortrex 601. Currently all my tracking is being done via stop watch and google earth route mapping and I'd like to get more accurate data.
I asked about spotters earlier. It seems like some people didn't bring them at all. I'm curious to hear from past competitors....Did you feel that a spotting scope with a reticle is necessary? As mentioned in a previous post, there are times when the secondary shooter will be unable to spot anyway...
Which is more useful for the challenge, a Kestrel or Garmin 701?