Been busy with life, two new rigs!

Been busy with life lately…. here are a couple updates!

Indy style 500D Coyote brown double sided Satchel/Bandolier, carries up to 10 20rd magazines, and 12 10rd magazines for Hi Point carbines, but can also be used to carry SMG/Glock stick magazines if they can fit in the elastic loops.

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Front section view; very low profile, simple.

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Back section

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Interior shot; 6 slots for 10rd mags up top, with Redball 995 magazines on bottom row

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Close up of the bottom row elastic loops for the 20rd magazines

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the space in between the two sections, useful for flat items and small items

 

Next up, a Split front MOLLE chest rig out of 1000D Woodland Cordura scraps that weren’t perfectly cut; using IDF style spring loaded cam buckles for closure, and ALICE LC-2 Enhanced ruck straps for the shoulder straps with 2 additional spring loaded cam buckles, all of which came from scavenged/surplus ALICE LC straps. SPecs of the rig; 8 MOLLE columns and 7 rows, with no gap, or 4 rows plus 3 rows in between the 4 main rows

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MOLLE Split rig clean mode, simple LadderLoc buckle for rear cross strap

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Close up of the buckle attachments

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With IDF style single pull cord knotted into both buckles. Very quick release on the straps, and easy adjustments for size

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Showing one set up; 12 AR magazines in 4 pouches, and 2 medic pockets, the rig is capable of accepting both MOLLE and ALICE attachments, as well as Bianchi’s UM84 clip system

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showing another set up; with the front closed up. again, 2 Tactical Tailor Universal Mag pouches, 2 TT grenade/small utility pockets, 2 canteen covers, and 2 IDF small pouches connected via ALICE clips, and finally, one large 200rd SAW ammo pouch for dump pouch duty.  I am on the look out for two more of the TT Universal Mag Pouches in Woodland, but may be able to just use two USGI M4 double pouches, or just get more short MALICE clips and tie ALICE pouches on there.

 

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Modded harness and redid Yucca light pack set up!

Modded my black harness to provide two attachment points for my small Yucca pack lower straps, and redid the pack set up!

Harness redone 1

Harness without pack

Yucca Pack and Harness

With pack attached

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Back view of harness and pack connected; you can see the two extra Fastex buckles being used to connect pack  lower straps to the harness

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Side view of the pack; the side pockets are to hold food and misc items.

Yucca pack harness attachment upper detail

detail shot of upper pack attachment, the harness padding part has a couple of metal snap hooks to attach to D-ring equipments.. the harness upper part is from a black M1967 web harness from Rothco I believe.

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detail of the lower pack strap attachment. Its simply a sewn loop strap, girth-hitched onto the D ring.

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Another detail shot, showing the strap connecting to the buckle which is attached to the harness permanently.

Yucca pack hatchet mount detail

Detail shot of Army hatchet mount between the MOLLE Sustainment Pouch and the main pack

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shot of pack without the harness.

Harness Right panel detail

Detail of Right-hand panel of the harness.

Load out is as follows;

In the main pack, I have the following items.

Hammock and kelty top quilt in main compartment with Whoopie Slings attached to hammock

USGI CCF pad under top flap

3-4 days worth of clothes in MOLLE Sustainment Pouch

Hatchet in between Sustainment Pouch and Main pack

foods in 3 side pockets, large foods in the USMC Coyote Brown pockets and small foods in one camo pocket, while the final camp pocket holds the tree straps for the hammock and a bandanna and headlamp

Moving on to the harness;

2x 1qt water bottles in MOLLE canteen covers; one is a Nalgene bottle, the other is a Life-line canteen with an Army canteen cup

handgun with ammo

first aid kit in one black pocket

Long Ogee tarp in second black pocket

hammock bugnet in long green pouch

tarp lines and stakes in shotgun ammo pouch (no shotgun ammo)

compass in compass pouch

Mini Maglite behind black pocket

4.5″ blade knife behind other black pocket

Esbit stove and fire kit in third black pocket

snacks and misc items in fourth black pocket

handgun ammo magazines in USGI mag pockets attached to two black pockets

With this load out, the entire kit should be good for 3-4 days of hiking and traveling in the woodlands…

Gordon Road location scouting

Went on a location scouting trip for a group camping event…

Found a beautiful location, beautiful site….although if I had driven a bit further, I might’ve found another site near Gordon Lakes….

DSCN2025Campsite area, it is big enough for a few vehicles, tents, and kitchen site.

DSCN2026View of entrance of trail into the woods

DSCN2027Looking downhill on one side of trail

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Another view of the woods

DSCN2028Downhill on different part of trail, several sites in the interior of the woods could be good for smaller tents and so on.

DSCN2030Such beautiful view of the mountains from the trail

DSCN2031Looking up into the clear blue skies.. Yes that tree is still there, It is NOT falling down!

DSCN2032Nice little Madrona shrub growing.

DSCN2033A view of the mountain ranges…Consider that this is not as high an elevation as it could have been from the road….. I am impressed.

DSCN2034Another view of the surrounding mountains

DSCN2035Looking back East towards the campsite trails

DSCN2043Another shot of the forest and its underbrush developing.

DSCN2044Hammock test set up with small tarp, bugnet, underpad 🙂

DSCN2045Looking at the hammock site from a fair distance away, around 50 yards…it blends in OKAY in this terrain, from a helicopter or other mountains, probably not noticeable.

DSCN2046Another view of the hammock tarp set up; I only used 3 stakes, tying mostly to the trees.

DSCN2047A different angle showing the “beak” of one side.

DSCN2048Another growing Madrona tree

DSCN2049Twig fire! I picked up the trash after the fire, since previous occupants left some trash in the firepit.

DSCN2050My dinner for the day; Idahoan instant taters in a canteen cup!

DSCN2036My Hellcat pack system and day trip belt kit; I am a believer in being armed when walking the woods alone.

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The Open cell foam pad, hammock, Kelty top quilt, straps and bugnet are all in the black MSS bag, while the tarp is in the very top pocket of the small “Recon” pack, which also holds my foods, water in 3 1 qt canteens, fire kit, stakes and ropes. My clothes are in the MOLLE Sustainment pouches on the sides, with one holding just fleece pull over and fleece throw blanket for additional insulation if needed, and the other holding the rest of my clothes.

I also have a small tube sack stuffed with left over open cell foam to use as a pillow for either neck or knees in the hammock.

My first aid kit is in the top flap’s bottom pocket, while I have another quart of water on the waist belt, and a pouch holding my compass, along with a medic pocket holding my trail snacks and granola bars.

 

Day trip to Moose Mountain!

went out to Moose Mountain in the Willamette National Forest; it was going to be an overnighter, but some things came up that I needed to do; so trip was cut short into a day trip….Anyways, it is a beautiful area to camp and hike; and there are many convenient trees for the hammock set up!

the view of the woods;

DSCN1913and another view, of the camping area I decided on;

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the trail leading uphill to the car

DSCN1915a view of the road uphill to my camp; the tarp camp is in the picture if you can find it!

DSCN1925my tarp camp set up; using the Bat Wing tarp and with more stakes, opened up the interior by tying the side pull outs and guy lining them out.

DSCN1918another view of tarp camp;

DSCN1920the interior, you can see how it is opened up quite a bit compared to without the side pull outs;

DSCN1919a close up of the side pull out detail;

DSCN1921a dead stump with things growing out;

DSCN1916a Blue Oregon Iris growing near the campsite;

DSCN1917my attempt at making a Feather Stick out of a twig;

DSCN1932my overnight pack on the tree;

DSCN1922a view of the area downhill from the road/trail;

DSCN1926all packed up before leaving; ground tarp is always in my car

DSCN1933back side of pack showing the LC strap set up;

DSCN1934The pack is packed with the following;

In Main compartment
one pair of pants,
one pair of underwear
one pair of socks
two polyester shirts; one short and one long (Underarmor and jersey)
one fleece pull over
one fleece blanket
In side large pockets
canteen cups
1 qt canteens with water
large bowie knife
wand lighter
In center large pocket
Ramen noodle, one pack
Three Granola Bars
two packets of hot chocolate
3 L stakes for stove
Esbit Stove, no fuel
Y stakes
matches in waterproof container
hammock tree straps and tarp lines
In top pocket on flap
tarp
In pocket on underside of flap
first aid kit
strapped to pack bottom;
hammock and under quilt with shock cords and whoopie slings

attached to the pack is a Bell bicycle tail light and a Corona RC 4060 small saw,

On my belt kit;
compass pouch with compass and small LED light
small Bowie knife
2 magazines in pouches
Ruger P85 MKIIR 9mm
M16 pouch with camera in padded case

Trip report; Slide Creek camping

SO I am back from a weekend camping out in Slide Creek area in Oregon, part of the Santiam State Forest/Willamette National Forest; a weekend with friends, and a test of the Bat Wing tarp and DIY hammock! I must say, I had a great time!DSCN1852The view of the camp site; my hammock tarp is somewhere to the right in the woods;

DSCN1853Slide Creek from the camp site

DSCN1854My hammock tarp camp site; the trees are barely over 12 feet apart; and I only used two stakes; tied the corners of the ends to the trees

DSCN1855with vinyl ground cloth and my pack and Gilmour bow saw to process dead fall wood for fire

DSCN1876The view inside the tarp; that is my USGI Intermediate Cold weather sleeping bag; I have a blue camp pad inside to keep me insulated on the bottom.

DSCN1856looking out to the parking area and National Forest Road 4695; which leads to Brietenbush Road

DSCN1857a trail going into the woods; beautiful scenery!

DSCN1858the Sun shining through;

DSCN1867here be life and dead wood; such is beautiful woodland.

DSCN1864the natural bridge made by felled trees; these trees fell down from a windstorm a while back, a few have been cut in order to provide some firewood; but the majority are left alone

DSCN1866the root base of one of the bridging trees; it is a large base, and provides a good shelter for animals and critters; the ground is so very rocky

DSCN1868one of the Russula mushrooms; I am not sure which species of Russula this one is;

DSCN1870a Western Trillium that’s aged; it is a beautiful flowering plant

DSCN1873a Fairy Slipper; one of the native Orchids in the Oregon/Pacific NW woodlands

DSCN1871a small tree sprouting out of a large dead stump

DSCN1872further up Slide creek; there is evidence of rock slides and bank erosion from storms

DSCN1878A couple of Harlequin Ducks!

DSCN1879another shot of the Harlequin Ducks

DSCN1860Bushcrafting with my vintage Colonial Bowie

DSCN1861and again with the Buck 103 Skinner; making great curling chips

DSCN1863making a tinder stick with the Imperial Ireland small knife

DSCN1875making another tinder stick with the Imperial R.I. bowie knife; it carves pretty good on white pine

DSCN1859A cup of hot chocolate over an Esbit stove

DSCN1862the campground fire pit; modified a little bit so that there’s a draft and a way to feed the large logs into the fire; they are all dead fall/dead logs

The weather was a typical Oregon springtime weather; spots of sun and lots of showers, overnight temps went down to the 40s; and I was toasty warm in the USGI Intermediate Cold Mummy bag and pad; the tarp kept me and my gear dry!

Revised Improved Hellcat hunting rig and two standard ALICEs

 

 

 

OK I revised my Improved Hellcat pack, making it for a hunting rig, and moved the ALICE pack up to the top, and inserted a MSS bag that has a GI Intermediate Cold Weather sleeping bag (from the 80s, synthetic version of the M1949 mummy sleeping bag), and attached a gun scabbard to the right of the pack, and two canteens on the opposite to balance it out somewhat. I think this pack should be decent for hunting or target shooting, with a standard hunting carbine in the scabbard (SKS is inserted, but for hunting, it would have a flush 5 round magazine for Oregon State laws)

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pack with MSS bag on bottom, SKS scabbard, and two canteens, along with filleting knife. I also added a webbing carry handle to the top, which also loops through the Tri-Glides of the load lifter straps so as to prevent accidentally undoing them.

DSCN1707view of the pack from the back; you can see how I moved the load lifter straps to the outboard top slots, and the webbing handle inserted through the same slots

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view of the canteen side; the top canteen has a camelbak straw inserted into a canteen cap I modified by drilling a hole teeny bit smaller than the straw’s outside diameter, this allows a friction fit and prevents accidental leaks

DSCN1710the gun scabbard side, while there is room on the scabbard itself for pouches, I have decided not to put anything on the scabbard, so as to keep the balance of the load as reasonable as possible.

DSCN1713here, you can see the Improved Hellcat hunting rig between two standard  ALICE packs, the one on the left hand side has a green buttpack installed on the bottom, it is a mid 80s, early 90s ALICE MEDIUM pack. The other one on the far right, is a very early model, 1974 contract I believe, the buckles are cam/spring loaded friction buckles, and the fabric has faded quite significantly, it has two 2 qt canteens, one on each side, and a M1967 sleep carrier holding a camo compression sack.

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you can see how the frames and the straps are different between the 3, the one on the Left, has the old style ALICE LC ruck straps, 2nd generation I believe with two quick releases rather than one like the 1st generation, the shoulder padding is short on this set, while the set on the one to the Right of the Hellcat are generally considered 3rd generation LC-2 straps, the padding on these are much longer, going from pack attachment all the way past the quick release hardware, it is similar to Tactical Tailor’s Super Straps, but without sternum straps. the kidney pads on the two Standard ALICE Mediums are missing belt portions, the one on the Right used to have a roll pin type of attachment for the belt webbing.

I might modify one of the standard ALICE packs to have Desert Camo MOLLE straps and belt, not sure which one yet.

Hellcat Pack Take 2; Woodland Voodoo Boogaloo!

Sorry for the silly second part of the title….. hahahahha anyways! since I could not find the DEI Quick Release hardware for the original MOLLE II straps; I decided to cut them off and attach ITW-Nexus Side Release buckles, the same kind of hardware used on the MOLLE gear and SKS gear I made in the past; they are effective, and field repairable, without needing to scrounge hard to find parts.

So after having modified the straps, I mounted them to my Woodland ALICE pack with the MOLLE belt already attached, I am not sure if I put the Load Lifter straps on correctly; since I had disassembled the parts from those straps a long time ago…I hope what I did is OK….but will find out… anyways, since the MOLLE waist belt have the 2 First Aid Pouches already attached, I used them for my hammock suspension tree straps and tarp guy lines and ridge line in one pouch, and my first aid kit in the other pouch, thus freeing up the two ALICE side pockets for foods and such….and also freeing up the top part of the ALICE pack for whatever small gear I might need to lash to. Also, I chose to not reuse the M1967 Sleeping Bag carrier and used the two dark green 1″ cargo lashing straps I have that were formerly on my bicycle rack for lashing bulky items. This saves weight a bit by not having an additional piece of fabric or having metal hardware (1″ Fastex buckles as usual). That is how I have my camo compression stuff sack attached to the bottom. otherwise, packing list is virtually the same as the OD version, with the tarp stakes now sharing the small interior pocket with the hammock.

 

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Close up of the Fastex buckle modification; I cut the stitching below the end of the strap where the original DEI Quick Release buckle hardware was, and folded it under the Fastex buckle, and bar tacked it in two lines for security.

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Right Side view, Kershaw fillet/fishing knife placed above 2 qt canteen, which is modified to now have a CamelBak strawDSCN1690

Left side, same as OD version, but without pouches or gear up above the 2Qt canteenDSCN1692

back of pack, with the MOLLE II shoulder straps and Waist belt, and showing the CamelBak straw threaded through the open spaces of the strap; I am considering getting a yard of Coyote tubular webbing or Brown or Green tubular webbing to serve as a straw cover.