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Date Posted: 08:01:44 01/25/07 Thu
Author: Fred Baker
Subject: Re: Getting in shape for BGR?
In reply to: Stumbling Bear 's message, "Re: Getting in shape for BGR?" on 04:38:15 01/25/07 Thu


I have been swamped with emails from several folks of late. Dr. Siddali posed a relatively easy to answer question and though the answers ranged in spirit and scope, none appeared to me as improper.

Mr. Schwartz however posted a few remarks which were inflamatory or which a few members took as such. Jauquin and Stumbling Bear are old and true friends and I know them to be men of harsh tempers and long memories. Several of us saw Bear pull a Bowie knife on a fellow at Marks' Mill one year when some sod attacked him (Bear is not a man to attack without provocation). As others know, Jauquin is not legally allowed in some states, though I believe Louisiana is open to him. In short, they are not men to anger. They know Tom and a few other Ground Hornets quite well and seeing their friend verbally bashed by internet-dwellers who never attend events does not sit well with them.

This message board is for folks attending the event, not for folks who like to do-good from the sidelines. I would strongly suggest that Mr. Schwartz not attend as at least five men have come to me with plans for bloodshed or harm, some acts which I feel hesitant to post in these quarters due to their severity and graphic detail.

Four days in the woods, be that as a civilian or a combatant, will seperate the wheat from the chaff. Those who are on the muster rolls are at least making the attempt. Those who attend lay-about events where they are fed like sultans, not physically challenged, and get to talk about "who made your coat" won't be found within 500 miles of the Kisatchie woods.

As has been said- doing what you'll be doing is the best preparation. Because no one will be felling timber nor digging wells, practice with splitting cut wood, portaging water, and like acts would be the best recommendation for civilians. Being comfortable with your pack, your shoes, and your load would be the best recommendation for the military participants.

Kind regards,
Fred Baker

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