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Date Posted: 07:10:41 04/29/08 Tue
Author: Fred Baker
Subject: Things to Think About


I thought a "things to think about" thread might be in order and I'm hoping that folks who attended BGR might chime in with their opinions.

My beginning points are these-

Be in shape! We had a few folks sign up who had no business being in the woods. Physical conditioning and mental toughness are critical. You've got roughly 10 months to get out, get active, and get youself conditioned for an event of this nature. Lugging 20lbs less of yourself up and down ridges is a good thing and there's plenty of time to do that without a "crash" diet. I knocked off 80lbs about 5 years back and speak from experience that it can be done.

Check your gear! Footwear and knapsacks were two among several pieces of equipment that I saw break down on folks. Starting this event with worn-out brogans is a big no-no. Check straps on canteens, haversacks, and knapsacks. You want that stuff as solid as possible.

Be honest with yourself and the event planners! A few folks were less than forthcoming with medical issues prior to BGR. Don't be a hero. If you have problems, let us know and if those problems make you more of a liability in the field, perhaps we can find a role for you on our logistics/medical response team. And don't go cold-turkey on medicine at or just before the event. I know several folks tried this. Big no-no guys.

Carpoolers should have plans! At BGR we encouraged (and will again for Into the Piney Woods) folks to carpool to keep the numbers of vehicles in our parking areas at a low ebb. However, we had several instances of one man from a carpool of four or five pulling out, thus taking all his able-bodied comrades with him. I'd like to ask folks NOT to leave the event. If you suffer an injur or choose not to proceed, please report to the logistics/medical support crew or join in the civilian contingent so that your comrades can remain in the ranks.

Secure time off NOW! Into the Piney Woods will require advanced planning with securing time away from work as well as kitchen passes from momma. Get that set now, not later. This will be an extremely unique event, allowing participants the opportunity to live in the field for five days. Many kicked themselves for missing BGR and we don't want to hear similar things for this go-around!

That's all I have at present. I am interested to hear the thoughts of others.

Kind regards,

Fred Baker

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