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TEOMCROTE = TEOTWAWKI on steroids! The End Of Mankind's Current Reign Over The Earth takes into account that our ancestors were neither suicidal, stupid, nor our genetic inferiors but still wound up getting wiped off the Earth. Whereas CSER [cser.org: Centre for Study of Existential Risk] tries to PREVENT this dispensation from coming to an end, TEOMCROTE works from the eventuality/possibility/probability that the end our age takes place and what to do then

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to Dress for Cold Weather
- don't wear cotton on the skin [absorbs moisture]
- silk
- Patagonia, OR [Outdoor Research] & Brooks Utopia are expensive but last
- base, insulating, and cover layer

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Gryll Survival Bag

]Ready-made bug-out-bags

BUG-OUT-BAG VS. TEOMCROTE-BAG
Generally the so-called bug-out-bag contains articles to help one overcome some 72 hours of hardship. But what about circumstances that last much longer to indefinitely? I would refer to this as a TEOMCROTE bag: what would you take with you if you were leaving for a deserted island or a new planet...? If a new stone age occurs, do you have with you what you need to start over from scratch? That is the ultimate test and challenge.

First thing to say in relation to this topic is that the ultimate bug out bag IS YOUR BODY ITSELF. A mineral-rich diet and lifestyle can supply one with what amounts to years of resources. Contrarily, if your internal/biological mineral reserves are low [or missing!] to begin with, you'll obviously be needing to waste time supplying your body with what it needs at best but becoming unfit to deal with stressed situations at all at worst.

A 'TEOMCROTE bag' is really about bringing along INFORMATION. Now information comes in different packages. One is seeds. Seeds are genetic information. Next you'll be needing hardcopy printed information. Books are obviously much too heavy and they are prone to damage. For this reason i have already printed out ]a collection of essential knowledge and understanding on 'indestructible paper'. This special paper is water and tear proof. It was 10 x more expensive than mere acid-free paper and like 25 x more expensive than regular printing paper, but really worth it. It was, however, very hard to come by. Actually, in the end i could only find A3 size that i had to cut in half myself so i could feed it through my laser printer. In the summer of 2015 i brought ,offset=10]10 essential books, a sextant and 2 posters with me to Morocco. I buried them and seeds there in containers under concrete and rocks on the top of a mountain. I will head there if need be.

As to the other contents of my TEOMCROTE bag, it was about extremely hard choices! A few tricks i employed were as follows and i'll explain the reasoning behind them after i list them:
- a Moroccan ]jellaba
- a water-tight bag for seeds and other things
- basic tools
- a mosquito net
- thin metal cable (and small locks)
- balaclava / ]full face beanie
- mini crossbow
- slingshot
- flashlights and batteries
- ]foldable survival shovel
- ]tomahawk head [detachable from handle]
- gloves
- ]Vibram 5-fingers
- some rope
- goggles
- tupperware cup
- fresnel lense
- mylar blanket

Preferably i add the following, depending on circumstances:
- tent / hammock
- sleeping bag
- handle for tomahawk
- my heavy aluminum level
- 1.5 liter ]water backpack [to wear on my chest]
I don't usually carry these with me because it makes my bag too bulky. However, if i have the chance to collect them and add them on to the bag (on the sides and top), i would.

The bag (without the items listed second) weighs 11kg.
It's a heavy bag in itself with added back support for comfort and strength, as well as serious hip support.
I have walked with flimsier bags [specifically: without hip support] but they kill the shoulders and weigh down on you because the weight is attached so far above your center of gravity. This is it:
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I walk every other day or every third day so i train my body to deal with that movement and with the extra weight. As much as possible i'm looking for inclines to practice on.

Experience had taught me that walking in heat makes it impossible to bring along all kinds of cold gear. A fire will just have to do but the jellaba is an amazing piece of clothing that many Moroccans rely on for good reason; it keeps out wind, repels rain and keeps very warm. But it can be folded well and also used as blanket or cushion. The space and weight it takes up in the bag are extremely effective.

]The Vibram 5 fingers shoe is about ]knowledge you should have now regarding walking and running; 90% of long distance runners have injuries every year because they use padding under their heels. The Raramuri that are the best long distance runners in the world only cover their soles with a ]simple rubber or leather layer. If you're used to walking with 'modern shoes', you'll have to adjust to doing without them but the readjustment is worth it.
I have the warmest type of Vibram 5 fingers. If push comes to shove i may copy ]Cody Lundin in wearing 3 pairs of woolen socks as protection against cold [i.e. only socks, without shoes].

I won't get into details like having a sowing needle and thread with you. Knowledge here will also help, for the tip of an agave will supply you with both in case you have none. Besides basic tools like a knife, swiss army knife, magnesium firestarter rod, tweezers, nail scissors, etc. i also add to my bag some tools i consider essential but are usually not mentioned in bug out bag content lists, like:
- a pointed and flat chisel
- pair of pliers
- scissors
- tin snips
- simple metal tong
You don't have to bring a hammer and a pick axe is way too heavy and bulky, but you can hammer away at stone with a chisel and a rock for smacking it with. I have one long pointed chisel and a short one with a flat edge.
Such tools can help shape stone or wood so as to make many more tools but without some heavy metal to assist you, you'll end up stacking rocks like some ignorant caveman.

A mosquito net is about much more than keeping away flying insects. It also:
- offers good sleep because you don't have to worry about bugs, snakes or rodents crawling over you while you rest
- keeps a lot of wind and water away (even though it's not a tent)
- offers this though weighing next to nothing
I have spent a night in the Sahara and would have killed for a mosquito net. During the day it wasn't possible to rest for the flies buzzing around you and after 30 minutes of rest the mosquitoes come out to bother you. And you have to worry about scorpions crawling over you to boot. I did not sleep that night though it wasn't cold and i had a sleeping bag...

Both my mini crossbow and Pocketshot can be used for hunting small game or as self-defense. Particularly the crossbow should help deter people from messing with you, even if they just see that you are armed.
The Pocketshot looks like a toy and though i admit i sometimes leave my crossbow home for fear of being arrested, i have no such worries with the Pocketshot.
In the end, though, there's always that important survival rule to keep in mind:
2 = 1 and one = none


This also applies to things like head gear and flashlights.
I have a simple light for on my forehead as well as a 700 lumen light powered by ]18650 batteries.
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Finally, i'd like to explain the choice for the heavy level.
In making level places to sleep outside i've noticed that it's very hard to get sand or soil level without a straight tool of some sort. I once bought second hand a relatively heavy aluminum level for a few bucks. It's 2 feet or so in length. Frankly, i doubt i'll be using it much as a level, though to be honest it's often difficult to gauge the slant of ground and only at night does one discover that sleep is fitful because your guess was off by a few degrees. The level can be used as a kind of large shovel or spatula, or it can be used to keep something heavy up or supported. I've missed such a tool in a number of occasions and experience has taught me the wisdom of it. It makes the bag look bulky and conspicuous so i would only add it if such considerations were moot, but if it's possible to bring it along, it is well worth the effort.

11 kg is heavy but it's certainly doable on my 80kg frame. The bag isn't too big and i can run with it if need be. It doesn't attract undue attention and is small enough to pack away where i can always easily access it.

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hammocks


Survivor Classic Hammock
High quality hammock, tent and mosquito net in one.

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