Friday, September 6, 2013




Prepping For Die-Off: Food Stash And Hiding

If you haven’t heard it twenty times before, you haven’t read enough of my writing. You need to stock up on years and years of food. Not months and months. Yes, it would be swell to have real food three times a day. Stew and hash and powdered eggs and freeze dried meat and Tang and instant mashed potatoes ( alas, hard to find in metal cans anymore, at least in the grocery stores. Rather, you’d have to go restaurant supply or mail order. Pre-Y2K you could get it in #10 cans from the food stores ) and whatever. But that costs about a hundred bucks a month MINIMUM. Far better to spend a hundred for ( almost ) a years worth of food in the form of wheat. I know, far from perfect. But wheat will keep you alive if barely. In a worse case situation, you’ll live even if weak. Best case, you have a core amount of calories you can supplement. Obviously you want more for storage food. At a minimum, beans for protein and more calories. But get your wheat first. I’d say a minimum of five years. Most folks look at me like I’m gay for deriding their choice of a $800 AR-15 with $300 worth of mags. And when I tell them to spend $700 on five years worth of wheat and $75 for three Corona corn grinders ( a wheat grinder is expensive. Use a corn grinder and run the wheat through three times-once on course grind, once on medium and once on fine ) they look at me like I’m a gay child molester who has a bugger coming out of his nose ( evidently if you preach from a bible or coach college football, it‘s okay to be a gay child molester. The booger probably wouldn‘t fly, though ).


There are two things you simple must stockpile the crap out of, and I mean yesterday. Ammunition and grain. And you start with a little bit of ammo and A LOT of grain, because you can hide out and conserve ammo but you need to eat every day. Most other things you can improvise if necessary. Oh, I don’t mean to dismiss everything else. $12 for a dozen bright white LED patio lights will keep you in illumination for over a decade, using one at a time until it dies. Stocking thrift store or China-Mart clearance shoes now is much easier than trying to build your own footwear. But the two high tech, petroleum input rich items you can’t beat for their price and availability now is center fire rifle smokeless ammunition and mechanically grown red winter wheat ( get White if that is what is available, but Red stores better and has better protein- corn, on the other hand, has a terrible protein content, is often too high in moisture to store without spoilage and nowadays is hideously over expensive ). And why would anybody argue that $800 is pretty cheap to eat on for half a decade? I don’t know about you but that is cheap no matter how you figure it.


Prepping for a hide-away is just as easy and as cheap or cheaper. All you have to do is dig a hole, lower in a structure and fill it with your supplies and hide it well. You don’t even need junk land. A less traveled area on land that won’t be developed will work just fine. You don’t even need a structure buried if you hide the tools before hand and use local materials. Just bury a pick and shovel, handsaw and hatchet in the woods and you are all set. You go camping every other week or whatever, each time lugging along a sack of wheat and some buckets. Put the wheat in a back-pack, the pack across the seat and handle bars of a mountain bike and the buckets dangling down. If caught, have a handy excuse like the buckets are for berries or water hauling and your back hurts so you can’t carry the pack. Dig a hole for each bucket, and bury. Don’t place on a path where a step will buckle in the lid, nor where a camper would likely dig a cat hole for a waste deposit stop. If you do have junk land, assuming it is adequate for crowd avoidance, your job is much easier. At night ( if you have neighbors ), dig a hole and bury the buckets. One hole at a time isn’t too much work. Three buckets make a hundred pounds. Four hundred pounds a years food. There ain’t such a wonderful feeling as food and ammo and a place to stay, all buried for maximum security.


A hideaway from a hideaway is also a good idea, since it is free. Once you go aground during the die-off, transfer most of the buckets to yet another location. You live at the first one, making a visit to the second one once a month for another bucket ( even if your tires go flat you can still use the rims on the wheels to lug the bucket- just beware leaving a trail ). If you are ever detected and attacked, you fall back to the secondary. Your shelter should NOT be a tent. Dig down a few feet for an earth shelter. Look at the library to see how the Indians constructed shelters locally, to cover your hole. They had all the kinks worked out, so copy them. Ideally, you cook near dawn and dusk to avoid both smoke and light giveaways. Your coffee is perking, make up that days flat bread. Of course, the smell might be a problem, but that close you are probably sniper bait anyway. Prepping for the die-off is cheap and easy, as soon as you dismiss the need for freeze dried foods, battle rifles in semi-auto and concrete retreats.




  1. Lord Bison of the Great Basin and King of Coiffure;

    Today's post on using public, unattended land as a cache location, is pure brilliance. Not only for its simplicity but for its cost.

    Cost is currently king for most folks, who aren't ready to take the leap of faith (in themselves) as you and many others have to privately owned junk-land.

    This being said; Ken Royce switched me on to the concept 11 or 12 years ago when I read his book that extols Glocks and M-14's, but still gives generous ink to Paul Mauser's everlasting claim to fame.

    I've been blessed to always have a pair of post-hole diggers handy when going out to the local national forest, since discovering the concept. Hopefully the latter-day Apache don't take my scalp, when I take the critters up there to hide out. Keep keeping it real James!

    1. I can't claim any originality with the public land. I'm pretty sure a minion was the one who suggested it ( if I ever did read it in a book I can't remember where ). Long Live Minions!

  2. quote
    You live at the first one, making a visit to the second one once a month for another bucket ( even if your tires go flat you can still use the rims on the wheels to lug the bucket- just beware leaving a trail ).
    end quote

    I won't have flats because I use airfree tires since 2001. That does not mean that you should use them .... after all the man at the bicycle shop told you AFT are no good, and will break your spokes, wheels and frame. I'm sure he did not tell you that because he sells tires and tubes and charges $10 to fix a flat.

    1. Now that I've gone back to single speed, I might just be more inclined to try AFT- since I can repair myself a lot easier ( keeping in mind my winter repair issue ). So, your relentless info is not wasted on me. Thank you.

  3. OK kids, I'm going home early. See you Monday morning. Have a peaceful weekend free of Fuki or Iranian radiation.


    Hear the words of SURVIVAL EXPERTS at about bicycles...

    Like :
    Absolutely no advantages over a 4WD truck or SUV 4WD.
    There are unsuitable for perhaps 75% of the population.
    Sort of like expensive guns.

    Okay, granted it's mainly one guy writing that. Most people are trying to make sense.

    For entertainment value only !


    Ho Chi Minh Trail bibycle. Reinforced rims, Reinforced front fork, oil lamp, lots of other details.


    Remus likes the Aguila SSS


    re 22LR Aguila SSS

  8. At least one of the survival experts at AR-15 does not know that Montague folding bikes with 26" wheels fit in almost any car.

    One fellow there said that bike tires can go flat. Hmmmmmm

  9. A little more thought could also go into what you should do when you are outnumbered, outgunned, et cetera, when the do-unto-others-first philosophy is not particularly helpful.