OWN THE OUTDOORS
You have 10 minutes to load out and get on the road... Go!
Wait... you weren't ready for that? That's a problem? That's a bigger problem than you might realize.
Thousands of years ago we humans regularly put in 12 mile days searching and hunting for food while trying to avoid getting smoked by some gnarly predator. Back in the day our primary environment was unstable and it demanded that our bodies were outdoors in constant motion while our brains were constantly solving life or death problems such as how to get a Woolly Mammoth on the dinner table while not getting killed.
We are fierce survivalist and that's why if we spend too much time indoors, sitting still, engaging in benign problems such as wrestling spreadsheets or kicking copying machines we feel like we're slowly dying inside. Nature is in our nature and if you don't get enough of it Mother Nature will start whooping your ass. She does this because she loves you. She does this because you weren't designed to master your cubicle you were designed to own the outdoors.
Now before you standup, knock your cubicle neighbor's grande-skinny-triple-shot-caramel-latte-no-whip-2% over and start running for the woods expecting your animal instincts to take over for a weekend of raw meat and sprinting through the woods naked, you need to realize a few things.
- First, we're not animals so we don't have any fur (well at least most of us don't) to keep us warm.
- Second, eating raw rabbit and bugs suck unless you're doing it for TV and getting paid
- Third, lets face it, sleeping on the ground will have us crippled by Monday morning.
We didn't rise to the top of the food chain by sleeping in the grass and chewing on raw Hyena butt. Our ability to use our brains to create and exploit tools is what makes us king of the jungle so you need to be ready.
A Simple Way to Own The Outdoors
In the SEAL teams we call getting ready "Jocking Up". I always gathered and put my equipment together in the order in which I would used it, that way I wouldn't forget anything.
For heading outdoors I always start at night and work my way through the next day. This list covers some of the core items I bring. Some items repeat themselves because one piece of gear can serve multiple uses.
Back at Camp to Hangout
An Evening Outdoors
Back to bed
About Eric Davis
Eric Davis served our country as a U.S. Navy SEAL and decorated veteran of the Global War on Terror. Eric has been recognized as one of the premier sniper instructors in the U.S. military and has served as a Master Training Specialist at the SEAL sniper school. Davis is also the host of The Loadout Room, author at SOFREP, a GovX "Insider" and founder of the human performance company Average Frog. Follow him, and all his exploits, on Twitter @EricDavis215