Fieldcraft Weekend 12-13-14 My Experience

I attended a fieldcraft weekend put on by 1 Shepherd and the Operation Eastwind staff. This was not a fieldcraft class, it was more of a “put what you know to the test and learn from each other” event. This is exactly what ended up happening and it was one of the most valuable training events I’ve been to.

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ALICE LBE Tips and Modifications

Below are tips referring to the ALICE Load Bearing Equipment (LBE), or belt and suspenders kit a soldier wears into battle. Please note, I do not take credit for all of the modifications listed below. I’ve collected them from various sources including the “Ranger Digest” series of books by Rick Tscherne. Also thanks to local Milsim player Dave for his first hand insight into this topic.

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ALICE Pack Tips and Modifications

Below are tips referring to the ALICE rucks. Please note, I do not take credit for the modifications listed below. I’ve collected them from various sources including the “Ranger Digest” series of books by Rick Tscherne. Also thanks to local Milsim player Dave for his first hand insight into this topic and Davis Winborne for his photos.

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Safariland Holster Modifications

Recently I picked up a new to me holster and wanted to give it a lower profile than the basket weave black plastic it was molded in. As you can see, I painted my previous holster for the same reason but this time I wanted to try something different. I’ve noticed that Safariland now offers holsters covered in fabric in a verity of colors and camouflage patterns. Of course, with a little fabric and glue it seemed that I could have the same effect on my own.

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Medical Packs and Aid Bag Systems

I’ve recently been on a quest for an improved medical bag system capable of providing an appropriate level of care for the various outdoor activities I enjoy. As with most facets of life, I’m not an expert and so I begin my research into the topic by locating those who are and doing my best to learn from them. Through my quest I located┬áthe following articles written by former special forces medics, which I found particularly informative. They echoed many of the tips I’d found elsewhere and expounded on them to explain the “why” behind them. I hope they are just as informative to you as they have been to me.

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My Current Load Carry System

I originally took these photos to illustrate my load carry system for a friend whom was disusing the details with me (photo quality excuse!). Since then I’ve had enough people ask similar questions that I just decided to toss them up here so they are easier to share online. What follows is my load carry system as of March 2016:

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1 Shepherd Semester 1 Equipment List

One Shepherd has a pretty significant required and recommended equipment list. However, it is all there for a reason. Below are their equipment lists and the one I put together for myself. Mine is a bit more involved simply because I know what I need to keep myself going in a field environment (mostly due to attending Operation Eastwind).

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