Monday, February 2, 2015

Caches Discussion Continued

T Blog did a follow up on their 1k cache discussion. It sort of explains his original thinking behind the little series. Interesting stuff.

Meister did a post on Cache Locations and Strategy. There are a couple of interesting things here. In terms of locations we have to consider a couple things. In terms of sheer geography you need to be able to reach your cache from the area(s) you will be in when you need them. A cache that is a thousand miles away won't help in most situations. Heck if you are on foot a cache 50 miles away might as well be a thousand. This is counter balanced because at the most basic level if you need a cache something is wrong and your primary location is damaged, lost or not accessible to you. Gear and food in an out building might help if your home burns down but if there is a forest fire it will almost surely be lost also. So a cache has to be close enough to get to but far enough away to not be affected by whatever happened at home or between you to your home.  The sweet spot would be outside the range of the disaster in question but close enough that you can still reasonably access it. Of course no vehicle movement would seriously limit your range as would some sort of violent unrest.

This is about site location as well as geography, above simply a coordinate on a map.

It is worth noting that some concerns are not strictly geographically aligned. If you are in a group and worried about being arrested having a plan based on resupplying/ hiding at the home of another group member is flawed. That guy could be 50 miles away but he will likely be on the same naughty list. On the other hand a former co worker you are on good terms with a few miles away who is not involved in that group would be a much better choice.

Look at it like this. Keeping your hurricane supplies at Aunt Suzie beach house wouldn't make much sense and neither would keeping your weapons stash in the Gun Club President's basement. On the other hand while she might not have a stake in a civil unrest/ war or even care Aunt Suzie might let her favorite niece/ nephew put a couple of things up in the attic. Also the Gun Club President lives a few miles inland on a bit of a hill so your supplies would likely be safe. I know that scenario is a little bit gamed; the point I am trying to make is that different scenarios have different unique considerations.

Lastly in addition to being far enough away to not be affected by the disaster in question yet still accessible a cache needs to be in a place where you can use those supplies. Maybe you need an operational cache somewhere near work and a good stash of food at a location you might end up going to. No point in going to the effort to put 500 pounds of food with that operational cache when it is not needed and you cannot easily transport it. On the other hand the two days of easy grab and go food (which should be in the op cache) are a drop in the bucket when they sit on top of a dozen 5 gallon buckets of food.

A buddy is going to write something I'm pretty interested in reading so that might inspire some more discussion. Maybe I will talk more about this later.

Thoughts?

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