Monday, October 3, 2016
A Few Words On Caching
(First, a Grammar Nazi note: cache is pronounced "CASH", not "CASHAY".
Models and brands have cachet. Preppers have a cache. If you're making YouTube videos, learn your mother tongue, even when we steal words from other languages, so you won't sound like a dolt.)
Beyond that, a cache is a good idea. You shouldn't depend on all your goodies not getting found, confiscated, or ever needing replacing, and you never know when you'll need to rely on the Bank Of Foresight to make a withdrawal that might very well save your life.
Having noted that a spare or three is a good idea, while you might have just provided yourself the bare essentials, as in the pic above, better still is a cluster of such.
Once you pick your spot, do what surveyors do: make yourself a benchmark:
Except not this obvious.
The above is for a surveyor to put a transit on. If you look around in town, or hike the backcountry, you can - or may have already - find them out in the deepest wilderness.
But unlike surveyors, you don't want yours to stand out quite as obvious. A better one might be a prominent stone, or cairn of smaller ones:
Or perhaps something a bit more subtle:
In any event, think about perhaps doing several of them, perhaps four, at cardinal points, N, S, E, W.
A length of paracord strung between them would give you a center point. Then, instead of doing your one buried cache tube at the center, think about doing a cluster, a given distance from center, and at 4, 6, 8, or even 12 points from that spot. If you wanted to go crazy, you could do concentric rings of those as well.
Anyone who digs at the center of your markers finds nothing.
And the others are separated as well, and give you the option of not digging everything up if you only need one or two things.
Suppose you put food in one, water and filter items in another, knives and tools in a third, firearm or ammo in another, medical supplies, etc. etc. ad infinitum.
Now, you can make each tube or container smaller, and the loss or compromise of any one is less serious.
You could even send someone to retrieve one item, without letting them know about the entire cluster, for OPSEC. Imagine the possibilities for you or others retrieving weapons, ammo, or other sensitive items that have become either highly prized, or malum prohibitum items under a repressive regime.
Or you could have the ability to re-equip multiple persons from the same cache, at different times or the same one, or do so yourself. Only one person - you - need ever know the full extent of what you've squirreled away.
Again, anything worth caching, is worth caching more than once.
If you do multiple clusters, put the same items in the same positions, so you don't have to wonder which way you did it each place.
If you want to be doubly tricky, offset your center from the actual cairn center. For instance, the cairns mark a point, but the actual hub you chose is twenty yards (or whatever distance/unit) in another direction, and all subsequent directions are from that point.
Your stash should be buried deep enough to escape casual detection or ordinary weathering, but putting some bright nylon rope in an "X" on top of it before burial will assist you in zeroing in on it when you're digging it up.
For the comprehensive and definitive manual on all the considerations, the appropriate
ST 31-205 Special Forces Caching Techniques should already be in your digital library.
Secondly, survival takes many forms.
Having a duplicate copy of your ID, records, cash, etc. somewhere else also counts.
So does having spare/alternate clothes and other items if you're travelling abroad.
Something like that tossed up above a drop ceiling counts, and might mean the difference in getting out of another city or country if things there go bad.
And if your primary residence or frequent work location isn't your intended retreat, something as simple as a few cans of preserved fuel, some cash, and other goodies in a closet storage unit halfway between work and home or home and retreat, or both, could mean the difference between getting to safety, or not.
Depending on what you put in it, you might even consider picking a spot of underbrush in a planter in a mall or restaurant parking lot, next to a parking structure, or something similar to hide a PVC burial pipe inside. You risk losing it if it's found or plowed over, but for sites that aren't likely to be disturbed for decades, it's a thought.