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GoRuck Constellation - Anyone Signed Up?

Discussion in 'Trade Shows & EDCF Gatherings' started by ballistic, Mar 31, 2017.

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GoRuck Constellation

  1. Yes I'm Signed up!

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  2. Not signed up but interested.

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  3. Not interested.

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  1. ballistic
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    Signed up for Boston 6/9. Hope to have a good time, learn a few things, help me optimize EDC/GHB gear and urban survival mindset. See link for more details and event map. If you sign up, feel free to share event time/location. Possibility of EDCF member teams, meet & greet, etc.

    http://www.goruck.com/constellation/c/141



     
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  2. ArkansasFan30

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    The closest to me is Tulsa on 5/26. They start at 9:00 pm. I'd hoped in 2015 I was forever done with staying up all night.

    Nonetheless, if my wife is on board with bring a single parent for a day, I'd love to do it. Seems exciting.

    I wonder if there's an expectation you arrive with GoRuck gear although I've seen the packing list. The liability waiver seems to be the same as the typical GoRuck event. Is this navigating an area with random weight on your back or carrying your gear on your back?
     
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    There's no expectation/requirement to use a GoRuck bag. The physical level of difficulty is low.

    Based on 10-12 hours of moving on foot throughout a city while carrying a ruck with a fairly light to moderate load, the better shape you're in the better. See the page for the list of tasks and skills. It's about urban survival skills taught through tasks in teams no doubt with some problem solving and curve balls thrown in to keep you on your feet, increase the stress level and encourage teamwork.

    Here's the equipment list, required + recommended:

    What to Bring:

    Required Items:
    • A rucksack or backpack
    • Water, 2L minimum
    • Photo ID
    • Cell phone
    • $20 cash
    • Headlamp with extra batteries
    • (15') 550 Paracord
    • (1) Duct tape roll (100mph tape recommended)
    • Large, tin coffee can
    • Sharpie/Pen/Pencil
    • Lighter
    • (1) selfie stick per team

    Recommended Items:
    • Belt (can be worn)
    • External battery pack for smart phone
    • Plastic grocery bags
    • Something to cut with (knife, multi-tool, etc)
    • ChemLight
    • Compass
    • Ferro rod
    • Note pad
    • Canteen cup
    • Tourniquet
    • Rolled Gauze
    • (1) Nalgene bottle
    • (2) Contractor Bags
    • (4) Small Ziploc Bags
    • (1) Gallon size Ziploc bag (or map case)




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  4. ArkansasFan30

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    Thanks. I read all of that straight from the website. It still seems vague.
     
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    I think that's the idea and part of the allure...


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    As long as I'm not hauling around useless weight, running through the mud and muck, and dealing with loud mouths I'm down. I emailed GoRuck to determine when the last moment to register is. I don't wish to commit until perhaps the week thereof. I also don't know a soul in Oklahoma, lol.
     
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    I think the heaviest thing you'll be required to carry is 2L of water, and maybe a surprise or 2 during some of the tasks, but I wouldn't worry about running/crawling through muck and mud based on the "no push-ups, no logs" statement.

    One of my friends/co-workers is probably signing up too, so we'll team up and we're trying to recruit a couple others for a team.
     
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    What kind do of bag so you think will fit a large coffee can?

    I was just looking at my two, and that seems possible only in one. I haven't seen a coffee can in a long time, but it's a stretch to think it'll fit in my TNF bag definitely not my Vanquest.

    I wonder if anyone will flip out if some holes were poked in it and wired to hold like a pail.
     
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    Interesting. I've not heard of these events before but wonder if an over 50 office dweller can handle the light event...
    I'm in the Colorado Springs area which would be convenient.

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    I ordered all the gear on the packing and got the first arrivals today plus a couple of other items for various projects. What I had on hand I didn't want to consume. I did buy some apparently "genuine" 100 mph tape. I'd rather take Gorilla but don't want to hear anyone sound off about not following the list.

    I have two backpacks and am debating a Goruck purchase. I don't really want one but my Vanquest won't hold all that stuff, and my other option is the gaping bag of a ten year old, albeit little used, black The North Face bag.

    I don't really feel like I'd need or want to drink two liters of water during the event so I guess I'll take my 32 ounce Nalgene and my 40 ounce Klean Kanteen. At 2.2 pounds/liter, I'd rather wait and drink on my way home, lol.
     
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    I'll be attending Chicago later this month.
     
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    Good video by ITS Tactical.

     
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    I watched that last night, lol.

    I wrote Brett McKay asking if he's be doing the Tulsa event. The very next day he'd blogged about it on AOM. There's so much interest in the online sites I follow.
     
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    Not that this is a lively thread but I got my starting location today and have since read a lot of Constellation reviews. It looks like a humid weekend in Tulsa. Ugh.
     
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    I got an email today for an "updated" packing list for the Constellation event taking place TOMORROW night. While I was out at lunch I had to go pick up the items I didn't have, e.g. steel wool and reflective bands since "Ruck Bands" are now on the mandatory list for the event. I also picked up a small, one quart, new, paint can to use rather than buying a large grocery can.
     
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    I hope you've got something that can pound through that paint can (knife-wise). You'll be carving it up like a pumpkin.
     
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    Thanks for the update.
     
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    Are paint cans hard? I'm not a handy guy and never do any kind of maintenance. It seems fairly "soft," but does have some kind of coating on the inside.

    It seems like the perfect size, and about as cheap as a can of soup, lol. I thought about taking an old Leatherman with an awl to punch holes in it. I actually bought a $20 can of Planter's Cashews last week just to have the can. It's a fairly soft metal too.
     
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    Yes a mora knife cuts through a paint can quite easily. I suggest if you are sensitive to pepper spray you take whatever you want to decontaminate because there won't be a darn thing there for you to use. I'm kind of shocked about that actually. I was once a police officer and have been around the stuff many many times. What is unusual for a training scenario is that no evaluation was made to other participants who may have had and did have respiratory problems such as asthma.