The Ranger Taco-Living in the Bush pt 4
Wow, thank you all for the responses to my 3 part living in the bush series. I am very flattered you took the time to respond and I appreciate any emails I get with questions. I do try to respond but if you end up in my spam folder it may take a day or so to find.
So, the predominant request from the series, besides a look at my stoves which I’ll get to later, is the ubiquitous Ranger Taco.
No, its not edible, but its sexy enough to kiss if you are cold and wet enough.
Why is it called a Ranger Taco?
Because Rangers as well as much of the light Infantry in the US Army practice being cold and wet most of the time they are in the bush.
This was a field modified sleeping arrangement to keep from shivering all night.
Rolled up tight in this and you were the meat in the Taco.
Many a Medic lost his Aid Bag Casualty Blanket, either by barter or out right theft.
Did it work?
Debatable, but it was an improvement over just the poncho and liner.
The space blanket is NOT the pocket sized folded tight foil blanket. If you have questions compare it to the heavier version here.
The heavier version is the one you want, NOT the lightweight version common at sporting goods stores. It will have a colored side and a reflective side. And be much thicker and durable than the throwaway types.
Once you have it all laid out. First the poncho, its your choice of colors. I had a Woodland handy so there it is. And it matches my poncho liner.
You have to color coordinate your tactical laundry.
Then lay the space blanket on the poncho. At this point you should have the hood tied shut and folded neatly flat on the inside of the poncho. From the view it should be on top under the space blanket.
Get the space blanket tied into the poncho. Reflective side up, facing the poncho liner.
You have the option of 550 cord or just using the poncho liner strings. I prefer to get everything tied before the poncho liner, but you may not.
This can be less critical because the poncho liner ties into all the poncho’s grommets, but I like to get it in there tight and secure.
Then the poncho liner, lay it out and tie it up to the grommets and the whole package is ready.
At this point if you have a stuff sack and want to use that then you have at it.
I like to fold mine so the poncho liner edges are covered by the poncho, and remove as much chance of anything getting wet as possible.
I hate wet.
I hate wet and cold more, so there’s no reason to practice more than I have already.
Then roll it tight and you are good to run it.
And that’s the Ranger Taco.