I have been actively planning, prepping and pursuing survival skills since the early 80s when my friends and I had mapped out an escape route, by car, food and ATV out of the Pasadena valley through the San Gabriel mountains up to Big Bear California, which at the time we perceived to be the best place to bug out to, in the event of earthquake, rioting or other emergency in Southern California.

Had I known then what I know now, my planning would have been much more elaborate and had redundancy (two is one, one is none), but at the time, what can I say? We were young, invincible, and of couse, lucky.