Working on an Orlando area battle buddies ruck for Saturday, 29 FEB. Working on the exact location and route now.
OPORD will be finished at work today (lol) and posted this evening.
Input and recommendations are welcome.
Area of Operations: Split Oak Trail Complex, 10525 Clapp Simms Duda Road, Orlando FL 32832
Terrain: Sandy trail through wooded areas. Occasional tree roots and tripping hazards during the course. Some boardwalks over large water areas; occasional smaller puddles may require crossing. Venomous snakes have been spotted on the trail as recently as January 2020.
Weather: High ~83/Low ~63
Mission: The mission of the American Battle Buddies (ABB) is to provide public service to the nation by encouraging physical fitness and organization for patriotic Americans throughout the country.
Intent: The purpose of these hikes is to establish the Florida ABB network. These groups will meet in various cities across the state to develop a functional network. Events have already been scheduled in Tampa, Jacksonville, and the Panhandle. Orlando ABB will support this endeavor by completing one initial ruck march in preparation for more intensive events.
MISSION: Orlando ABB conducts 3 mile ruck march at 0800, 29 FEB 2020 at Split Oak Trail in order to establish the local ABB network.
Intent: My purpose is to establish local ABB groups in the Orlando area in conjunction with groups in other areas of the state. Our key tasks are to 1) meet others in our area, and 2) conduct an initial ruck march. Desired end state is a 3.4 mile hike in approximately one hour with no injuries.
Concept of Operation: Members will arrive at Split Oak Forest at 0800. Group will conduct safety brief, prep gear, wait for latecomers/stragglers, etc. until step-off at 0830. Group will follow a loop of 3.4 miles before returning to the parking lot. Packs will NOT be weighed; this exercise is an introductory event. Upon completion of the event, ABB will make coordination for the next event and conduct AAR.
Scheme of Maneuver: Group will move in a column through the trail, allowing traffic to pass as necessary. No halts will be conducted due to the short distance. Packs are not required. Pace will be minimum 19:00/hr according to ABB SOP.
Coordinating Instructions: ABB standards are HERE. Our next event will begin the certification process. Members are encouraged but not required to use a minimum 35lb framed pack (excluding water).
0830- Step Off
0930- March Complete
0945- Depart Area
Required: Athletic/outdoor clothes, boots or athletic shoes. Motivation.
Recommended: Rucksack with frame with minimum 35lbs. Straps secured and packed tight. Bug spray/sunscreen/allergy meds as needed.
Logistics: Restroom facilities are NOT available on site. Treeline may be utilized for liquid waste. No open-carry firearms are permitted at the trail. If hiking with a plate carrier, remove any magazines/ordnance that would cause concern to passing hippies.
Class I (food/water): Running water is NOT available on site. 3 gallons will be staged at the vehicles for topping off. Recommend bringing at minimum one 32oz bottle of water. Energy bars/gels are recommended.
Class VIII (medical): Emergency aid bag located with vehicles. Bring allergy meds/personal prescriptions as needed.
Medical: If a medical emergency occurs on trail, members will call 911 and move casualty to trailhead if possible. MEDEVAC card will be available during movement. Minor medical issues may be treated onsite if within the skillset of first aid and basic medical supplies (i.e., blisters, cuts, etc.)
COMMAND AND SIGNAL:
Command Posts: Main gather point is the south trailhead parking lot at CLAPP SIMMS DUDA ROAD. This is the default “end” location for Google Maps. Apple Maps WILL PASS the south lot and end on the north lot. Gather point is the SOUTH PARKING LOT.
Identification: Gather point will be identified by a neon yellow flag.
Signal: Arfcom thread is the primary communication until step-off; OP will be active on the thread until step-off at 0830.
Other ORL members:
I have hiked at Wekiwa Springs State park a couple times. They have a number of trails, and I believe one of them is a little short of 6 miles. The trail I'm thinking of isn't paved and does get a little tricky at some points. Downsides are you do have to pay per vehicle, and it gets really crowded unless you get there by 9.
Im probably good for this one. I dont know if Ill go all out with the weighted pack. Probably just go for the hike and exercise.
I am working late that Friday night but what the hell I am in!!!
I'm having oral surgery on the 26th. Doubt I'll be able to attend.
I'm working nights right now. Keep me on the list I will participate as my schedule allows.
This is good I know the area as I have camped on the other side of the lake at Moss Park. I have been out to this site for my job once as well. Not many people use the area from what I can tell.
I plan to attend.
See if I can make this!