Canadian Army Load bearing Equipment (LBE) is now back in stock at the Central Alberta military Outlet.
This excellent durable web gear is based on the american ALICE system it has excellent durability and is made from very tough nylon.
Here at camogroup.ca when you buy a set of LBE you get the web belt (various sizes) a yoke, a large rear pouch, a water bottle pouch and two ammunition pouches.
The LBE gear is easily up-gradable and can have a number of different mission specific combinations of pouches and items, very tough this ebbing set will last you a lifetime of use.
Pick up a set now we only have a limited number in stock and they will go quickly. keep an eye on our site for pouches and other additions for this great webbing set
This time the lot consisted of 3 triwalls, a triwall is a large box about 40" x 48" x 24", so we also had to rent a trailer to get everything back to the warehouse. We get everything in the truck and trailer and get it back to Lacombe and then we have to find space for everything in the warehouse. Just getting the triwalls off the truck and trailer on to the floor is tricky in itself. Dad attached a ratchet strap and just pulled them down to the floor and we pushed them into position. Three massive triwalls now in the warehouse full of who knows what.
The next thing to do is sort through it all. Now that is a daunting task if there ever was. This was my first time tackling this sort of job so I started by emptying one triwall into the other two. I could tell right off the bat that there was a lot of unsalvageable gear in there. One of the worst things about surplus is that there is a lot of gear damaged beyond repair. We are currently looking into textile recycling so that we aren't just throwing away all of this stuff. There has to be something that can be done with all of these textiles besides tossing it all into a landfill. So the empty triwall is for throwing all the unusable gear into. It is filling up fast.
Now that I have the one triwall empty my next step is to try to sort though everything. This lot has a bunch of firefighting gear, bright yellow, very easy to distinguish so I started with pulling all of that out that I could. There are also a lot of whites in this lot. Sheets, aprons, chef's whites - shirts and pants, so I put all of that in the same general area. Finally I start getting down to smaller items. I take the smaller items and fill a tote, once I have a full tote I sit down at the computer and start entering it all into the system so that it is available for you to buy.
I started sorting on Tuesday morning, so far I have almost a full triwall of waste textiles, the second triwall is mostly empty and the third is still overflowing. Not to mention the firefighting gear that I haven't touched yet and the whites that are just sitting in piles waiting for the next phase of their sorting. I am guessing that I have another 8-10 hours left of sorting and putting things onto the site. Not too bad considering how much there was to begin with!
For the first time in seven months it finally feels like a summer day. The sun is high, people are wearing shorts and going for bike rides and walks. The grass is turning green and I have seen the leaves starting to bud on the neighbours trees. It's glorious, it's rejuvenating and for Canadians, especially Albertans, it is what we live for, it's how we make it through winter every year. We all do appreciate the beauty and wonder of winter, don't get me wrong. If you have never experienced hoar frost first hand it is stunning in its beauty. Winter, however, overstays its welcome every. Single. Year.
For many of us spring summer and fall are the best times of the year, we can finally be outside without our teeth chattering and our blood freezing, at least that's how it is in Canada. If you're Canadian you also know that those three seasons combined are shorter than our winters so we have to get out there and maximize our time! No joke, here in Alberta we had 7 months with snow, it started early October, many farmers were unable to harvest their crops this year, and we were still getting snow in late April! If we're lucky this year the snow will hold off until November and we'll get six months of decent weather, if we're lucky. This means that we shove three seasons into six months and the other season get six luxurious months all to itself to wear us down and get us chilled to the bone.
Now though, now is the time to be outside. Now is the time to let your feet finally be warm, work up a sweat in the garden, pour that cold one and just let the sun work its magic. I don't want to hear anybody tell me it's too hot. It might be, but I don't want to hear about it. I have waited seven months for this. In Alberta it's only really hot for 6 weeks and then it's back to exactly perfect, so enjoy the hot! Go the the beach, the outdoor pools, the splash parks, buy a wading pool and soak your feet, set up an umbrella for shade, wear that ridiculous floppy hat that you secretly love. Eat supper at the beach, order pizza, make margarita's. Stop making hay while the sun shines, we made hay all winter because it was too cold to do anything else. Relax. Sit. Breathe. Let your shoulders down. The sun is here. We live again. So stop reading this and get outside. Next week I will come at you with some of our great gear designed to help you get the most out of your summer.
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