Hapner entered South Zagoria through Western Chernarus with a Press Badge, coercing, convincing, and sneaking his way into the center of the Crisis. He spent his time tailing the Military and avoiding conflict and contact with the infected. He got few questions as to his lack of camera equipment and crew as he followed soldiers from held point to held point, avoiding getting too close as to not anger them and staying in the woods to avoid attention of the infected. He would rarely ask question and would often be lacking any signifying blue vests or helmets to make himself as a reporter. Fewer yet noticed his strangely in-depth understanding of the local countryside.
He took his time stalking the military and interviewing locals so as to better learn the State of Affairs and the availability of commodities as the days pressed on. He would keep notes of his conversations, jotting down unreadable shorthand of the more important of the information, never leaving a direct record of what information he kept and what he did not bother to keep scribbled. He would carry a books and stuffed animals for children he found, using the opportunities to practice his chernarussian with the children would neither remember him well, nor converse with soldiers about him. He would change clothes constantly, presumably looting his new digs from abandoned houses and apartment complexes, the only constant being his cap and boots.