Search and Rescue notes from a lost mushroom picker
17 Nov 2017

SAR Notes Vol. 3: You Wore What?

My previous SAR-related post involved a subject who was very prepared for an unintended night alone in the wilderness. This one involves a subject that could have prepared a lot better. I answered a call to search for a missing mushroom picker in mid-October. She had gone missing the day

233
Flood Protection Sandbags with flooded homes in the background
03 Nov 2017

Preparedness Through Service

The intense 2017 wildfire and hurricane seasons in the United States and a series of deadly earthquakes in Mexico have many people wondering about their level of preparedness. They’re  also wondering how to help their community prepare for and respond to a major disaster. Police officers, EMS staff and firefighters

284
Hiker gets lost in the woods
27 Oct 2017

Stay Alive By Staying Put

We recently posted an article asking if your child would be found alive if they were stranded outside. That led to a question of what situations would be best to stay where you are and what situations would you be best served by leaving the area. In most cases, you’re

446
21 Aug 2017

Video Review: TacPack Subscription Box Review

Subscription boxes are all the rage for people who have a bit of extra cash, crave some new gear, but don’t want the hassle of figuring out what they should buy. Box companies have become pseudo-Santas with monthly or quarterly deliveries with a mystery box of (hopefully) quality and usable

354
18 Aug 2017

Video Gear Review: ABKT Phantom Spector Review

This was a knife I wanted to like. Right out of the box, the American Buffalo Knife and Tool Phantom Spector folding knife flipped right open in my hand to reveal a shaving sharp 4-inch 8cr13mov tanto blade attached to a silky smooth ball bearing pivot. Sure, the pocket clip

263
Search and Rescue Notes Volume 2 Shadowfox
28 Jul 2017

SAR Notes Vol. 2: The Subject Who Did It Right

Sometimes there are people who aren’t prepared for things to go wrong. And sometimes there are people who are ready for just about anything. This is a story of the latter. One recent July morning, I answered a callout to help search for a missing hiker who had been separated

364
CRKT Rune Tomahawk
26 Jun 2017

Video Review: CRKT Rune First Impressions

CRKT and Ryan Johnson at RMJ tactical have produced yet another awesome tomahawk. The Rune is new for 2017 and with its short size and sharpened spike is designed to be a tactical breaching tool. But all blades have wilderness functionality to them, so I wanted to see if this

604
CRKT Ruger Pen
19 Jun 2017

This CRKT-Ruger Pencil Could be Mightier than the Sword

A good writing utensil is a small but important piece of gear for a search and rescuer. SAR people are constantly taking notes for coordinates, subject descriptions, team lists, gear inventories, map doodles, and anything else we can fit in our notebooks. Such utensils must be durable, for as soon

1.1k
Pocket Shot Video Review
12 Jun 2017

Gear Review: The Pocket Shot Circular Slingshot

Summer is here and that means many of us are camping out, cooking on the grill, and playing games while the hot dogs are over the fire. Chances are there’s a kid at a campsite somewhere trying to hit a something with a slingshot. I’ve had The Pocket Shot in

659
SOC Sandpiper Bug Out Bag
22 May 2017

Video Gear Review: S.O.C. Bugout Bag

It’s a pack I see a lot in airports across the country and for a good reason. The S.O.C Bugout Bag (ours is in the foliage green color) is a big backpack that can carry a lot of gear and take a beating. While it’s a popular option, there are

674