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

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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

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13 Oct 2017

Using Acorns as a Survival Food

I’ve long known that you could eat acorns. I just didn’t know how. I knew that Native Americans relied on acorns as a food source and that they somehow had a way to turn them into flour for little cakes. I live in an area that has some oak trees,

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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

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Ron Hood Ultimate Survival Guide Video
05 Apr 2017

Review: Ron Hood’s Ultimate Survival Guide

I recently wrote a review of the first Ron Hood video I had ever watched. It was called “Advanced Survival Guide” and you can read that review here. I got three of his videos while I was at SHOT Show this past January and this is the second of the

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man with face obscured by dark hoodie
28 Dec 2016

10 Stupid Things To Do When You’re Trying to Stay Hidden

For whatever reason let’s say you’ve decided to start off 2017 by disappearing. Maybe you’re going off the grid because of society issues or whatever reason. I won’t ask. Here are 10 stupid things to do to when you’re trying to stay hidden. The obvious stupid things to do when

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Search and Rescue Notes: Volume 1
21 Nov 2016

Search & Rescue Notes: Volume 1

I was recently involved in the search for a missing hunter in Curry, County, Oregon. The man had gone missing on October 14, and at the time of this post is still missing. The man’s son tried to find him and also became lost, but was rescued several days later.

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20 Essential Hunting Skills
19 Oct 2016

10 Essential Hunting Skills

Although food storage is an essential part of your disaster preparation strategy, it is important that you supplement your food by hunting and gardening. Learning to hunt will serve you well in your quest for survival. There are several methods of hunting and each has their own advantages and drawbacks.

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Book Review: Advanced Bushcraft
30 Aug 2016

Book Review: Advanced Bush Craft

Advanced Bush Craft: An Expert Field Guide to the Art of Wilderness Survival by Dave Canterbury, published by Adams Media. Maybe you grew up in a household of people who hunted and fished, owned a variety of weapons and prepped for disasters. Maybe you were in the military and learned how

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There is no safe place outdoors during lightning
01 Aug 2016

Practical Guide: 3 Ways to Stay Safe in a Lightning Storm While Camping

Using this practical guide to saying safe in a lightning storm while camping may save your life. Lightning can strike anywhere when a storm breaks out. Depending on where you’re located outdoors, a thunderstorm could be potentially dangerous. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says that there is no safe

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