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Starting A Fire With Wet Wood

BY Herschel Smith
3 days, 15 hours ago

Being Able To Reach Out And Touch Someone When In Trouble

BY Herschel Smith
4 days, 17 hours ago

News from Alaska.

Hunter Jason Long of Eagle River, Alaska, was attacked and injured by a sow grizzly bear near the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve on Sept. 8, reports the National Park Service. Long was hunting alone when he encountered the sow and her two cubs.

Long was in an unnamed drainage near the Chisana River when he was mauled by the grizzly. He suffered lacerations and puncture wounds, but was able to press the SOS button on his Garmin InReach GPS device. The emergency message triggered an Air National Guard rescue mission, coordinated with the NPS.

A 210th Rescue Squadron HH-60 Pave Hawk II from the Eielson Air Force Basewas already airborne on a routine mission near Talkeetna, when it was diverted to the hunter’s location. A two-man 212th Rescue Squadron para-rescue team was dropped at the scene to treat and prepare the patient for transport. Meanwhile, the helicopter met a 211th Rescue Squadron HC-130J Combat King II for air-to-air refuel before returning to the hunter’s location to hoist the para-rescue team, the injured hunter, and another hunter from the party.

The grizzly-mauled hunter was brought to the town of Northway, Alaska, then flown to the Providence Alaska Medical Center, the largest hospital in Anchorage. Long was treated there, and his last known condition was considered stable.

When you go out in my neck of the woods you don’t have to worry about grizzlies.  You do have to be aware of black bear, coyote, and rattlesnakes.

There are ways to minimize the risk.  Take what you might need, e.g., a med kit.  Travel with a companion.  Solo hiking or backpacking or hunting can be dangerous.  Carry a large bore handgun for personal protection.

Carry all of the things we’ve discussed, even on a day trip (rubberized poncho, cordage, water, quick food energy, light, knife, clothing and redundant fire starter).

But there is little you can do about the problem of mechanical injury except call for help.  If you have no satellite phone or GPS and way to reach someone with your coordinates, you’re in trouble with an injury caused by bad mechanical decisions or incidents, bear attacks or snake bites.  If a rattle snake bites, you’re in very deep trouble.

That’s one reason I don’t go into the bush very much in the summer.

Stealth Shelters – Where, When, and Why?

BY Herschel Smith
1 month, 2 weeks ago

Interesting video.  Also applicable to some hunting.

They are using a light weight poncho, and I’d like to get a Polish Lavvu poncho, but here is the only place I can find a legitimate and authentic one, and I don’t even know if they ship to the U.S.

Things I Didn’t Know

BY Herschel Smith
1 month, 3 weeks ago

There are many of those.  But this one is quite interesting, and I’ll repeat what I’ve said before: I don’t start my day without coffee, even if I’m on the trail.  A better way of saying it is that coffee starts my day.

In this case, coffee may save your life one day on the trail in less than optimal circumstances.  You can start fire with it.

I wonder if this works with flint and steel or a ferro rod?  I guess there’s one way to find out.

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Hiker stranded for 17 days in Oregon wilderness

BY Herschel Smith
2 months ago

News from Oregon.

“I dropped all of my protocols that I would normally follow,” he said. “I didn’t implement the seven P’s: Proper, prior, planning prevents piss poor performance.”

Burleigh emphasized how leaving extra supplies behind, even a water bottle, made the situation even more challenging.

“It sounds funny, but it’s so true. You gotta take those kind of considerations when going out in Mother Nature,” he said. “And if you’re not prepared for it, she’ll hammer you.”

What was planned as an overnight fishing trip in the Twin Lakes area in early May turned into a 17-day search.

Burleigh began hiking into the Twin Lakes area before he lost the trail. What ensued was more than two weeks of pure survival as search and rescue teams from throughout the Pacific Northwest attempted to find the 69-year-old.

Burleigh was due to return from his fishing trip on May 6, a Thursday. Friday morning, Stacy Burleigh started to get concerned.

More than 100 volunteers assisted in the search for Burleigh in the Calf Creek area, ranging from trained mountain rescue and ground searchers, K-9s to eyes in the sky via both plane and helicopter. That search began on Mother’s Day, based at the lower Twin Lakes trailhead.

On May 16, searchers located a makeshift shelter and a fishing tackle box they identified as belonging to Burleigh. They left Burleigh some supplies, a lighter, asked Burleigh to start a fire, and left a note that said “we will be back tomorrow to get you.”

Here’s a little more detail.

Burleigh said he got lost and the next day it snowed. He tried to find his way out but realized things were serious.

“I tripped and fell and hit this first log, bounced to the next log, lost my fishing pole, crushed the reel against my hip and smacked my head pretty hard,” Burleigh said.

After a few days lost, Burleigh said he lost a sense of time and was feeling disoriented.

“It’s uncomfortable, it’s cold, you’re hungry. You have a sense of not thinking clearly,” Burleigh said.

Burleigh said he drank his own urine and ate bugs to stay alive.

But wait.  Does this paint a slightly different picture?

His 17-day disappearance and the search effort that followed consisting of about 100 volunteers began as an overnight fishing trip, but Burleigh said everything took a wrong turn when he started down a trail that was supposed to be a quick hike and lost his way.

This was going to be an over-nighter?  We’ve discussed this before.  For any trip into the bush – any trip, including day hikes – I carry the following: [1] Big bore handgun, [2] flashlight, [3] fire starter, [4] 550 cordage, [5] water and container, [6] energy bars and maybe other food, [7] knife, [8] heavy rubberized poncho or at least a rain parka for cover from rain and a tarp for the night.

And I should start religiously carry a med kit.

It’s a wonder this guy is alive.

Building a Stealth Shelter/Observation Post

BY Herschel Smith
3 months ago

The length of the video is rather long, but you get to see most everything they did.

It’s not only a good OP, but if you happen to know it’s a well trafficked deer trail or turkey roost area, it would be good for hunting as long as you encamped before sunrise.

The Time To Get Prepared Is Now

BY Herschel Smith
4 months ago

Mike has a number of recommendations, and especially interesting is the links he provides at the bottom of the video.  I have my own preferences (e.g., for hatchets), and I notice no link for bush saws.  But there’s a lot of good recommendations for comms, med kit supplies, water filtration, and other needful things.

Wilderness Survival In 2021

BY Herschel Smith
4 months ago

It never changes from year to year.  It’s always the same.  A Hiker goes out in the woods in California and is haunted by mountain lions for a long night.

A Man goes hiking in Tennessee hasn’t been heard from in a week.

Know your topography.  Carry a compass.  Have maps.  Carry a heavy rubberized poncho.  Carry a parka.  Use high quality hiking boots.  Carry cordage (I intend to purchase Amsteel cordage rather than 550 cord).  Carry a large bore handgun.  Carry plenty of water and a filter.  Carry energy bars.  Carry a knife, and carry a headlamp or tactical light.  Carry fully redundant, independent means of fire start.

Even if you’re going out for the afternoon.  One afternoon can turn into a week alone.

Arm Yourself Anywhere At Any Time

BY Herschel Smith
4 months ago

This is very long, but worth every second of it.  Ed talks about using things around you in innovative ways.  He has learned to improvise, adapt and overcome in the worst situations imaginable.

Living Life On The Edge

BY Herschel Smith
5 months, 1 week ago

Only Red Bull could give you something like this.

I wonder what he does for fun?


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