Author Archives: bigpigoutdoors

E-Neighborly.com…

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If they can have websites to help find dates, then why not neighbors?

This is Greg with a tranquilized grizzly. He is a good friend of mine, a member of my SAR team, an uncle to my son, and a hard worker. Unfortunately for me, he just got a job as a wildlife ranger based out of Gatlinburg, so he can’t be my neighbor. I figure I can try to get him settled as close to me as I can though.

So, if you have any of the following opportunities:

  • Caretaker at your seasonal home
  • Room rental
  • Small home or cabin rental
  • Land you are willing to let him put a tiny home on
  • Land you are willing to parcel out for sale
  • A small home or cabin for sale

And it is within 45 minutes of Gatlinburg, preferably on the Townsend side.

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Shoot me an email at bigpigoutdoors@gmail.com – Put “Greg” in the subject line.

So here is Greg’s neighbor profile:

5’10 – 200 pounds. He can cook and keeps a clean house

A former UT football player, he can move really heavy stuff if you need help.

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A seasoned Search & Rescue pro that can help save your life if needed…

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With a Masters in Exercise Physiology, he can get you in shape, give you nutrition advice, or anything else along those lines. He is a fast learner, getting handier by the day, and a great conversationalist.

Trained to deal with bears, wild hogs, and a host of other wildlife, he is skilled with firearms and has the versatile skills that come with working in remote areas. He has also cleared federal background and drug testing requirements.

Once upon a time, you counted on your neighbors. They were your helpers, your lifeline to the community, your protectors, and your friends. In our disjointed world, they are not valued as much nowadays, but if you are looking for a good one, then here is your chance.

Please push this out on your social media if you have friends in that area.

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Experienced Framers Wanted…

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Want to trade your skills for a Survival, Tracking, Land Navigation, or Foraging class?

Two of my main guys have stuff going on this week, so I could use the help Wednesday, Thursday, and/or Friday this week and possibly Monday and/or Tuesday of next.

Email me at bigpigoutdoors@gmail.com and we can figure out a plan. Location is in the Deals Gap area of North Carolina.

Land Navigation classes – 11/11 & 12/2…

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Not all those who wander are lost, but if you want to make it home or to another destination, it is best to spend some time honing your navigation skills.

Join BigPig Outdoors on November 11th or December 2 to learn or polish those skills.

Click here for more info: Land Navigation class

Big, Big BUSAR Update – May thru October…

 

 

The above are my two reasons why this update has been a long time coming.

Without further ado…

Training – 

  • Returned to crash site of N1839X and recovered two cellphones of victims
  • Doc Miller and Borkowski knocked out the Rescue Swimmer class
  • Doc Miller and Borkowski knocked out Swiftwater I & II
  • NPS Tech Team training – Swiftwater on Pigeon River – Benjamin and Johnston
  • NPS Tech Team training at Chimney Tops – Benjamin, Ransom, Sharbel, Herrington
  • Benjamin taught 16 hours of medical, 32 hours of swiftwater rescue, 55 of rope rescue, and 132 hours of rescue swimmer training to various agencies
  • Ritter completed his litter team training and first aid/CPR class
  • Herrington taught four survival and P-SAR (Preventative-Search & Rescue) classes at REI stores in Knoxville, Brentwood, and Asheville
  • Geist taught two Wilderness First Responder classes for SOLO-SE
  • Land navigation training and course setup – Harrell, Johnston, Miller, and Herrington
  • Borkowski taught multiple LZ classes to fire departments and rescue squads in VA
  • Borkowski developed draft of SRT2 Aviation training module
  • Harrel completed his SAR-duous duty pack test
  • Lewis  taught multiple tracking and SAR skills classes for VDEM to volunteers, first responders, and VA Department of Corrections.

 

Responses – 

  • Recovery at Ramsey Cascades
  • Recovery on Abrams Falls trail
  • Recovery on Alum Cave trail
  • Bohanon SAR – BUSAR logged over 630 hours during the 8 day search and had 100% response rate
  • Abrams Creek stranded hikers – Borkowski
  • Abrams Falls search – Johnston
  • Sharbel hired on as a seasonal SAR ranger out of Gatlinburg. He has more responses than I can list here, but has been averaging 3 – 4 incidents per week
  • Doc Miller responded to Hurricane Harvey and then Irma with his USAR team. what a stud!

Team Workouts – Going strong every week. Sharbs forgot his kettlebell one night, which inspired the painful,  “Follow-the-leader” interval . Yep, that is a dog at our workout too!

 

BUSAR is a 501(c)3 non-profit. To help us help others, go here… teambusar.org

BigPig Outdoors at REI Knoxville – Nov & Dec

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Back by popular demand, I will be at REI Knoxville on November 15 and December 13.

If your plan to survive a wilderness emergency involves sitting on the couch and watching survival reality shows, that’s great, my search and rescue team will be happy to come look for you.

If however, you are like the 100+ REI customers that have taken it upon themselves to seek out better mindset, skills, and gear, come see us.

November REI Class

December REI Class