The story of BUSAR is in the top five finalists for WBIR Superstories. Follow this link to see our story and vote. BUSAR Superstory
Our story will be aired on Superbowl Sunday if we win, so head on over and cast your vote. More exposure for the team will hep us secure more funding, allowing us to purchase lifesaving gear and training.
While my name is in the spotlight, this team wouldn’t have formed without my dedicated and hard working team members, both past and present, the support from our families, and the opportunity from the park. From carryouts, to recoveries, to plane crashes, to missing hikers, BUSAR has been behind the scenes of search and rescue in the Smokies for the last two and half years.
To learn more about the team, go here: teambusar.org
And to read more about it’s formation, go here: Team BUSAR
Happy to announce that there are two great new ways to support Team BUSAR.
Follow this link to learn how to support the team and save lives…
If you are an alumni of Survival 101 and got robbed of cold, miserable conditions during your class, I had great news!
This weekend looks like it is going to be great training weather to boost your numbers. No longer do you have to be class 53/44, you can refresh your skills and move up in the world to Class 16/38!!
I have a couple open spots, so email me at firstname.lastname@example.org tuition is free for alumni
What does an double bird shooting accountant that was dragged to Survival 101 class know?
That she can overcome pain, adversity, push through physical and emotional barriers, find support in her loved ones, and accomplish something she didn’t think she could do.
Kerrie : “I can’t believe I did that”
Me: “I knew you could”
Sitting in 44 degree water after a 28 degree night in a survival shelter borders on crazy. Every fiber in your body screams, you start gasping as the cold water steals your breath, your mind seeks excuses to get out, your thinking becomes cloudy, and you question why you are sitting in a cold creek in the mid of winter shivering with your classmates.
And then it happens. You dig deep. You tame your breath. You find your reason for living. You focus your mind. And then you shoot your instructor the double bird.
And while the double bird was directed at me, it was really aimed at fear… pain.. self-doubt… social stigmas… and death itself.
Not everyone’s experience in the Creek drill is the same, but I highlight Kerrie’s because I watched her crush all those demons that day. I watched her go from inexperienced to being able to save her life and others under physical, mental, and emotional stress. Cold, wet, shivering, and confused, she was able to gather material to build a life-saving fire, a skill that very few possess nowadays.
This weekend I will be training another cast member for Naked & Afraid.
It, like all the other shows, are an illusion of reality. Reality doesn’t play fair, impose rules, or have an emergency crew on standby.
Reality knocks you out of your boat into icy cold water, like Craig Strickland and Chase Morland stealing you from your beautiful wife and family.
Reality soaks you and your children on a cold, dark night like David Decareaux and his two boys ripping you from the lives of your other children and loving wife.
Reality is the nighttime callout my SAR team got for a busted leg on an icy trail New Years day.
Reality will crash your car, dehydrate you, make your throat swell shut from a bee sting, and a whole load of other nasties.
Reality, inspired by these heart-breaking stories, also allows us to accept the ultimate responsibility for ourselves and family and do something about it. It allows us to prepare our bodies and minds in the safety of a training environment or at home.
It allows us to train our mindset, like Kerrie..
It allows us to train our skills like Team Dirty Water..
And it allows us to choose the right gear, like Josh..
In our comfortable world it is easy to forget that the forces of calamity lurk in the shadows. It is also easy to forget that we alone have the responsibility and power to to fight them, alone if necessary.
As I type this, I look out the window at the snow falling. It is 18 degrees and I am about to head out the door to work outside.
Natural law is hard at work. The icy cold, the bone chilling wind, the never ending assaults on my body’s warmth.
I imagine in Kerrie’s office however, it is warm and cozy. Her co-workers chat about the latest news while sipping mugs of coffee. Removed and oblivious to the dangers outside, the keyboards click away and the phones ring. At the end of the day when they emerge from their office it will be a hasty walk to the car. As the bitter cold attacks them, there will be a deep, primal reminder of their vulnerability.
There is however, one amongst them that needs no reminder.
Maybe she walks a little slower, soaking in the elements as they launch their onslaught to her comfort.
Maybe she smiles confidently knowing she has endured much worse and found untapped sources of strength.
Maybe she cranks out the defiant, double bird in the face of anything, and everything, that would try to take her life…
P.S. – Moms that get survival books from their boy and read it in cold water rock!!
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Give your loved one the skills and ability for their outdoor adventures and to return home safely.
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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.
Shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org – 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.
A seasoned Search & Rescue pro that can help save your life if needed…
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.