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Survival Weekly – 1/12/16…

 

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Welcome to another edition of Survival Weekly, where the real wilderness survival “reality show” plays out everyday, in the wild places around our world. These unscripted stories will give you insight to the true threats and challenges you may face i+n your outdoor pursuits. So sit back, relax, and read on to get a dose of reality to sharpen your most valuable survival tool. – BPO

Featured – 

Woman lost for 5 days, rescued – http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-01-13/woman-used-bush-craft-to-survive-5-days-lost-in-wilderness/7085780

Dog and visual tracking team rescue hunter – image above – http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11570510

First hand account of getting lost and rescued – http://www.12news.com/story/news/local/arizona/2016/01/11/exclusive-hiker-describes-being-lost-superstitions/78657372/

News – 

Busiest year for mountain SAR team – http://www.cumbriacrack.com/2016/01/05/2015-busiest-year-to-date-for-kendal-mountain-search-and-rescue-team/

Frosted Flier – http://www.bonnyvillenouvelle.ca/article/4-Wing-personnel-participate-in-cold-weather-survival-exercise-Frosted-Flier-20160112

Winter Safety – 

Ice fatality – http://www.oliverchronicle.com/oliverosoyoos-search-and-rescue-called-to-help/

Skier rescued – http://www.nelsonstar.com/news/364129261.html

Winter rescue – http://ktla.com/2016/01/10/woman-51-hospitalized-after-being-found-by-search-and-rescue-team-in-snow-covered-area-near-wrightwood/

Water Safety –

Coast Guard rescuer gets rescued – http://www.wect.com/story/30923613/coast-guard-member-loses-consciousness-during-search-and-rescue-mission

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Hiking – 

Lost & Injured hikers rescued –

Hunter-gatherer – 

Duck hunter rescued – http://www.localmemphis.com/news/local-news/man-rescued-dog-missing-after-boat-capsizes

Climbing – 

Vehicles – 

 Stranded couple rescued – http://www.pqbnews.com/news/364255131.html

Boaters rescued – http://www.islandpacket.com/news/local/community/beaufort-news/article54118225.html

Interested in learning skills to handle emergencies like the ones you read in Survival Weekly?  Check out BigPig Outdoors Survival  classes  – http://www.bigpigoutdoors.net/survival-101-1.htm

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Survival Tri-weekly -1/5/16

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Welcome to another edition of Survival Weekly, where the real wilderness survival “reality show” plays out everyday, in the wild places around our world. These unscripted stories will give you insight to the true threats and challenges you may face in your outdoor pursuits. So sit back, relax, and read on to get a dose of reality to sharpen your most valuable survival tool. – BPO

Featured – 

911 call from rescued hunter – http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/video/donald-trump-heat-bill-clinton-36094578

Duck hunter fatalities – http://www.wfaa.com/story/life/people/2016/01/04/backroad-anthem-posts-tribute-to-craig-strickland/78280704/

 

News – 

New technology ill aid searchers – http://www.outsideonline.com/2043076/recco-rolling-out-year-round-rescue-system

Robot locusts for SAR – http://www.ecnmag.com/news/2015/12/robot-locust-can-traverse-rocky-terrain-and-assist-search-and-rescue

Sonar gloves – http://www.bidnessetc.com/60286-sonar-gloves-developed-in-japan-to-aid-underwater-search-and-rescue/

Cell phones and rescues – http://www.abcfoxmontana.com/story/30816288/cell-phones-are-improving-search-and-rescue-responses

Winter Sports – 

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Water Safety –

Hiking – 

National Park Rangers at Point Reyes National Seashore initiated a missing person search when they noticed a vehicle parked south of Pierce Point Ranch parking lot over two days beginning on January 1, 2016. After contacting family of the registered owner of the vehicle, a search was initiated on January 2 in the afternoon. By the next day, the search swelled to nearly 100 individuals from Point Reyes National Seashore, Marin County Sheriff Search and Rescue, Marin County Fire, California Highway Patrolhelicopter, US Coast Guard helicopter, Sonoma County Sheriff Search and Rescue, Contra Costa County Sheriff Search and Rescue, San Mateo Sheriff Search and Rescue and California Rescue Dog Association.

After searching most of the morning on January 3, a body was discovered around 11 am north of Kehoe Beach. The Marin County Coroner’s Office has identified the body as 62 year-old John Son of San Jose, CA. Cause and manner of death are pending autopsy and toxicology results.

Lost & Injured hikers rescued –

Hunter-gatherer – 

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Climbing – 

Vehicles – 

 Air ambulance crash – http://abcnews.go.com/US/dead-survivor-medical-helicopter-crashes-arizona/story?id=35791487

SUV occupants rescued –  http://www.theprovince.com/technology/rescued+from+stranded+suvs+snowy+sumas+mountain+abbotsford/11619778/story.html

Interested in learning skills to handle emergencies like the ones you read in Survival Weekly?  Check out BigPig Outdoors Survival  classes  – http://www.bigpigoutdoors.net/survival-101-1.htm

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Survival Week-and-a-halfly – 11/15/15..

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Welcome to another edition of Survival Weekly, where the real wilderness survival “reality show” plays out everyday, in the wild places around our world. These unscripted stories will give you insight to the true threats and challenges you may face in your outdoor pursuits. So sit back, relax, and read on to get a dose of reality to sharpen your most valuable survival tool. – BPO

Featured – 

First person account of getting lost – http://astructureforspirit.com/2015/11/08/search-resuce-and-a-million-miracles-in-between/

News – 

Tetons launches “Backcountry Zero” – http://www.wyofile.com/column/backcountry-zero-aims-reduce-deaths-tetons/

New Hampshire “Hike Safe” card update –  http://www.newhampshire.com/article/20151115/NEWHAMPSHIRE03/151119499/0/NEWHAMPSHIRE09

Winter Sports – 

Sier rescued – http://www.nbcmontana.com/news/rescue-crews-airlift-skier-after-backcountry-accident/36393530

Water Safety –

Missing kayakers found safe – http://www.carmarthenjournal.co.uk/Rescue-mission-kayakers-Towy/story-28175020-detail/story.html

Hiking – 

Trail runner rescued – http://koin.com/2015/11/05/angels-rest-trail-runner-found-by-search-rescue-team/

Hiker killed in fall – http://www.valleyrecord.com/news/340005191.html

Lost & Injured hikers rescued –

Hunter-gatherer – 

Missing lion hunter found – http://thesheridanpress.com/?p=44484

Missing hunters found – http://www.torontosun.com/2015/11/12/police-rescue-groups-searching-in-northern-new-brunswick-for-missing-hunters

Duck hunter rescued – http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/crime/coast-guard-rescues-stranded-duck-hunter-from-nisqually/

Body of fisherman recovered – http://www.news4jax.com/news/jacksonville-fire-and-rescue-are-searching-st-johns-river-for-missing-boater/36273170

Missing fishermen found – http://www.stuff.co.nz/timaru-herald/news/73748939/Fishermen-found-near-Fairlie-after-going-missing

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Climbing – 

Late yesterday, November 8, Rocky Mountain National Park rangers were notified by cell phone from a man indicating that he and his 13-year-old son needed assistance.  They had summited Longs Peak via the Keyhole Route. They attempted to come down from the summit via Clark’s Arrow.  The two got off route descending from The Loft between Longs Peak and Mount Meeker.

Rocky Mountain National Park Search and Rescue members reached them at 10:40 p.m.  After assessing their condition and evacuation options, they assisted the two down The Loft reaching a backcountry shelter near Chasm Lake at 2:00 a.m. this morning, where they connected with other members of the park’s Search and Rescue team.  They stayed through the night and all began hiking out this morning.  It is estimated they will reach the Longs Peak Trailhead at 10:30 a.m.

The two are from Loveland, Colorado.  Because one is a juvenile, park staff will not be releasing their names.

Injured climbers rescued –

Vehicles – 

SAR for missing helicopter crew – http://www.firstpost.com/india/pawan-hans-chopper-crash-chances-of-pilots-survival-bleak-as-search-operation-continues-2497186.html

 

Interested in learning skills to handle emergencies like the ones you read in Survival Weekly?  Check out BigPig Outdoors Survival  classes  – http://www.bigpigoutdoors.net/survival-101-1.htm

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Survival Weekly – 12/30/14…

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Welcome to another edition of Survival Weekly, where the real wilderness survival “reality show” plays out everyday, in the wild places around our world. These unscripted stories will give you insight to the true threats and challenges you may face in your outdoor pursuits. So sit back, relax, and read on to get a dose of reality to sharpen your most valuable survival tool. – BPO

Featured – 

Frostbite, punctured lung, and a wolverine battle – http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2889210/Miracle-survival-Alaskan-man-spent-three-days-sub-zero-wilderness-snowmobile-sank-fight-wolverine-stick.html

Lost, broken wrist, hypothermia.. the 101 trifecta –  http://www.pasadenastarnews.com/general-news/20141222/hiker-rescued-above-sierra-madre

News – 

Students make drone attachment –http://3dprint.com/32642/student-search-and-rescue/

New Hampshire “Hike Safe” 2015 cards now available online – http://www.pressherald.com/2014/12/27/n-h-offers-hike-safe-cards-to-shield-hikers-from-rescue-costs/

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Winter Sports – 

Skier and snowboarder spent night out in Telluride backcountry – http://www.nbc11news.com/home/headlines/Lost-skier-and-snowboarder-rescued-after-overnight-in-Bear-Creek-286887211.html

Body of snowshoer recovered – http://www.komonews.com/news/local/Search-mission-at-Mount-Rainier-Paradise-closed-287027711.html

Snowmobiler rescued from avalanche – http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/snowmobiler-rescued-after-avalanche-near-whistler-1.2883968

Skier spends cold night out – http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2014/12/24/skier-found-safe-after-night-mountain/v5Hk1giEo5vaPKiw6vW8II/story.html

Hiking – 

Hiker rescued after week in shelter – http://www.mrtimes.com/news/missing-maple-ridge-hiker-rescued-from-golden-ears-mountain-after-a-week-1.1693776
Olympic National Park (WA)
Major Search In Progress For Missing Day Hiker

Yesterday marked the fifth day of an ongoing interagency search for a 60-year-old Port Angeles man who failed to return from a day hike he took in the park last Monday.

Searchers from the park, Olympic Mountain Rescue, Tacoma Mountain Rescue, Clallam County SAR, Jefferson County SAR, and two dog teams from German Shepherd’s Search Dogs continued to search the Olympic Hot Springs area over the weekend.

Jim Griffin, who frequently hikes the two-and-a-half-mile trail to the hot springs, went for a day hike there on Monday, December 22nd. On Wednesday, December 24th, around 10:00 p.m., friends reported Griffin overdue when he did not show up for Christmas Eve dinner.

Three NPS searchers began the search that evening and continued through the night. On Christmas Day, two two-person teams searched for Griffin. Several friends of Griffins, including the reporting party, assisted in the efforts on both Thursday and Friday.

On the afternoon of Christmas Day, Griffin’s day pack was located 50 feet off trail about a half mile from the trailhead. On Friday, eight search groups, including three dog teams, searched until dark. The park also attempted to use Griffin’s dog in the search, but the dog was not able to indicate where Griffin might be.

On Saturday, 21 searchers and two dogs resumed the effort to find him. The search teams completed a grid search within 500 feet of the location where Griffin’s day pack was found. They covered the entire search area in a grid pattern about ten feet apart, but no clues were found.

Park incident team members spoke to a couple on Saturday who had a conversation with Griffin at the hot springs. They believe he left the springs around 4:00 p.m. on Monday, which would mean he hiked back in the dark.

On Sunday, three teams were in the field and were joined by a group of Griffins’ friends. No sign of him was found. The search will be suspended today, but the investigation will continue.

Anyone who was at the Olympic Hot Springs, on the trail, or at the parking lot last Monday is asked to contact park dispatch at 360-565-3115. Even the smallest piece of information might help in the search.

Rock slide kills hiker – http://www.vancouversun.com/health/Rock+slide+kills+girl+mountain+near+Lions/10674236/story.html

Hunter-gatherer – 

Fishermen rescued – https://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/a/25856769/fishermen-rescued-off-dunsborough/

Coast Guard rescues fishermen – http://www.abcnews4.com/story/27699466/coast-guard-involved-in-rescue-near-mcclellanville

Climbing – 

Injured climber rescued – http://business.scoop.co.nz/2014/12/24/helicopter-rescue-from-summit-of-mt-ngauruhoe/

Water Safety – 

Teen swimmer missing – http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/search-underway-teen-missing-90-mile-beach-6212201

Jetskier rescued after night out – http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/aap/article-2887073/Jetskier-missing-Victoria-NSW-border.html

Six rescued from rip tides – http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/64482618/six-rescued-from-bay-of-plenty-rips

Lake Superior swimmer fatality – http://www.twincities.com/localnews/ci_27198378/1-dead-1-missing-lake-superior-at-bluefin

Vehicles – 

Wreckage and bodies of Airasia flight found – http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2014/12/30/missing-airasia-jet/21037899/

Two snowmobilers recovered from icy lake – http://ravallirepublic.com/missoula/news/local/article_724fcb82-9038-5ba4-9149-f767efda9ada.html

Vehicle located at bottom of lake – http://www.jrn.com/kgun9/news/Search-and-rescue-units-looking-for-car-at-bottom-of-lake-in-Lakeside-Park-286972451.html

Small plane crash – http://www.thetimesherald.com/story/news/local/2014/12/24/kimball-firefighters-search-missing-plane/20876585/

Missing ATV rider found – http://www.parkrecord.com/summit_county-news/ci_27196602/sar-deployed-twice-over-weekend

Urban – 

Missing four year old found by search dog – http://myfox8.com/2014/12/26/davidson-county-woman-dog-help-find-body-of-missing-south-carolina-boy/

Interested in learning skills to handle emergencies like the ones you read in Survival Weekly?   Check out BigPig Outdoors Survival 101 class  – http://www.bigpigoutdoors.net/survival-101-1.html

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Survival Weekly – 12/15/14…

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Welcome to another edition of Survival Weekly, where the real wilderness survival “reality show” plays out everyday, in the wild places around our world. These unscripted stories will give you insight to the true threats and challenges you may face in your outdoor pursuits. So sit back, relax, and read on to get a dose of reality to sharpen your most valuable survival tool. – BPO

Featured – 

I pulled this story out, not only because it is a good read, but because the following statement is false

“If you don’t have a way to keep the lighter dry, once the flint is wet, it’s not going to work,” said Armstrong. –  http://www.nelsonstar.com/news/285726061.html

A lighter is a valuable tool and has limitations, but with the right knowledge and skills they can be overcome. After spending the night in 28 degree weather with only a sheet of plastic, Carol (and her lighter) soaked in 40 degree water for almost 10 bone chilling minutes. Once she emerged into the 38 degree weather with 10 mph winds, she built a fire with only natural tinder and her wet lighter. 

Methodical, trained, and now skilled..

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News – 

EMS in technical rescues – http://www.firehouse.com/news/12025075/applying-ems-capabilities-to-a-technical-rescue-incident

Winter Sports – 

Two snowboarders rescued – http://flatheadbeacon.com/2014/12/08/two-skiers-rescued-hellroaring-basin/

Hiking – 

Stranded hiker rescued – http://www.jrn.com/ktnv/news/Search-and-Rescue-team-looking-for-stranded-hiker-at-Red-Rock-285645901.html

Lost hikers rescued – http://www.desertsun.com/story/news/local/2014/12/14/hikers-rescued-palm-springs/20402215/

Hunter-gatherer – 

Missing Christmas tree hunter rescued – http://www.kcaw.org/2014/12/08/lost-christmas-tree-hunter-found-after-intensive-search/

Missing hunter rescued – http://www.capebretonpost.com/News/Local/2014-12-11/article-3972209/RCMP,-search-and-rescue-locate-missing-hunter/1

Large scale search for missing hunter continues –  http://www.skyhidailynews.com/news/14194849-113/search-rescue-county-gcsar

Search for missing hunter enters two week mark – http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2014/12/missing_new_cumberland_teen_se.html

Climbing – 

Stranded climber airlifted off cliff – http://globalnews.ca/news/1720500/watch-thai-navy-rescues-climber-stuck-on-cliff/

Fatality in New Zealand alps – http://home.nzcity.co.nz/news/article.aspx?id=198699

Water Safety – 

Rescuer swept into Los Angeles River (with video) –  https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10152931017849614&fref=nf

Couple rescued from flooding Los Angeles river –  http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/Rescuer-Dives-Into-Swollen-LA-River-Searching-for-Men-Reported-Clinging-to-Trees-285634601.html

Coast Guard rescues four off Keys – http://keysnews.com/node/61117

Fourteen rescued from sinking boat –   http://www.kelownanow.com/watercooler/news/news/Provincial/14/12/12/Marine_Search_and_Rescue_Save_14_From_Sinking_Boat

Stuck in the mud. Girls rescued from tidal flats – http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/watch-incredible-moment-two-teenage-4808684

Vehicles – 

Search and rescue team locates missing boys from stranded vehicle –  http://www.ecprogress.com/index.php?tier=1&article_id=16576

Search underway for missing ATV riders – http://www.adn.com/article/20141213/3-missing-near-kwethluk-atv-recovered-river

Urban – 

Interested in learning skills to handle emergencies like the ones you read in Survival Weekly?   Check out BigPig Outdoors Survival 101 class  – http://www.bigpigoutdoors.net/survival-101-1.html

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Survival Weekly – 12/9/2014…

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Welcome to another edition of Survival Weekly, where the real wilderness survival “reality show” plays out everyday, in the wild places around our world. These unscripted stories will give you insight to the true threats and challenges you may face in your outdoor pursuits. So sit back, relax, and read on to get a dose of reality to sharpen your most valuable survival tool. – BPO

Featured – 

Man vs. Bear – Your chances of getting attacked by a dog are exponentially higher than being attacked by a black bear, but knowing what to do is good info to have on board. I always tell people that if they knew how tough they were, hikers would get eaten all the time. A 200 pound animal that can climb a 100 foot beech tree like a squirrel has some serious power. Fortunately they don’t realize how soft and chewy we are and so it comes down to a dominance issue.

The following story has good points. Injury led to the attack on the hunter, but the hunter survived because he took the fight to the bear. This is key. If you act like prey, you will be. Prey doesn’t fight back. I have punched a bear in the face that tried to come in my tent  and “Rambo” Ricky, the badass you see carrying the tranquilized bear, has kicked several in the face with his logging boots. 

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Whether it is a bear in your camp or an intruder in your house, when it is time to fight, don’t be prey!!

Man defends against 500 pound bear attack with knife –  http://www.wbir.com/story/news/nation-now/2014/12/09/man-bear-attack-knife-minnesota/20127583/

This article describes tourniquet use afterwards –   http://www.hngn.com/articles/44151/20140930/massive-black-bear-fatally-killed-minnesota-hunter-knife-brutal-attack.htm

– Thanks to Jeff for the heads up on the story

News – 

Changes coming for Virginia search management –  http://www.timesdispatch.com/news/local/legislation-being-drafted-to-improve-missing-person-searches/article_ac18e1bb-874b-5cee-aa1b-22fe947d0ec1.html

RescueMe Ballon on Kickstarter – https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/651668573/rescue-me-balloon

Winter Sports – 

Fatality at Eldora Ski Resort – http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_27098793/boulder-sheriff-eldora-skier-22-dies-after-apparent

Missing snowmobiler – http://www.inforum.com/content/search-missing-moorhead-snowmobiler-sheyenne-river-called-until-friday-morning

Hiking – 

Mount Rainier National Park (WA)
Injured Hiker Rescued At Panorama Point

Late on the afternoon of December 2nd, a  911 call was patched through to Mount Rainier dispatch from an injured 61-year-old hiker who had broken his lower leg in a fall. He slipped on a steep icy slope and fell 50 feet just above Panorama Point, coming to rest after hitting a rock hard enough to result in a compound fracture of both lower leg bones of one leg.

A group of skiers descending from Camp Muir fortuitously came upon the accident site and the injured hiker. The group was better prepared than the great majority of backcountry travelers and was able to radio park rangers with the GPS coordinates and other pertinent information.  They then went to great lengths to protect, rewarm and care for the man for several hours of cold and windy conditions while rescuers were summoned to the park to perform a carryout.

Teams from Tacoma Mountain Rescue, Seattle Mountain Rescue and Olympic Mountain Rescue were battered by high winds as they performed the late night evacuation by rescue litter. The operation included several steep-angle technical roped lowerings down the icy slopes of Panorama Point.

Rescue efforts continued into the wee hours of the morning.  The injured hiker was then transported by ambulance to the hospital.

Remains of missing hiker found – http://www.prescottenews.com/index.php/news/current-news/item/24596-thomas-lang-remains-believed-to-be-recovered-nearly-a-year-after-disappearance

Lost hikers rescued – http://www.marinij.com/marinnews/ci_27088302/marin-search-team-rescues-four-hikers-lost-at

Missing hikers rescued – http://www.benningtonbanner.com/localnews/ci_27069494/state-police-rescue-pennsylvania-couple-hiking-white-rocks

Hunter-gatherer – 

Search for missing teen hunter – http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2014/12/missing_teen_hunter_search.html

Climbing – 

Cavers rescued from mine shaft – http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-mid-wales-30366818

Water Safety – 

US teams to assist in search –   http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/390800/news/world/us-rescue-teams-join-search-for-missing-south-korea-boat-crew

Body of kayaker recovered – http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/law-order/man-missing-after-kayak-capsized-in-taylors-creek/story-fni0fee2-1227147050487?nk=42f0ada16bfd20fe69df75f514b38a48

Coast Guard saves crabbers – http://www.dailyastorian.com/Local_News/20141208/coast-guard-rescues-more-crabbers-friday

Vehicles – 

Deadman anchor and tow strap for getting unstuck in sand – http://www.nocarnofun.com/how-to-pull-your-truck-out-of-trouble-arabs-knew-this-lifesaving-trick-for-centuries/

Urban – 

Missing Campbell County woman and possible suspect – http://www.wbir.com/videos/news/local/scott-campbell-morgan/2014/12/08/tbi-no-confirmed-link-between-missing-woman–wanted-man/20124615/?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

Interested in learning skills to handle emergencies like the ones you read in Survival Weekly?   Check out BigPig Outdoors Survival 101 class  – http://www.bigpigoutdoors.net/survival-101-1.html

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Survival Weekly – 12/2/14…

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Welcome to another edition of Survival Weekly, where the real wilderness survival “reality show” plays out everyday, in the wild places around our world. These unscripted stories will give you insight to the true threats and challenges you may face in your outdoor pursuits. So sit back, relax, and read on to get a dose of reality to sharpen your most valuable survival tool. – BPO

Featured – 

Starting and mainting a fire in cold, wet conditions if a must have lifesaving skill. Mushroom hunter rescued – http://www.mailtribune.com/article/20141202/NEWS/141209953/101064/NEWS

News – 

Sea-Doo releases SAR version – http://www.jems.com/article/industry-news/new-sea-doo-search-and-rescue-watercraft

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Social media, another SAR tool – http://vancouver.24hrs.ca/2014/11/30/social-media-a-new-tool-for-rescues

Winter Sports – 

Injured cross-country skier rescued – http://www.kbzk.com/news/west-yellowstone-search-and-rescue-assist-injured-cross-country-skier/

Injured skier rescued – http://www.kbzk.com/news/injured-skier-rescued-near-west-yellowstone/

Hiking – 

Missing men rescued – http://www.yumasun.com/news/mcas-yuma-search-and-rescue-helicopter-crew-assist-ycso-locate/article_93760aa8-7448-11e4-a407-3f83b6e5212f.html

Hiker stays put and is rescued – http://www.lakeconews.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=39491:sheriffs-office-reports-on-cobb-mountain-womans-rescue-offers-tips-for-staying-safe-in-the-outdoors&catid=1:latest&Itemid=197

Hunter-gatherer – 

Crews dispatched for possible search – http://metronews.ca/news/vancouver/1224734/coquitlam-rescue-crews-searching-for-possible-missing-man-on-burke-mountain/

Injured hunter rescued – http://www.eacourier.com/news/hunter-rescued-after-suffering-injury-in-gila-mountains/article_3e72d376-7509-11e4-a92b-0bbdbb1730b0.html

Injured hunter rescued –  http://www.kelownanow.com/news/news/Local_News/14/11/30/Injured_Hunter_Rescued_by_Helicopter_Near_Lumby

Climbing – 

Injured climber rescued – http://www.news-leader.com/story/life/2014/12/02/grueling-rescue-saves-ozark-man-cliff/19784181/

Water Safety – 

Hikers rescued from flash flood – http://www.timesofisrael.com/stranded-hikers-rescued-from-judean-desert-flood/

Coast guard rescues five in rough seas – http://www.inquisitr.com/1644598/u-s-coast-guard-rescues-five-off-rugged-oregon-coast/

Vehicles – 

SPOT activation leads to rescue of stranded ATV rider –  http://www.terracestandard.com/news/284004941.html

SAR underway for helicopter crash – http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2014/11/30/search-and-rescue-team-approaches-chopper-crash-site.html

SAR teams saves tourists – http://www.icelandreview.com/news/2014/12/01/search-and-rescue-saves-tourists-highland-road

Urban – 

Body found near campground – http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/nov/27/womans-body-may-be-missing-sally-estabrook-julian/

Sherriff obtains Project Lifesaver gear – http://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/michigan/2014/12/01/sheriff-gets-gear-track-wandering-residents/19733183/

Interested in learning skills to handle emergencies like the ones you read in Survival Weekly? Check out BigPig Outdoors Survival 101 class  – http://www.bigpigoutdoors.net/survival-101-1.html

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Survival Weekly – 6/1/14

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Rocky Mountain National Park (CO)
Teenage Visitor Rescued From Ledge On Longs Peak

Samuel Frappier, a 19-year-old visitor from Quebec, was ascending Longs Peak with a friend on Tuesday when they became separated. As Frappier attempted to descend, he got himself stranded in an extremely precarious location on Broadway Ledge and called for help.

Although Frappier was reported to be fit, he had no technical climbing equipment and no experience as a mountaineer. He was also unprepared for a night on the mountain in snow and ice and near freezing temperatures.

A rescue operation was immediately launched. The park’s SAR team was joined in the effort by Rocky Mountain Rescue and a Teton Interagency helicopter. Nearly 30 people were committed to the operation.

Frappier was helped off the ledge, flown to an LZ in Upper Beaver Meadows, and taken to Estes Park Medical Center.

For additional details, see the news story and a minute-long video at the link below.

http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/nation/2014/05/29/colorado-teen-rescued-peak/9723367/

Another hiker stuck on a ledge – http://www.heraldextra.com/news/local/central/provo/crews-rescue-hiker-in-rock-canyon/article_29d3a3d1-d453-51f6-a5f7-003f5b7c79cb.html

Six climbers missing on Mt. Ranier – http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/may/31/mount-rainer-six-lost-search-rescue-washington

Updated: All six presumed dead: http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2014/05/31/six-climbers-reported-missing-on-mt-rainier-helicopter-search-launched/

Search conitinues for missing Alaska hiker – http://www.adn.com/2014/05/28/3491047/juneau-outdoorswoman-missing-since.html?sp=/99/188/

Missing rafter – http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:http://www.krextv.com/story/23-year-old-center-of-rafting-search-and-rescue-20140527

Stranded climbers rescued – http://www.summitdaily.com/news/11594314-113/climbers-summit-mount-rescue

Stranded and injured hikers rescued – http://www.summitdaily.com/news/11594314-113/climbers-summit-mount-rescue

Rafters capsize and rescued – http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:http://www.theprogress.com/news/260674771.html

Skiers rescued after triggering avalanche – http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:http://mtstandard.com/news/local/military-helicopter-rescues-skiers-in-highlands/article_7319d1d4-e502-11e3-b178-001a4bcf887a.html

Missing hikers rescued after night out – http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local/2-San-Diego-Hikers-Missing-on-Mt-Baldy-260685831.html

Injured hiker rescued – http://www.kptv.com/story/25606535/search-and-rescue-respond-to-injured-hiker-in-the-gorge

Missing ATV rider located – http://www.castanet.net/news/Kelowna/115826/Okanagan-wilderness-rescue

Snowmobiler injured after driving off cliff – http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57987145-78/lake-helicopter-peck-able.html.csp

Survival Weekly – 5/18/14

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Denali National Park & Preserve (AK)
Climber Dies On Mount McKinley

One member of a two-person climbing team perished last week in an early season climbing fall on Mt. McKinley. The fatal fall likely occurred on May 5th after the two climbers became separated during a descent from Denali Pass in stormy weather.

Mike Fuchs, 34, of Berlin, Germany, and Sylvia Montag, 39, of Tacoma, Washington, began their ascent of the Muldrow Glacier route on April 15th. They reached Denali Pass at 18,200 feet on May 3rd, where they encountered strong winds that forced them to camp for two nights. 

At 11 a.m. on Monday, May 5th, Fuchs contacted rangers at the Walter Harper Talkeetna Ranger Station via satellite phone from the 17,200-foot High Camp on the West Buttress. He reported that the two had gotten separated as they descended from Denali Pass to the 17,200-foot camp. They were not roped together, nor did they have radio communications with one another.  Fuchs said they’d both been weakened by the several nights spent at Denali Pass, and that each possessed only partial survival gear.  In addition to his personal gear, Fuchs had their satellite phone and camp stove, while Montag had the tent, limited food, and her personal gear.

Due to limited visibility and high winds estimated between 40 to 60 mph, Fuchs took shelter in an NPS rescue cache, a metal storage locker for emergency supplies and equipment at 17,200 feet. He phoned back the following morning and asked for a rescue for both himself and Montag, who he hoped was camped at Denali Pass. The weather that day remained windy with low visibility and an NPS helicopter rescue was not feasible.  Furthermore, a ground rescue was not possible, as Fuchs and Montag were two of the earliest Denali climbers of the 2014 season and at the time were the only climbers above 14,200 feet on the mountain. The only NPS ranger patrol on the mountain was camped at 7,800-feet. 

On Wednesday morning, Fuchs called and reported slightly calmer winds and clear skies at 17,200 feet. He also reported that he had still not seen his climbing partner descending Denali Pass. Clouds and poor visibility below his altitude hampered a rescue that day, though a Hercules C-130 from the 210th Rescue Squadron was launched at noon by the Rescue Coordination Center in Anchorage to provide aerial reconnaissance and weather reports.  The C-130 crew reported no sighting of Montag near Denali Pass.

Taking advantage of a clearing trend Wednesday evening, a mountaineering ranger and pilot flew to the pas in Denali’s high altitude A-Star B3 helicopter, with the C-130 flying as a cover aircraft.  After several passes of the area, the helicopter crew spotted Montag’s body 800 to 1,000 feet below the Denali Pass traverse on the Peters Glacier.  Fuchs was observed by the flight crew standing near his camp at 17,200 feet.

The NPS helicopter returned to the Kahiltna Basecamp at 7,200-feet to drop off the mountaineering ranger.  Pilot Andy Hermansky then flew back to the 17,200-foot camp to evacuate Fuchs using a rescue basket attached to a shorthaul line under the helicopter.  Fuchs was flown to the Kahiltna Basecamp for a medical assessment, then evacuated to Talkeetna State Airport and released. 

Sylvia Montag’s body will be recovered when an NPS ground team reaches the 17,200 foot camp.

 

Buffalo National Scenic River (AR)
Body Of Drowning Victim Found After Three-Day Search

On the morning of Saturday, May 3rd, a mission was launched by the park’s search and rescue team after a report was received of an overdue hunter. Family members had reported that Wilson Taylor, a well-known local Arkansas resident in his mid-forties, failed to return home from a turkey hunting trip that began early Friday morning in the Baker Ford area of the park. 

Buffalo National River SAR coordinated with Searcy County on a search of the river corridor and adjacent lands that got underway around 10 a.m. on Saturday. Taylor had been traveling by kayak to reach a well-known hunting area.

During the course of the search, some of Taylor’s personal items were recovered from the riverbanks. Plot cameras set up along the river for creel surveys by resource management staff were checked and found to contain photos of two kayakers finding Taylor’s kayak, which was tangled in brush, and taking it downriver. A helicopter which had been called in from Baxter County Sheriff’s Office and had previously been sweeping the area followed the river’s course and discovered the kayakers 31 miles downriver at Dillard’s Ferry.

The pilot landed the helicopter, made contact with the kayakers, and retrieved the kayak. Intensive foot and horseback searches were undertaken on land surfaces along both sides of the river while helicopter sweeps were made along the river corridor. Family members offered many suggestions as to likely locations based on Taylor’s recent conversations about where he had seen turkeys. 

During the next two days’ search, dive teams and drag hook teams swept the river bottom. In the afternoon on Monday a drag team hooked Taylor’s shotgun from a pool approximately a half mile upstream from where he’d launched his kayak. Dive teams were relocated to this area and within the hour an Arkansas Game and Fish Commission dive team found Taylor’s body in the same pool where the shotgun was found.

By mission’s end, over 150 civilian volunteers and personnel from almost two dozen agencies had contributed efforts to the cause.  The park expresses sincere gratitude to all of them for their indispensable cooperation. Middle Buffalo District Ranger Kevin Moses was incident commander for the first two days; FMO Fenn Wimberly was IC on the third day.

Mount Rainier National Park (WA)
Injured Climber Short-Hauled From Lane Peak

Early on the afternoon of Sunday, May 11th, a skier was hit by a large chunk of falling ice and snow in a tight gully on Lane Peak near Reflection Lake.  The skier took a tumble down the steep and narrow gully and sustained some face and neck injuries.  

Rangers and two off-duty climbing guides with friends who were nearby responded and performed a patient assessment and began medical care. The park’s short-haul helicopter was called and extricated the skier just before sunset. He was then taken by ambulance to the hospital.  

Seventeen mountain rescue volunteers also responded and were prepared to evacuate the injured man by ground if the short-haul operation became impractical.  

Ranger Esteban Monreal served as IC.

North Cascades National Park (WA)
Skier Killed In Snow Slide On Mount Shuksan

Late yesterday morning, park dispatch received a cell phone report that one of two skiers who’d been ascending the north face of Mount Shuksan for a ski tour had been hit by a snow slide and swept down the mountain. The other had narrowly avoided the slide.

Two climbing rangers were dispatched via the park’s contract helicopter to perform an aerial search and spotted the missing skier around 3:30 p.m. They determined that he hadn’t survived the fall, estimated at over 2,000 feet.

Due to the nature of the terrain and the warm weather with potential for continued unstable snow conditions, rangers were unable to recover the body yesterday. Another effort will be made today if conditions permit.

Whatcom County SAR and Bellingham Mountain Rescue also responded to the incident. 

CPR revives hiker –  http://www.wbir.com/story/news/local/sevierville-sevier/2014/05/13/rescue-underway-in-smokies-for-hiker-who-collapsed/9052833/

Missing snowmobilers  –http://www.nunatsiaqonline.ca/stories/article/65674arviat_police_search_and_rescue_looking_for_two_missing_men/

Mountaineer rescued from crevasse – http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/west-coast/10039876/Heroes-awarded-for-dramatic-alpine-rescue

Missing plane locarted – http://www.powelltribune.com/news/item/12384-missing-plane-found-on-north-fork

Injured skier and hiker rescued – http://www.nbcmontana.com/news/gallatin-co-search-and-rescue-help-injured-skier-hiker/25971232

NH passes legislation for a “Hiker” card – http://www.concordmonitor.com/home/11969655-95/senate-approves-hiking-card-that-will-help-fund-search-and-rescue-operations

Injured hiker rescued – http://www.stgeorgeutah.com/news/archive/2014/05/15/ams-slip-n-slide-down-canal-trail-hillside-mother-daughter-rescue/#.U3jHR_ldX58

Hikers stranded in snow, rescued – http://www.cknw.com/2014/05/15/two-hikers-rescued-from-mt-seymour/

Fellow climbers assist in rescue – http://www.castanet.net/news/Penticton-S-Okanagan/115395/Fellow-climbers-assist-rescue

Injured hiker rescued – http://www.reviewjournal.com/news/las-vegas/red-rock-hiker-rescued-after-fall

Search for missing canoeists continues – http://www.cknw.com/2014/05/17/hi-tech-search-for-missing-canoeists-continues/