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Rescuing Naked Foragers…

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Three worlds collide in a BigPig news update..

Due to technical difficulties, a.k.a. moving further into the mountains, I have had limited computer access of late, but stuff has been brewing in the land of many pigs..

Two foraging events:

Spring Poisonous, Edible, Medicinal & Useful workshop is scheduled for Sunday, April 10. You can find out more here: http://www.bigpigoutdoors.net/poisonous–edible–medicinal—-useful-plants.html

I will be the keynote speaker at the awesome North Carolina Wild Foods Weekend. I wrote about this event a couple years ago, and I am honored to be speaking about foraging and survival. There are a ton of great instructors at this family event.To learn more about this event, click here:  http://wildfoodadventures.com/workshops/category/north-carolina-wild-food-weekend-association/

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Search & Rescue:

Lot’s of good stuff brewing with the BUSAR team, including attending the Virginia SAR conference. I will be teaching a 2 day “Wilderness Survival for SAR Personnel” class and the BUSAR boys will be leading daily PT sessions. Click here to learn more:

https://mail.google.com/mail/u/1/?ui=2&ik=26b9e98f08&view=att&th=152612ba84283c9b&attid=0.1&disp=inline&realattid=f_ijnengnd0&safe=1&zw

http://www.eventbrite.com/e/2016-virginia-sar-council-sar-conference-tickets-20784514041

Also lined up is the Virginia SAREX in May. Click here to read more about this full scale SAR exercise. https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B1_MEYv9Akm8ZHpaX3BVMlFEVWc/view

Naked, but not Afraid!! 

Last year, I had the pleasure of training Melissa LeEllen for her episode of Naked & Afraid. Her episode will be aired this season, possibly in July. I will make another post as we get closer, but you can read more here: http://www.melissaleellen.com/ Go Melissa!!

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BUSAR Training – Ski’s March of the Skedco..

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My only experience with a Skedco before March’s training was hauling out a dead body a couple years back, so when Ski told me he had acquired a couple for our training weekend, I was excited to ride in one.

First to volunteer, I found the off-trail ride to be a relaxing back massage as I was slid across logs, sticks, and rocks.

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Our day started with plotting UTM’s for our drop off and rally points, followed by off-trail navigation to the rally point.

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Team Bravo route..

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At the rally point, Doc Miller and former SF trooper, Andrew M., led some lessons on Kendrick Traction Devices and improvised traction splints..

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We ran a mini-sign square station and sign interp for the tracking portion, straight from VA’s Operational Tracker Evaluation..

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And then loaded up in the Skedco for the carryout to Hwy 129, taking turns every 20 minutes or so..

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Even though we only needed one Skedco, each team hauled one in to figure out the challenges of off trail carry. From that experience, I created a new sport after tossing it across the creek and through holes in the rhodo multiple times.

Behold the Skedco Toss!!

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BUSAR recruuitment: https://www.facebook.com/BUSAR1111/

 

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Survival Weekly – 2/3/16…

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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 – 

Fugitives call for rescue – http://www.click2houston.com/news/2-men-flee-authorities-beg-for-police-rescue-the-next-day

News – 

The cost of SAR in Maine – http://www.sunjournal.com/news/local-sports/2016/01/31/outdoors-maine-cost-search-and-rescue-missions/1862697

Ongoing treasure hunter SAR – http://boingboing.net/2016/01/31/whimsical-treasure-hunt-turns.html

Flying submarine drone – http://www.gizmag.com/loon-copter-amphibious-drone/41485/

GPS can lead you astray – http://katu.com/news/local/gps-leading-drivers-astray-in-oregon-national-forests

Winter Safety – 

Lost skiers rescued – http://www.uniondemocrat.com/localnews/3962064-151/deputies-volunteer-find-lost-teen-skiers#

Missing snowmobilers found – http://www.myyellowknifenow.com/11380/three-people-found-in-separate-behchoko-searches/

Injured skier rescued – http://www.jhnewsandguide.com/news/cops_courts/sidecountry-search-and-rescue-underway/article_dc42e955-5d95-5a27-ab00-5373d7749f52.html

Lost snowboarder found – http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/d39d4accfecd4df089865bad24af6c3b/NV–Snowboarders-Found

Snowboarders found – http://mynews4.com/news/local/wcso-search-on-for-2-missing-snowboarders-on-mt-rose

Water Safety –

Rescue personnel rescued in rough seas – http://www.kgw.com/news/local/central-coast/teen-falls-from-a-cliff-at-cape-kiwanda-search-underway/30316947

Body of missing swimmer recovered – https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/missing-swimmer-body-found-near-wharf-on-north-shore.html

Boater recovered – http://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/man-whose-body-found-in-kenmare-bay-named-as-bill-topham-1.2517230

SAR for missing swimmer – http://www.ckwstv.com/2016/01/29/search-for-male-in-lake-ontario/

Water SAR – http://www.westernmorningnews.co.uk/Major-rescue-operation-missing-man-River-Truro/story-28623392-detail/story.html

SAR recovers floating doll – http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/massive-search-and-rescue-finds-its-victim-a-sex-doll_us_56a7a4ece4b0b87beec60d71?ir=Weird+News&section=us_weird-news&utm_hp_ref=weird-news

SAR for missing kayaker – http://www.mailtribune.com/article/20160125/NEWS/160129723

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Hiking – 

Missing runner found – http://www.dailytidings.com/article/20160130/NEWS/160139994

BORSTAR – http://www.brownsvilleherald.com/news/valley/article_f73dab76-c3e4-11e5-a632-bb1d088839de.html

Lost & Injured hikers rescued –

Hunter-gatherer – 

Duck hunter rescued – http://komonews.com/news/local/hunter-rescued-after-falling-in-columbia-river

Climbing – 

Vehicles – 

 Avalanche kills five snowmobilers – http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3424811/British-Columbia-avalanche-kills-five-men-ride-snowmobiles.html

SAR for missing mountain biker – http://patch.com/california/altadena/search-rescue-team-searching-missing-mountain-biker-0

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 – 1/21/16…

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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 – 

SAR for missing hunters suspended – http://www.timesunion.com/local/article/Search-for-missing-Troy-man-downgraded-6771769.php

News – 

Moab deals with record number of SAR’s – http://kutv.com/news/local/moab-area-dealing-with-record-number-of-search-and-rescues

Winter Safety – 

SAR suspended for missing ski instructor – http://www.sacbee.com/news/local/article55436725.html

Snowmobile rescues – http://www.kbzk.com/story/31001452/busy-weekend-for-search-rescue-three-rescues-of-snowmobilers-all-end-safely

Avalanche rescue – http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2016/01/14/world/search-possible-missing-skiers-avalanche-kills-three-off-limits-area-french-alps/#.VqG2Q_k4HIV

Snowmobile accident – http://www.rexburgstandardjournal.com/news/local/emergency-crews-assist-in-snowmobile-accident/article_e9cb0080-bc03-11e5-a3fd-33c33f88710f.html

SAR for missing skier – http://www.capradio.org/articles/2016/01/17/search-for-missing-skier-at-sugar-bowl-resort/

Avalanche fatality – http://www.jhnewsandguide.com/news/cops_courts/deadly-avalanche-on-pyramid/article_ec238d8b-7ef7-5951-b5e4-dae5c49d82e1.html

Snowmobilers rescued – http://www.standard.net/Police/2016/01/19/Search-and-rescue-crews-attempting-to-get-to-snowmobilers-stuck-on-Bountiful-bench

Water Safety –

Victim recovered – http://www.nst.com.my/news/2016/01/122542/body-recovered-water-during-search-teen-who-drowned-while-fishing

SAR underway on river – http://wbay.com/2016/01/17/day-2-of-search-for-missing-man-in-winnebago-county/

Hiking – 

Body of missing toddler found – http://www.people.com/article/tennesee-toddler-noah-chamberlin-found-dead

Search suspended for missing hiker – http://www.pressherald.com/2016/01/17/search-called-off-for-man-believed-missing-in-acadia/

Lost & Injured hikers rescued –

Hunter-gatherer – 

SAR for treasure hunter – http://www.aol.com/article/2016/01/18/colorado-man-missing-after-new-mexico-treasure-hunting-trip/21299079/

Climbing – 

Vehicles – 

 Small plane crash – http://kutv.com/news/local/lone-pilot-survives-colorado-bound-plane-crash

SAR for missing Marines suspended – http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2016/01/19/life-rafts-found-12-marines-missing-after-crash/78994108/

Body of wigsuit flyer recovered – http://www.kcsg.com/view/full_story/27042639/article-Coconino-County-working-to-recover-body-of-man-who-died-while–Wingsuit-Flying—UPDATE-?instance=more_local_news2

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

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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Mayday, Mayday – BUSAR Training

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The ‘Ole Jernigator planned our January training and lured us in with the statement that “it won’t be as physical as our usual training, so we will focus more on skills”

On Sunday night, we all knew we had been fooled and that if the Jernigator is in charge, then you better plan a rest day afterwards… or at least just do upper body exercises in our case.

Training Mission: Locate two old plane wrecks near Parson’s Bald. Work on key skills. Have fun and stay safe.

Day 1: We load up the Cobra wagon, slay the Dragon, and start dropping off 2 man teams.

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Team Snipe Hunt (pink on the map), made up of Doc Inferno and B.O., get dropped off at mile marker 3 to bushwhack up Dalton Branch manway to the gap, continue up the Old AT manway to Parson’s Bald, and camp at Sheep Pen Gap (Campsite 13).

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Team Goat, made up of Mr. and future Mrs. Goat, get dropped off at Twentymile to bushwack the Long Hungry Ridge manway and rendezvous at campsite 13. (Red on the map)

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Team Ridgerunner, made up of Jernigator, King Ski, and myself, brave the briars of the powerline and head up the State Line from Deal’s Gap, to rendezvous with everyone at Campsite 13, after a brief interlude and lunch with the Snipe Hunters. (Gold line)

Moving at a good clip, we are at 13 in 4 hours and setting up camp. Sixty years of nature has erased most of the Old Appalachian trail, but the beautiful open ridge and weather just requires a good set of legs conditioned from countless reps on the Thighmaster..

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Our training has evolved to where we are making sure to hit several key topics on each trip. A summary of the weekend follows:

Land Navigation – Rotating every hour, off trail navigation is done with a map and compass. UTM’s are done with a grid reader. Everyone got a chance to determine the bearing for the grid searches.

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Survival – It dropped into the low 20’s that night, so everyone got to showcase and test out their hasty pack gear. Supplementing inadequate gear with leaf beds and quilts was demonstrated by King Ski, even though I had gifted him a 20 degree bag earlier that week.

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Tracking – Doc and I set up a night time signcutting station based upon the VDEM Operational Tracker standards. It sucks during the day. It sucks more at night. Great drill from track master Spieden!

Medical – After locating the wrecks, Doc Miller gave a great treatise on triage and dealing with multiple casualties.

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Search Techniques – Doc Miller, a ground team leader and medical officer for the Civil Air Patrol, also gave a briefing on downed plane procedures. We grid searched for both planes and located both with ease.

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N110WP – twin-engine Beechcraft B-18 crashed in 1964. Six fatalities.

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Cessna 421 crashed in 1978. Five fatalities. Largest pieces of wreckage shown.

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Day 2: After locating the planes, we split back into teams to head out. My team BUSAR boogied down the ridge,  and jumped on a spur of the Old AT to bypass Sheep Wallow Knob. We ended up in a maze of hemlock blowdowns, got trashed, and barely made it back before dark. (Gold line)

Mr. and Mrs. Goat were lured by the same siren song, but got pushed further into the drainage forcing them into a full contact fight with the Rhodo Clan. Ever victorious, they emerged with smiles and headlamps around 7 pm. (red line)

The Snipe Hunters ambled out the state line, but got ambushed by the Briar Gang after dark under the powerlines. That’s a bad neighborhood and I wouldn’t wish that on my worst enemy. They took heavy losses, but popped out at the gap around 8pm. (pink line)

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If you want to read accounts of all 54 plane crashes in the Smokies, pick up a copy of Mayday, Mayday by Jeff Wadley and Dwight McCarter. Not only is this book a great read for the average person, I view it as essential for pilots that fly in this region or SAR teams that operate around here.

http://www.amazon.com/Mayday-Aircraft-Crashes-Great-Smoky/dp/1572331542/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1452138757&sr=8-3&keywords=mayday+mayday

 

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Jeff is a good friend, has 30 years of Civil Air Patrol experience, and knows the Smokies like the back of his hand. We will be hosting him in February for a SAR theory lecture and exercise. It is open to surrounding agencies and individuals involved in SAR. Email me for details.

Travelling off trail, in remote areas, exposes you to greater risks. Mitigate those with proper planning, the right gear, satellite messengers, realistic training, and by leaving a trip plan. This one was texted to my wife and a ranger buddy. Trip plans are downloadable here:  http://www.bigpigoutdoors.net/bpo-trip-plan.html

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Survival Tri-weekly -1/5/16

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image: https://www.kelownanow.com/watercooler/news/news/Provincial/16/01/04/Injured_Skier_Airlifted_in_Nelson_by_Search_and_Rescue/

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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