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$10 could save your life…

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If only…

I said that this summer after some tragic ending to some missions.

If only they had been in my REI class the outcome would have been different“.

And while it is easy to armchair quarterback the decisions others make, it doesn’t discount the truth. Wilderness emergencies can be prevented or managed by having the right mindset, skills, and gear. I pack 25+ years of stories and experience into my REI classes and we work hands on skills that can keep you alive. This year, we are also handing out my favorite emergency shelter and firestarters, having some of Team BUSAR visit, and donating some of the class fee to the team.

I am getting geared up to start teaching again at regional REI’s. I will be hitting Knoxville, Chattanooga, Asheville, and Brentwood. Future dates will be posted on the calendar and class page.

These classes tend to reach capacity rather quickly, so keep checking back to see when one is coming to your area.

First up is Knoxville on Wednesday January 30th. Info here

 

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Fall Foraging & Survival 101 Dates Announced…

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Old Man Winter called me today and said it’s time to get the schedule out..

Survival 101:

http://www.bigpigoutdoors.net/survival-101-1.html

Fall foraging class will be Saturday, September 24th:

http://www.bigpigoutdoors.net/poisonous–edible–medicinal—-useful-plants.html

 

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Survival Weekly – 12/13/15…

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image: http://delrionewsherald.com/news/image_915b3640-9e99-11e5-8eb0-fb1523faf0ea.html

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 – 

Don’t be a Clark Griswold –  http://www.krcrtv.com/news/local/family-stranded-while-looking-for-christmas-tree-rescued/36863518

Rescue during a rescue training.. Happened to us at Deep Creek once – http://www.pamplinmedia.com/pt/9-news/285131-161812-lost-hiker-rescued-during-multnomah-county-sheriffs-office-search-exercises-

News – 

CAA fines rescue pilot –  http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11560797

Winter Sports – 

Missing snowboarders found – http://www.nelsonstar.com/news/361615161.html

SAR for missing snowmobiler –  http://www.edmontonsun.com/2015/12/09/search-and-rescue-looking-for-missing-drayton-valley-snowmobiler

Water Safety –

Skinny dippers rescued – http://www.stuff.co.nz/nelson-mail/news/74773622/police-rescue-skinny-dipping-teens-from-nelson-beach

Body of swimmer recovered – http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/74783674/police-and-search-and-rescue-hunt-for-missing-teenage-swimmer-in-napier

Body of missing boater found – http://www.wfmynews2.com/story/news/local/2015/12/12/search-underway-missing-lake-wylie-boater/77203030/

SAR called off for missing swimmer – http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/coastguard-calls-search-man-spotted-10593596

Hiking – 

Lost & Injured hikers rescued –

 

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Image: http://www.ksby.com/story/30665325/man-and-dog-rescued-from-forest-near-santa-barbara-campground

Hunter-gatherer – 

Mushroom hunter found – http://www.oregonlive.com/pacific-northwest-news/index.ssf/2015/12/mushroom_picker_found_after_a.html

Missing hunter found – http://delrionewsherald.com/news/image_915b3640-9e99-11e5-8eb0-fb1523faf0ea.html

Missing logger found – http://www.thenewsguard.com/news/crash-otis-man-stranded-found/article_7b70a3d2-a1c9-11e5-a5d4-733c0185de24.html

Missing mushroom hunter found – http://kval.com/news/local/search-rescue-team-rescues-mushroom-picker-in-douglas-county-151207

Climbing – 

Vehicles – 

 Kayaker rescued – http://www.stuff.co.nz/taranaki-daily-news/news/74910950/search-and-rescue-mission-launched-to-retrieve-kayaker

Missing cargo plane found – http://www.northernlife.ca/news/localNews/2015/12/11-wasaya-flight-missing-sudbury.aspx

 

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

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 – 10/21/15…

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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 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 – 

Hikers fall when suspension bridge cable breaks –  http://www.cnn.com/2015/10/09/travel/bridge-collapse-in-new-zealand/

Survival 101 grad finds missing boy. Way to go Sean!! –  http://www.wbir.com/story/news/local/2015/10/20/knoxville-police-searching-missing-child-who-has-autism/74289558/

News – 

China charges rescued hikers – http://english.cri.cn/12394/2015/10/16/4021s899826.htm

Cell phones and Blackhawks – http://www.bendbulletin.com/localstate/environment/3603321-151/cell-service-black-hawk-key-to-mountain-rescues#

Water Safety –

SAR for missing sailors – http://citizen.co.za/824010/two-sailors-missing-off-eastern-cape-coast/

Search continues for missing boater – http://www.yorkregion.com/news-story/5971958-week-long-search-for-missing-newmarket-boater-continues-on-lake-simcoe/

Hiking – 

Lost & Injured hikers rescued –

Hunter-gatherer – 

Prospector rescued – http://www.mymotherlode.com/news/local/251335/search-and-rescue-recovers-injured-prospector.html

Missing fishermen – https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/major-search-and-rescue-operation-continues-for-missing-fishermen-avid-060a2b340101010501010f1013-000000-cda0f8f4e1df0094-ccb90060dd44-a8b1.html

Duck hunter rescued – http://www.wnem.com/story/30290704/duck-hunter-teenage-son-rescued

Injured hunter rescued – http://www.pagosasun.com/hunter-rescued-in-piedra-area/

Injured hunter rescued after fall – http://www.taosnews.com/news/article_5598a1a8-7778-11e5-a156-6fcd35b1279d.html

Climbing – 

Vehicles – 

 Horse rider rescued –   http://www.durangoherald.com/article/20151018/NEWS01/151019644/-1/news01&source=RSS

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 – 10/1/15..

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Image: http://www.lex18.com/story/30125801/three-fall-off-cliff-at-red-river-gorge

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 – 

Tough hunter breaks legs and crawls for days to safety – http://www.outdoorhub.com/news/2015/09/28/idaho-bowhunter-breaks-leg-wilderness-crawls-days-survive/

Drone video of hikers washed away in flash flood – http://indefinitelywild.gizmodo.com/drone-captures-hikers-near-death-in-maui-flash-flood-1728547250

News – 

New technology aimed at increasing effectiveness of search and rescue canines – http://news.hjnews.com/allaccess/logan-man-finalist-in-verizon-innovation-competition/article_e75bfd3e-6450-5dc6-b787-f82a23bc9a98.html

Record year for SAR team – http://www.theprovince.com/news/search+crews+breaking+point+after+record+year+rescue/11402859/story.html

Busy month for Coconino County SAR – http://azdailysun.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/ccso-has-search-and-rescue-calls-in-days/article_c455ef95-e887-54eb-b810-78581b083a2e.html

Hiking – 

WEST GLACIER, MONT. – A hiker was injured by a grizzly bear on Tuesday, September 29, 2015 at approximately 5 pm in Glacier National Park. His injuries were not life threatening.

The 65-year male hiker from Wisconsin was hiking alone off- trail near Mt. Henkel in the Many Glacier Valley, where he surprised a sow grizzly with two sub-adult cubs. The hiker was grabbed and shaken by the bear during the encounter. The man successfully deployed his bear spray, causing the bear to release him and leave the area. The hiker received puncture wounds to his lower leg and injuries to his hand.

The man hiked back to his vehicle in Many Glacier and drove himself to the emergency room at the Northern Rockies Medical Center in Cutbank, Montana. He was treated and released later the evening of September 29, and continued on with his travel itinerary. He called Glacier National Park Dispatch to report the incident. Rangers are still investigating the incident.

According to park rangers, the bear’s response to the hiker was defensive in nature and consistent with a surprise encounter with a hiker.

Visitors to Glacier National Park are reminded that the park is home to black and grizzly bears. Bears spend a lot of time eating, so avoid hiking in obvious feeding areas like berry patches, cow parsnip thickets, or fields of glacier lilies. Hikers are highly encouraged to hike in groups, make noise when hiking, and have bear spray accessible and know how to use it. For more information about recreating in bear country, please visithttp://www.nps.gov/glac/naturescience/bears.htm.

At this time of year, bears are entering a phase called hyperphagia. It is a period of concentrated feeding to prepare for hibernation. There has been a shortage of berries in many areas of the park this year, leading to the potential for increased bear activity in visitor use areas. Thus it is especially important that visitors keep campgrounds and developed areas clean and free of food and trash. Regulations require that all edibles, food containers, and cookware be stored in a hard-sided vehicle or food locker when not in use, day or night. Place all trash in bear-proof containers. Do not burn waste in fire rings or leave litter around your camp. Fire rings should be free of trash before vacating a campsite.

Twentynine Palms, CA—Joshua Tree National Park Rescuers located a 21 year old male from Great Britain who had been hiking in the Rattlesnake Canyon area of the park and became separated from the others in his party. Acting on a 911 call Saturday at approximately 6:50 pm, search teams from Joshua Tree National Park Search and Rescue (JOSAR), Desert Search and Rescue (DSAR), San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department and Fire Department, responded to a report of a lost hiker.

The subject was located Sunday morning around 8:30 am by search members who were able to fix a position with the hiker using voice contact and direct a San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department helicopter to the site where the man was evacuated. Morongo Basin Ambulance transported the subject to Hi-Desert Medical Center where he was treated for minor injuries and observation.

Visitors to the park are reminded to always stay with your group when possible and carry more water than you think you will need. Dress appropriately for the environment and use sunscreen.

SAR for missing hiker called off – http://www.idahostatesman.com/2015/09/22/4000010/blaine-county-sheriff-after-8.html

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Image: http://www.theprovince.com/news/search+crews+breaking+point+after+record+year+rescue/11402859/story.html

Lost & Injured hikers rescued –

Image: http://www.theprovince.com/news/search+crews+breaking+point+after+record+year+rescue/11402859/story.html

Hunter-gatherer – 

Body of missing hunter found – http://county10.com/2015/09/29/breaking-search-and-rescue-team-finds-lost-teton-county-hunters-body/

Missing hunter’s body found – http://mtstandard.com/news/local/missing-bow-hunter-found-dead-cause-of-death-uncertain/article_b6d905b5-a7aa-5d15-89e8-acc1a017314e.html

Water Safety – 

SAR for missing kayaker called off – http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/hope-fades-as-rescue-teams-call-off-search-for-missing-kayaker-31569548.html

Man overboard rescued – http://www.yourhoustonnews.com/bay_area/news/coast-guard-rescues-man-overboard-off-kemah/article_bbb40a0d-fb39-5d03-81af-3edbcf07bab2.html

Body of missing swimmer recovered – http://www.kitv.com/news/search-and-rescue-underway-near-halona-blowhole-for-missing-swimmer/35407546

Climbing – 

Climber rescued – http://www.ktvz.com/news/hiker-falls-on-north-sister-rescue-effort-underway/35493748

Vehicles – 

 Coast Guard launches to elp distressed sailboat – http://www.hookelenews.com/patrol-squadron-4-assists-with-search-and-rescue/

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.html   http://www.bigpigoutdoors.net/skills-of-survival.html

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Image: http://indefinitelywild.gizmodo.com/drone-captures-hikers-near-death-in-maui-flash-flood-1728547250

Survial Weekly – 9/21/15…

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Image: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/north-shore-rescue-seeing-spike-in-calls-during-long-weekend-1.3217415

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 – 

Four days, three nights. Utah man toughs it out – http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2015/09/15/utah-man-brush-lost-woods-survival/72297360/

Video of highlights CSAR program – http://globalnews.ca/news/2205207/inside-the-reality-of-search-and-rescue/

News – 

Tidewater celebrates 30 year anniversary!! – http://wydaily.com/2015/09/15/local-news-tidewater-search-and-rescue/

CAP cell phone forensics team receives award – http://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com/story/news/2015/09/04/cap-saves-lives-search-rescue-missions-earns-commanders-award/71724894/

Water Safety – 

Missing kayaker found – http://calgaryherald.com/news/local-news/fire-crews-searching-for-missing-kayaker-on-reservoir

Body of kayaker recovered – http://www.islandecho.co.uk/news/search-and-rescue-operation-underway-in-sandown-bay

Man overboard – http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/search-rescue-shediac-bay-1.3222109

Coast Guard searches for boater – http://abc7news.com/news/coast-guard-searches-for-sf-man-reported-missing-from-angel-island/973499/

Water SAR – http://www.local10.com/news/rescue-crews-search-pompano-beachs-intercoastal-waterway/35377306

Catalina SAR for boater – http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-catalina-boat-crash-search-20150907-story.html

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Image: https://www.kelownanow.com/watercooler/news/news/South_Okanagan/15/09/02/Multiple_Search_Teams_Help_Rescue_Three_Men_from_Manning_Park

Hiking – 

Lost & Injured hikers rescued –

Hunter-gatherer – 

Missing hunter – http://www.newsminer.com/news/local_news/search-continues-for-fairbanks-man-missing-from-hunting-camp/article_810cb02e-5d9a-11e5-8a67-bbfd0fa03cc1.html

Body of missing hunter recovered – http://www.steamboattoday.com/news/2015/sep/11/body-missing-hunter-located/

Gold miners rescued – http://www.mynews4.com/news/local/story/WATCH-VIDEO-CHP-rescues-gold-miners-near-Lake/35Ot_wCDr0GS_u8KU5fA4A.cspx

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Image: https://www.kelownanow.com/watercooler/news/news/South_Okanagan/15/09/02/Multiple_Search_Teams_Help_Rescue_Three_Men_from_Manning_Park

Climbing – 

Climbing accident – http://trib.com/news/state-and-regional/rangers-rescue-man-who-fell-feet-off-middle-teton/article_5ca1875a-fa19-5686-a305-04180a7ecb9f.html

Vehicles – 

 Driver survives wreck in remote area for a week – http://m.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=11511656

PLB signals rescue of motorcyclist – http://www.perthnow.com.au/news/western-australia/distress-beacon-saves-injured-motorbiker-in-remote-goldfields-rescue/story-fnhocxo3-1227533290216

SAR initiated for stranded motorists – http://infotel.ca/newsitem/search-and-rescue-called-out-for-two-people-lost-south-of-kamloops/it23161

Injured mountain biker rescued – http://www.castanet.net/news/West-Kelowna/147299/Smith-Creek-rescue

Small plane crash kills five – http://www.durangoherald.com/article/20150907/NEWS01/150909699/-1/s/5-die-in-plane-crash-near-Cascade-Creek-

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.htm or S.O.S. Class http://www.bigpigoutdoors.net/skills-of-survival.html

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Image: http://lompocrecord.com/news/local/sb-county-men-assist-with-rescue-in-sierra-national-forest/article_8a879233-f4cc-5bef-9488-28ff1ae9950f.html