Wound Closure Techniques

Wound Closure

Bottom line up front: If you are carrying suture kits in your med. kit, you’re kidding yourself. Read on to find out why I say this. We have to approach wounds in a way that gives priority to taking care of what is most dangerous first, followed by the things that are less dangerous or […]

Self-Reliance

Grayl Geopress

Many have requested that I weigh-in on the current global pandemic. I have been hesitant to do so because I prefer to stay “in my lane” and not pretend to specialize or be an authority on something that I am not. I also like to actually take time to observe, research, and understand before I […]

Wilderness Medical Kit

Wilderness Medical Kit If we think about the common causes of emergencies in the back country, we could put injuries very high on that list. It could be anything from a very serious injury requiring a Search and Rescue effort, to something as simple as a mechanical injury to the lower extremities (think foot, ankle, […]

Basic Survival Course Packing List

PATHFINDER BASIC COURSE (ADIRONDACKS) EQUIPMENT LIST The following items are REQUIRED and will be used for the completion of the Winter Survival Course. Each student MUST have their own equipment to complete the required deliverable tasks. The specific brands are recommendations and references. While you may substitute for other like items, it is your responsibility […]

Cold Weather Clothing: Your Primary Shelter

This four-layer clothing system allows me to wear as little or as much as I want depending on the environment, conditions, and my activity level, so that I can stay comfortably cool or comfortably warm no matter what Mother Nature throws at me.

Knife and Tool Selection

5-Tool Rule  These 5 tools enable you to either do or make the majority of what you need in the field. Knife (and Backup Knife) Chopper Saw Awl Hook Knife Here is a list of the tools featured in the video for your convenience: Wazoo Survival Gear Viking Whetstone Pendant https://amzn.to/2P6uhuv  LT Wright GNS Scandi […]

Gear Discussion and Links: Florida Wetlands Hunter-Gatherer Course

Fire Kit (Belt) My fire kits always start with redundant open flame ignition sources. This is something I rely on for emergency “right now” fires that I am counting on to potentially save my life, so the “two is one, one is none” principle is appropriate for this. In conjunction with that, I always carry […]

The Psychology of Survival

Survival Psychology Joshua Enyart

What is Survival Psychology? We often hear that survival is “99% mental”, you have to have the “will to live”, the “will to survive”. All of these statements are too vague to actually be useful. They are catchy enough and make a person sound like they gave an answer while offering nothing quantifiable to the […]