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5.11 Rush 24 Pack: 1 Year Later

As a freelance writer for numerous magazines, I receive a handful of items for review. Last spring a batch of 5.11 products arrived including their RUSH24 Backpack. After using this as my primary pack for countless survival courses, personal treks, and air travel I can say that this is a beast and holds up like… Continue >>>

A New Take on the Micro-Survival Kit

Recently I had the good fortune of teaching a survival skills class for the fine folks at U.S. Palm in Phoenix. Owners Rob Anderson and Brandon Finch make some of the finest tactical gear on the market today and one of their staff, Greg Beck, showed his micro-survival kit that he always carries with him.… Continue >>>

Bug-Out Gear for Travelers

 Bug-Out Gear for Travelers I travel a great deal in my work as a survival instructor. For much of my that time, I can easily pack up my truck and have enough gear to take care of my needs on the road for a week. At other times, I fly throughout the US or abroad… Continue >>>

Desert Survival Gear & Essential Items

Desert Survival Gear and Garb- How to dress for the heat Hats Let’s go top to bottom and start with headwear. A wide-brimmed hat is an essential item for desert travelers unless you want your face to turn into a piece of driftwood. There’s a bevy of types from cowboy to Indiana Jones style explorer… Continue >>>

The book- “The Long Walk” now a movie

First read this book, “The Long Walk” in the 80s while holed up during a grueling 21-day trek in a canvas tent during howling winter winds in Idaho. The story, which covers a survival march across Siberia, the Gobi Desert, and Tibet, delves into the account of Gulag escapee Slavomir Ravich. Reading the book lessened… Continue >>>

What’s the best multi-tool?

I get this question a lot in my courses. Multi-tools, like knives, are all about personal preference and the nature of the tasks you are undertaking. My primary blade has always been a Swedish Mora but there are times when the various gadgets on a multi-tool are helpful. The one I use the most is… Continue >>>

Defiance & a meeting with one of the Bielski sons

Last night I had the rare pleasure of going to a lecture by the son of Zus Bielski (played by Liev Schreiber in the movie Defiance) held in Flagstaff. Zvi Bielski, the son, recounted many stories of growing up around his legendary uncles and father who had all been responsible for the largest rescue of… Continue >>>

SteriPen Water Purification Review

I have had a Steripen water purification device for several years now and have tested it in various locations during this time. Recently took it on the Costa Rica course last month and put it through a few more trials and it held up well. I have to say this is an excellent product if… Continue >>>

The value of a good down jacket

I was out in the Painted Desert today, north of Flagstaff. Temps were mighty cold as we had a winter storm roll in (yes it snows in Arizona!) and were hovering around 40 degrees with a 20 mph wind. Snow was on the way later in the day. In addition to wearing 4 upper-body layers… Continue >>>

New Book and Survival Gear Review

It’s been quite a while since I posted but there’s finally some time to sit down and relax. It’s been my busiest season yet doing lots of teaching for the military, taking actor Josh Brolin out for training in the desert, finishing up my fourth book The Modern Hunter-Gatherer while working on a new Hogan… Continue >>>

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Ultimate Survival Skills Course, June 5-7, 2020, Flagstaff, AZ

This is our most popular fieldcourse designed to provide an overview of key wilderness skills in the areas of modern survival, food procurement, tracking skills, outdoor safety, and more. Day 1  Wilderness Survival This intensive session breaks down how to be more prepared for backcountry excursions and how to handle an unexpected night in the… Continue >>>

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