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That’s No Personal Locator Beacon!

When is a Personal Locator Beacon not a PLB?
406 MHz Personal Locator Beacons (PLBs) are earning a well-deserved reputation for saving lives. These personal-sized distress beacons (large pocket sized) use the same technology that’s been used in marine and aviation (EPIRBs and ELTs) for many years and saved thousands of lives. If you’re headed out [...]

Escaping from Your Car Underwater

With yesterday’s tragic collapse of the bridge in Minneapolis, once again people are asking what they could do to escape their car if they suddenly found themselves underwater.
First, you must stay calm. Second, you cannot open the door, you must escape through the windows. If the windows are already open, you are more or less [...]

Stay Put! Let Search and Rescue Come to You

Renowned mountain flying instructor and author of Mountain Flying Bible, Sparky Imeson, was involved in a crash during an instructional flight in Montana over the weekend. He and the student survived. Details can be found here in this article.
The part that has me puzzled is why an experienced person like Sparky would leave [...]

RSK Mk4™ Folder Introduced

Doug Ritter Introduces First Ever Paul® Knife Collaboration
Gilbert, Arizona – Doug Ritter today introduced the first ever collaboration with Paul W. Poehlmann, the creator of the Paul® Knife. The Doug Ritter RSK Mk4 Gentleman’s Folder™ is a limited edition run of 300 serialized knives based on the original Paul® Presto and produced by Lone [...]

Foodsaver Sucks, Not Vacuum We’re Talking About

A lot of us involved in the outdoors and survival have for years used Foodsaver home vacuum packaging equipment. There are lots of advantages to vacuum packaging your supplies and gear including reduced volume, protects the contents, longer shelf life, and more. It was not cheap and the special bags and bulk [...]

Survival, Inc. Reborn as Ultimate Survival Technologies

Chris Venti, with a management background from General Electric, has purchased the assets of Survival, Incorporated, maker of the StarFlash signal mirror, BlastMatch and StrikeForce firestarters, WetFire Tinder and SaberCut Saw, among others. These were also marketed to civilians under the Ultimate Survival brand. The new company is called Ultimate Survival Technologies. Financial backing [...]

A Look at “The Ten Essentials”

Steve Sergeant, Producer and Host of The WildeBeat recently interviewed me for a show on the subject of “The Ten Essentials.” Here’s his introduction and links to the show:
Since it’s mysterious introduction by the Mountaineers early in the twentieth century, the 10 Essentials have been the list that everyone should know, and few [...]

An Example Others Could Learn From

Too often the lessons we learn come as a result of tragedy or mistakes. Here’s a story where everything was done right and the result stands an example that others could learn from. Not that I expect many will, this happened to “the other guy.” For too many, it always happens to [...]

GlobalStar On the Skids, Iridium Aims Higher

Satellite phone company GlobalStar has finally admitted what many of us have suspected for some time, namely that their system has problems and is not reliable. It seems that in their latest SEC filing GlobalStar has essentially told its users that things are bad and getting worse, as this article in Barron’s [...]

ETS SHOT Show Report 2007

The Equipped To Survive SHOT Show Report 2007 has been posted.  Enjoy!