Be aware of your surroundings

October 11, 2018

UNR students held at gunpoint, beaten in armed robbery near campus

RENO, Nev. (News 4 & Fox 11) — Two UNR students were held at gunpoint and beaten in an armed robbery early Saturday morning, one in a series of armed robberies near campus over the weekend, according to the Reno Police Department.
Two UNR students were held at gunpoint and beaten in an armed robbery early Saturday morning, one in a series of armed robberies near campus over the weekend, according to the Reno Police Department.

by Ben Margiott

Wednesday, October 10th 2018

RENO, Nev. (News 4 & Fox 11) — Two UNR students were held at gunpoint and beaten in an armed robbery early Saturday morning, one in a series of armed robberies near campus over the weekend, according to the Reno Police Department.

Two UNR students were held at gunpoint and beaten in an armed robbery early Saturday morning, one in a series of armed robberies near campus over the weekend, according to the Reno Police Department.

by Ben Margiott

Wednesday, October 10th 2018

RENO, Nev. (News 4 & Fox 11) — Two UNR students were held at gunpoint and beaten in an armed robbery early Saturday morning, one in a series of armed robberies near campus over the weekend, according to the Reno Police Department.

Two UNR students were held at gunpoint and beaten in an armed robbery early Saturday morning, one in a series of armed robberies near campus over the weekend, according to the Reno Police Department.

by Ben Margiott

Wednesday, October 10th 2018

RENO, Nev. (News 4 & Fox 11) — Two UNR students were held at gunpoint and beaten in an armed robbery early Saturday morning, one in a series of armed robberies near campus over the weekend, according to the Reno Police Department.

Two UNR students were held at gunpoint and beaten in an armed robbery early Saturday morning, one in a series of armed robberies near campus over the weekend, according to the Reno Police Department.

RENO, Nev. (News 4 & Fox 11) — Two UNR students were held at gunpoint and beaten in an armed robbery early Saturday morning, one in a series of armed robberies near campus over the weekend, according to the Reno Police Department.

Two UNR students were held at gunpoint and beaten in an armed robbery early Saturday morning, one in a series of armed robberies near campus over the weekend, according to the Reno Police Department.
RENO, Nev. (News 4 & Fox 11) — Two UNR students were held at gunpoint and beaten in an armed robbery early Saturday morning, one in a series of armed robberies near campus over the weekend, according to the Reno Police Department.
Two UNR students were held at gunpoint and beaten in an armed robbery early Saturday morning, one in a series of armed robberies near campus over the weekend, according to the Reno Police Department.
Around 2:00 a.m. Saturday, Turner Gustafson and his friend were walking back to their car on Nevada Street after attending a pancake fundraiser hosted by Tri Delta, a UNR sorority.They were just getting into the car when someone stuck their arm in the door to prevent it from closing and said “Get out of the car and give me everything in your pocket.”

Gustafson said one of the suspects held his friend at gunpoint, while another pulled him out of the car and started beating him. A third suspect started stealing their wallets, phones, keys and other items in the glove box.”We were scared for our lives. We were so afraid.”

“It just happened that quickly where you couldn’t even say anything or do anything. To where you were just helpless,” Gustafson said.The robbery lasted just a few minutes, after which the suspects returned to their car and drove off.Gustafson said he was taken to the hospital, having suffered a concussion, bruised ribs and cuts on his face. His friend, who was held at gunpoint, was not hurt.While his physical wounds are now healing, Gustafson said he now experiences anxiety anytime he’s out late at night.He said that before this incident, he never thought something like this could happen in Reno. Now, he’s urging everyone to be aware of their surroundings at all times.”Travel in groups — more than two of you. Preferably four. Never by yourself, especially girls. Never by yourself … be on the lookout,” Gustafson said.RPD Officer Travis Warren said they don’t have any suspect information at this time. If you have any details that can help investigators, you’re asked to call Secret Witness at (775) 322-4900.
In an automated message sent to students on Wednesday, UNR’s police services offered the following tips:Make personal safety your number one priority. Awareness, Avoidance and Risk Reduction are the best ways to not be a victim.Be alert! Look around you; be aware of who is on the street and in the area. Make it difficult for anyone to take you by surprise. Look and walk with a confident stride with your head up.Keep your distance from anyone who triggers a suspicion in your mind. Make eye contact with people you encounter. This shows self-confidence and may deter a potential attack.Stay alert to your surroundings when walking at night. Walk briskly to your destination.Travel in groups of two or more and always travel in well-lit, heavily traveled areas.Carry a whistle or noise maker. This can serve as a reminder to exercise caution, and can alert someone in the area that you need help.If listening to music, keep the volume low so you can hear what is going on around you. Don’t talk on your cell phone or listen to music when you are in an unfamiliar area. This can be a distraction and can make you vulnerable.When walking, stay in public areas that are well lit and populated.Tell someone where you are going and when you will return.If you know you are going to be working late, plan ahead as to how you will get to your vehicle or home safely.Keep your hands free. Limit the number of items you’re carrying or use a backpack or bag to ensure that your hands are free in order to defend yourself if needed.Use university services such as Campus Escort or University Police Cadets to get you to your vehicle safely. The Campus Escort Van operates 7 days a week from 7:00 PM – 1:00 AM during academic semesters.Regularly change your routine.Develop a survival mind set. While you’re in a safe place, visualize a dangerous situation and what you would do if confronted. This may be unpleasant, however it is a good idea to prepare yourself if you were ever attacked, so you don’t freeze with fear if something ever was to happen.If you feel uncomfortable in a situation, don’t worry about hurting the person’s feelings, just leave.Trust your instincts. If something doesn’t feel right, trust your feelings and do what you need to do to be safe.Download the Safe Pack

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Sar gear example 72hrd

September 10, 2018

Sometimes old methods are better

September 6, 2018

In a search-and-rescue incident a couple weeks ago the management team waited for helicopter to get above the spot in order to get a GPS location.

This location could have been determined in a lot quicker format using an older form of navigation called intersection.

Sometime this old techniques are forgotten but they still work all you need is a a compass and where you are sighting from.

What could have happened is we had teams out on location all viewing the incident area. They could have shot azimuths from where they were standing and radio these bearings to command. There are at least four teams viewing the incident. Through intersection which is with the four service used to do in determining Wildfire location, they would have had the GPS coordinate instantaneously and monitor the incident as the incident grew.

The command simply had forgotten to use this old method and waited for Aviation team to fly above the area.

The older method go to save time and money and given instantaneous location. Sometimes the older ways or better. They don’t rely upon mechanical or computer advantage in order to work.

Keep this in your toolbox for future reference

Perishable skills

March 6, 2018

Shooting accurately requires physical, mental, and physical/mental intersection skills. All of these skills decay, or perhaps the better word is atrophy, if they’re not maintained.

Basic backpacking gear for snow camping as per Tahoe rim trail

March 3, 2018

Basic gear list for snow camping**:

50+L backpack

Snow shovel

Snowshoes or cross country skis

Trekking poles

1-2 full length sleeping pads with total R-value of >4.0 (no blue foam)

Sleeping bag rated <20 degrees

3 or (preferably) 4 season tent

Stove and fuel

Cook kit

2-3L of water-carrying capacity

Backpacking toilet kit plus Wag Bag/Biffy Bag disposable toilet

Lip balm with SPF and sunscreen

Headlamp with fresh batteries

Compass
You will also need the following clothing items (no cotton allowed)**:

Wool hat

Neck gaiter or balaclava

2 pairs of very warm gloves/mittens

2 wicking underlayer shirts

2 pairs long underwear/fleece pants

2 midlayers of insulation (fleece and down)

Outer waterproof shell – jacket and pants

2 pairs warm wool socks

Winter boots (waterproof)

Snow camping at tahoe

March 3, 2018

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Snow Camping 101
March 17 @ 8:00 am – March 18 @ 1:00 pm

$85 FOR TRTA MEMBERS, $100 FOR ASPIRING TRTA MEMBERS

Click here to join or renew your membership today!

This overnight snow camping course is designed for winter backcountry enthusiasts eager to learn how to upgrade their wilderness experience by learning the skills needed to successfully snow camp. Join us for this weekend experience to learn all kinds of snow camping tips and tricks, including: winter layering tips, how to set up camp in the snow, best snow traveling practices, winter Leave No Trace wilderness ethics, campsite selection, how to stay warm when you sleep, and winter weather smarts. After a morning classroom session, we will take our learning out to the field by snowshoeing 2-3 miles to our evening destination to continue hands-on learning and make some genuine backcountry friends. You will leave this course more confident in your future winter excursions.

FITNESS REQUIREMENTS

Participants must be in good physical condition and able to carry a 25-35lb backpack while snowshoeing through deep snow. The TRTA asks that participants have completed three or more hikes of 8+ miles within the last 18 months. These physical requirements are for your safety and for the safety of the group and guides.

NECESSARY MATERIALS

Participants must supply their own food and gear for this overnight program. It is critical that you have the right gear for this winter camping trip. Limited rental equipment is available through the TRTA. You will receive the full recommended gear and food lists upon approval after registration.
Basic gear list for snow camping**:

50+L backpack

Snow shovel

Snowshoes or cross country skis

Trekking poles

1-2 full length sleeping pads with total R-value of >4.0 (no blue foam)

Sleeping bag rated <20 degrees

3 or (preferably) 4 season tent

Stove and fuel

Cook kit

2-3L of water-carrying capacity

Backpacking toilet kit plus Wag Bag/Biffy Bag disposable toilet

Lip balm with SPF and sunscreen

Headlamp with fresh batteries

Compass
You will also need the following clothing items (no cotton allowed)**:

Wool hat

Neck gaiter or balaclava

2 pairs of very warm gloves/mittens

2 wicking underlayer shirts

2 pairs long underwear/fleece pants

2 midlayers of insulation (fleece and down)

Outer waterproof shell – jacket and pants

2 pairs warm wool socks

Winter boots (waterproof)

**More details, additional optional (nice to have) items, and gear and clothing recommendations and menu suggestions are included in the SC101 information packet participants receive after completing all registration steps.

PROGRAM PREPARATION

Once you have registered for the program, you will be given additional pre-program instructions and preparation materials. These materials include: course objectives, weekend itinerary, preparation tips, food suggestions, gear requirements and recommendations, and a packing list.

CANCELLATION POLICY

In the event of cancelling your registration greater than or equal to 30 days prior to the program start date, the TRTA will retain a $35 administrative fee. Within 30 days of the program start date, tuition is non-refundable and non-transferable

CONTINGENCY DATE

In the event that the TRTA needs to reschedule this course, it will be held on the Contingency Date (March 24-25). If you cannot attend this date, the TRTA will retain a $35 administrative fee. If the TRTA deems it necessary to cancel the Contingency Date, you will receive a full refund.

We hope that you will join us on this beautiful and instructional weekend in the breath-taking Tahoe backcountry

Survive and rescue

February 25, 2018

News Release
Search and Rescue
February 21, 2018

On February 20, 2018 at approximately 7:14 P.M., the Albany County Sheriff’s Office received a report of three Colorado residents that were overdue while snowmobiling in the Snowy Range Mountains. The caller had limited information regarding possible locations of the three men.

Search teams consisting of Albany County Deputies and Albany County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue volunteer’s, prepared to begin searching at sunrise on February 21st .

At approximately 1:00 a.m., our office was notified that one of the lost subjects had contacted a family member by cell phone. He was instructed by Deputies on how to access his GPS on his cell phone. His GPS coordinates put his location near the Quealy warming hut on “N” trail. The Carbon County Sheriff’s Office also received a broken 911 call from this subject as well. This subject reported that he was attempting to walk to the warming hut, however due to the depth of snow and extremely cold temperatures, he felt he wouldn’t survive.

At 2:30 a.m., our office deployed a Tucker snow cat to the area to locate the missing subject. At approximately 3:30 a.m., deputies located the subject in good health, but he was extremely cold. He reported that his party had experienced mechanical issues with one of the snowmobiles and another had become stuck in deep snow. He stayed with the two disabled snowmobiles while the other two rode double on a snowmobile back to the Green Rock parking area, to retrieve another snowmobile around 5:00 p.m. on Feb 20th. The subject that stayed with the disabled snowmobiles made a fire with what little dry wood he could find, until the fire went out. The other subjects had not returned by midnight, so he attempted to walk towards a warming hut located approximately one and one half miles away.

At approximately 11:00 a.m., on February 21st , our search teams located the other two missing subjects on “O” trail near Twin Lakes. They were escorted back to the parking area. It was determined that they had become disoriented and had taken a wrong turn while heading back to the truck. They had dug a snow cave and made a fire to survive the night.

The Albany County Sheriff’s Office wants to remind the public of the dangers of snowmobiling in the Snowy Range and the importance of having a plan, sticking to the plan and being prepared for the worst. We would recommend that all riders carry a backpack containing a GPS, trail maps, several ways to start a fire, water, food and extra dry clothing.

Typically during searches it’s easier for the search teams to locate stationary objects such as snowmobiles. If you become stuck it’s the best practice to remain with the machine, make a shelter, fire and stay put. It’s extremely risky to attempt to walk far distances in deep snow.

Undersheriff DeBree

Poland being villanized.

February 18, 2018

Poland’s government says the law is needed to protect Poland from being slandered for crimes committed by Nazi Germans that took place during the 1939-45 occupation and to make the wartime suffering of Poles clear to the world. Poland lost six million citizens during the war, half of them Jews.

Several uses for aluminum foil great survival tool

January 28, 2018

Aluminum foil is probably one of the most popular items used in the kitchen, especially for baking and wrapping food. But, this versatile product is also a good addition to your survival kit as it has a lot of uses when you’re outdoors.

7 Aluminum Foil Uses When You’re Out In The Wild

Being a wilderness aficionado, you need to be resourceful and learn how to maximize the use of an item by repurposing it. There are several ways you can repurpose a simple household item such as an aluminum foil and use it for your survival when you’re outdoors. Let me share with you these 7 ways you can use aluminum foil while you’re exploring outdoors. Scroll on!

1. Shelter Insulator


To keep the heat in your survival shelter, you can use aluminum foil as an insulator. Put an aluminum foil lining inside your shelter to keep you warm when you’re outdoors. You can also do this in your sleeping bag. Simply put a heavy-duty aluminum foil under it, this will also protect your sleeping bag against moisture.

2. Electricity Conductor


When your flashlight goes off in the night and the spring in the battery container becomes loose, you can replace it with an aluminum foil. Just make a substitute as wide and thick as the spring and the aluminum foil will act as the electrical conductor.

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3. Lighting


At camp nights, sometimes your flashlight isn’t bright enough for you to see in the dark. To brighten up your lights, you can use aluminum foil to intensify the light. Try attaching the shiny side of the aluminum foil to your source of light to improve its brightness.

4. Instant Plate


When you’ve run out of paper plates while you’re outdoors, aluminum foil can serve as your substitute plate. Just fold it into a form of a plate and voila, you’re good to eat! It could also be easily disposed after usage or you can clean it up and reuse it for later.

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5. Keep Equipment Dry


When the rain starts to pour, you can use aluminum foil to wrap up your things to prevent them from getting wet. Prioritize the things that can get broken or you can’t afford getting soaked like electrical gadgets and matches. You must remember though that this would not make your things waterproof but it will definitely lessen the risk of getting wet.

6. Fishing Lure


Because of the reflective property of the aluminum foil, it can attract the fishes in the water. Use a little piece of aluminum foil as your fishing lure. Shape the aluminum foil like a small baitfish then attach it to your fishing hook.

7. Sharpen Blade


If you want to sharpen a dull pair of scissors, you can rub its blades in a thick piece of aluminum foil against both sides of the blade for about two to three minutes. After doing so, you can now use your scissors easily. You can also do this trick with other blades like your survival knife but you’ll be needing a thicker aluminum foil. Make sure to be extra careful as you might cut yourself.

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Watch this video to learn how to boil water using aluminum foil:


These are just some of the survival uses of aluminum foil that my friends I tried while camping outdoors, but I’ve heard there are a lot more uses it offers. If you’re about to head out for an adventure, you might want to pack some aluminum foil in your bug out bag. Who knows, you might be needing these hacks when you’re out in the wild.

What other aluminum foil hacks do you know? Have you tried any of these hacks before?

Where to build shelters

January 24, 2018
  • Don’t build your shelter in a ditch, a ravine, or any other place where rainwater could potentially accumulate. Keep distant from rivers as well.
  • Make sure the ground is not damp. If it is, cover the ground with leaves and smooth twigs.
  • Remove the sharp edges of the branches to keep yourself from getting injured.
  • Don’t use rotten or extremely dry branches. Aside from being a fire hazard, they are not exactly sturdy.
  • Set up your shelter in a space, which is relatively free from rocks.
  • Don’t hurt living trees as much as possible.