Posts Tagged ‘search and rescue’

Reposted on winter camping. I have taught these for over 40 years

January 14, 2016

round well-being. These are some of Dale’s tricks to make sleeping outside in winter a warmer, more comfortable experience.

1. Don’t Be Naked
Dale says you might be tempted to wear a minimal amount of clothing in your sleeping bag. This would be a mistake. Definitely wear a hat to prevent heat from escaping, plus socks and a thermal layer. If you’re still cold, add a layer. If you’re still cold, add another. If you need to, wear all of your clothes.

2. Use a Sleeping Pad
The winter ground sucks the heat from your body, so be sure to have a thick insulating layer between your frame and the snow.

3. Get Sheltered
A tent always works, and the warmest shelters are made out of snow, like igloos and quinzee builds, but if heavy snowfall or high winds are not expected, you can easily sleep outside and use a tarp for cover.

4. Treat Your Feet
Even if your feet feel dry, switching to a pair of fresh, dry socks before going to sleep can instantly make you feel warmer. Consider bringing a pair of socks just for sleeping. If your feet are still wet or cold, put them in your sleeping bag’s stuff sack to reflect your body’s heat before getting in your sleeping bag.

5. The Pee Bottle
You don’t want to take a 2am bathroom break in the snow. Put an empty bottle in your bag to urinate into. Gatorade bottles work well.

6. Fill Your Bag
The inside of your bag is going to be the only warm place overnight. Stash some water inside to keep it from freezing. Keep your breakfast inside, too. Damp gear from the day, like boot liners, socks, and base layers can be stuffed in the empty spaces in your bag. Your body heat will dry them by the morning.

7. The Hot Bottle Trick
If you really want to sleep like a king, melt some snow, bring it to a boil, and fill a hot water bottle to put in your bag as a heater.

8. Seal Up
Seal up your mummy bag’s hood so there’s just a small breathing hole, keeping out both cold air and the moisture from your breath.

9. Position Yourself
Instead of sprawling out, consider curling up — pull your legs close, hug your arms in and center your body’s warmth.

Combine them all, and Dale says, you’re gonna be just fine.

—‘9 Tips For Warm Winter Camping’ was shot and edited by Erik Nelson.

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Calming yourself in a survival situation

September 22, 2015

One of the first things a person needs to do when he’s in a unfamiliar situation is to stop. stop, thank, observe, and plan.

I have been doing a lot of research on ways to calm oneself when they are in a outdoor situation. you have 3 seconds to adjust your mental attitude from a fearful one to one of survival.

Let me start by telling you that all your survival needs are at hand. the number one is your mental ability to understand that nature, mother earth, the creator, or God is always with you. the tools to survive are all around you. One has to stop, listen and look and an answer will be provided.

The native Indians or Native Americans or masters at survival. There are masters at working with Mother Earth and understanding mother earth will supply all their needs. we’re not going into Indian meditation at this point but one of the key issues to survival is mental stability and mental strength. you need to reach back into history and understand that even in the most dire situations the native Americans were able to survive whatever mother earth threw at them. remembering this should be able to give you enough strength and calmness to observe and plan your attack against losing your life. mental attitude is 90% of survival. the other 10% is being able to observe, improvise, adapt and overcome.

Whenever I had away from home whether it’s to a store, a rifle range, a search and rescue mission or going to the back country on my own I make sure I have a few things on my person.

Proper clothing which also serves as your main shelter is a must. Prepare for what may lie ahead for the day or for 2 days. I always make sure I have at least one knife in my pocket. I check to make sure I have a fire starting equipment. Most likely two items. Flint, a bit lighter, feral rod or some type of sparking device if not a lighter. another item that I carry is cordage. Paracord is the best. I usually have it weaved around a belt, braided around my neck piece phone carrier, braided into a sling around my rifle or chain link and put into my pocket in my pants.

I always wear a watch. with my watch I can track distance and tell directions. I can plot a map in my mind or draw it on a sheet of paper that I have developed away to turn that into a small 10 page book that does not take up any room. I also carry a pencil, some flagging tape, a large garbage bag and a hat.

The second most important key to survival his observation. constantly observe your surroundings to see if there’s any items that you may need in the future to help start a fire, make a shelter or provide for a signaling device.

Planning is also an important step in moving outdoors. You think before you go out, you think when you get into a stressful situation and you start devising a plan as you continue with your outdoor adventure whether it be to the mall or to the backcountry.

Making or designing of fire Oracle is really no problem if you allow your mind to wander and observe your surroundings. the creature is around us are native to the area, look at them see what they do and if you can emulate them in a survival situation. then if you have to eat them.

As I said in the past survival is 90% mental 10% tools and provisions.

Remember food is not that important for the first couple of days. You can go three weeks without food. He’ll get hungry but you will not die due to lack of food. water you can survive up to 3 days without it depending upon your activity and your location. if you are in the desert move at night. conserve the body fluids. I wouldn’t drink urine due to the saltiness and the impurity in the liquid. however this could be saved and distilled for future use with the proper equipment.

Fire works as tool to give us heat provided for shelter, purify water, cook parasites out of our food , and provide singling opportunities.

I hope this works out for you as far as an introduction into survival.

To learn more give us a call at 775 741 0735 and arrange for a personal more in depth class and training.

Luck has nothing to do with it, intelligence, calmness and observation of your surroundings will handle everything that may be thrown at you. Stay calm and stay brave.

Tale of Survival after takeing a wrong turn.

December 10, 2012

Missing Couple In Alpine County
A 46 year old female and her 44 year old boyfriend left Citrus Heights for Gardnerville on the afternoon of Thursday, November 29th.  At the Highway 88/Highway 89 intersection they turned south onto Burnside Lake Rd.   The boyfriend had recently bought a 1989 Jeep Cherokee 4×4 and wanted to test it out on the dirt roads of the area.  Burnside Lake Rd. had been closed earlier that day by the Forest Service in anticipation of the approaching storm but the decision was made to drive around the closure and drive the road to Burnside Lake.  They made it approximately six miles up the road before the Cherokee became stuck in mud.  Family members had expected them in Gardnerville that evening so when they didn’t arrive they reported them missing.  The boyfriend and girlfriend spent the night in the Jeep and on the morning of the 30th the boyfriend attempted to hike out  to Highway 88 despite the girlfriend’s pleas for him to stay with her in the vehicle.
According to the Nevada Appeal, on the night of Friday, November 30th the family members contacted Douglas County 9-1-1 services, which acts as dispatch for Alpine County and asked them to search Burnside Lake.  Apparently that message was passed on to Alpine County shortly after midnight.
According to SNOTEL sensors at Burnside Lake (8129 ft.) the area received 30 inches of snow on Saturday, December 1st.  Meanwhile the girlfriend wrapped herself in a blanket and remained in the jeep eating snow and tomatoes she had received from a relative in Citrus Heights.  On Monday, December 3rd, after waiting for three days for her boyfriend, she believed he was not going to return with help and she had to save herself.   She left the vehicle and walked/crawled towards HIghway 88.  According to KRNV out of Reno it seems the search was called off at some point on this same day.  The girlfriend later told reporters that she passed her boyfriend’s deceased body about a mile from the Jeep as she was attempting to make her own way down the road.
On Wednesday, December 5th the missing party’s brother decided he was going to Burnside Lake.  (Note to reader:  This is where things get awesome) He commandeered a Caltrans front loader from a nearby sand shed and drove up Burnside Lake Rd. looking for the couple.  He proceeded up the road for several miles where he eventually found his sister wrapped in a blanket, hypothermic and huddled in a hollowed out tree.  He placed her in the bucket of the loader and drove back down the road to Sorensen’s Resort where they were met by emergency personnel who transported her to Carson Tahoe Regional Hospital.
“We couldn’t stop him, we just let him (the brother) do what he had to do,” the mp’s sister said. “He had a feeling. They have a special bond, they really do. It is an unusual bond, it is different than the one I have with my sister.”  She is being treated for first degree frostbite and is expected to be released early next week.

What to do in a Survival Situation

September 29, 2009

see_meThis blog is in connection with MountainSurvival.com. Today we are going to discuss what should be your first steps taken when you are faced with a survival situation or in that case any stressful situation.

First, why should you read what I have to write?

Well, you can never have enough information and second, I have lived everything I am telling you.

I have faced certain death 3 times in my life, I am military trained, and was the youngest casino owner at Lake Tahoe and work with the local search and rescue for the past 9 years.

This web site is part of http://mountainsurvival.com and in assocation with Survival Inc.

What should you do first when faced with a bad situation? You should STOP!

STOP? what is that?

It stands for S: Stop, T: think, O: Observe, P: plan. Then you act.

Stop: You need to calm your thoughts first in any stressful situation. If you are worried, your mind is cluttered and worry never has solved any situation.

Think: you need to calm your fears, and think how to best resolve your situation.

You need to observe your situation, surrounding and mental attitude. Acess what you have. Take inventory of your supplies, time of day, things you will need to take care of the rules of 3’s. ( 3 minutes of air, 3 hours of exposure, 3 days without water, 3 weeks with out food).

Once you have done the above, now it is time to plan. Plan how to survive, get located, protect yourself from the environment and from your fears.

If you can master this, you stand a good chance in surviving any situation from being lost, to combat, to surviving cancer and to managing a sucessful business. I know, because I have done all of these.

If you have questions or want me to answer any questions for you, call me, Josh Ketcham, at 775 741 o735. I am here to help you.