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Category: Mark Hatmaker

Surviving Floods, Rivers & Safe Fording by Mark Hatmaker

Surviving Floods, Rivers & Safe Fording by Mark Hatmaker

I compose these brief notes while the unfortunateness of Florence takes aim at the East Coast. I offer it in the hopes that we may have it at the fingertips of our minds for as Seneca reminds us “What has befallen one man may happen to all” or as the Boy Scouts would say “Be Read More

Profile in Situational Awareness: Jim Bridger

Profile in Situational Awareness: Jim Bridger

The following is an account regarding the observational prowess and situational awareness of the legendary frontiersman, Jim Bridger. Keep in mind, this is not legend, this account comes to us from a military man, Captain H. E. Palmer, of the Eleventh Kansas Calvary. This account is found in another work by a military man, Biographical Read More

Aquatic Tactics: Safe Ascents & Dry-Land Drills

Aquatic Tactics: Safe Ascents & Dry-Land Drills

In prior articles in this series we have dealt exclusively with descending, preparing to descend, and how to manage comfortably while at depth. Now, let’s talk ascents as there are some dangers here as well, but, again, a marriage of science and indigenous diving wisdom renders these dangers negligible. As we have discussed, when the Read More

AQUATIC TACTICS: Equalizing Pressure – The “Hands-Free” Series by Mark Hatmaker

AQUATIC TACTICS: Equalizing Pressure – The “Hands-Free” Series by Mark Hatmaker

(This article is best consumed in series with the prior offerings regarding Aquatic Tactics found here, here and here. ) In the previous lesson we covered the science behind the essential need for pressure-equalization when working sub-surface and ran through a series of methods to accomplish this end that required a free hand, i.e., “The Read More

Musings On “The Mountain Code” by Mark Hatmaker

Musings On “The Mountain Code” by Mark Hatmaker

Jim Webb, in his history Born Fighting: How the Scots-Irish Shaped America offers an interesting (if unprovable) premise on the foundations of the clannish honor, rebelliousness, and ornery combativeness of the people of early Appalachia and the Ozarks. It is a book well-worth reading and discussing (another day, perhaps.)

Aquatic Tactics: Equalizing Pressure with the “Pinch” Series

Aquatic Tactics: Equalizing Pressure with the “Pinch” Series

(This article is best consumed in series with the prior offerings regarding Aquatic Tactics found here and here.) If we have developed the skill to swim, possess a reasonable breath-holding capacity (a comfortable one-minute is sufficient across many cultures), and have a willingness to work our aquatic tactics fully, the limiter at this point is Read More