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Category: Survival

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

Special Agent Secrets for Street Survival

Special Agent Secrets for Street Survival

As an 18-year special agent in the military and federal government, I learned some key skills that helped me survive on the job and these same skills could help you to survive on the streets. These are not the skills you would necessarily need as a “prepper” to survive a disaster. These are more 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

How to Choose the Right Survival Knife for YOU!

How to Choose the Right Survival Knife for YOU!

I carry a knife with me almost everywhere I go, and I have a variety of knives that I like. In the military and as an agent I always had a knife with me, sometimes more than one. The Air Force actually issued me the knife shown below.