Thursday, June 25, 2015

Are You Minimally Prepared for Wilderness Survival?

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Minimally Prepared for Wilderness Survival

If you are watching prime time news on television or from on-line sources, you are probably aware of a former Presidential Chef being found dead in the New Mexico Wilderness. If not, here is the story:

Ex-White House chef's body found in New Mexico-

The body of former White House executive chef Walter Scheib was found Sunday in the mountains of New Mexico where he had gone hiking, officials said.

Scheib, who served under Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, has been absent since June 13 when he left to go for a hike alone on a mountain trail in Taos, New Mexico. He was later reported missing by a family member.

On Thursday, investigators tracked Scheib's cell phone signal to a mountain in Taos, according to a press release from the New Mexico State Department of Public Safety.

Scheib had recently moved to the area, according to Sergeant Elizabeth Armijo, a New Mexico State Police public information officer.

Scheib's car was discovered by investigators Tuesday in a parking lot at the Yerba Canyon Trailhead. His body was discovered off the immediate trail approximately 1.7 miles from the base of a hiking trail.

Scheib served as White House executive chef from 1994 to 2005. Scheib was personally hired by then-first lady Hillary Clinton, according to Scheib's official website. On Monday, former first Lady Laura Bush issued a statement expressing sympathy for Scheib's loved ones. "Walter was an outstanding talent. He prepared magnificent dinners for world leaders and delicious family fare for our family and friends," Bush said.

While any death is tragic, and barring some medical calamity such as a stroke or heart attack, this death could likely have been prevented if the hiker was even minimally prepared.

What would constitute being minimally prepared:

Have a plan. On where you are going, how long you are going to be gone, and let someone know that plan.

Be adequately dressed. Have adequate clothing for the environment and weather conditions.

Have at least minimal survival kit. What may be minimal to you may be too much to me, so knowing your skill sets is crucial as well. Don't carry a flint and steel to start a fire if you have never did it before. These are items I carry in a pocket kit and what they are used for:

Click HERE to watch one my recent post making a personal pocket survival kit.

If you want to purchase different size survival kits, then please go to my survival store site by clicking HERE.

Don't get into a survival situation and not be prepared, or you may end up like the former White House Chef. My prayers go out to his family.

Stay Prepared! Stay Alive!


Sunday, March 1, 2015

Survival Scavenger Hunt

I decided to take an outdoor walkabout and turn it into a survival scavenger hunt. It made getting some exercise more appealing. While out in the wilderness, for what ever reasons, you should teach yourself to be on the lookout for things that can assist you in the event you were to find yourself in a survival scenario.

Many times we walk by things that can help us, but never give a second thought about it. Learning wilderness survival techniques does not have to be a boring thing. Make a game out of it when in the learning phase. This way when you actually do find yourself in a survival event, it should not hit you as hard as if you were just thrown into the situation with no training.

Watch the video as I take a small hike in the canyon. Every item I locate can be found here on my website in detail.

I did find two other items that did not come out on this video due to camera operator error. Those two items were the Desert Willow and Ephedra Bush (Mormon Tea).

I will be adding similar series videos throughout this year so come back soon for more fun.

Stay Prepared! Stay Alive!


Thursday, November 13, 2014

The Forgotten Paw Paw Fruit.

The Paw Paw tree (Asimina triloba) is indigenous to 26 states in the United States.

The Paw Paw is also called poor man's banana and Indiana banana.

Historically, the fruit was enjoyed by Native Americans and early European settlers alike.

Today the Paw Paw, which often grows along the banks of rivers and streams, is a convenient snack for kayakers and a staple in the autumn diets of many country dwellers.

The Paw Paw is high in protein, antioxidants, vitamins A and C and several essential minerals.

The Paw Paw taste like a cross between a banana and mango. It turns dark brown when ripe and the outer skin peels very easily. Just before the skin turns brown, it has a reddish yellow tint just like a mango and tastes closer to a mango than a banana.

The Paw Paw bruise easily and has a two to three day shelf life at room temperature when ripe.

The Paw Paw's maroon blossom, while beautiful, is said to smell like rotting meat.

Stay Prepared! Stay Alive!