Archive for March 2020

Land Navigation Technique – Boxing Out

Land Navigation Technique - Boxing Out

Even if you are really skilled at using a map and compass, sometimes finding your intended destination can be a challenge.  So, I’d like to share with you a really useful tool called Boxing Out. Boxing Out can come in handy in many situations.  For example, a hiker could use it to help find a trail intersection.  Maybe you are competing in an orienteering race run by our friends at the Western Pennsylvania Orienteering Club and can’t seem to find one of their checkpoint flags.  Or perhaps you are a soldier training for Special Forces selection knowing that its landed navigation course is viewed by many as the toughest in the U.S. military and so is the key reason why so many fail.  Boxing Out, then, can be a really important tool to use. So check out this video to learn more: To learn more about this topic and other […]

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What does COVID-19 have to do with Wilderness Survival?

What does COVID-19 have to do with Wilderness Survival?

As the tide of fear regarding the COVID-19 virus washed in locally this weekend, I witnessed a wide mix of responses, some of which I found heartening and others which left me with a loss of words.  Most people seemed to be simply going about their lives while following the recommended Center for Disease Control guidelines, like avoiding large crowds or events, maintaining distances of 6 feet from other persons for long periods of time, staying home if feeling ill, and, most importantly, washing hands regularly.  Likewise, on Saturday morning, while at a local gun store with Instructor Jarod, to buy a box of ammunition for a long planned private training with him (I’m a police officer) that he was kind enough to provide me, a customer had purportedly just left after having spent $20,000 on assorted weapons.  And later that day, I watched customers at a local store clear […]

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