Gifts for the Adventurous

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Waypoints July 2016 - Everyday Situational Awareness

Articles from around the Web that I have been reading this month:


Once your children start enjoying the outdoors, Survival Sherpa discusses making sure they have the skills to stay safe while in the outdoors is the logical next step. 

Unfortunately this is a timely article with good advice on how to stay safe and escape if caught in a riot situation from Modern Survival Blog. Spoiler:  getting away from he riot as quickly and safely as possible is key.
My own personal advice is to always stay as aware of your surroundings as possible. 
If nothing else, just practice in the parking lot when leaving the grocery store.  Who else is in the parking lot?  Are they doing anything out of the ordinary?  I don't mean to say you should be scared, just aware.  IF there is someone looking for a victim, they will most likely be looking for the person not paying attention.

Thanks for reading and I will hopefully have new posts shortly.

Stay Safe,

Monday, February 29, 2016

Waypoints February 2016

What I'm reading:

Photo Credit: USFS Becky Bruce-Vaughters
There's so much awesome in the above picture.  Makes me miss the Appalachians. 

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Books For A Leadership And Survival Mindset

In addition to outdoors activities and gear, I enjoy reading when I get the chance.  One topic I enjoy is biographies of varied leaders in history as well as leadership topics. 

Leadership is directly related to Survival in that the most important tool you can have in a survival situation is your mind.  The ability to stay focused on the tasks at hand and make decisions is paramount to getting yourself and your loved ones through an emergency.  And the best way to learn about leadership is to read about the actions of past leaders in government, military and business through biographies, historical accounts or directly from the leaders themselves.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Emergency Checklist PDF

A recent close call with a natural disaster, that I previously mentioned, has me thinking more about the safety and well being of the family and demonstrated first hand how quickly things such as electricity, water and shelter, that we rely on daily can be taken away. 

I'm a list maker so I started looking for lists that others had already made for a starting point for items needed in an emergency situation. 

Monday, February 1, 2016

GORUCK Challenge Event Gear and Training Tips

Training for your first GORUCK Challenge?
Make sure you have the gear you need. 
Pictured is the gear I used on 2 GORUCK events.  1 Challenge and 1 Light.  I completed my first event, a 15hr 20plus mile Challenge, in December of 2013 and recently completed the 9/11 Light Special Event.  And I am looking forward to completing GORUCK's new Charming the Snake 2016 events.
I also have listed at the bottom some general tips on training for someone who is training for their first event.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Waypoints January 2016

What I've been reading.

I've been following and reading author and life hacker Tim Ferris' work since The 4-Hour Workweek came out but just this month got into his podcasts.  I just never was interested in listening to podcasts but I highly recommend his shows.  You will get something out of almost any episode you listen to.  I have to have pen and paper with me while I listen and usually end up with multiple pages of notes by the end.

Friday, January 8, 2016

New Patch - Gideon's Tactical

First patch from Gideon's Tactical looking great on the GR1 on a foggy day in Texas!