Against All Odds Archive

Garmin Fenix 3 ABC/GPS Watch

I have always considered myself a watch guy. Unfortunately, I have a bit of a negative effect on analog watches and slow them down during wear, which is only compounded by my love for analog and distaste for digital. For some time, I have either had to...

White Powder War

Inside Colombia’s Elite Jungla Commandos, Part 1 Without moving his eyes from the jungle floor, the door gunner held up three fingers, indicating that we had three minutes until we hit the LZ. A Jungla operator adjusted the strap on his helmet, while another bowed his head...

USMC Survival Kit

During a tactical training class I attended several years ago, the question of survival/E&E (escape & evasion) kits came up. After a quick round-table discussion, it became clear that the students’ definition of survival gear was extra food. I was astounded that these welltrained cops and military...

Pathfinding Without A Compass

“The first time a man loses his bearings in the wilderness, his wits refuse to work. There is no use offering advice to men about what they should do if they get lost, because a lost man is an insane man, anyway, and will remember nothing that...

Survival Signaling

IT’S not just outdoorsmen who find themselves lost in the woods. A great number of fatalities that occur in the outdoors are people who were just passing through on a road trip and maybe due to vehicle malfunction they ended up stranded and stuck someplace remote. They may...

Chest Seals

Making The Concepts Stick The tool bag of the tactical medical first responder includes a finite and easily mastered collection of devices. In tactical medicine, each piece requires not just an understanding of how it is applied and for what indication, but also facility of the application while under duress. In order to master...

Portable, Dependable Fire

Humans have had the ability to control fire for about 400,000 years. Eating while sitting around a campfire has had a significant impact on the development of human societies and culture. Having access to a fire in a survival situation has a number of advantages. The time it takes to build a fire...

Primitive Cooking

My grandfather used to say, “There is nothing manly about being helpless.” A child of the Great Depression, he knew how to get by in lean times and make do with available materials. Survival enthusiasts are usually very good at building shelters, making fires and finding water. Many of us have stores...

Top 10 Survival Tools

A simple trip in unforgiving terrain can often put a person into a survival scenario. Having the right gear with you is important, but in order to select the right gear, it’s important to know what the survival priorities are. The late, great Ron Hood is regarded as the “Godfather of Survival.”...

The Hammock

Over the years I’ve owned tents ranging from $20 pup tents all the way up to high-end The North Face expedition tents. Tents certainly have their uses, but as my outdoor pursuits have evolved, so has my choice in shelters. In September 2011, I attended an event at Jeff Randall’s farm. I...