Surviving a Shooting in the Amazon



Below is an excellent story of how a man survived two people that tried to kill him and leave him for dead.  It touches upon community, fear, will to live and love of family.  I will only post the first page of the story.


VIA  Outside Online 

Surviving a Shooting in the Amazon

By:   Joe Spring 

On July 1, 2012, Davey du Plessis set off on a roughly 4,000-mile source-to-sea expedition down the Amazon. Two months and a third of the way in, he was attacked and left in the jungle to die. This is his story, as told to Joe Spring.

“As each situation in life represents a challenge to man and presents a problem for him to solve, the question of the meaning of life may actually be reversed.”
― Viktor E. Frankl
, Man’s Search for Meaning

It was Saturday the 25 of August, and up until mid-afternoon, I was having my best day on the river. I was almost two months into the expedition. I had already hiked from the town of Tuti to Mount Mismi—the listed source of the Amazon at that time—and back. I had biked roughly 500 miles through the Andes. Then I put a kayak into a tributary of the Amazon called the Urubamba River and had paddled roughly 700 miles. That Saturday morning, I saw my first manatee. A river dolphin swam next to boat. I saw two new species of birds. I was collecting data for Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation, so every time I saw animals I got a huge boost, but around midafternoon I started to have a really sick feeling. Continue reading

Episode 11: Peter from ReWild Portland


rewildwhat is Rewild Portland?

why the raccoon?

Earth Skills Are Easy is a series of one day workshops on earth skills also referred to as “primitive skills”, “ancestral skills”, “survival skills”, or “bush craft”.

Stone Tool Kit:               Leather Footwear                    Flint-Napping

Post-Apocalyptic Survival Summer Camp

Raccoon Youth Academy

Excess leather:

Oregon Leather  

Tandy Leather Factory

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Video on how you can help: Continue reading

How do you Grow Potatoes?


potatoes022007It all started with an article my wife brought to my attention. It was about growing potatoes in burlap bags. As it turned out, the day before I saw a video on starting potatoes slips indoors. So this got my curiosity up and going. But how do you do it? What kind of potatoes should you grow? Why should you grow potatoes? So come along with me as I educate myself on these questions.


Why should I even bother to grow potatoes?

The first thought that comes to mind is how little room they can take up. We are going to use burlap bags, the size of a common bucket. Potatoes also are easy to keep for a long time, much long than other produce.

Click here for tips on how to keep potatoes from rotting.

How to Store potatoes by Jonathanwallace (this is a great video on storage)


Potatoes are cheap, why bother growing them?

• I will grow potatoes for a couple of main reason. I know where my food comes from. I know the soil used, what was used on it and where they came from.

• Just in time shipping. If the “monkey throws poo at the fan”, then I have some food on hand. I am not 100% dependent on the local market to save my backside.

• The knowledge of growing potatoes. Things that seem simple turn complicated when we first try them. Now is the time to try. Continue reading