Pathfinder School & A New BOV

Pathfinder Basic School

Well, I made it back in one piece.  Going to the Pathfinder Basic class was an amazing experience.  I learned a ton of great information and practiced some really cool skills.  Dave Canterbury is a great guy and extremely knowledgeable.  The assistant instructors were also great.  We had a big class, with ages from 9 to 60, and it couldn't have been a better group of folks.  Today has been a day of cleaning up and catching up to get ready for work tomorrow, but over the next few days, I'll be sharing some pictures and things that I learned.


Today we bought a late model, low mileage Honda Element for me.  I've wanted an Element since they came out in 2003, and finally was able to do it.  This will become my daily driver, and over the next couple weeks, I'll write about my process of turning it into the ultimate long-distance commuter GHV/BOV (Get Home Vehicle/Bug Out Vehicle).  And yes, I'll be changing up my bags and kits using information that I got from Pathfinder School.

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Our Sponsor of the Week is Survival Gear Bags.  They have some really great sales going on right now, including $30 off the regular price for Blast Boxers.  Whether you need a ready made BOB, or the materials to custom build your own, the folks at Survival Gear Bags can make it happen for you.  At Pathfinder School this weekend, I carried my Venturer Excursion Organizer Bag everywhere I went, loaded up with my 10 C's of survival.  And, it happens to be on sale right now.  Check out Survival Gear Bags, and please tell them that you heard about them at If It Hits The Fan!


  1. Glad to hear that you had a great time and learned some new skills. I can't wait to see some of the pictures. Honda elements are cool vehicles. I can see a lot of potential in a vehicle like that with the fold up rear seats. Good to have you back.

  2. Hope you enjoyed the hills of Ohio. Looking forward to the reviews and pics.


  3. Glad to hear you had a great time at Pathfinder School - looking forward to your pics and overall impressions.

    I'm very interested in hearing the run-down of the new BOV project. I've had many 4x4s, some modified for serious rock crawling, but I've always been drawn to the excursion/expedition build, where the focus is on self reliance (resilience, maintenance), off-highway exploration (capability and recovery), and extended/long-distance range.

    FWIW - Scott B Williams is getting ready to release his new book on BOVs (http://www.bugoutsurvival.com/2011/07/bug-out-vehicles-and-shelters-update.html) - his other stuff has been great, so I expect high caliber info from this one as well.

  4. Thanks guys! Dustin, I'll check out that book.


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