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Survival Resources™ is a unique firm that specializes in survival kits, components for survival kits and bug-out bags, and emergency preparedness products. Our goal is to provide our customers with various options and resources to enhance their ability to survive in an emergency situation, whether in the wilderness, while traveling, or during a natural disaster.

Primitive Lifeways was originally developed and organized by Jeff Martin and Kiowa Sage with the common goal of helping our clients reconnect back to nature and a more natural way of life. 

Why the name Primitive Lifeways?
When examining modern culture we see how far we have become disconnected to what is true. We put our faith in politicians, advanced technology and money–all which disconnect us from the earth. Long ago primitive man/woman thrived off of a strong community, spiritual balance and deep connection to the natural world. Knowing how different life used to be and how humbled primitive people were, Martin and Sage were compelled to base our teachings and lifestyles off of primitive man/woman who invented and mastered the connection to nature. In doing so Primitive Lifeways was born.
“Let us put our minds together and see what life we can make for our children.”
– Sitting Bull

What is unique about your school?
We do not base our teachings out of fear.Instead of focusing on survival, we focus on adaptation. We strongly feel nature will cleanse, humble and humiliate us in a positive way that helps us find our true inner being. Indeed, this way of teaching helps us evolve as a species in a positive way. 
“A man who goes afoot, prepared to camp anywhere in any weather, is the most independent fellow on earth.”
– Horace Kephart

What skills will I learn at your school?
We offer a wide variety of skills and mentoring services–including the following: wilderness therapy, rehabilitation services, bow and arrow making, primitive fire, shelters, primitive traps and snares, weaving and fiber arts, atlatl and dart making, rock art, edible and medicinal plants, stone and bone tools, animal tracking, ancient jewelry and much more! 
“Everything on earth has a purpose, every disease an herb to cure it and every person a mission. This is the Indian theory of existence.”
– Mourning Dove

What are your views on preserving the planet?
We feel it is more important than ever before to preserve what we have here on earth. Yes we do harvest vegetation, but we do so in an ethical manner that promotes new growth and natural development. Furthermore, we understand how quickly modern people are depleting our natural resources with mass development and infrastructure.

“Only when the last tree has died and the last river been poisoned and the last fish been caught we will realize we cannot eat money.”
– based on Cree saying

Granny's Country Store

About Silver Star, Montana
     Silver Star is located in southwestern Montana along the Jefferson River on the Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail. Lewis & Clark passed through Silver Star in early August 1805 in their search for a water route to the Pacific. On August fourth William Clark and the main party of men with the canoes camped just across the river from present day Silver Star, while Meriweather Lewis was scouting the route ahead on foot. Read more about Lewis and Clark on the Jefferson River.

      Silver Star is the third oldest town in Montana, a story which began in 1866 when a prospector named Greene Campbell discovered gold on the side of a hill about 1 1/2 miles west of the present town site. He filed a mining claim under his name, and the "Greene Campbell" became No. 1 in the book of Montana patent records. Read more about Silver Star History.

      Today Silver Star is a quiet little town of at least 30 people, probably more like 60-- if you include the outlying "suburbs" and ranches. Tom & Renee Elpel operate their internet bookstore through Granny's Country Store, where they also run the post office and keep a handful of groceries available for the locals. Other Main Street businesses in Silver Star include an antique and clock shop and a taxidermy studio.

      Silver Star is rich in local personalities, several of which have been profiled in the Three Rivers Edition of the Montana Standard, including:

Blades & Bushlore

Welcome to the web's best place to discuss knives and the great outdoors! Feel free to pull up a chair by the fire and share stories and information about trips and gear with other enthusiasts.

Christopher Nyerges 

The School of Self-reliance arose from Christopher and Dolores Nyerges’ dream to live and to teach practical skills to mostly urban folks who’ve lost touch with our most basic roots.  The School was founded by Christopher and Dolores, now (since Dolores’ passing in 2008) carried on by Christopher and peripatetic faculty of uniquely-skilled individuals.  [Click on Memorial to read about Dolores].
            Since 1974, Christopher Nyerges has taken over 30,000 children and adults on his Wild Food Outings, Survival Skills Outings, and other field trips and outdoor programs.
            He has worked with such groups as Sierra Club, Tree People, Southwest Museum, Boy Scouts of America, Elder Hostel, home schools, public and private schools, churches, libraries, etc.
            He is the author of 10 books, including Self-Sufficient Home: How to Go Green and Save MoneyHow to Survive AnywhereEnter the Forest, and Guide to Wild Foods. He was the editor of Wilderness Way magazine for 7 years, and has authored several thousand newspaper and magazine articles in such publications as the Los Angeles Times, Pasadena Star News, Pasadena Weekly, Whole Life Times, American  Survival Guide,  and others.
The classes and workshops of the School of Self-reliance have been featured on all Los Angeles-area television stations, including KCET’s “Life and  Times” and “Visiting with Huell Howser.”  For two years, Nyerges appeared on Fox TV’s “X show,” where he demonstrated survival skills on the streets of Los Angeles.

Outdoor Self Reliance

Ever since I can remember, I’ve  loved the outdoors. My dad was an avid outdoorsman and always taking the family camping, fishing and hunting.
I reckon I must have been about 10 or 12 (circa 80s) when I went to Segovia, Spain and spent a summer there. While my parents wanted to go sight seeing, I was more interested in staying back and playing with my friends. I spent a lot of time in the outdoors with my friends, learning Survival skills, though at the time to me it was just goofing off in the wilderness. Oh how my mom hated me hanging out with them. But try as she may, I didn’t listen and was always running around with my friends. I reckon she had good reason to keep me away from those kids… They were Gypsies! Oh but how I learned some skills. Those Gypsy kids were the ones that taught me how to poison fish with plants, handmagfishing, and bird trapping with a substance called “Liga” or birdlime—A sticky substance smeared on branches that would cause the birds to stick when they landed on the branches. This Liga was made from the bark of a tree through a pretty drawn out process. It was during that time I also bought my first survival book, in Spanish, no less. I also very much recall heading to the hills for some wildcrafting with my aunts and Grandmother. My Grandmother was always gathering medicinal herbs and I also learned how to make wood ash soap from my grandmother.
While I got older and had different interests, my passion for the outdoors remained. It must have been maybe in 1995 I met Christopher Nyerges and Dude McLean. We all quickly became friends. Sometime in the late nineties or early two thousands, I began writing for Widerness Way Magagazine, of which Christopher was the editor.
A lot has gone on since that time. I’ve been featured in Ron Hood’s video series (Number 15 of the Woodsmaster series). I currently hold the record at getting a handdrill coal (2 seconds). I’ve written for a couple of other magazines and have ghost written sections of other books and I’ve traveled the country teaching outdoor self reliance
Along with Christopher Nyerges and Dude McLean, I own I’ve made a lot of friends because of it. In fact, we have a yearly event that reunites instructors and students for a week long family oriented shindig in the outdoors
I don’t consider myself an expert, never will. I will forever be a perpetual student of the outdoors. I do enjoy sharing my experience and teaching others skills that will help them become more self-reliant and proficient in the outdoors. I run workshops year round, and I am still rewarded every time a student accomplishes their first coal, or sets their first trap.
My discipline is more Wilderness Living, than it is running around in a panic when one gets disoriented. Woodcraft/Bushcraft are the foundation of what I do and it is what I try to instill in my students by helping them grow their woodsmanship skills
One of my favorite quotes from someone anonymous
“This panic stricken craze and sense of fear so prevalent in the survival community is the antithesis of the accomplished woodsman. For it is he or she who looks upon such circumstances as minor annoyances, at best, and more often as opportunities.— anonymous”
I do my best to keep this site going with fresh relevant content, but alas sometimes I get thrown a curve ball and may miss a couple of days.
I’d like to thank you for taking the time to read this and for visiting OSR. I hope to see you on the trail!
Alan Halcon

Death Valley Jim

Jim is a 36-year-old, adventurer, explorer, author, and photographer of the Mojave Desert. He has spent a vast amount of time exploring the Death Valley, Joshua Tree, and upper Mojave Desert regions.
Jim was born an Air Force brat in Little Rock, Arkansas. He spent a majority of his youth moving every few years to new places. His first exposure to the desert was at a young age, his father was stationed at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Arizona. While Jim doesn’t remember much of his time there as a youth, something must have embedded itself in him.
After additional relocations, Jim and his parents ended up at Edwards Air Force Base in the California Mojave Desert. After a few short years in the Mojave, relocation was again thrust upon Jim, this time to the northeast. Despite being away from his beloved desert for many years, Jim would visit as often as possible.
Jim would eventually return to the Mojave Desert full-time in the mid-2000’s, this time with his wife of several years. They would settle in Kern County’s, California City where his father has resided since his retirement from the Air Force. At this time Jim and his wife had already visited Death Valley National Park, and other more gimmicky commercial desert outposts when visiting over the years. What they had yet to discover was the back country, the Native American sites, the mines, and ghost towns that one could actually visit, and explore on their own.
Hiking became a regular passion, and eventually getting as far off the beaten path as possible. Jim recalls before purchasing a Jeep, taking his Ford Mustang to some really crazy areas. One of his favorite stories is when he took the Mustang to the Burro Schmidt Tunnel. Dirt bikers, and quad drivers thought he was nuts. A park ranger from Red Rock State Park stopped to ask him how much further he had planned to go. Yes, Jim had potential to be one of “those people,” the “tourist that gets stuck, stranded, and dies in the desert.”
Jim was given the name “Death Valley Jim,” by his wife. It was a joke, never meant to gain any merit. Because of Jim’s love and passion for Death Valley, his wife called him it in conversation one day. Jim, his wife, and their friends thought it was funny, so it stuck. A short time later Jim would start a blog, calling it “Death Valley Jim’s Desert Adventures.” It was intended to be an outlet for him to post photographs, and stories about his adventures in the desert for his family and friends back east to read about.
While researching various locations for his website, Jim noticed a severe lack of historical documentation, as well as current photographs, and location information for many of the places that he was visiting. Jim took it upon himself to dig deeper into research, because of his personal interest. It wasn’t long before Jim was unlocking many of the “Secret Places in the Mojave Desert.” Jim was surprised when he began to be contacted by other curious desert folks, trying to find the same things that he was, and his website traffic was having a steady growth.
Jim at the upper fall, Dawin Falls.
Jim at the upper fall, Darwin Falls.
Along with the curious, and interested came the nasty, and self-righteous, the thugs. The people who don’t want you in THEIR desert. These people are the privileged, the brainwashed, the mindf**ked. Jim wasn’t aware of the politics of the desert, he didn’t care. Jim just wanted to explore, learn, and share.
In June of 2012, with no outside support, Jim published his first book, also the first in the popular desert series, “Secret Places in the Mojave Desert.” Volume one would quickly become a success, and three additional volumes have since followed, as well as a revised edition of Volume one. In total the “Secret Places” series have sold thousands of copies with no help from an outside publisher.
Over time, Jim’s website and book have become extremely controversial. Jim’s particular interest and inclusion of Native American “Rock Art” sites, as well as many other culturally significant locations have thrown him into the headlights of government agencies, and the “privileged, brainwashed, mindf**ked” people previously mentioned. Jim has continued his work, and has been vigilant in his beliefs that every person has the right to visit sites on public lands. Jim believes that education doesn’t stop at the classroom, or a book, and that education should be a hands on experience.
These days Jim is challenging himself if different ways. He has begun doing more expedition type adventures, which have allowed him to reach even more remote areas than previously. Because of these multiday, sometimes week-long treks, he has now taken on the role of survivalist, learning to depend more on what the land gives to him.
In the summer of 2013, Jim and his wife relocated to Joshua Tree, CA. Their home, just a couple of miles from the boundary of the National Park which bears its name. After eight months of exploring Joshua Tree, Jim  released, “Hidden Joshua: The Real Guide to Joshua Tree National Park.” Inside there are a variety of sites ranging from mining, natural wonders, and a large focus on Native American cultural sites. A majority of the sites included in the book have never before been published in a guide-book.
In July of 2014, Jim introduced the Death Valley Jim Radio Program on KPTR 1450-AM in Palm Springs. Jim’s program is the ONLY radio program in the California desert region that focuses ONLY on the desert. Jim can be heard on Saturday mornings from 8am-9am.
What does the future hold for Jim? Who knows, but the future does look bright. One thing is for sure, Jim will not back down from his beliefs, and he will continue his work to preserve and share the history of the desert with anyone that has an interest in listening.

Bearfoot Ted Adventures

So, you wanna start running barefoot?

Firstly, before you begin, you want to evaluate what it is that is leading you to even accept the logic behind the concept of barefoot running. We all know that barefoot running has gotten a lot of attention lately. Much of it is valid and deserves your attention.

Yet, one must still ask: is this a viable option for me?

Before you answer that question, let me explain why I think barefoot or minimal footwear running may not be good for you. It is not good if you are thinking it is some sort of cure-all that only requires taking off your shoes and starting to run injury free without radical changes in the way you may have been thinking of running up to now. If your running strategy has been about very specific time or distance goals, and you have been willing to push through pain to injury, then I would caution you: your bare feet will not allow you to continue this way.

Alas, the hallmark of my barefoot running philosophy is regaining connectedness, mindfulness, and presence in your running and in your body.

Barefoot running is not about blocking or pushing through pain, or at least it shouldn't be. Rather it is about tuning-in to your own body's highly sophisticated set of integrated awareness systems, systems that communicate through feelings and senses that are being collected in real-time as you move. From my perspective, learning how to run well means learning how to tap into the feeling of running well, which more often than not requires baring the foot to get the full feel of what happens when you move.

However, even if you decide that barefoot is the route for you, take one step backward and realize you are most likely in the process of rehabilitating your feet and legs from years of being differently-abled, shoed, and cast. Atrophy, loss of range of motion, weakness, neglect, the foot has not been treated well lately. All the padding and support and protection has not led to stronger feet...sadly.

So, the first key is to start slowly, incrementally and avoid over-exuberance, avoid being driven by your ego. Think orchard growing, not fast food. Think lifetime of development and growth. Think joy.

So, what are my secrets, what is it I share with clients who take my Introduction to Barefoot Running Clinic?

My goal is to get people to learn how to feel what good running feels like. I want them to develop a feeling for it. One of the primary feelings becomes an awareness of the texture and hardness of terrain and of impact. This awareness is the beginning.

To master this awareness, I have clients learn to move on hard surfaces first. Not focusing on distance or speed, I have my clients first walk and then trot on hard, fairly smooth surfaces. I work with them to focus on and begin to master three goals: quiet, quick, in-balance.

The Three Goals

1. Master gentle, quiet, forefoot-centric landings, silent and smooth.

Learn to move with no hard edges, no pounding, by learning how to have the impact of landing flow through the entire foot, starting in the forefoot and quickly spreading through the legs smoothly. Notice how silent your movement becomes. Imagine the movement of a big cat. Watch your dogs trot. Let them be models for tuned-in, flowing movement that wastes little energy on pound or sound.

2. Quicken your cadence: Running in bare feet encourages this naturally.

Some shoe runners are plodders. You can hear them coming. Lots of wasted energy on poorly timed impact. Quicker cadence ends up making sense when you realize that your ability to absorb and recoil energy through elasticity in your body dissipates quickly and is lost if not used. Learning how to get back in touch with the sweet spot of optimal recoil efficiency is easier to find when you can feel your feet, feeling that encourages a landing phase with foot more in line with your center of gravity (thinking about how you land if you jump down onto a hard surface in barefeet, not on your heels!). Over-striding is discouraged, nearly impossible barefooted.

3. Stable upright posture: balanced head, core engaged, unbent torso, the feeling of balance, relaxed, yet strong.

I think that good running can be judged aesthetically. It should look good, not painful. When you see someone moving or running well, it looks smooth and fluid and graceful and efficient. The opposite looks painful, when someone is hunched and stiff, robotic and plodding. Indeed efficient running is tall and stable, the upper body acting as the fulcrum from which the legs and arms can move freely with a serious lack of bouncing or swaying of the head.

Ultimately my coaching goal is to help people perfect what I call a persistent hunt trot...a gait not purely about speed, but about smooth, flowing, efficient, sustainable movement, movement that leaves you ready to hunt or play another day.

Barefooting itself is all about mindfulness and presence. Running like an upright Primate, not like a Robot. Aware of your body and your environment AT ALL TIMES.

Listen to your body...learn to hear what it is telling you. Adjust accordingly. Advance accordingly.

Best Regards, Barefoot Ted

PS.  Be sure to join the Minimalist Runner Google Group, link below:

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