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Episode 30 MTTA Ski Patrol


Tony Abruzzo (Ski Patrol Director, MTTA VP), Ellie Healy (Treasurer, MTTA), Les Baker (ASP)
Bob Myrick (President MTTA), Dave Stonington (MTTA Board)


Show Notes:

Today we take you to the Mount Tahoma Trails Association (MTTA) office in Ashford Washington, just west of the Longmire entrance to Mount Rainier National Park to meet with Tony Abruzzo and Dave Stonington. Tony and Dave along with many other dedicated volunteers, help manage an incredible volunteer organization that oversees North America's largest No Fee Hut-to-Hut Trail System. Join us as we talk about the Ski Patrol, Huts, Trail System and how you can help out. 


Mount Tahoma Trails Association (MTTA)

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Email: Tony Abruzzo

Email: Dave Stonington

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Episode 29 John D. McCann Interview


Photo Provided by John McCann

Show Notes:

The ASP would like to welcome John D. McCann to the show today. John is an accomplished author of several books. He is the Managing Director and founder of Survival Resources™ He joins us to talk about his very successful books, his veteran owned company along with topics that cover survival, self-reliance, bugging out and much more. Please give a warm welcome to Mr. John D. McCann.


Survival Resources™



John D. McCann’s Personal Blog


Sillcock Key Video

Fire Blowing Tube Video

Email John’s wife Denise for Wilderness Survival questions for women:

Email John at:

Episode 28 Survival Knives


Show Notes:

Warning: This is not a knife review show.

We are talking Survival and EDC knives today on the Advantage Survival Podcast. I walk you through my philosophy of use for 2 types of knife categories and the 4 knives that I use the most.


KA_BAR Large Heavy Bowie
Victorinox Swiss Army Dual Pro X Knife
Columbia River Knife and Tool 2850 Bez Tine Skinner Fixed Blade Hunting Knife
KA BAR Becker Campanion
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Episode 27 A Walk in the Park



Show Notes:

A short walk in the park with Kelly, we talk about getting outside for a healthier lifestyle. Preppers need to take care of themselves first so they can help others in time of need. So take the call to action…

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Episode 26 Video Surveillance for the Homestead



Show Notes:

One of the key elements of security around the home is a video surveillance system. In today’s show we interview Ed Baker from Video Consultants NW and talk about the different aspects of video surveillance.

We want to thank Ed for joining us at the AS Podcast. Hopefully you've found the show to be informative, as you critique your operational security.

You can connect with Ed Baker at the following:


Phone: 253-517-8990


Episode 25 Building A Winter Vehicle Survival Kit



About half of the Survival gear in my F-150. I also take my SAR 72 Hour Pack.


Winter Vehicle Survival Kit Add-Ons at the

Note: Some items on this list maybe repeated to illustrate multiple uses for item.

Note: Please use this list as a guide to help you build your Winter Car Survival Kit.


Service your vehicle regularly for winter driving.

Put on snow tires if applicable.

Get Mud and Snow Tires or Studded Snow Tires.

Check spare tire inflation, lifting jack and accessories. Learn how to safely use them.

Know the location of your vehicles “Jacking” points.


If you do not have to travel… DON’T   

Get the 511. Get the most up to date travel and weather information before you commit to your journey.

Fill out a Trip Plan Form. Be easy to find: Tell someone where you are going and the route you will take. Get a free download form from

Always fuel up tank when it hits the ½ mark.

Know your vehicles traction control system and how and when to turn them off.

Stay with vehicle unless you see help and can safely get to said help.

Carry some extra cash. Power maybe out and ATM may not function.

Use caution when fueling in very cold temperatures. Direct contact with fuel may supper freeze the skin.

Keep your Survival Kit secured in the passenger compartment in case you can’t get or open the trunk.

If you need to leave your vehicle, write down your name, address, phone number and destination. Place the piece of paper inside the front windshield for someone to see.

Avoid Overexertion! Shoveling snow or pushing your vehicle takes a lot of effort in adverse weather conditions. Don't risk a heart attack or injury. Hard physical activity can also make you hot and sweaty. Wet clothing loses insulation value making you susceptible to hypothermia.

Get fresh air! It's better to be cold and awake than comfortably warm and sleepy. Snow can plug your vehicle's exhaust pipe and cause deadly carbon monoxide gas to enter your vehicle.

Only run the engine for 10 minutes an hour and make sure the exhaust pipe is free of snow.

Open a window a crack while running the engine is also a good idea.

Go through your kit at least once a month to stay familiar with its contents and learn how to uses each item. 

Don’t expect your situation to be a comfortable one. You’ll ned to do what it take to survive until help arrives.

Vehicle Specific Items

Emergency Rescue Hammer

Tire Chains

Brightly Colored, Reflective Safety Vest

Tarp Min. 8’x8-, 9’x12’ Use as ground cover when installing tire change or as an emergency shelter.

Booster Cables and/or Jump Start Pack

Fire Extinguisher

Road Flares

Fuel Syphon Pump

Extra De-Icer Windshield Washer Fluid

Ice Scrapper with Brush

De-Icer (Spray)

Bag of Sand, Cat Litter or Ice Melt

Flat Repair Kit

Extra Fuel (if you can carry safely)

Spare Windshield Wipers Blades

Heavy Duty Working Gloves

Flagging Tape

Road Atlas or Road Maps

Emergency Shelter & Clothing

Note: Have enough items for each person in the vehicle.

Your Vehicle is Your Shelter

Sleeping Bag(s)

Blankets then Extra Blankets

Extra Change of Clothes

Winter Coat(s)

Winter Boots

Extra Socks

Winter Hat(s) and Gloves


Sunglasses and/or Ski Goggles

8’x8’ Tarp

100’ of Paracord or Bankline

Clean Drinking Water

Case of Bottled Water (Keep in Cooler to Prevent Freezing)

Metal Cup (for melting snow over flame for drinking water & cooking food)

Note: 16oz. Water bottles are easier to thaw out than lager water bottles.

Heat Generation

Note: I do not advocate an open flame in the vehicle. Use your common and reasonable sense.

Note: Crack your window to get fresh air.

Note: Use if sheltering away from your vehicle.

Basic Fire Starting Kit: Lighter, Matches, Tinder, Fire Steel.

Candles (tea light or small candle lantern)

Can of Sterno

Hand and Body Warmers


Snow Shovel


Basic Vehicle Tool Kit

Knife or Multi Tool

Folding Saw

Communications & Signaling Options

Cell Phone

Help Apps and Cell Phone Features

Strobe Light with Extra Batteries

Personal Locator Device (PLB)

Storm Whistle

Glow Sticks, Bright Colors (Tie cordage to and spin in a circle at knight).

Hand Crank Radio with Weather Channels, Flashlight, USB Port

FRS/GMRS 2Way Radio

CB Radio

HAM Radio

SAT Phone

Brightly Colored, Reflective Safety Vest

Your Vehicle’s On-board Emergency Communication System


Compass (Backpacking Type)

Your Cell Phones GPS

Vehicles On-board Navigation System


Flashlight or Headlamp

Glow Sticks (Bright Colors)

Candles (tea light or small candle lantern)


Note: Carry what you are legally and trained to use. Examples:


Pepper Spray

Non-Lethal Deterrents


First Aid Kit (customized for your level of training)

If You Are Using Prescription Meds, Take Extra


High Energy Food Bars

Hard Candies

Metal Cup (for melting snow over flame for drinking water & cooking food)

MRE’s with Heaters

Note: Keep food and water bottles in a cooler so it does not freeze.

Note: Choose small packages of food that you can eat hot or cold.

Equipment Storage, Carry & Repair

Storage Box, Duffel Bag, Backpack or Vehicle’s Storage Compartments

Duct Tape

Zip Ties

Power Management

Cell Phone Charging Cable

USB Charging Battery Pack or Hand Crank Power Station

12v Phone Charging Cable

Extra Batteries

Hygiene Considerations

Toilet Paper

Sealable Container for Waste

Hand Whips

Sanitary Whips

Extra Feminine Hygiene Products

Portable Urinal or Save Empty Water Bottles

Large Plastic Garbage Bags

Note: Use caution when using any alcohol based products in very cold temperatures. Products may supper freeze the skin.

Entertainment Considerations

A good book to read


Playing Cards

Pencil and Paper/Notebook

Episode 24 Thoughts on Shelters




Check out my shelter picks at The

What is your “go to” emergency shelter?

Do you really want to spend hours making a debris shelter? I do not.

For me, Advantage Survival is just that. I am taking a tarp.


Body Shelters

Good quality raingear

The Mother Ship

Camp Shelters

Tarp 8' x8', 8’x10’ or 10'x10' (Choose one)




Natural Shelters


Why the tarp you ask? Well because of years of Search & Rescue training and missions. We used tarps for everything.

Why the Blanket/Poncho? Versatility and high-speed low-drag setups.


Here’s what I typically carry:

One 8’x10’ Tarp

You’ll need to choose the size and type that best fits your Shelter System and budget.


Choose your weapon: 100’ of… 550 Paracord, Heavy Duty Bank-line or 9mm rope.

Tent Stakes

I don’t want to call Geppetto and have him take two weeks carving wooden tent stakes; as awesome as they would be… Remember, I’m looking for high-speed low-drag setups. You need a minimum of 5 stakes.




Have a shelter “carry” plan.


Have a quick shelter access plan. Where in your pack is it stored? Stored when wet?


Limit your exposure!


Use Tarp/Shelters For Water Collection.


Are you Stormproof? 


Buy the best you can afford...

Episode 23 Fire -My Practical Guide



Have you ever been lost in the wilderness?

Have you ever been lost in the wilderness at night?

Have you ever been lost in the wilderness at night in the rain and with cold temperatures?

Have you spend an unexpected night in the great outdoors in those conditions?

Did you have a shelter and did you have a "sustainable" survival fire?

When do you need a fire?

Are you skilled at crafting a fire?

What kind of tools do you need to craft an emergency survival fire?

What kind of supplies do you need to craft a sustainable survival fire?

Is fire craft a perishable skill? Is it uses it or lose it? I think it is.

You've got to practice fire craft in controlled conditions that you're going to be in.

Now I'm not going to lecture you here but... Carry some damn gear with you when you go out, will ya? And read my eBook. Enough said.


I can guaranty you that my fire kit is bigger than an Altoids tin…

TOOLS (Buy the best you can afford. Just my opinion)

Knife (Bad Ass Type, EESE 5)

Folding Saw (Silky)

Lighter (TIP: Zip tie the button)

Fire Steel

Waterproof Windproof Matches

Aluminum foil


Cotton balls impregnated with petroleum jelly


Wet Fire (UST), TinderQuik Tabs, Weber BBQ Starter Cubes.


YOUR FIRE KIT You should always carry one when away from normal Systems of Survival.


Find a safe place to construct your fire; Safe from environmental hazards around you as well as a safe place to construct a survival fire.

Make sure you have enough time in the day to collect wood while you still have daylight.

Clear the area, gets down to bare earth if you can. We'll talk about techniques of building a fire on snow later.

If it's raining or going to, erect a temporary tarp shelter over your fire pit area to keep it dry while you collect wood. As crazy as it seems I've seen people use umbrellas to cover their fire pit while they go out to collect the materials they need.

Determine how long you plan to spend at that location.

Using your folding saw, collect the appropriate amount of wood that you will need. Remember you will always need more than you think you need. Store the wood under your tarp to keep it dry.

Use your knife to process the wood. Process the wood into 3 sizes:

Tinder (extra for morning)


Fuel size pieces, "Split" Always split.

In addition to oxygen and fuel, fire likes to climb. Fire likes edges. So think like fire and give it what it wants.

After acquiring all your materials and working under your shelter, start the fire construction possess.


1. Build the hearth

2. Lay the foil

3. Place the tinder

4. Lay the kindling

5. Light the tinder

6. Captivate the heat

7. Encourage the climb; give it air

8. Gently give it fuel

9. Feed the flames

10. Sustain the beast



Be safe! Only construct a fire when it is safe and legal to do so. In life threatening scenarios… use common and reasonable sense.


Once your fire is established, move your temporary tarp or shelter away from the fire so you don’t die of smoke inhalation. Firm grasp of the obvious but I need to say it…


Keep extra fuel wood under cover or “safely” dry it around the fire if wet conditions exist.


You need to practice you skills often to stay sharp. Your life may depend on it.

Episode 21 Get Ready


Obola Sucks!