Hi and thanks for visiting my blog. I thought that it would be fun to start an open forum of survival topics and outdoor skills that others can refer to for information and instruction. I will post a survival topic or skill and give some information on it. I will also be posting excerpts from my survival manual that I have been writing. Feel free to comment on it, or ask about a topic that I have not yet covered. Even professionals can learn a new way to do something. In this way we can all help each other. If you have a specific experience that you would like to share please feel free to do so at your own risk of others' comments. If you disagree with someone please be civil and respectful. One last thing, please keep it "G" rated i.e., no foul language or inappropriate subjects. If you break the rules I will pull your post. So let's keep it clean and have some fun!

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Here is a great story of how doing the right things can keep you alive, even in extreme conditions.  It's wonderful that this family is alive and well when it could have turned out so differently.  Good clear thinking on the part of the father kept this family alive.

Saturday, November 30, 2013

I've posted a new video on my YouTube channel.  In this video I teach you how to find the materials for and make your own cordage.  This kind of cordage is surprisingly strong and can stand up to a good amount of weight.  Check it out and make sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel!

Monday, October 21, 2013

October/November's Club Meeting

What: Wild Jake's Club Meeting
Where: Pioneer Village @ North Park in Provo Utah 500 North 500 West
When: 1 November 2013
Why: To understand the importance of this skill
How: by demonstration (Wild Jake's Survival Institute)
From: 1800-2100

We have a conflict of interest this month so I will have to move the Club meeting to the 1 of November. This month we will meet at the Pioneer village down in north park in Provo. We will be talking about Flint Knapping and we will have a demonstration. The village is on the north west side of the park. You can park on 500 West.

We will not be able to cook any meals so bring something that you can eat on the fly or fill free to stop and try one of our many establishments here in the Valley on your way to the meeting. (you are welcome to bring it with you to the meeting as well) 

We will also be providing a service project for our use of the village (picking up trash and bringing down a canopy for the winter).

Friday, August 30, 2013

Product Review

Wild Jake's Survival will be posting a product review shortly to include video of the rigorous testing that we will be putting these knifes from Bark River Knife's through.  The models that we will be testing will be the Fox River and the Bushcrafter.  For more information check out our our Media hyper link on our web-site at www.wildjakes.com

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Facebook Drawing

When we hit 1000 page likes everyone that is in that first 1000 will be entered into a drawing for a knife out of our store at www.wildjakes.com
This is the knife and I have personally used and it is built really well.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013


Club Meeting August 23
Augusts Club meeting is linning up to be the best meeting yet, so dont miss out. We will be Building Shelters and staying over night in them.  So come on out and test your skills. Come and see what it really takes to build a shelter that will protect you from the elements.

When: August 23/24
Where: Cherry Creek 
Directions: I-15 South to Nephi 2ed exit go west on 132 and turn right on Rte 1812 to (Little Sehara Sand Dunes) Cross over I-6 onto Jericho Callao Rd. follow road untill pavment ends.  From pavment end continue two miles to cattel garud and major fork in the road go straight for four more miles untill four way intersection, turn right for two more miles and turn left. Left turn will be marked with Wild Jake's Flag. Get there as early as you can and bring your own food :)  I have also included a map.

Monday, July 8, 2013

July Club Meeting!!

July Club Meeting on the 26 at Big Springs Park from 1800-2100  (bring good hiking shoes)

Our Club Meeting for July is going to be a good one for all you survival purest out there.  We are going to take our last two meetings and take Land navigation to the extreme by learning to navigate without a map and compass.  That's right folks we are going to run a land nave course without a map and compass.  we will teach you how to use the watch method, shadow tip method, the sun, moon, stares, snow and even ant hills that's right I said Ant Hills.  Meet at the parking lot at the top of the park. Dinner should be something that you can eat on the go without cooking. Bring you own water.

Up Coming Courses!!

We are offering several new courses this month, starting on the 9th (Fire By Friction), the 11th (Dead Fall Traps), the 13th (Fish Basket Traps), and 3 weekend courses the first one starting on the 18-20, 25-27, and Aug. 1-3.  We will only take 10 clients for each weekend course.  the prices will be going up in Aug. so sign up now and get a great course for a great price.  Check out our web-site for more info.  www.wildjakes.com 

Saturday, May 25, 2013

June Club Meeting the 28th

We had a great turnout yesterday for the club meeting. In fact we had so much to do that we could not get it all done. So next month we are going to finish up our map reading, and learn how to plot our position on a map, and then how to plot an 8-digit grid coordinate, and then how to use the terrain to help us get there the fastest.

Our next club meeting will be on the 28th of June from 1800 to 2100 at Glen Canyon Park. The focus will be orienteering. Remember to bring your foil dinner, your knife, a water bottle, good hiking shoes, your folder with your map (if you got one at last night's meeting), a mechanical pencil, a light jacket, and a friend.

I also updated our website to include an Orienteering section in the store. You can find the protractors there along with some really good compasses. the website is www.wildjakes.com or you can go to Ranger Joe's and look for them there.




Wednesday, May 15, 2013

May 24 Club Meeting

Wild Jake's Club Meeting for May will be on the 24 at Canyon Glen Park in Provo Canyon from 1800 - 2100. Bring your foil dinner and a friend.  We now have 62 members lets see if we can all be there.

The topic for this month will be Land Navigation, with a map and compass. We will have three stations 1) Pace count with a game to learn how to follow a compass heading and reinforce your pace count.  2) You will learn how to make Ranger beads and how to use them. (please bring $5 to help with materials i.e. 550 cord, lighters, paper and ink for maps. pencils, and protractors).  3) And  finally a real live man hunt.  We plan to split up into 3 groups and then into smaller units to rotate through the stations spending an hour at each one. While at station two you will be able to cook and eat your dinner.

Monday, March 25, 2013

April Club Meeting

Alcohol Stoves


Wood Gas Stoves

This Month on the 26 we will be making Alcohol and Wood Gas Stoves!  Watch these videos and bring the miterials listed in them and we will build them together.

Place: Canyon Glenn Park
Time: 1800-2100
Bring your foil dinner, water, pocket knife, something to eat your dinner with and a friend.  See you there!

Monday, March 18, 2013

March Club Meeting

March 23


Glen Canyon Park

This month I have to change the date due to scheduling conflicts.  So it will be Saturday instead of Friday.  And the topic will be how to make a shelter with only one piece of cord a rectangle tarp and four stakes that will cover you on 5 sides and allow you to have a fire that will heat the shelter.  These techniques are some old school methods that have been lost on us who buy things already done for us.  This will change the items that you carry in you car and maybe even what you take with you into the woods.  As always bring a Foil Dinner, water, knife and a friend.  We will see you there.  PS this is the closest I could find to the tent that we will be constructing.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

A Great Backpacking Stove

This is a Great Product that everyone should have!

I ran into Mikhail Merkurieff at the Rennaisance fair this last September in Provo Canyon where he told me about his stove.  I did some looking into this and it is an amazing thing to have in your kit.  I think that everyone should get one of these and put it into your go bag that your have with you at all times.  You should watch this video.  

PS I like his method for making omelets.  Since I watched this I have used this method when I am out camping.  You can have eggs without the shells.

New Video

Our First Video

Check out our new video and like it. Book our Youtube channel www.youtube.com/wildjakessurvival and stay tuned for more instructional videos.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

January Club Meeting

 Now that the holiday's are over and everyone is back to the grind.  Come and join us for our first club meeting of the year.  It will be on Friday night from 1800 to 2100 on the 25 of January. we will talk about snow shoes and how to make some improvised ones. It will be cold so dress appropriately. Bring your foil dinners and some hot chocolate. We will meet at Canyon Glenn park just in Provo Canyon. tell your friends.