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Hi! I'm Alan Halcon, former field Editor and Writer for Wilderness Way magazine (Now Defunct), owner of outdoorselfreliance.com and part owner of Dirttime.com.

For many years, I've traveled the country teaching and training others in Outdoor Self-Reliance and Wilderness Survival skills. I've trained everyone from civilian, to scouts, to military personnel the skills they need to help keep them alive.

Currently, I hold the world record at starting a fire by rubbing sticks together, so making fire by primitive means is a big part of what I do.

I am a  Red Cross certified instructor for Wilderness First Aid, basic first aid, CPR, and AED, a certified Combat Life Saver instructor, and am part of a Search and Rescue team.

This group is for anyone who would like to add to their core knowledge of Emergency Preparedness, Survival, and Self Reliance.

All of our Meet-Ups are outdoors, in wilderness settings, where we will explore and work on different skills, with each meet-up focusing on a different topic.

    Emergency Fire-Making (primitive and modern)

    Rope Craft (Knots, mechanical advantage systems, making cordage)

    Outfitting your kit

    Land Navigation (map, compass, GPS)

    Water Purification methods

    Camp cooking

    Useful Plants

    Traps and Trapping

    Tracking

    Communications (Signalling, Amateur Radio, etc.)

    Shelters

    Etc.



In addition, I will also be offering FULL Red Cross Wilderness First-Aid Certifications. This class is a 16 hour Course, and fulfills the needs for Scout Leaders and others.

All of our meet ups will be hands-on skill based workshops.

Come check us out!

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Recent Meetups

  • January 17 · 7:00 AM

    Learn to Rappel Class

    2 Self-Reliants

    Interested in learning to Rappel & Canyoneer? Did the movie 127 Hours intrigue you?! This class is a very basic introduction to rappelling, safety checks, communication... Learn more
  • January 16 · 9:00 AM

    WILDERNESS NAVIGATION (map & compass, orienteering)

    6 Self-Reliants

    With GPS technology  here to stay, learning how to read a map and using a compass is becoming a lost art. Whether you're a hiker or backpacker, knowing how to use a map... Learn more
  • Oct 18, 2015 · 7:00 AM

    Learn to Rappel Class, October 18

    2 Self-Reliants

    Interested in learning to Rappel & Canyoneer? Did the movie 127 Hours intrigue you?! This class is a very basic introduction to rappelling, safety checks, communication... Learn more
  • Aug 29, 2015 · 9:00 AM

    Useful, Medicinal, and Edible Plants

    5 Self-Reliants

    Join me for a hike in one of my favorite hiking places This area is full of shade, compliments of the prolific oaks, sycamores and other wild trees. This hike will take... Learn more
  • Aug 22, 2015 · 8:00 AM

    Survival Trapping

    3 Self-Reliants

    Do you watch the TV show Mountain Men and want to learn how to use the traps they use to live? Then Deadfalls and Snares are the main stay of traps for survival... Learn more
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