Downers Grove, IL

Member since:

May 18, 2012


Hello! I'm a librarian by trade. Grew up in the Girl Scouts; took every opportunity to go camping & participate in eco-/conservation kinds of activities. Then got sidetracked with other stuff for way too long.

How did you find out about the "Great Outdoors and Survival"?

No answer yet

What is your experience with survival skills?

Basic skill level, (done in suburban Scout camp/forest preserve setting, not "real" wilderness). A little knowledge & experience finding/making emergency shelter out of tarp/poncho/plastic sheeting/found materials; laying a fire, starting it w/flint & steel, hand or bow drill; cooking w/o manufactured utensils (e.g., eggs packed in mud, bacon & eggs in a brown paper bag and on a rock; stick/spit-roasting, roasting directly in the coals; whittling & using homemade utensils; a bit of reflector-oven baking; boiling water to purify; basic knots & lashing; basic first aid; have cleaned fish; used to have basic compass skills, some weather-reading, wee bit of stargazing; a bit of plant identification including a little knowledge of edible plants. Haven't done most of these in many years, though and am pretty rusty.

Do you have any Backpacking experience and if so how much?

Not really. Most of my experience is base camp type.

What kind of skills can you bring to the group?

Skill strengths include fire building, using an ax (both short and long handle), pretty good at teaching skills to others (did quite a bit of that in Scouts).

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  • John Garza

    Hi Kathy, welcome to our group. Hope to see you at a gig soon!

    Jan 29, 2013 4:04 PM
  • Leane

    Hi Kathy. Welcome to the Chicago Sci-Fi/Fantasy Meetup Group (www.ChiSciFi.n­et). I hope you can attend a meetup sometime.

    Jan 18, 2013 12:57 PM
  • John Garza

    Thanks for joining Kathy! Hope to see you at a gig soon!

    Jan 18, 2013 11:20 AM
  • Bob Oehmen - Sunrise Spirits

    thanks for joining. I'd love to see you at the kick off meeting for my comedy troupe, next monday.

    Aug 24, 2012 4:28 AM
  • CTDMusic

    Hey Kathy, thanks for joining! I think you found the right place to share your love for making joyful noise. I hope you can make it out to one of our next meetups, we haven't had one in a while (we've been really busy) but we're should be setting one up in the next couple of weeks! Look forward to jamming with you!

    Sep 16, 2011 7:37 PM
  • John Yost

    See you next time then Kathy.

    Mar 26, 2008 1:49 PM
  • John Yost

    Great to hear you're coming! See you Friday.


    Mar 18, 2008 12:05 PM
  • Harmony

    Welcome to Primitive Skills!

    Dec 26, 2007 1:27 PM
  • Annie

    Welcome to the Neuroscience Group!!

    Dec 01, 2007 2:05 AM
  • T.J.

    Kathy, was great meeting you, albeit, very briefly. Hope we can get together soon and talk at length!

    Nov 28, 2007 11:23 AM
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