Archive for February 2011

Boy Scout Survival Skills   Leave a comment

When I look back on it, I learned some great skills as a Boy Scout in Troop 247 (Inver Grove Heights, MN). To this day, I know how to build shelters in rain or snow, shoot straight, start (really big) fires, perform first aid including stitching wounds, navigate land or water, all kinds of things that I wish I had more opportunities to practice on a daily basis. I cannot recommend highly enough picking up a copy of the Boy Scout Fieldbook, check it out HERE. Recently Jeff Csatari compiled a list of 27 cool things you either learned as a Boy Scout, or can still learn from Boy Scouts — it is never too late! Check out the list and vintage illustrations HERE.

Posted February 15, 2011 by Tom Delaney in Survival, Uncategorized

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U.S. Naval Academy SEAL Screening   Leave a comment

Here is a recently published account of screening for Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S) School candidates at the U.S. Naval Academy. Even if you have no plans on trying for a BUD/S slot, the challenges described might give you an idea on ways to take your own physical training out of the box and to the next level! Read the full article HERE.

Posted February 10, 2011 by Tom Delaney in Navy, SEALs

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MARINE CORPS DRILL INSTRUCTORS – THE REAL STORY   1 comment

When I went to Marine Corps Recruit Depot – San Diego for the Marine Corps Educators Workshop, I learned that there are a lot of myths about Marine Corps Drill Instructors – “DI’s” – and that the reality was a better story than any of the myths. The Marine Corps has produced this short film exploring the world of the DI, and whether or not you have a connection with the Marine Corps, it is informative and worth watching. Check it out! You can watch the full video below or by clicking HERE.

Posted February 10, 2011 by Tom Delaney in Marine Corps, Uncategorized

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Cold Weather PT: Hydration & Nutrition   Leave a comment

My 5K run this morning with 16F on the thermometer felt like running in a tropical paradise! Physical training in cold weather conditions does require a bit of a game plan, and ultrarunner Marshall Ulrich packs good advice in two basic principles:

1. Start out and stay hydrated.
2. Keep fueling.

These are principles that have been helpful for me, and might give you an advantage as well. Another advantage I had this morning were my Columbia Bugalite 2 boots. Look for a review of these in my upcoming “Gear” tab on this blog. You can read the full Marshall Ulrich article HERE.