Sunday, December 18, 2016

Shared survival story, Ruth's inspiration

I wrote a note to you and Ruth on the feed but got embarrassed & deleted it and it's bugging me that you didn't see my "thank you". I had never been so scared as I was while I looked for my daughter in the woods, and all of the technology that I thought would make all the difference in situations like this were just about useless; gps only showed me two dots in the canopy, then my phone died just as 911 picked up. I pretended that Ruth was next to me and that you were giving me instructions about how to think it through. I really don't have the right words to let you both know how much it helped to have watched MWW & be able to call upon the guidance that you guys gave. My girl has a broken ankle, but it could've been so much worse, and my husband & I are grateful that she learns these lessons while she's still close to home & under our wings. Thank you and please thank Ruth for helping to bring my girl home safely.

Thanks to Kendra for sharing this story and giving us permission to share with Y'all. Peace

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Testimonial from a Fan

Sharing these nice words from a fan:

Hi Mykel and Ruth,
I have watched every episode of your show many times over and I love it, but it has also become a training manual of sorts for me. I have made several trips in the outdoors to practice the skills I learned from your show. In one such trip I successfully lit a camp fire with a mag bar and tinder etc.. From the surrounding area in less than five minutes in the snow. I was really proud of myself. I also have your book and the orange compass/mirror/ gadget that I carry with me everywhere when I go hiking etc... (And I always bring a lighter!) Anyway, you really encourage me as my parents are really discouraging. You have become a role model for me that I look back to when I need encouragement. I wanted to say thanks to you and Ruth for everything and I would love to meet you someday and just say hi.
Cheers, Jennifer

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Shared by a fan:

I am writing to tell you how your shows have influenced my son.  Ever since he was three years old, he has been glued to survival shows. When he was five, he came into the kitchen while I was making dinner and asked if he could have an onion. Didn't know why a five year-old would want an onion but I played along. I went outside and found two sticks out of the ground holding up that onion with string--it was his little trap. So every chance he had, he would be outside setting up snares hoping to catch something. I didn't think at the time he understood having to load them with pressure, so they mostly were there for looks. But practice makes perfect; he always gets online and Googles the best way to catch something.

A few weeks ago we went camping. We stopped at the store to grab last-minute food items and I said we needed to decide on something to eat.  He said: Dad let's get some bread.  We got to the lake and he told me to save our water bottles.  I am thinking that's mighty green of you. So the next morning we got up to go fishing and he showed up at the table with his knife, water bottle, fishing line, and bread. He cut up the bottle, inverted the lid, added bread, and tied his line to it. Said he was going to trap minnows. So all day he tried and not one minnow. The next day he was more determined so he put out more and ended up catching two big minnows. Today as I was working in the garage he asked for help tying a slip knot, saying he learned about snares from Mykel and Ruth. I helped him and he built his snare. He did everything just as he saw it. We headed into town to see a movie, and when we got back, he had snared a bird. The snare worked perfectly.

 I think if he is with me, we will survive a survival situation. Thanks for being an inspiration to my son, Eli. For a long time I wasn't able to light the grill because it was not the way Mykel does it!


Sunday, February 1, 2015

An Incredible Story of Survival

We received this from Matt, who survived what could have been a bad situation, during which he utilized Hawke's survival book and tools!
A friend of mine with early onset Alzheimer's wanted me to work a road crossing for the Bear Grease Sled Dog Marathon. I ended up by county road 8 near Finland, MN. I thought I was going to be working with a young man as well, but ended up working with her 21 year-old high-functioning autistic niece, and I had my two oldest kids with me.
When I got up there both of my ears started hurting bad and I had some sinus drainage going on. I know you said that your book was not for survival experts, and I don't claim to be one, but I do think your book is worth keeping in my pack, and that's what I do. As my ears started to hurt worse, I remembered that the medical section in your book talked about antibiotics. I looked up page 511, saw the list of antibiotics, and started asking around to see if anyone had some left over or some that they use on their dogs or animals. I managed to score some Ciprofloaxin, took it for a few days, and was better. The nearest VA I could go to was out of reach for me at the time so having the ability to find out what I could use and track it down saved my butt from being sick out in the cold for the race.
In addition to the Green Beret Survival Manual, I also brought the Hawkchete with me. I know that many think of a machete as mostly a jungle survival tool, but I thought I would spend more time testing it out in the winter, and it paid off. This year the snow was waist deep in the woods. The Hawkchete let me reach some of the dead pine branches, and helped me attain some birch bark that was out of my normal reach; because it is so light, I didn't sink in the snow with it and was able to use the snow to help me reach tinder and kindling on a higher level than I usually could.
At one point, the other half of my time left us out there due to a miscommunication and I had to rely on the Hawkchete to help me process some wood I had gathered. I also brought two cold steel tomahawks with me, but they did not work as efficiently as the Hawkchete did. So to save energy and calories, I used the Hawkchete to get and process fuel for our fire.
Having that fire kept the autistic girl and my kids calm after we realized our crew had left us. Within a few hours I signaled to a man on a snow-machine for help, and he took our message to the Finland race headquarters. Soon after, one of out team members came and got us. We were all frostbite-free and okay. As soon as I could, I told my wife and thanked her for buying me all the survival stuff, which included your book and Hawkchete.
That's the  story as best as I can remember it. I wasn't lost in Alaska for a week, but I definitely feel that the book and the Hawkchete helped save my bacon as they say up here!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

A Father-Daughter Tribute

Hello, just wanted to thank you and your wife for your show. While my father was sick and ultimately passing from bladder cancer, we would sit together and watch your show for hours. My dad was a retired Army Major who was a former advisor for the Royal Thai Army, a Viet Nam combat vet, and a top graduate of the U.S. Army Jungle School, where he earned a machete with a very awesome sheath and award which we have passed down to his nine year old grandson. He really enjoyed watching you both!
Thank you,

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Another Inspirational Story

Hello Captain,

It's been a while since our last conversation, and I wanted to let you know I have recovered from my 3rd spine surgery and adapted and overcome my disability. I was able to return back to duties along with full salary.  I want to thank you; in fact, I printed out your last email and posted it on my fridge and garage to not give up. You were my motivation and inspiration. I read it everyday, and it was hell going through all these surgeries, but I recovered slowly and went from not walking at all to walking with a walker to lifting weights, then doing 3 miles daily. I know I have come a long way, and every week that passes I am getting stronger both mentally and physically. I'm just waiting for my date to get back in my BDUs. Take care, sir, and God bless.  
PS: I'm watching your show Lost Survivors--I love it, keep it coming!  Hope to meet you one of these days.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

A Powerful Story of Self Renewal

Note from Hawke: We get notes, queries, and fan mail of all kinds--and we hope you understand that, as much as we'd like,the volume of it precludes us from responding individually to everyone...but every now and then we get a note like this one that resonates to the core and just have to share...

Hi Mykel,

First, let me say thank you for your service to our country!  I grew up a lot like you.  I was seen as nothing but poor white trash all my life and started believing it early in life.  I have struggled hard to make a life for my wife and three children who are now mostly grown up. We were very poor and growing in poor health; in fact I was supposed to be dead five years ago. I was so deep in anxiety, self doubt, and depression that I could barley function. Then I read your survival book, at the end of chapter ONE I was amazed with all the things my mind was putting together for me, and it had nothing to do with the wilderness, a tree, a rabbit or finding water or shelter! I applied all those things you talked about to LIFE and relationships and my future, and let the past die! I was amazed at all the Biblical concepts in your writings, and hope that they were intentional even though maybe covert?

 Anyway It changed my life and gave me huge lasting energy that I had long ago lost, and the "never stop" understanding in life that I had shamefully surrendered, and a renewal of my Christian faith. I "made" my wife read it as well, (haha) and we started college from scratch. We finished our Associate degree at Catawba Valley Community College, our Bachelor of Science in religion degree from Liberty University, and are now halfway complete with Seminary and Masters of Religion and Biblical Studies degree.  Oh, we are still poor, but happy, and are looking for any opportunity to serve other people and give them hope and resources while serving and walking with our Lord and Savior. Thank you for your down to earth common sense and inspiration to move forward.

We grew up and live here in the rural foothills of NC and are now applying for positions as pastors all over the USA and hope to make a difference in the world around us. Again thank you for your service to our country and for inspiring me.