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!