A message from Jesse James……

MSO Readers,


I have exciting things to tell you! No, the US isn’t solvent again…c’mon I’m not a miracle worker here. However, in the coming weeks you will be the privileged few who will have the opportunity to view my woodland exploits. I anticipate a mixture between Mr. Magoo and Bear Grylls, with a little Steve McQueen (2nd coolest actor EVER) sprinkled in. I have a four day weekend and am going to spend three of them testing my 72 hour (BOB) bag. I’m taking my camera and will video parts of it. I’m hoping it will be an exercise in determining what works, what doesn’t and give us all an opportunity to re-evaluate what is important to have with us to make the best of a bad situation. I’ll be testing a few new pieces of gear, and with the possibility of rain, I look forward to seeing how I can adapt to less than ideal weather conditions. I’ll have the opportunity to do some hunting (squirrel, dove) and see how effective harvesting game under those conditions will be.


All in all, I look forward to escaping the insanity of society for a little while and hopefully take you guys along for the journey. I will do a breakdown of the bag and share a few of my thoughts when I get there. As much as I tried to find a place where I could really rack the miles up, alas, I was unable to do so. In this scenario, I would be bugging out short term, with the hope that I could return to my home. As much as I would like to make this even more realistic, state laws and society’s suspicion of armed men with backpacks tell me it is ill advised. So please, don’t expect an episode of Man v. Wild or The Walking Dead, but I think it will be an informative trip. Many talk a good game and pontificate endlessly about the best list of stuff to have, but at ModernSurvivalOnline…we go one step beyond. The videos should be up within the next couple of weeks, and I welcome comments/suggestions.


-Jesse James


“It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat.”

-Theodore Roosevelt

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  1. I for one am looking forward to your report. Although severe weather would be an overall better test of your preps, I sincerely hope the weather is great and you get to enjoy the fresh air and starry nights.

    “You don’t have to be a fantastic hero to do certain things – to compete. You can be just an ordinary chap, sufficiently motivated.”
    – Edmund Hillary

    Have fun.

  2. This sounds great! You likely want to keep it a secret but I can’t help wondering….. will you be parachuting in to some remote location, you could get some awesome footage as you descend. Or perhaps you’ve planned a helicopter drop, that would be just as good! Your location? I’m sure you’ve picked a challenging and isolated spot. Alaska certainly would fit the bill, harsh conditions, grizzly bears!… I meant “GRIZZLY BEARS!! Perhaps you’ve selected some third world country, Honduras would be a great location, the challenges of the jungle environment, dangerous wild life…… not to mention the rebel forces and drug cartels…. WOW! this will be exciting. I really like the fact that you’ll be unarmed…. fighting of grizzlies and drug runners with just a knife and your wits!! this is “Prime Time” material here!

    This should be, not just a test of your equipment, but a test of your survival skills, even your -will to live- itself! I certainly don’t want to influence your plans or act like an off site director, but a broken bone at some point would add greatly to the challenge…… and the suspense. A compound fracture even better! Bone through flesh, blood….. lots of blood. Whatever you do, don’t cut an artery, that could be dangerous….. I mean, unless you really want to.

    As you can tell I’m excited, when you post the vids I’m going to jump in my “LAZYBOY”, feet up, one hand in a bowl of pop-corn and the other wrapped around an ice-cold beer and hit play……. Can’t wait!

  3. John,

    I was actually contacted by Daniel Craig and asked to tone it down since Skyfall is coming out November 9th. Apparently parachuting into a live volcano with nothing but a knife and sheer awesomeness was a little much (in Honduras of course), and would have hurt the Bond franchise. It was kind of a rain forest…it rained…and I was in the forest. The drug cartel actually is down the road in wonderful Section 8 Paradise, which they decided to relocate next to my neighborhood. They don’t like squatters, so it’s not my first choice…and most people get concerned at a man in a tent on the playground, even in the ghetto. I gave a squirrel a compound fracture…infinitely better than me getting one, especially since I’m addicted to cane-free walking. There was blood. It was red. Tried to practice my trauma skills, but the squirrel was SO small and the quickclot worked SO well… I now know how to turn a squirrel into a raisin. I thought about making a video on making and eating squirrel raisins, but I’m told there is a distinct possibility of confusion as to what the term “squirrel raisins” refers to. There were bears, 2 actually, but unfortunately they were black (not racist). Oh, and my will to live is being tested right now, 1 1/2 hours of listening to a pointy head drone on about Wills, Trusts, and Estates. I swear on all that is good if I hear “what is left in the residuary of the estate ONE MORE TIME…”

    good times.

  4. Jesse, I enjoyed your response immensely. I had an idea a while back…. a ripoff of sorts of Survivorman. A show I really like. Instead of being deposited in some remote wilderness location, a well trained adventurer would be dropped into the middle of some inner city dystopia. Lets face it, everyone is doing the wilderness survival thing on TV, and most of those aren’t surviving anything tougher than a hectic schedule.

    There are many examples of post apocalyptic urban landscapes to choose from but my first choice would be “The Bluff”. An area just a few blocks southeast from the CNN studios and the Georgia Aquarium in good old Atlanta. Take a couple of wrong turns in that area and you’ll get your throat slit with a box cutter as your punishment. The locals there boast that Bluff stands for Better Leave U Fu**ing Fool. In 2010 it was ranked the 5th most dangerous place in the country…. the other four MUST be REALLY impressive. The cops don’t even like going into “The Bluff” without a military escort.

    This fantasy survival show would be about real survival, or likely the lack of it. I’m not sure how good the ratings would be for a show that, weekly shows a survival expert enter “The Bluff” at dusk and get carted off at dawn, done in by all manner: shot in the face, swarmed by board youths and beaten to death, set ablaze by an HIV- positive crackhead squatter….. the options are endless.

    This type of survival would be a REAL challenge, making it out of this rancid human zoo of crumbled lives and streets… real life zombies, the living dead and the soon to be dead would make the ultimate reality show.

    Obviously this would never work…. but…. change the lone survival expert to 3 Seal team members in full gear and……… hey this could work!

    OK, back to reality…. I’m looking forward to watching “Jesse James, Survivorman”

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