Survival Priorities

Survival Priorities


Selecting Your Survival Retreat


You can imagine my delight when I gleaned the reflection of snow atop the “Whites” from an opening of clouds as I headed up the washboard road, leaving the valley floor behind and climbing into the steep sided canyon, protecting my survival retreat. This was recent snow, absent since before April, continuing a four- year drought. As I closed on my 10 acre parcel(Ghost Ranch)at the highest point on the creek and end of the road, I acknowledged specific signage, directing the occasionally lost or purposed hiker to heed private property in order to reach the forest service gate, bordering tens of thousands of acres of wilderness and restricted National Forest. The forest off to the west was/is a strategic choice, boasting 13,400 ft. high peaks, splitting eastern CA and western NV, offering protection through isolation from population in either state.


The wind-gen was still but the solar power system was busy collecting, transferring, storing and conditioning electricity to be used during my stay. Oh, and it works with no moving parts! The adjacent trout stream water level, soon to be a supplemental fish farm, was not a concern but worth monitoring due to a prolonged dry/light precip condition. My most valuable resource(fresh water) was thriving and a new water cycle beginning!


So please let me share how I came to choose this area, location and site, a short 8 years ago. Living in the southwest all of my life, I have learned to appreciate remote areas with game animals, lots of clean water, abundant sunshine, mostly moderate temps, and not a lot of pilgrims. After building and outfitting the first log cabin retreat in Southern Utah, I ultimately realized that I had invested in an area, infested with Las Vegas weekenders and their obnoxious children. I got serious and began a re-evaluated search. Then I found west-central NV.


I knew what I wanted. After all, I had been “prepping” all of my adult life! From a period of time acquiring a degree in Criminology and serving as a  U.S. Marine, to law enforcement and security management with Tomahawk Cruise Missile, STINGER Missile and Area 51. I had a good education on what bad people can do, both from local criminal behavior to international terrorism and genocide.


I found an eastern sloping mountain range, drainage into an isolated valley with about 100 inhabitants growing alfalfa hay and beef cattle. The area had once been the central provisioning location, supplying beef, veggies and dairy to the local mines of Aurora(now in CA), Goldfield, Tonopah, Candelaria, etc. Fresh water creeks from the White Mountains, flow from runoff and artisan springs through a myriad of “protecting” canyons down to the valley floor. Lots of natural nourishment from top to bottom! I say protecting canyons because they protect from easy access and enough clear ground for significant sunshine.


I bought two different parcels on two different creeks, in the same area. This allowed me to choose and vet each site for its own capabilities and vulnerabilities as a safe, prolific, sustainable survival site.


Over the past seven years, I have developed my site into a terrific survival program on several points, to now include “ in the wild instructional workshops”! I have been a law enforcement and civilian firearms instructor for over 30 years and am passionate about helping everyone to become the victor, not the victim! Please join me at a new website, where you’ll experience the kind of dialogue shared by other preppers and survivalists. This is a new endeavor for me but I am grounded in my effectiveness as a teacher and want to share the survivalist experience with everyone.


In writing this essay, I have developed a style. At the end of each subject paper, I will provide a short list of potentially essential directives. These are meant to be considered but by no means are they inclusive to the subject:


Selecting your retreat/ I hope this helps

Away from substantial settlements of people  

No direct access from major/medium auto routes (less travelled arterials)

Good, fresh water source; protected naturally from pollution(no upstream mines, people, other animals) 

Consider alternative energy sources vs. grid hookup                           

What is the socio-political architecture of the subject area?***     

It should be naturally AND “ mm” defendable     

Sources of food available                                             

Natural and/or man made shelter                        

Remote yet available for many work trips  

No nearby tourist or educational attractions  

Make your retreat as comfortable as your home



Greg Rentchler- Southwest Tactical, Inc.

“prepare in leisure, survive in haste”   

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1 thought on “Survival Priorities”

  1. Excellent article! Greg Rentchler is “living the dream” for anyone in the prepping community. The only drawback that I can see is the potential proximity to fault lines. I cannot say what seismic activity is on the eastern edge of the state (bordering Nevada). I know that western California is under constant threat of earthquake. Perhaps this section is not expected to be adversely impacted by quakes along the active fault lines. Anyway, I am highly impressed by this set up. I wish that my family had conditions half as good. Clean water, game for food, abundance of fish, uninterrupted solar power and the defensive advantage of holding the high ground in a secluded area are all idea for long term survival. I am grateful for the information posted on his website. I copied the file on the use of deadly force. I frequently remind my family that deadly force can only be used when deadly force is threatened. Greg’s Q&A cites some court cases that were good examples of when using a gun was the wrong action to take.


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