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Camp Jeep 2003 - Backcountry Survival Workshop

Moses Ludel | Writer
Posted February 1, 2006

The Art Of Self-Preservation

Here is where the workshop begins. My shop serves as the automotive technology centerpiece. I discuss vehicle dynamics, driving demands, and how to assess a 4x4 both before and after a rock-crunching outing.

Imagine getting stuck in a blizzard, not your ordinary winter storm, something more like the fury of a blinding, sub-zero whiteout in the Grand Teton Range. Or maybe that four-wheeling adventure just outside Death Valley National Park turned into a scorching July nightmare when your engine lost oil and chucked a connecting rod, with every sighting of water for the last 50 miles a mirage. Wouldn't this be the time to have a Paleolithic hunter or aboriginal survivalist as your 'wheeling buddy?

At the Branson, Missouri, Camp Jeep 2003, my workshops sponsored by Mopar/Jeep Accessories had a colorful guest. He was easy to spot - the only attendee at the event in cut-offs, a tank top, no shoes and blond, braided pigtails. For a Middle America crowd and corporate sponsors based at Detroit, this was a mighty unusual sight! Yes, Cody Lundin got a lot of glances, to say the least. At the workshops, he made a lasting impression, with earnest questions about Jeep survival and how to keep his 300,000-mile CJ-7 running on its original engine and geartrain.

I explain the Full-Traction 4-inch Ultimate Suspension package that one of our students and I just installed on his new '04 Rubicon TJ. Students appreciated my placing each of their 4x4s on the hoist and describing the design and soft-spots. Can you spot Cody?

I took Cody Lundin seriously, and so did his book publisher when "98.6 Degrees: the Art of Keeping Your Ass Alive!" earned rave reviews and rocketed to the forefront of authoritative works on the art of aboriginal survival and human physiology in the face of life-threatening stress. Cody and I became fast friends, and he remained busy with his Aboriginal Living Skills School, located near Prescott, Arizona. Despite Cody's ability to thrive off the land in tranquil solitude - whiling away the time fishing by hand, grubbing, or brain-tanning - he has also spent a good deal of time either training hosts or personally hosting the most significant outdoor survival media presentations of the last decade.

Cody Lundin is fully capable of entertaining himself, yet his public appearances and credits include the Today Show, PBS, and Discovery Channel specials on survival. For the History Channel's "Digging for the Truth: The First Americans," Cody spent last January training host Matthew Bogdanos at winter primitive skills in the Grand Teton National Park near Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The training included constructing snow shelters, primitive fire lighting, and butchering a mule deer with a stone knife - all on snowshoes!

Cody is the real deal, and when we partner up for conducting a workshop, my four-wheel driving and vehicle preservation skills dovetail remarkably well with Cody's ability to emulate 120,000-year-old Savanna lifes kills or survival traits from the last Ice Age. If an outing like this sounds appealing, contact Cody Lundin, founder of ALSS, through his Web site at Cody teaches any level of survival short of motor vehicles. He confesses that his lifetime accumulation of contemporary tools would fit into a fishing tackle box! That's where we complement each other, merging human technology from the Stone Age to the Motoring Age.


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