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Vigilance Elite – 10 Survival Tips You Don’t Know from Navy SEALs

Vigilance Elite – 10 Survival Tips You Don’t Know from Navy SEALs


John woken Alaska man do you have the ring I got it good to know we must go hey what’s up guys Sean Ryan with vigilance elite here with Jeffrey from frozen Trident and we’re in Denali National Park here in Alaska and we’re gonna do a semi survival type series and so first video I wanted to just start off we kind of did some research and we were looking for things to do and we wanted to kind of put some stuff out that I haven’t seen in a whole lot of did either one of us have seen in a whole lot of anything videos magazines books so just kind of some personal things that don’t really fit into any specific genre that we thought would be useful information for you so I’ll kick it off so shelters where wherever you’re going one of the first thing you want to do is look for a shelter and not everybody wants to be tracked or followed or you know it may be you’re done maybe you’re in the military or whatever and you don’t want to be you don’t want to be found or you want a warning system if you are gonna be found so let’s just say I’m traveling dead this way or down this you know making my own path here and identify this rock here I want to put a shelter at okay so rather than just going straight to the shelter alright what I want to do is I want to if I know I’m gonna build a shelter there then I’m gonna identify it walk all the way past it okay and then kind of buttonhook it like this and come in from the backside then I build my shelter and my vantage point is this way so anybody who is tracking me or following me or you know whatever they might be doing has to walk right past my vantage point before they ever get to me and then they’ll come back around and surprise you’ll be there to greet them with a big smile on your face so yeah so now let’s talk about knowing where you’re at what like north south east and west out here if you look around here that’s so vast you can get turned around easy and you can lose your bearing in which way north south east or west is the easiest way to know which way north is and I use this all the time when I’m out there at night with the dogs is wait for the night to come out the Stars will come out Orion’s belt the belt goes east to west east to west and the sword points south so that way you can look at their Orion’s belt sword point south that ways north that’s the easiest way there’s no trying to figure out which stars north not gives you a bearing of which way north is and you can use that to know where your backdrop is so with us right now we have this river behind us and let’s say we got spun around somewhere out here and we’re trying to find our way back we know there’s a river heading south stars come out Orion’s belt boom there it is swords pointing south I’m heading south hitting that River taking that River downstream till I hit healy alaska another thing when people go out on these trips you know camping and stuff like that what’s the first thing everybody does they go and they buy themselves a brand new set of boots that they’ve never worn and they don’t break them in so what’s gonna happen is you’re gonna develop hot spots when you’re walking around and you’re gonna get blistered up and it sucks but everybody does it so if you don’t break your boots in alright you know break them in going if you know you’re gonna do something like this go you know break it man go on some hikes go on some runs whatever you need to do and when those and when they develop those blisters they make this stuff called moleskin all right works real good just take you know take your boot off put this right over the top of it and it doesn’t like fall off like band-aids if you put a bandaid on it it’s just gonna catch the wool in your sock and start to tear off it’s really not gonna do a damn thing for you initially if you get wet if you start sweating band-aids are gonna fall right off yeah another thing that works fine is duct tape you don’t have it to bring a whole roll of duct tape but you just roll lit up and do a little you know a little bitty role throw it in your and your go-bag or whatever you got with you and anytime you start getting a blister just rip a little piece off and put it put it on on your blister and that yeah that’s not coming off either so foot care is huge out here and you the trick with this is catch it before it becomes a problem if you start feeling that hot spot develop don’t wait until it becomes to the point where it’s hurting your deployment can’t even walk nobody wants to be that guy that’s holding up the rest of the your party that’s out hiking or whatever but you’re gonna hold them back more if you let that blister develop into something that now is a problem that you can’t even go any further yeah alright guys so let’s talk about proper clothing out here whether it’s your socks your shirts why I recommend hands-down is wool wool socks wool shirt this is my all-time favorite layer to wear it is made from old military wool blankets and that’s made by Lester River bushcraft you can go check them out on their Instagram and order it from there their info page there but yeah this is the hands-down the warmest that layer that I own and I wear this underneath my parka and not is it 40 below this in my parka that’s all I got on the wolves I think is will the only material that’ll keep you warm when you’re wet are the only net it’s the only natural the only natural thing you can get synthetics that are that will do pretty well too but this is the only natural cotton if it gets wet you mean you you’re screwed don’t don’t wear cotton in a situation like this yeah also layering you know with clothes you want to you know you want you want to layer so and when we mean layers cotton is a no-go you want stuff that gets the moisture out quick because you’re gonna start sweating you’re constantly gonna be switching layers on and off you know you’re gonna want to block the wind and all that kind of stuff you got to think about so yeah yeah wool highly recommend wool bug spray no matter where you’re at even all the way up here in Alaska the bugs can get horrendous doesn’t matter whether you’re humping around the jungle in South America or you’re humping around Denali National Park up here all right Alaska state bird is known as the mosquito they are pretty big yeah you’re not always gonna want to sleep on the ground either okay and especially if you’re down south you want to get off the ground to get away from all the critters and shit like that you got fire ants you got all caught by ders and all that shit so you might set a hammock up right yeah a good way to keep those things best you can from getting TIA like especially when it comes to ants is the cords on your hammock take this bug spray put it on the cords and then nothing’s gonna you know hopefully nothing is going to slither or crawl or do your hammock with you they also make bugs for a lot of people don’t know this but they make that bugs fur that you actually put on your clothes before you go out and then you don’t really need this stuff it’s already in your clothes you know as far as going on your body yeah but this stuff’s also flammable too so if you’re having a problem getting a fire going this stuff could help you out yeah another thing people overlook is wild first wild first protect you and extreme cold better than the faux furs do I have a beaver firm it with a Wolverine thumb on there the thought process behind this is the beaver the beaver fur will keep you dry beavers spend most of their lives in water and the fur they have is that keeps them dry it was same thing goes with whenever you harvest the beaver and you turn that into it a mitt or a piece of clothing that fur will keep you dry it may freeze in extreme temperatures but your hands will be dry that’s where the Wolverine fur comes into play that’s what my thumbs are made out of Wolverine for even if they do get wet there’s the Wolverine for will not free so you’ll still have your dexterity with your thumb there’s so much benefit in having wild fur out in extreme temperatures you can’t beat it it’s always good to travel with an extra pair of socks you don’t need a new pair of socks for every day of the week but you do need to change them out one way that’s a good way to keep your socks dry or dry the pair that you got what they just clip them onto your backpack when you’re when you’re humping around let the Sun kind of dry them out get let them evaporate out you know and that’s if it’s not freezing weather out but like right now we’ll be great switch the socks out just clip them onto your bag hump around when these ones are red hopefully these will be dry by that point you got any other ways to dry them out yeah like that if you lay down for the night you’re in your sleeping bag put them in there with you put them in your in spots that your body heat will dry them out too also in your spare sock I always put foot powder in my socks as their and I put them in a plastic bag so they won’t get wet even if it’s raining out foot powder is a good thing to always have on you because whenever you do dry them out I put foot powder in my socks and then I’ll tie them on there and they’ll dry out and when you put on your socks that full powder will keep your feet from sweating as much too so that’s a good thing to have sunglasses all right sunglasses get overlooked all the time that actually this actually happened to me but as you can I don’t know if you guys can see those mountains back there but once you get kind of get past that tree line and they and you hit the snow the reflection of that Sun is like twice as strong as it regular is or regular UV rays are so what happens when you break out of that tree line and you’re getting you know your regular UV and then it’s also bouncing off that snow like that you get snow blindness and so invest in a good pair of sunglasses if you’re planning on summoning any mountains or anything and yeah that happened to me in the SEAL Teams and I had to have somebody hold my hand and walked me all the way down the mountain and I was blind like no shit I was blind for like three or four days so is that when you first out how you first started holding hands would do it yeah that was the first that was the first time yeah what in the last popped it yep but yeah speaking of snow yellow snow alright a lot of people like to snow yellow snow donate it stay away from yellow snow I hear it’s bad for you all right check out Jeff at frozen Trident on Instagram and enjoy the rest of this series it’s gonna be badass I can’t wait to check that’s gonna be sick so all right we’ll see you guys next week

100 thoughts on “Vigilance Elite – 10 Survival Tips You Don’t Know from Navy SEALs”

  1. I want to start my comment off with admiration for you and all the men and women who have served and the ones who gave the ultimate sacrifice and the ones still down range. Much respect and a huge thank you. I can never say it enough.  The button hook man!! That was a damn good piece of information that I hadn't thought of. Your channel and IG are on my notifications because I get a kick out of your content and of course, information. Keep smashing it bro.. I love seeing the growth and as always, wishing you and yours nothing but the best in your continued growth and success in future endeavors.

  2. Whoa. Wool! Who the fook knew. And bug spay. Did you learn that in the teams. Or as a cia contractor. Your beaver fur.

  3. @6:20 I totally agree with wearing wool or good synthetics that can wick and insulate wet, #CottonKills, but $285 !!!!!! Keep the great videos coming!
    http://lrbushcraft.com/lester-river-bushcraft-100-wool-boreal-shirt/

  4. I often go barefoot, boots only hold me back, create blisters, weaken your knees/back over time, run slower, etc…..obviously there's a large learning and hardening period for barefoot, but it's really better if you're trained for it.

  5. Really digging the videos, guys. Y’all don’t try and boast about shit or make it too complicated. Simple and effective knowledge. Thanks.

  6. Whatsup Shawn love your channel. What state are you located in? Anything near Dallas texas. Would love to be a student at your range

  7. That's a cool tip with Orian. That is always the first constellation i notice when i look up at night.

  8. People who visit the woods wear synthetic, people who live in the woods wear wool, people who die in the woods wear cotton.
    Hypothermia is no joke and you don't have to be in freezing temps to become hypothermic. Proper clothing is extremely important!

  9. Permethrin is the spray you apply to your clothes 8 hours before use. Repels Ticks well. . Sawyer makes a spray can which is easy to apply. Definitely read the instructions before use

  10. I'm no astronomer, but doesn't the orientation of stars change depending on where you are on the planet (hemispheres)?

  11. Um… you mean things every homeless person knows but we'll talk like we're Clint Eastwood and talk about being navy seals 🤣

  12. Shawn always looks hung over and doesnt want to be making videos, Lol I'm sorry we inconvenienced you!

  13. If you would have had your duct tape you could have made emergency snow glasses. You cut two slits for your eyes. 22yrs USN 17 deployments still kicking

  14. That shirt with the old army wool blanket was pretty awesome so I checked it out. Shit $285.00 for the Lester River shirt. I guess when you live outdoors in Alaska you have to invest in your comfort. Tough for the average guy to justify that.

  15. So, I am adding up all this stuff…Links, prices etc. It all costs more than a first class airline ticket to get the fuck out of there and someplace warmer. Frog gents: I am just saying, RLTW…..

  16. What about fleece ,wool fleece ?Mocassons or mucklucks made of fleece will keep your feet warm even wet, if you keep moving.

  17. I think some survival TV shows tend to give the impression that Special Forces types are survival experts.

    But beyond basic SERE type stuff, I highly doubt they spend much time or thought on it. For example, I think you'd have a hard time finding an operator who can start a fire by rubbing two sticks.

    The advantage they would have in a survival situation is way above average intelligence, way above average strength and endurance, above average mental toughness, and the ability to temain calm.

    Add all of that to the fact that you can live a few weeks without food, and they have enough common sense to find/make clean water, you can see why they'd do well even without specific survival training.

  18. Good tips man. And you're right….don't hear much about these issues. Liked the bug spray one. I always preach redundancy. It's good when one item can do two or more things. Especially lighting a fire. Great vid guys.

  19. The button hook, m'erica. On a more serious note, shout out to you guys and shout out to the guys that made the ultimate sacrifice.

  20. Again.. good stuff but these are not "special" secrets … These are common sense .. "Keep it Simple , Keep it Real"

  21. I use a knife on blisters if im really bleeding I use gel crazy glue its better than medical liquid stiches best bug replant is hot sauce sweat. I don't wear socks but putting wet socks in you sleeping bag is a good way to get a skin infection. Walking backward is a good way mess up trackers.

  22. Great data dump. I’ve had a Lester River Anorak for around four years now, one of my favorite pieces of kit. Friggin bomb-proof. Thin pair of liner socks under wool socks cuts down on blisters. Leuko Tape for blisters, lasts forever. Extra pair of glasses and sunglasses. Never drink yellow Gatorade after the first night in camp….

  23. Sean ryan legit looking like a neanderthal 0:52 http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-ngRp11QD3Io/TwcJV7gAh0I/AAAAAAAAByg/LhY8WkMBDDo/s200/neanderthal+recreation.jpg

  24. Thanks guys, great tips. Some of these things are very basic but often overlooked in survival preparation, as you said. And who better to learn from than a couple of former Navy Seals?
    Keep the valuablel information coming. Appreciate it. 👍

  25. Great video for folks that aren't tactically savvy. These will definitely work. Thanks for doing what you do brother.

  26. just came across this channel recently. all respect. one issue with tip about orientation. Maybe it's not so in Alaska and closer to pole, but in rest of the northern hemisphere, the Orion is only visible during winter months. In the summer Orion is below the horizon during night, so it's not really a good tip as it only works during certain months.

  27. Where I'm at Orion ain't visible in warmer months. Shit drops to the southern hemipshere I think. not sure I've ever tried to spot it tho. Winter months I see Orion in the southern sky 100% also I believe the dippers are north and Polaris isn't far off from one the dippers.

    I paused the video but I assume they went over other ways. Just keep in mind people, if you're gonna use Orion make sure you know when it is visible and when it isn't.

  28. All very old info.
    Cotton doesn't kill, ignorance does. Used cotton for half a century of extreme outdoors living. Not an issue when you have understanding.

  29. I spent a large portion of my life in Alaska, and still consider it home. I like the coastal areas much more than the interior. Interior gets too hot. Good tips. Thanks.

  30. Keep your next days clothes in the sleeping bag with you. That way they're nice and warm when you wake up.

  31. why do you always slouch vigilance. i get you're trying to always conceal yourself, but in a demo video like this, it would be more effective to demonstrate confidence; convey to you viewers that you know what you're talking about. maybe consider changing your posture in videos like these

  32. wear silk or nylon socks under your wool socks or better yet wear silver fiber nylon socks under your wool socks NO SWETT at all ever the thin layer wicks the swett away if your feet feel sticky stip them off flip em inside out dry in 10 minutes or less it's best to wet your feet and clean them before you put your socks back on!

  33. hundred + nights out in all conditions in a hammock. number 1- bar non best way to keep ants out of your hammock is to stick some of your chap stick on the support lines/straps, half inch wide strip all the way around will do the trick. I've had ants in my hammock all of 1 time. never again. found out what works. Cheap, simple, and everyone should have chapstick in their first aid kit…Also makes great fire starter.

  34. Saw you on Team Never Quit podcast other day and appreciate your honesty. I'm shit canning my ego. Thank you for your service

  35. I find a better trick with the duct tape and hot spots is to put the tape on the area of the boot that is causing the hot spot. The surface of the tape is very slick so your sock will just slide against the tape instead of rubbing back and forth on your foot.

  36. When we were kids (teens) punks favoured doc Martins and Rockers combat boots from the army/navy surplus shop. New boots got pissed on and given a beating with a hammer.

    Shout out for the Frank Zappa reference. "Watch out where the huskies go, 
    and don't you eat that yellow snow"

  37. You guys ever watch that Ryan guy is the biggest Navy seal tool I’ve ever seen he holds his gun like a Cock And he can’t shoot for shit In the video that he did with Taryn tactical he sucked ass

  38. I know the big dipper and the North star. I dont know Orion’s belt. Another tip for northern climates, moss will only predominantly grow on the North side of a dead tree or on Cedar trees.

  39. Best way to find north is the stars?! lol just look at where the fucking sun set. it sets in the west. so directly to the right is north.

  40. Actually learned about everything you talked about except the hiding out from people tracking you in Boy Scouts

  41. You know what I havnt seen in Alaska? A couple of dirt bags that have no business in Alaska. Ask any Alaskan guide. Naval special warfare is not what it used to be. This video is absurd.

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