Backcountry Mission Planning with John Barklow
Expert & U.S. Special Operations instructor John Barklow guides you through becoming a smart and proficient wilderness traveler. John details planning, environmental precautions, hydration & nutrition, clothing, and caring for yourself to meet the demands of a multi-day backcountry hunt.
Ch. 1 - Introduction to Backcountry Mission Planning
Meet your instructor, U.S. Navy veteran John Barklow. John lays out his course for effective backcountry hunt planning.
Ch. 2 - Being a Student of the Game
A true hunter is never satisfied, and is a student - continually learning and always honing their craft.
Ch. 3 - Backcountry Hunting Physical & Mental Training
When your hunt goes sideways in the backcountry, we don’t rise to our expectations, but rather fall to the level of our training.
Ch. 4 - Building Strong Hunting Partnerships
John details the importance of forging strong partnerships to achieve safe, fulfilling & consistent success in the backcountry.
Ch. 5 - Lowering Risk in the Backcountry
Going into the backcountry is inherently risky. Risk can change based on the team, their collective experience and skills.
Ch. 6 - Route Planning in the Backcountry
Knowing your rate of movement on-off trail over various terrains, with weight on your back, is critical for hunt planning.
Ch. 7 - Altitude Safety
Altitude is the great equalizer and can hurt, or shut down, your hunt quickly. No matter how tough you are, you cannot gut-out the crushing effects of altitude impairments.
Ch. 8 - Backcountry Weather
Weather can make or break your hunt if you’re ill prepared with poor clothing or shelter selections.
Ch. 9 - Backcountry Hydration
Water is more essential than food. John details water sources, filtration and storage for maximum performance & survival.
Ch. 10 - Crisis Nutrition for the Backcountry
Fueling the body with food to maintain reasonable performance is essential to backcountry success - even when nauseous.
Ch. 11 - Backcountry Stoves
Stoves can bring your hunt back to life with warm food, a heat source, and water purification.
Ch. 12 - Backcountry Hunting Clothing System
A solid technical clothing system for most conditions and hunts only require eight pieces of clothing.
Ch. 13 - Backcountry Shelters
Not all shelters are created equal. John breaks down the options based on experience level, terrain, and weather.
Ch. 14 - Backcountry Sleep Systems
John considers your sleep system an extension of your clothing system. It is your last line of defense from the cold.
Ch. 15 - Postseason Hunt Lessons Learned
The backcountry is harsh to the unprepared. Document the highs and lows, equipment, food and clothing issues throughout your season.
Ch. 16 - Top Ten Backcountry Prep Tips
John lays out ten important tips to make you a better Student of the Game.