E024 - Grizzly Survivor Todd Orr is #atpaf

This time on Across The Peak Rich and I bring you an amazing story of wilderness survival with grizzly attack survivor, Todd Orr!

Intro Stuff

Rich’s Drink: Guinness Stout

Justin’s Drink: Sam Adams Winter Lager

What Did You Do This Week?

Rich: BJJ, range session

Justin: Read In Harm’s Way: The Sinking of the U.S.S. Indianapolis and the Extraordinary Story of its Survivors by Doug Stanton

The Show

Todd Orr recounts his dual encounters with an attacking sow grizzly. We won’t attempt to summarize his experience here; go listen to the show! We have posted some pictures of Todd and his wounds, however. We address the topic in three acts:

  • Act 1: Todd’s background and life before the bear attack,

  • Act 2: The attack, and

  • Act 3: Todd’s life after being attacked.

If you can’t get enough of Todd, be sure to check out his interview on the American Warrior Show!

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Todd in the immediate aftermath of the attack.

Todd in the immediate aftermath of the attack.

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Some knives made by Todd. Find out more at  Skyblade Knives .

Some knives made by Todd. Find out more at Skyblade Knives.

What To Do If You’re Attacked

Since Todd interacts with bears on a daily basis, we asked him what to do if you’re attacked by a bear. His advice pretty much aligned with everything we’ve ever heard.

  • First, carry bear spray! Even though it didn’t work in Todd’s case, bear spray works and Todd still believes in it! Todd also recommends you carry a pistol.

  • Take your headphones out so you can hear a bear coming. Conversely, make some noise (“Yo bear!”) to let the bear know you are coming.

  • Only climb a tree as a LAST RESORT! Bears can climb trees.

  • If you are attacked by a grizzly your best bet is to play dead and protect your vitals. The bear will continue to attack until you are no longer a threat.

  • If you are attacked by a black bear you should probably fight back. A black bear is probably much more interested in eating you.

Book of the Week

In Harm’s Way: The Sinking of the U.S.S. Indianapolis and the Extraordinary Story of its Survivors by Doug Stanton

Note from Justin: In Harm’s Way is one of the best books I’ve read in a long, long time. I will probably be reading it again soon, and Rich and I may be doing a show on the U.S.S. Indianapolis soon.Check it out!

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Justin Carroll