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ATP Podcast E024 – Grizzly Survivor Todd Orr is ATPAF

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Welcome back to the Across The Peak Podcast, the show Where Rich and Justin discuss preparedness, the birds and the bees, guns, history, tattoos, and… well, basically all the stuff your old man shoulda taught you! After a four-year silence we are re-releasing the ATP archive. Here it is, folks, Across The Peak Episode 024: Grizzly Survivor Todd Orr is ATPAF, with none other than special guest, Todd Orr! This show was originally released on 12/12/2018.

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There were a ton of great photos from this show, all provided to us by Todd. The featured image up top by Jean Beaufort – https://www.publicdomainpictures.net/en/view-image.php?image=300112&picture=grizzly-bear

What Are You Drinking?

Rich’s Drink: Guinness Stout
Justin’s Drink: Sam Adams Winter Lager

There were a ton of great photos from this show, all provided to us by Todd.

Act I: Background

Sky Blade Knives

Todd has been a custom knifemaker for years. His brand, Sky Blade Knives, offers some of the most beautiful knives I’ve ever seen. Todd’s knives are truly “art with an edge.”

Act II: The Attack

These photos show Todd in the minutes after the attack, after walking 3 miles to his truck, and before driving himself to the hospital.

Act III: Aftermath


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



This was such a gripping story. Todd tells it masterfully and I had very visceral emotions listening to him describe being thrown around like a rag doll by that bear. This is a rare account of someone surviving something that very few people live to tell about.

One thing that annoyed me about this episode is how crappy my audio is. Why is that? I specifically remember recording this one, sitting on the end of the couch in my living room – not a very different setup from most other recordings. I have no idea why my audio is so awful. Meanwhile, Rich’s audio is fantastic – it feels like you’re sitting down for a glass of scotch with him.

On the other hand, it was super cool to hear – at the very end – how Rich and I decided to record an episode about the U.S.S. Indianapolis. Recording this show was so much fun. I miss it terribly – the conversations, the camaraderie, just having a cool project like that to focus.

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