Thursday, December 29, 2011

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

LOTSWild Smoke Signals newsletter! Dec. 2011

Open the pictures below in a new TAB or WINDOW for full size viewing - thank you


Sunday, December 11, 2011

Get away to Negril Jamaica, birth country of Reggae!

SCIII-Xtreme:  Adult students scout locations in Jamaica for return and future events while listening to live bands.  $1,000 gets you packed, geared up, flown to the island, and driven around with a safe place to do...nothing at all.  Or train daily with Spencer, swim in the blue sea, cliff jump, and pull fruit off of trees in the middle of WINTER!  Contact us ASAP for information on availability, size limit is 10.  Firm.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Upcoming Belt / Promotional Testing, Black Mountain NC

Our next test will be held at the Carver Rec Center in Black Mountain, NC, from 10am until 1pm.  All students strongly encouraged to participate or come and support fellow martial artists seeking advancement in the arts of Tang Soo Do and Budo Taijutsu.   Tests are always open to the public.  The Christmas schedule will include class through Thursday the 22d.  The next class will be Thursday the 29th and continuing into January.  Email or call with any questions, thank you!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

T-Day break

There is no class Wednesday p.m. at Hahn's or Thursday on Thanksgiving day.  Next class will be the following monday night, thank you have a great break!


Friday, November 18, 2011

Classes on Schedule 11/17

Hi folks,
the filming has ended and I (Spencer) will see you in person for the remainder of the semester!  I missed everyone.  For thanksgiving week classes will end Tuesday p.m. and start the following week.  Enjoy the break.  Call or email me with any questions, thanks.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Veteran's Day 2011

To those who have answered the call for their country - THANK YOU! Our prayers and best wishes are with you whether you are over seas, or stationed here at home.  And thank you to the families who know what the sacrifice is.  Spit on by some of your own countrymen, shot at by your enemies, and screwed by politicians; hats off to you, true warriors. 

Thursday, October 20, 2011

This month...(Oct20-Nov20 approx)

For current students; thanks for your patience! As some of you know the TV crew arrives this weekend so we have a sub for all martial arts and wilderness classes hosted by LOTSWild for the next month. I'm basically incommunicado. It's a wild trip let me tell you....We will be working every day pretty much all day for the next 3-4 weeks filming a variety of Appalachian life elements; hunting, gathering, preserving, water works, ram pumps, weapons, power, fuels and foods, medicine, meade, other such things (LOL), nut oil extraction, knife making, bartering, and more. Some a bit silly, some very serious. I don't know if you will be able to watch it since it's being filmed in 3d (???). but perhaps they will broadcast a 2d version I don't really know. I'll have more details for you as things solidify and become clearer. Just keep us in your thoughts and prayers. Thanks all and much LOVE, Spencer

Saturday, October 8, 2011

LOTSWild recommended movie

In theaters now - especially for men, but women can really enjoy it and learn a lot as well.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Hart's Square this month!

Hart's Square, the nation's largest living history festival featuring frontier and 1800's Appalachian culture, will be held this month on Oct 22nd. Over 275 presenters, including yours truly, will be offering recreated skills and crafts on a campus with 60 reconstructed historical cabins. I am located in the Cherokee area/native lore, with a bark house - a popular attraction for many years! $25 tickets go to the Hart's Square Foundation and are available here

Tickets are usually sold out and limited to 3,000. I WILL TAKE ONE HELPER for FREE!!!! Your duties will include helping me unload a small amount of gear, taking some photos, and otherwise exploring the event on your own, perhaps with a radio in case I need you :D Awesome chance - we'll leave early like 6am or something and return early afternoon as I have a gig that day :O MSG me!!!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Classes in Black Mountain and Arden/South Asheville

Now enrolling for fall semester and winter programs.
Hahn's Gymnastics on Bradley Branch Road, Arden / South Asheville - Monday and Wednesday evenings 6pm and 7pm classes available.
Carver Recreation Center, Black Mountain - Tuesday and Thursday 3pm and 4pm classes available with bus drop off optional.

Special Pricing now: $65 / monthly per 8 classes, $80 / monthly for up to 16 classes.

Call (828) 280-0847  for enrollment or email
Thank you!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

On Schedule - Thursday 15 September, 2011

Guest instructor Brian Adams will be visiting the Black Mountain class this Thursday.  We are excited to have a grandmaster, published author, and widely respected expert visit and share his knowledge with us!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

In Memory of September 11th

Thank you to all who serve the highest ideals and goals of our great nation.  In the midts of the treachery, the misinformation, the fear, the agendas, there are many men and women who put their lives on the line for each other, you, and me.  The rare spark that is freedom is in danger.  Soldiers and service personnel - thank you!  And to those who still plan attacks, and to those who use fear to control and manipulate the masses, disrupt constitutional process, and centralize power for selfish gain - here's a big ___________ (fill in the blank).

Friday, August 19, 2011

Classes On Schedule

All regular classes will be semester schedules starting this Monday, August 22.  Call with any questions!

Monday, July 25, 2011

first day SCII Land

Awesome.  We were swimming the river woried about the rain. Then it started raining.  So we kept swimming.  The moment when the three of us leaped out into space from this HUGE tree at the same time and came up in pouring rain, and it was ok, was the best.  I mean, you're already in the water right?  The big trip starts soon, say a prayer for us! :)

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Advanced Camp, 9 a.m.

Well, a week of adventure and learning awaits.  See ya'll in the mornin'.  We're going to cover some pretty spectacular places for this year's SCII Land program.  Welcome a new advanced student - a graduate of the basics program at LOTSWild as well as a few returning SCII's.  Photos available shortly for students.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

the Firefly gathering ROCKED

Usually each year I sort of visit the Firefly gathering too quickly, in and out, seeing familiar faces talking a bit and then getting about my business.  This year I was able to eke out an evening, actually spend the night.  What I witnessed, I believe, was the real beauty - or should a say, a NEW beauty that I haven't experienced much.  As I walked around the campus in the shadows I heard kids laughing, music playing, drums thundering, fires crackling, insects in the distance, raucous arm wrestling at the campus fire and even swimmers out in the moonlit lake.  The conversations I overhead were highly engaging, enlightening, challenging.  There were amiable debates, discussions of Chaos theory, and the ever present thirst for knowledge about the ways of our planet, the foods, the critters, the crafts, the lore.  As I stood on the softly lit dock protruding out in to the deep water, I couldn't resist the pull of the moon and the soothing water.  Jumping off of the high dive into black space and then surfacing to shimmering reflections of that distant orb we know so all seemed a little different.  The men stepped up throughout the event and the women were impressive all around.  Many friends said farewell until next time, whatever that may be, and I think we all left with much more than some skills and new information.  Thank you to participants, teachers, organizers and volunteers!  And yes, you do need an NC fishing license anytime you are on the water, fishing. 

Monday, July 4, 2011

Friday, July 1, 2011

Week One gallery is UP  check back for updated galleries and be sure to see SC1b (week two's)  VIDEO with original music on our PICS page, above!


Thursday, June 23, 2011

I am writing this update from an island. With students. Sailed out and eating dinner. No rain.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Memorial Day

Today we give thanks for the commitment of our veterans; past, present, and future. We hold sacred the fire of freedom and liberty and recognize that it is not guaranteed, in fact, it is a rare treasure in the history of men.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Sample Class from SC2011

What do you get when you mix an award winning educator with a backwoods wanderer?  LOTSWild scout camp classes!  An outstanding feature of our school is the thought and planning behind lesson plans for the classes that make up half of our daily summer schedule.  Lessons are constructed to reach a spectrum of learners and include broad considerations, detailed learning, applications, practice, review and student experience.
Our basic Weather class, offered in SCI, includes the following components.
*types of weather and considerations for outdoor pursuits
*hazards and opportunities, such as how weather affects hunting, fishing, human psychology, and how the environment changes its resource base
*pressure and wind, fronts and systems; how wind directions predict patterns
*cloud types and likely weather to follow
*mountaineer forecasting; bees, halos, ants, leaves, pine cones, animals, wind, arthritis
*lessons from the Sailor on weather
*affects of weather on observation, photography, and escape methods

It is our hope that students who graduate our programs become skilled at recognizing various weather events before they arrive, allowing proper planning for travel and shelter, resource acquisition, fun and safety!  SCII (advanced) students apply their knowledge in long term, real-time ways on the wildernes landscape.  Contact us for information on available spaces for classes.

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Camp Dates/Info

2011 summer information is available on the SCHEDULE page!  Scroll down until you see which program you are looking for.  To register, simply email or leave a phone message with your address.  I will send you the form via email or regular mail - looking forward to seeing you.  Any suggested equipment will also be sent as a list but remember we have lots of stuff available for students of all ages to 'check out' for free so you don't have to buy a lot to come.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Starlight Navigation

(the following article was published in the Spring 2011 'Turtle Tracks' newsletter from Turtle Island Preserve)
The number of people lost in wilderness due to GPS failures is on the rise. Navigation has always been an important part of travel for seafaring folk, backwoods travelers, hunters, and scouts for all of human history. With the increasing likelihood of continued signal disruption due to solar activity, Department of Defense testing, and the glitches that accompany any high technology here are some tips to keep you on track even when the batteries are long spent!

Take a look at the crescent moon. If the moon rises before midnight the illuminated side faces toward the west. After midnight the bright side points east.

Ever learned to see Orion the Hunter in the night sky? The belt of this constellation which is comprised of three distant stars runs on an east/west line.

And last, my favorite, a good reason to sit steady and use your rifle optics or gun sight - lock on any star other than Polaris (North Star), wait a few minutes, and discern which way it's going. Be sure to have the position anchored with a pair of sticks or some steady surface. If your chosen star falls you are headed west. If it rises you are looking eastward. If it curves right you're pointed south, and if it curves left you're headed toward the cold country. And never forget that no matter where you are, there you be!

Spencer Two Dogs
For hands of experience with night time navigation, wilderness wayfinding, and other historical skill sets attend a LOTSWild Scout Camp 2011 - see calendar or visit our webpage

Friday, February 4, 2011

outdoor skill fundamentals & GPS systems

It goes without saying that serious outdoor students do not begin or sustain their navigation skill training with electronic equipment only. Once compass, starlight, and solar wayfinding is understood it is advisable to train the mind in age old ways of remembering landscapes, features, and directional aids in the woods. This can only be achieved with practice!


Saturday, January 29, 2011

"Smoke Signals" page two...

"Smoke Signals" LOTSWild newsletter!

Click on the image for a larger view - check out what we are up to this year.  Everyone's hard work is paying off in so many ways.  Looking forward to what the new year has to offer.  Newsletter includes new pictures, class information, snow schedule, Scout Camp description and a history section called "Know your ninjas". LOL Take care!

Saturday, January 8, 2011

and the wind howls, pouring sheet upon sheet of snow...

working on jo staves, hickory bows, and playing outdoors.  They say another big storm might be brewing for Sunday.  We'll see - bring it on!