To Chris Wharton

President of Basecamp Expeditions,

 I would like to say a big thank you for coming out to talk and show my Cub Scout pack on how to prepare for disaster.

 In your time slot that was allocated to you, you explained the basic fundamentals on how to be prepared for a disaster. You touched on: Water, Shelter, Food, First Aid Kit, Tools, Clothes, and Identification Card for the youth. Each of these categories was explained with FUN and enthusiasm from you!

We had youth from 6 yrs. of age to 11 yrs. that was engaged with you the whole time. The Q and A on how to be prepared was well observed from the youths and adults! My own son came home that night and got his backpack ready to be READY whenever disaster will strike. He was so engaged that he asked me to buy him a small stove so he could purify water! You got through to him and everyone at the Pack meeting!

Again Chris, its people like you who make a difference in this world to be a better place with our youth being prepared to face adult real time situations. Your expertise was on fire with our Pack. I would certainly recommend YOU to any organization that would want to benefit from Basecamp Expedition.


Diana Yamashiro, once a Girl Scout

Dear Sir,

I just returned home from your presentation at West Park Village in West L.A. Your presentation was very practical and to the point. I appreciate the honesty in which you talked about what could really happen in an emergency here in Los Angeles.

Thank you for giving suggestions concerning items needed for an emergency and stressing that we need to think outside the box and yet be realistic in assembling emergency kits—tampons, whistles, food items etc. Survival depends on our ability to be creative in a dire situation.

I think you touched upon something very important, and that is one’s mental state of mind, of not focusing on the negative but have hope in a practical way, playing a harmonica, having a pack of cards, remembering to pack a few goodies in with survival foods etc. Affirming life in the midst of disaster.

 Wanda Lamarre
Mariners Village

Hi Chris,

Firstly, thank you for the excellent and very informative seminar at Mariners village Marina del Rey, I will most definitely mention your website to other friends.

Thanks once again,

Jenn Gotzon
Mariners Village

Hi Chris,

Thank you for the education, wisdom and experience you taught us this week on surviving a disaster. Today I made my first ‘bugout-bag’ / survival bag and took a photo of the contents and the bag once it was stuffed. I also uploaded my personal identity to a safe online site in the case for future reference upon asked. Like you said, I hope to never use this.

Thank you again for all that you taught us!

God bless you  

Jenn Chatham
Mariners Village

Hey Chris,

Jen here – Scottish person from Mariner’s Village.

It was a great seminar / workshop the other night. I literally drove to the Army Navy surplus store the next morning and got the whole kit for my family. We each have a backpack with all the essentials now. Also it made us talk about what we would do and we came up with a good plan.

Thanks so much for that. I feel very good about what you taught us, I just wish I could get everyone I know to come to one of your talks. I have mentioned it to a couple of people in the parent committee at my kid’s school, so there’s a possibility that they might be interested.



Dear Chris:
On Sunday August 21,2011 you and Lisa came to my home at “Villa Vicente” in Los Angeles and gave a 3 hour seminar on “How to Prepare for the Worst When Disaster Strikes.” My neighbors and I were blessed that the management at Villa Vicente had the foresight to bring your company “BASECAMP EXPEDITIONS” to inform us the proper way to prepare for a disaster. We all learned a lot we did not know, especially the information about the Trauma Kit, Signaling and the Tools we need in the event of disaster.

Thank you again. I plan to pass this information along to my family and friends.

Much success to you and your company.

Emilie Marie Blake
Villa Vicente, Los Angeles, California

Chris Wharton and the team at Basecamp Expeditions provided our company with an unparalleled disaster training. Chris is an engaging and passionate presenter, managing to impart the severity of survival situations while keeping it light-hearted, exciting and fun. His holistic approach to survival was both refreshing and eye-opening. I left this training feeling confident that if I practiced Chris’ skills I’d be able to survive anything the world threw at me.

Jesse Hill | Property Management Assistant

Hi Chris,
Your class was AWESOME! Apparently I am not alone in my lack of knowledge and thirst to know more!

Nancy and I went shopping today and found a few items and both of us have begun to build our disaster kits…I have water in my car and tomorrow morning will be taking my infantile disaster kit to my car.

The biggest thing I got from all the information you offered was that I will be okay now…I know how to survive even if it may be minimal I will be better off than most. I feel more confident.

Thank you for all your hard work and the presentation was fabulous!

Kristy Sakal & Sienna
Lake Forest CA


I wanted to take a few moments to thank you for the very informative Disaster Readiness class. Your real life examples, and experience brought a level of realism that you don’t normally get. Most of the time classes are taught by people who probably never even slept in a tent, let alone been in anything like a real disaster. And your mantra “Make your kit personal” may sound simple, but was one of the most important, but oft missed concepts in disaster readiness.

As I mentioned I do quite a lot of backpacking and also believe in being prepared and have been working towards that for myself, and my family for the last couple years. I have taken a couple classes, and have done research. I feel that I have done okay, (there is always room to improve), but taking your class brought to my attention two items that I had not paid enough time on;

1. I did not have a full disaster kit in my truck. I had a few things, but you brought to my attention that we spend most of our time away from home at jobs, running errands and other things so I need to make sure I have what I need close at hand. You brought up a great point that depending on where I am it could take a couple days or it might not be possible to get home to my supplies.

2. I did not have a proper first aide kit. Sure I had one of those pre-packaged ”paper cut” kits you buy at the store but not one that could actually save a life. With the information, and demonstrations that you provided I learned what to buy, and how to use it. I hope that I never have to use this information, but if I do I know it will allow me to have a chance at saving a life. A life which could be mine or someone I love.

Most importantly I want to thank you for the impact your class had on my mother. Until your class I was the only disaster survival information and supplies for my parents. I have been slowly “storing extra camping gear” at their house so that there will be most of the basics there. After your class my mother has been diligently collecting more items to better prepare. We also have long discussions now about possible situations and how to resolve them.

She has even said that she feels better and stronger with the information she received in your class. This has taken a huge weight off my shoulders because now I know that if for some reason I can’t get to my family right away, they will be okay.

Thank you again.

Best Regards

Sean Forge
Lake Forest, CA

You won’t believe how UNprepared you probably are to survive a disaster! I walked away with pages of notes and a well formulated plan. Thank-you Basecamp!

Valerie Sargent
Long Beach CA

Being prepared is a must in California and Chris has given me the tools I need. Great program.

Valerie Kunz

Extremely important & valuable information presented in an interactive format. I now have practical, valuable knowledge for which to prepare for any disaster.

Debra Osborne

I left the course knowing I would be prepared for a natural disaster. The course was in depth and very informative.

Tracy Natalie

Chris, you SAVED MY LIFE today! I now find that everywhere I go I am on the “hunt” for survival gear. I LOVE it! I love all the gadgets and tricks you taught me today. I feel MUCH more confident now knowing that I CAN SURVIVE! I’ll be in touch about hosting my own survival party. MASSIVE hugs and THANK YOU for saving my life today .

Natalie Pitrello Becht

Basecamp Expeditions’ visit to my apartment complex was an eye-opening and life-saving experience. Chris has several years of training and experience. He shared his expertise with us with wit, style and most of all down-earth knowledge and common sense. As long as we follow the advice, information and life-saving techniques he imparted, our lives will be saved when a disaster strikes.

Thank you, Chris!

Jennifer James