Dear Friends, Have you been yearning to see what all of the Art of Escape fuss is about? Have you been reading Rift Recon blogs, surfing through photos, and staring longingly at press releases strategizing how to get to a city that’s one hundred, five hundred, or perhaps even three thousand miles away from you?…

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What were you doing over Labor Day Weekend? Perhaps you were spending some time grilling in your backyard for the neighbors, or basking in the sun while stretched out on the beach. Whatever the case may be, you can bet that while you lounged around, half a dozen intrepid students were eagerly pounding pavement in…

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Rift Recon CEO Eric Michaud took some time to partake in one of his friend’s new games, “The Box,” at the 22nd Annual DEFCON in Las Vegas this past weekend. “The Box is a mini-contest hosted inside the Defcon 22 Tamper-Evident Village. The premise is simple: defuse a bomb! Make a mistake and get blown…

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“They came as targets, but they left as hard targets.” – Rift Recon Trainer Brian O’Shea Rift Recon’s Art of Escape trainings are notorious for cramming boatloads of vital information into two full days of coursework, followed by an entire day of practical field application. The challenge of succeeding comes predominantly through mastering the sheer…

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Sunday July 27th marks the annual San Francisco Marathon, where thousands of runners pound pavement around a loop course through the city, hitting gorgeous locales and iconic landmarks all along the way. Some runners race competitively; others make the trek more casually alongside friends and family. Many participants, like Rift Recon CEO Eric Michaud, fundraise…

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For the past five months Rift Recon’s renowned Art of Escape (AoE) trainings have been at the forefront of a surging survival subculture. Those living within accessible distance of San Francisco, the company’s home base, have inarguably been the most fortunate. As the rave reviews came pouring in, however, so did the requests to bring…

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Rift Recon LLC and the Human Rights Foundation (HRF) join forces to present a comprehensive security workshop at the 2014 Oslo Freedom Forum (OFF) next month. The workshop will be geared toward protecting high-risk individuals in possession of sensitive information. The sixth annual OFF will take place on May 12-14th. Former Russian political prisoner Mikhail…

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April 15th, 2014 March’s Art of Escape was all about new faces, strange places, and facing unexpected obstacles with exceptional results. The first major change was staff-related: Rift Recon was thrilled to welcome Brian O’Shea to the team as a Trainer and Senior Intelligence Advisor. Brian brings over twenty years of intelligence and tactical risk…

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“Rift Recon’s Art of Escape was the best urban escape, evasion, and survival course I’ve had since training with the CIA.  Improvised lock picks; caching valuables; elements of disguise; and so much more… all capped off by a full-day field exercise, thoughtfully conducted to mimic real-life conditions and inject real adrenal stress.  I’m amazed at…

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AFTER ACTION REPORT: January’s Art of Escape By now, you’ve certainly heard about Rift Recon’s most successful mission to date: the debut of our Art of Escape training in January. We ran our participants through numerous tutorials, tests, and tribulations, and though they emerged in one piece, smiling for the camera at their “graduation,” it…

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