Walking the Ancient Pathways with Tony Nester

Tony Nester, one of the Nation’s most prolific bushcraft and outdoor survival experts, discussed his wilderness skills company and how it provides information, classes, books, DVDs, and entire courses for the public.

Ancient Pathways is Tony Nester’s wilderness skills company specializing in desert survival and primitive technology. The company was conceived and established in 1989. Tony personally has more than 24 years’ experience teaching outdoor survival and guiding wilderness trips.

The focus of all Ancient Pathways courses is to provide hands-on training in practical survival skills and outdoor safety techniques, and emphasize direct experience with the valuable skills people need to take care of themselves––indeed, thrive––in the wilderness. Tony is also a long-time faculty member of the Desert Institute at Joshua Tree National Park.

Tony has been a Survival Instructor and Outdoor Consultant for:

  • U.S. Military Special Operations Units
  • Private corporations
  • National Weather Service
  • National Transportation & Safety Board (NTSB)
  • Popular Mechanics
  • FAA
  • US Border Patrol
  • Maxim Magazine
  • Army Special Operations
  • US Air Force
  • Travel Channel’s
    Bizarre Foods Show
  • National Geographic
  • Outside Magazine
  • Reader’s Digest
  • FOX News
  • Ojibwa Indian Tribe
  • Backpacker Magazine

Tony has extensive experience working with the media and film industry and has provided survival training for actors Josh Brolin (Jonah Hex) and Emile Hirsch (Into the Wild) along with working with Andrew Zimmern, host of the Travel Channel’s Bizarre Foods.

Tony has been featured in numerous media outlets including on NBC News, the Travel ChannelMaxim Magazine, the New York Times, and the Discovery Channel.

Endorsements from a well-known expert:

“We were safe with Nester.  A survival expert who knows the woods and desert intimately.”  (Jay Stowe, Executive Editor, Outside Magazine)

Tony was a special guest of  Andrew Zimmern on a segment of the Travel Channel’s popular show Bizarre Foods. Tony guided host Andrew Zimmern out for a wild foods trek in the desert.

 

In addition to extensive experience in wilderness survival, Tony has a BA in Anthropology and is an Emergency Medical Tech (EMT-B).

He is the author of numerous books on outdoor survival through Diamond Creek Press, and writes a popular monthly column for Outside Magazine.

Diamond Creek is Tony’s independently-owned publishing business in Flagstaff AZ, and has released the following Instructional DVD Series and books:

 

Tony Nester’s Practical
Urban Survival Series
Volumes 1 & 2

Diamond Creek Press is home to pragmatic, field-tested, how-to books on survival and self-reliance. An independently-owned publishing company based in Flagstaff AZ. Owner and author Tony Nester is a full-time survival instructor dedicated to providing reliable information and skills that really work while researching methods for survival and safety in both urban and wilderness settings.

 

When the Grid Goes Down
Disaster Preparations and Survival Gear
for Making Your Home Self-Reliant

A Survival Book by Tony Nester

Disasters come and go each year. It is through developing a self-reliant mindset, having essential survival gear and a handful of critical skills that you and your family will be able to prevail in an urban crisis.

Jammed with field-tested information from real-world applications, survival instructor Tony Nester covers how to prepare for both short-term survival ranging from 24-72 hours as well as long-term situations resulting from a grid-down emergency or pandemic.

 

The Modern Hunter-Gatherer

A Practical Guide to Living off the Land
A Survival Book by Tony Nester

This innovative book illustrates, with detailed photos, the essential methods for harvesting, preserving, and cooking small game, fish, edible plants, and how to reduce your dependence on “the system.”

Recapture the excitement of wandering on the land unencumbered while depending on nature’s resources and the skill in your hands.

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Surviving A Disaster
Evacuation Strategies and Emergency Kits for Staying Alive
A Disaster Survival Book by Tony Nester

 

The most effective means of surviving a disaster is to have the essential gear and plans in place beforehand and this comes only from developing a mindset of self-reliance.

This book takes you through the mental attitude, scenarios, planning, and gear for overcoming natural and man-made disasters where you are forced to evacuate your home.

 

Desert Survival
Tips, Tricks, & Skills
An Outdoor Survival Book by Tony Nester

Now Available on DVD

Few books on desert survival have ever contained such detailed examples of the fundamental skills necessary for traveling and hiking in the land of little water.

Containing over 30 photos and a wealth of field-expedient methods related to arid land survival, this book is an excellent outdoor guide for the first-time visitor or veteran desert explorer.

 

Practical Survival
Tips, Tricks, & Skills
An Outdoor Survival Book by Tony Nester

Filled with photos and field-expedient survival techniques, Practical Survival is the 1st in a series of how-to survival books that will show you the mental attitudes and outdoor wilderness skills necessary to handle an unexpected backcountry emergency.

“Practical Survival is presently being updated and will be out in an expanded edition soon.”

 

 

Bushcraft Tips & Tools
An eBook by Tony Nester

Recommendations for basic bushcraft gear and tips for increasing your competency in long-term wilderness living. Packed with practical advice taken from years of teaching field courses and experimentation on extended personal trips, this book covers strategies for enjoying the wilderness with your hands and a few simple tools.

Topics Include: Tarp and Bedroll Types, Bushcraft Blades, Axes and Saws, Firearms & Food Procurement Tools, Region-Specific Gear, Wilderness Ethics, Clothing Recommendations, Trail Food and Cooking Implements.

 

Bug-Out Gear for Travelers
An eBook by Tony Nester

Most people in the survival or preparedness community spend a great deal of time and expense to outfit themselves with quality bug-out gear for an urban crisis. All of that changes when you board a commercial flight for work or pleasure and the majority of the well-planned kit gets left behind due to travel restrictions.

This book covers the pertinent emergency gear every business traveler or vacationing family should carry to prevail during a disaster. It is specifically designed with current flight and railway restrictions in mind. If you are a traveler, consider preparing a stripped-down version of your bug-out bag with Tony’s suggestions in case you ever have to survive in a disaster-riddled city away from home.

 

 

Grand Canyon Survival:
Gear & Garb
An eBook by Tony Nester

The Grand Canyon region is one of the most visited wilderness areas in the world. Many hikers embarking on a day trip or overnight outing are unprepared for the triple-digit temperatures, elevation gains, lack of shade and desert conditions associated with the inner canyon.

Grand Canyon Survival Gear & Garb prepares the hiker for backcountry emergencies that they may find themselves in while venturing beyond the rim. The book explains water and electrolyte requirements, strategies for coping with intense heat, preparing physically before your trip, essential survival gear for both short and long-term canyon explorations and the essential garb every desert traveler should have. Also covered are sections on common survival myths related to obtaining water from cactus and solar stills along with a helpful Q & A chapter for first-time visitors to the Grand Canyon region, written in a straightforward style, enlivened with anecdotes from his own extensive experience as a guide at the Canyon, Tony offers a practical book for both day hiking and overnight backpacking trips.

 

A Vehicle Survival Kit
You Can Live With
An eBook by Tony Nester

The 7th volume in the Practical Survival Series presents field-tested gear and methods in case you break down in the wilds or on the highway. It provides an extensive look at the essential recovery, survival and emergency items that every traveler should carry.

Accompanied by real-world stories of survival taken from the author’s 23 years of teaching field courses, this experientially-based eBook covers the basic skills that can help you prevail during a roadside emergency.

 

Survival Gear You Can Live With
An eBook by Tony Nester

A quality survival kit is one of the critical keys in prevailing during a backcountry emergency. Survival instructor Tony Nester shares what essential gear to carry and how to design a tailor-made kit to fit your specific needs.

Drawing upon the past 23 years of teaching field courses, Nester provides a pragmatic look at the key elements that should go into a personal survival kit and the steps to help ensure that you don’t get lost in the first place.

Misty Marsh, Thrive Where You Are

Misty Marsh talks with Doctor Prepper™. As a wife & mother of four children (six year-old twin boys & two daughters ages 4 and 2 1/2), she stays quite busy. Misty is a preparedness blogger at YourOwnHomeStore.com. She writes, “I learn right along with and often from my readers.”

Misty has been a THRIVE Life (formerly Shelf Reliance) consultant for nearly 3 years, is a member of the Advisory Board of Consultants for THRIVE Life, and “believe[s] firmly that the best and most important reason for being prepared and self reliant is because it improves our day to day quality of life. I’m not motivated by fear.  I’m motivated to prepare for life!  I want to provide the best life I can for my family and children. I want to be prepared enough that I can better give to others who may not be quite so lucky!”

Sit back and enjoy this heartfelt interview with your trusted Host & his talented Guest.

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Dale & Lisa Goodwin of SurvivalistPrepper.net

Dale and Lisa Goodwin are guests on the Doctor Prepper CPR Talk Show to discuss how they have created a website SurvivalistPrepper.net  and are dedicated in their effort to work on preparedness as a couple, totally supportive of each other. They have a farmstead on the eastern plains of Colorado and enjoy their preparedness lifestyle. Though not preparing specifically for an economic collapse or a grid-down event, they feel they want to be ready for any sort of personal doomsday that could arise by having the necessary equipment, such as a generator, emergency supplies and food storage.

Dale and Lisa are also writing other of books, and being a “team” helps because they can bounce ideas off each other and clarify their family objectives and efforts.

Their preparedness mindset has encouraged them to create a course for those initiating an interest in preparedness, and will be available in January 2014 on their website. They believe the right frame of mind is essential for anyone to live the preparedness lifestyle as opposed to trying to see it as just a passing fad.

They consider themselves fairly rational when it comes to preparing, and they are purchasing additional land because we want to build their home from the ground up and develop their property appropriately for their lifestyle. This is how they want to learn and practice some of the skills that can’t accomplish at their current home. They plan to start by building a cabin there and truly “live off the grid” as soon as possible

Visit their website and review the developing Survivalist Prepper Academy at Members.SurvivalistPrepper.net, a community for like-minded people to get together, learn and teach each other about a wide range of preparedness skills and ideas. There will be a free course soon, listing an abundance of information in one location for those beginning their involvement in preparing. They will also be adding more courses in the future.

 

Secure Your Preps, Secure Your Present, Secure Your Future

Joe Nobody believes “…you can have all of the water, food and medical supplies in the world and it won’t do you a bit of good if someone comes and takes them from you. Security has to be the first priority!” As a preparedness author of fiction and non-fiction books, his writings cover defense preparation for when things all fall apart.

In this interview on the Doctor Prepper C.P.R. Talk Show, Joe explains:

  • Why must preppers be fully able to defend their families and shelters?
  • How do events develop on a critical timeline?
  • What do the periods of social grace, realization, desperation, and reorganization mean?
  • Is there hope for life to return to “normal” in the future?
  • How can we deal with the uncertainty of any future localized, regional, or national event?

Joe’s rules and tests for any type of preparation activity are:

  • Do no harm to self or others.
  • Always have a dual purpose.
  • Recognize that people are the biggest problem in planning and execution.
  • Remember that you and your family are people, therefore the biggest problem(s).
  • Your equipment and skills must mimic military preparedness (i.e.: easy to use & durable).
  • Everything must work at night.

Joe has been listed on Amazon’s Top 100 Best Seller’s List as well as the Top 500 ranking among all Amazon listed authors. With over 1000 Amazon reviews, readers have collectively assessed his works with a 4.3 out of 5-star rating. Over the last two years, his titles have ranked #1 in six different genres, including both fiction and non-fiction categories. Joe’s technical manuals and novels total over 250,000 copies in print.

His appeal to the prepper community is born of his own belief system and experience. He has provided systems, consulting and training for the U.S. Army, Department of Homeland Security, Office of Naval Research, United States Border Patrol as well as several private firms and government agencies. He is currently active in this area, and for the security of his family and ongoing business, wishes to remain anonymous. He has over 30 years of competitive shooting experience including IPSC, NRA, and other related organizations. He has been a firearms instructor and consultant for more than 30 years and holds the rights to a United States Patent for a firearms modification.

How to Handle a Crisis by Former Chief Dennis Evers

Doctor Prepper interviews Dennis Evers, a former cop and a police chief, who now lives the lifestyle of a prepper with his family in the mountains of Colorado. His easy–to-use book helps other preppers deal with the daily crises that arise in life, when emergencies strike. His son-in-law, an ER physician, assisted in the writing of this worst-case scenario book, aptly named How to Handle a Crisis. At less than $10, this valuable resource will fit anywhere for instant reference.

Dennis has written for years in his spare time about disaster preparedness and recovery, and terrorism and business continuity for some of the most prestigious security, business and government-oriented publications in the US, most of them on assignment. His emergency response book has sold over 160,000 copies globally to police, fire, the Secret Service, all branches of the military and government, and is used by numerous Fortune 500 companies as an emergency S.O.P.

How to Handle a Crisis is for individuals, groups, institutions and businesses that want a simple, quick reference for virtually all threats––from tornadoes to terrorism and bomb threats to broken bones.

Dennis’ first published book, The Pocket Partner, has sold more than 150,000 copies worldwide, and is used by professional responders, emergency services, the military, governments, corporate giants that include airlines, aircraft builders, theme parks, computer manufacturers, universities, schools, hospitals,  as well as individuals.

Get a copy of How to Handle a Crisis, by Dennis Evers.

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Gone In An Instant, Keeping Your Most Vital Documents Safe

Mary Rowbury, Author of Grab ‘n’ Go Essential Document Organizer, discusses how fires can become life threatening in minutes and tornadoes can happen in an instant! She explains how your important documents can be ready to go in a flash.

With 25 years of experience as an insurance professional, Mary Rowbury provides the forms so you can create your own emergency binder, filled with essential records––your family information, important contacts, financial documents, passports, medical records, and much more. Mary tells  of her experiences with fires in her community.

Gain peace of mind knowing that this binder is at your fingertips when you need it most. Available in print and PDF download.

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Sprouting for Optimum Health with Connie Nielsen

Connie Nielsen, owner of LifeSprouts, located in Paradise UT (yes Toto, there is such a place!), explains how sprouting allows you to have fresh, healthy, wholesome, nutritious, and raw foods in your diet––and you can do it in a quart jar in your kitchen! No need to get dirt under your fingernails, you can grow your food conveniently on your countertop year-‘round.

LifeSprouts is also a resource for sprouting equipment, organic seeds, healthy seed mixes, and some of the best unprocessed honey you’ll ever taste! You can store enough veggies for years in your pantry!

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Becoming An Active Prepper, A Conversation with Tara Dodrill

Tara Dodrill, a preparedness, off-grid, and sustainable living writer, was the guest of honor on the Doctor Prepper CPR Talk Show. Her current preparedness writing and blogging interests include Off The Grid News, Prepper and Shooter Magazine, eFoodsDirect, CommonSense Prepping, and her weekly radio show on the Prepper Broadcasting Network.

She has a refined talent for distilling information into straightforward and interesting conversation—and her experience in communication is certainly a honed skill. She’s short of sassy, but she’s point on with her explications. You won’t find many people with her insight in the preparedness industry.

Tara is a Libertarian gal currently living in rural southern Ohio with her family and a growing group of rescued shelled, furry, and feathered critters.

The discussions with Tara are worth the time! Download the show to your iPod, iPad, tablet, cellphone, Android, or computer and listen to her comments—they’re unabashedly honest and forthright! Email Tara at (no spaces) Tara Dodrill [at] gmail [dot] com.

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Walking the Talk of Self-Reliance

Robert Griswold, proprietor of Ready Made Resources in Eastern Tennessee, shared his preparedness philosophy and demonstrated that he and his family don’t just sell preparedness products, they live the preparedness lifestyle.

Bob, his wife Roxanne, and their son operate the largest preparedness, emergency and disaster products store and business east of the Mississippi River.  Bob wants all their customer to plan, prepare, and preserve––and Ready Made Resources has knowledgeable and friendly staff eager to answer any technical questions about their products, assist with customer service issues or develop a plan to help preserve your family during the uncertain future.

Ready Made Resources carries a complete line of affordable preparedness products––everything from hand-powered grain mills, well pumps and water filters to long-term food storage, camping supplies and cold-weather gear. Check out their website for more than 4,000 preparedness items in more than 300 product categories! You’ll discover for yourself why their preparedness selection is unsurpassed!

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299 Days, Author Glenn Tate

Doctor Prepper interviews author Glen Tate about Book 7 of 299 Days, a ten-novel series. This fiction novel tells the story of Grant Matson, a family man & lawyer whose inner struggles awaken him to the fragility of society. As he secretly prepares for a worst-case scenario, he’s constantly concerned about his fears might require him to deal with real threats to his family. He often wonders if he is seeing what few others are anticipating. As the future unfolds, he recognizes that he is destined to be a leader in guiding a special group of people back to some level of normalcy.

Visit 299Days.com for more information.

Glenn Tate, Author of the 299 Days novel series