Ancient Pathways, LLC - School of Primitive Technology and Wilderness Skills Survival Courses [Flagstaff Arizona]

 

About the Instructors

 
Tony Nester, Survival and Wilderness Instructor specializing in desert survival and primitive technology.

Tony Nester

"We were safe with Nester.  A survival expert who knows the woods and desert intimately." 
~ Jay Stowe, Executive Editor, Outside Magazine

Ancient Pathways is a wilderness skills company specializing in desert survival and primitive technology. The focus of all Ancient Pathways courses is to provide hands-on training in practical survival skills and outdoor safety techniques. Our survival courses emphasize direct experience with the valuable skills you need to take care of yourself in the wilderness. Tony Nester, who has over 20 years of experience teaching outdoor survival and guiding wilderness trips, began the company in 1989.

Tony has instructed desert survival courses for the National Transportation & Safety Board, National Weather Service, U.S. Military Special Operations Units and for private corporations. He is also a longtime faculty member of the Desert Institute at Joshua Tree National Park. 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, the host of the Travel Channel's Bizarre Foods.

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

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.

 

Keep an eye out for the April segment of the Travel Channel's popular show Bizarre Foods which has Tony taking host Andrew Zimmern out for a wild foods trek in the desert.

Keep an eye out for the April segment of the Travel Channel's popular show Bizarre Foods which has Tony taking host Andrew Zimmern out for a wild foods trek in the desert.

Tony has been a Survival Instructor and Outdoor Consultant for:

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
 

Mike Masek is a wilderness skills instructor, herbalist, and ethnobotanist living in Flagstaff, Arizona.Mike Masek

Mike Masek is a wilderness skills instructor, herbalist, and ethnobotanist living in Flagstaff, Arizona. He has been exploring the canyons and deserts of the American Southwest for 30 years and is currently focusing on the traditional edible and medicinal plants of the Colorado Plateau. His field studies have also taken him across the US, India, China, and the Tibetan Plateau.

Mike is an adjunct faculty member at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona, where he teaches traditional uses of native plants and wilderness survival skills. He has also taught programs through Coconino Community College, Yavapai Community College, Grand Circle Field Institute, and the National Park Service. For more information about herbal and botanical courses with Mike Masek, click here.

Mike Masek demonstrating shelter building techniques as part of a Survival and Wilderness Course.


Bill Downey - Wherever his opportunities take him, Downey strives to blend his passion for teaching, for being in wild places, and for remote medicine and survival skills.Bill Downey

His classroom may be on a university campus, in an alcove in the desert southwest, an historic bungalow in rural India, or along a river bank. Wherever his opportunities take him, Downey strives to blend his passion for teaching, for being in wild places, and for remote medicine & survival skills.

A native of Chicago, he's made his home in a remote Utah desert town for the past 10+ years where he is a firefighter/paramedic. Experience in cultural resource preservation has given him a unique insight into how bushcraft is not a novelty for the present, but an integral part of our humanity and the development of societies. As a whitewater river guide he has had the opportunity to explore unique and very remote parts of the western United States, and facing challenges in providing patient care & rescue in remote locations where calling for help is not an option. In recent years he's spent much of his time looking at the ground in minute detail as he sharpens his skills in tracking. A professional educator specializing in wilderness medicine, Downey is proud to bring his expertise to Ancient Pathways.

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