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Britt Ahart

Britt was born and raised in the suburbs of Virginia, but he’s always felt a strong desire to be in the wilderness. Several years in the Boy Scouts, along with many camping trips and hikes, helped propel his love of the wilderness. After 30 years in Virginia, he relocated to the rural farms and forests of Ohio. There, he began a family and continued a more focused study of bushcraft and resourceful primitive living. He now enjoys spending his time acquiring more skills, while passing on knowledge to his 6-year-old son, Campbell, who is already expressing his love for the wilderness.

Dan Wowak

Dan’s love for the outdoors began as a small child, when his grandfather took him hiking and fishing in rural Pennsylvania. That passion continued to grow and led to countless days spent hunting, trapping, camping and doing anything else that allowed him time in the woods. After earning his bachelor’s and master’s degrees, Dan began pushing himself further–competing in obstacle courses and 24-hour endurance races. This drive and mental toughness slowly began to mesh with his love for the outdoors, and he began to immerse himself in the world of bushcraft and survival, ultimately finding his true passion in life. He now shares that passion with his son, Jax, and his wife, Brooke, much the way his grandfather shared it with him.

Carleigh Fairchild

Born and raised in Ohio, Carleigh spent her teenage years going to summer camps and taking classes to learn survival skills. From the very beginning, she loved starting fires, building shelters, skinning animals and weaving baskets. It was through these skills that she felt a growing spiritual connection with the earth. At 18, she moved to Washington State to attend Earthwalk Northwest Wilderness School to continue studying primitive living skills and ethno-botany.

She now lives in a remote Alaskan community of 50 people with her boyfriend and dreams of building a cabin and traveling the world with him. Around the community, she has many jobs, including gardening, landscaping, roofing, framing, finish carpentry, and she’s also a city council member. Throughout her life, she has had a love for adventure and self-discovery, and is thankful to her parents for their continued support of her independent nature. She is looking forward to testing her skills while living in Patagonia this year.

Zachary Fowler

Fowler, as he’s known, was born in Vermont, where he grew up enjoying outdoor adventures with his parents. After high school, he studied boat building in Maine and discovered such a knack for it, that he began building boats as a career. At age 21, he permanently moved to coastal Maine and bought two and a half acres of rugged, wooded land. During this time, he spent his days making boats and every free moment playing in the wilderness. After he met his wife, Jami, the two started a self-sufficient lifestyle, living in a hand-built yurt. Along with their daughters, Abigail and Sparrow, they continue to pursue the dream of self-sufficiency.

Zachary Gault

Zach was raised in Caledon, Ontario, with an intrinsic passion for the outdoors. At the age of 5, he started honing his skills in the art of bushcraft and wilderness living. Countless hours of “dirt time” gave him the ability and confidence to immerse himself in uncomfortable situations with the belief that going through such ordeals would only better his nature abilities. At the age of 18, he started doing long term, solo wilderness living in the heart of Northern Ontario’s boreal forest. He has constructed many different primitive shelters, lived in them for prolonged periods of time and sustained himself solely from the earth. He feels there is a strong connection to the land when you strip away the comforts of the modern world, and it has become a way of life for him.

Megan Hanacek

Megan is a professional forester and biologist working in British Columbia, Canada. Growing up in small coastal town at the edge of the Great Bear Rainforest, her love of the outdoors began during lengthy camping, fishing, diving and photography excursions with her father, who is also a biologist.

Megan’s survival and bushcraft skills were honed through 20 years of forestry and biology field work, and included numerous close encounters with predators such as cougars and bears. She is a certified fitness trainer, avid fisherwoman, marathon runner and adventure racer. She resides on Vancouver Island and says her greatest accomplishment is her family, including her husband and two children.

Dave Nessia

Dave realized his love for the outdoors at 8 years old, when, as a camper, he learned about edible plants and one-match fires. At 32, he became obsessed with learning and teaching survival skills, and became a Desert Survival Instructor at Boulder Outdoor Survival School (BOSS). During his time at BOSS, he lived in a cave, two wickiups, a pit house, a stone shelter and a Kazakhstani felted yurt. Continually honing his skills, he has ventured on many walkabouts without any modern gear. One of his most memorable trips was when he spent 44 winter days living in a pit house, with temperatures reaching negative 6 degrees Fahrenheit. He continues to teach bushcraft skills, striving to live in a way that gives him bliss.

Callie North

Callie was born and raised on a small island in the Salish Sea. She attended alternative schools and was given the opportunity to follow her passions and travel the world from a very young age. After graduating high school, her independent and adventurous spirit led her on numerous journeys around the globe. Her highlights include a year in Australia, becoming a Dive Master in Thailand, foraging the jungles of Maui, working on a remote island off the coast of Ireland, mountain climbing in Guatemala, camping her way across Norway and hiking the Camino de Santiago in Spain.

After migrating back to her Washington State island home, she moved into a small cabin in the forest where she lives with no electricity or running water. Surrounded by a vibrant, mossy landscape, she has learned to live close to the land while pursuing her creative passions, including being a singer-songwriter. Utilizing her deep love and expanding knowledge of medicinal plants, she recently opened her first business–an herbal apothecary. Callie views the opportunity to live in the Patagonian wilderness as an immense gift, and hopes to deepen emotionally and spiritually and meet the challenges that arise with good humor and fortitude.

Greg Ovens

Greg is a self-taught survivalist who, since he was a boy, has read nearly every book on the topic. He started his first bow drill fire when he was thirteen and spent the next 40 years learning bushcraft and studying plants and edibles. He has even developed some of his own survival techniques. When his two daughters were born, he eagerly shared with them his love of the wilderness, and they spent nearly all of their time together in the woods picking berries and camping.

Jim Shields

Jim grew up in the suburbs of Bucks County, Pennsylvania. During his college years, he enjoyed rock climbing, mountaineering and adventure traveling. He also spent extended periods of time working as a professional wilderness guide in both Colorado and Alaska. In 2003, he started an Adventure Club at his high school in Horsham, PA, where he planned and guided trips to Maui, Alaska, British Columbia, Oregon, Washington, Colorado, Utah, Costa Rica and Turkmenistan.

For the last thirteen years, he has been teaching high school. For eight of those years, he’s been teaching a self-designed wilderness survival and mountaineering course, as well as running a leadership program at his high school. He is also a certified Wilderness EMT. Jim lives with his wife Jennifer and their two dogs Gizmo and Ouray.