In “Train Like It’s Real” Kevin Estela of Estela Wilderness Education challenges the reader to learn from the experience of reality training. By basing exercise and training off of reality, a person can learn what works and what doesn’t. To learn one’s limits in a “bug out” or “evasion” scenario[…] Continue Reading
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In this video for Joellambert.com, Kevin Estela of Estela Wilderness Education explains the contents of his Heavy Cover canteen-based survival kit. Learn the items that can be carried to improve survivability and why it is important to build a survival kit around an item commonly carried or used.
Successful survival and evasion isn’t just about physical things, fire, water, and food. Nor is it just about those things plus attitude. You must understand people and the local culture. You must understand people are different and it is highly likely the local culture is different from your culture. Rarely[…] Continue Reading
How do you make a good idea even better? In this submission for Joellambert.com, Kevin Estela describes a few ways to improve your lighter’s performance in wet weather. Paired with a good ferro rod, you have a reliable fire starting combination for all your outdoor pursuits. Visit Exotac at www.exotac.com […] Continue Reading
I submit Richard Burton, the British 19th Century explorer, not the actor, survived a Somali spear through his cheek (which he had to leave there as he made his escape), had a habit of crashing Arabian harems, and endured many harrowing scrapes, was protected only by his dogged eccentricity and[…] Continue Reading
I have a newsflash for you. That nicely outlined track with lots of tread pattern in it. The one with all sorts of detail that gives you loads of information. Yeah, about that. It rarely occurs out there. Rarely during any tracking event will you get one nice big beautiful[…] Continue Reading
Everything we do creates neural pathways. Your brain puts insulation; called myelin around those specific neurons. This process called myelination is used to make the neural impulses faster the next time it’s needed. Every time we do something EXACTLY the same way – EXACTLY, our brain puts another layer of[…] Continue Reading
Assuming you know the time of day (digital watch, vehicle display, cell phone w/o compass app) and you have a pen and paper you can find your general direction. The following technique comes from adapting an analog watch navigation skill to digital watch technology. Through sideways thinking, the survivor can[…] Continue Reading
This video discusses the pitfalls of track fixation and offers advice on how to use the terrain to forecast where your quarry is advancing.
In this video for Joellambert.com, Estela Wilderness Education Owner/Head Instructor, Kevin Estela explains a few tools including the digging stick, digging adze and folding shovel, that make spring foraging for underground edibles easier . In a bonus video, Kevin shows the U-Dig-It Shovel in action harvesting a wild ramp/leek. As[…] Continue Reading