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Kevin Estela is the Founder and Head Instructor of Estela Wilderness Education. He conducts private and semi-private wilderness and urban/suburban survival courses, tests and evaluates knives and equipment for various companies, is a Mountain Khakis Professional Ambassador, and is a life-long outdoors enthusiast with additional pastimes in canoeing/kayaking, fishing and cooking. Kevin's work has taken him from Los Angeles, CA to the United Kingdom and many points in between. Kevin is ranked in both Sayoc Kali and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and is a shooting enthusiast. Kevin is formerly the Lead Instructor for the Wilderness Learning Center. When not teaching outdoor skills, he is a full-time High School History Teacher and Track and Field Coach who lives in Connecticut.

Posts by Kevin Estela


“Primitive” Field Cooking Part I


One of the most underrated items in any field loadout is a metal cooking container. Far less sexy than a sharp knife or the latest tactical apparel, a cup, pot or pan makes life easier in the bush. With a basic mess kit pot or a standard canteen cup, the[…] Continue Reading

Grip Stippling

Grip Stippling


Grip stippling is a way to enhance the texture of slick or less aggressive synthetic grips for better purchase. It is a way to customize the feel of a firearm or knife providing more security and traction. Using the fine, broad or chisel point tips on a soldering iron, heat[…] Continue Reading


Dropped Blade Protocol


In an escape and evasion scenario, losing gear while you’re on the run is not an option as it is a clear sign of your presence in an area. In a survival scenario, lost gear could mean losing your chances of rescue and this is why tethering certain equipment like[…] Continue Reading

The Madumi Knife by Winkler Knives


If you’ve seen the show Lone Target, you know Former Navy SEAL Joel Lambert takes his escape and evasion missions seriously. Each movement is calculated and attention to detail is observed. Gear is chosen based on mission specific needs and there must not be any chance for failure overlooked. There is[…] Continue Reading


Gear Review: Kifaru Slick Bag


Kevin Estela of Estela Wilderness Education was sent a sample of the new Kifaru Center Zip slick bag for evaluation and review. After a couple months of use in varying New England weather, Kevin found the bag to have improvements over the previous generation side zip bag. Popular with the[…] Continue Reading


Edible, Medicinal and Useful Plants Part II


Building on the information presented in Edible Plants Part I found here on www., the outdoorsman can add to his knowledge of edible, medicinal and useful plants. Assuming the recommended identification guides have been acquired and are handy, the outdoorsman can begin to use all his senses to create[…] Continue Reading


The Quick Draw


Sayoc Kali practitioners work to develop their quick draw skills as this technique with the blade is applicable in multiple scenarios. This ability to access the blade and present it quickly within a fight is an important attribute in winning, not just surviving this exchange. The quickdraw can happen at[…] Continue Reading


Map, Compass, and Land Navigation


Getting lost leads to rushing, to panic and problems. Avoid trouble by learning how to navigate using map and compass in this free handout by Kevin Estela. Find out what can be done with just a compass, with just a map and what can be done when both tools are[…] Continue Reading


Rope Manipulations for Self-rescue


Rope and line is used for self-rescue but would you know how to manipulate it to save your life? In this video, Kevin Estela demonstrates the technique to tie a one-handed bowline to loop around the body as well as how to use a prussik knot for hauling, ascending and[…] Continue Reading


Survival Firearms Part II: The Pump Shotgun


If the .22 rifle is the first firearm to acquire for survival, the pump shotgun is absolutely a good choice for the second. While the .22 rifle will handle small game hunting and reasonably sized animals, the pump shotgun can address hunting birds in flight and literally every animal on[…] Continue Reading