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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

Smart Use of Light at Night

Smart Use of Light at Night


Until humans are able to see in the dark, it is a good idea to always have a flashlight with you. Ask any law enforcement officer how quickly a basement can turn daytime to night and you’ll understand why carrying a flashlight is important in your everyday carry. While there[…] Continue Reading


Lost Proofing wilderness survival


Kevin Estela shows preventive measures the outdoorsman can take to ensure he stays found. Common sense, skills and quality gear help in the field but these should not stop him from stacking every odd in his favor before he heads into the field.


Morale Boosters


Spend enough time outdoors on end, and eventually the hardship of living outside your comfort zone will wear on you. After a while, you will miss your bed, you will miss the quiet of your house (unless you have kids), and you will miss the feeling of clean. Eventually, you[…] Continue Reading

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Making the Case for the Meager .22lr Rifle


Ask most shooters what they started with and the majority will say their first real firearm was a .22.  The .22lr round is not the largest, it isn’t the fastest and it isn’t the most powerful. The .22 is an easy shooting, accurate and capable round if used correctly. For[…] Continue Reading


Edible, Medicinal and Useful Plants Part 1


“I’ve never seen a plant walk away from anyone.” With these words, I learned the importance of knowing about plants from my plant mentor, Marty Simon. Unlike hunting and fishing which don’t guarantee success, plant knowledge, if correct, will never fail you. Plant knowledge not only helps the survivor identify[…] Continue Reading


Axe vs Machete: Which is Better?


Which is better, an axe or a machete? Both tools provide the user the ability to increase their survivability and each has their place. The answer to this question depends on the details of your mission. The question becomes which is better when rather than which is better. Both tools[…] Continue Reading