We're Out There Living It
The individuals below are part of our ambassador program, and we’ve nicknamed these fine outdoorsmen and women “Creatures of the Night”. This program was born from our desire to hear feedback on and collaborate with outdoor enthusiasts who are exploring various activities daily. We’ve proudly chosen the individuals below who share the important commonality of a love for the outdoors. Learn more about them below and check out their social media channels and websites to follow their adventures!
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Passions: #Bushcraft, Camping, Trapping, Hunting, Teaching, Hiking, Wilderness Skills
Dan Wowak, Owner and Instructor, of Coalcracker Bushcraft and the Appalachian Bushman School has been an avid outdoorsman since childhood. His love and passion for the outdoors began while fishing and hiking with his grandfather in the hills of Appalachia. Over the years, he continued pursuing his love for the outdoors through backpacking, camping, hunting, and trapping. As time went on, Dan’s enthusiasm for the outdoors compounded with his drive for reaching his physical and mental limits. The collision of these two passions launched him into the unforgiving, highly dynamic world of survival and bushcraft. He spent years honing this craft and was driven to inspire individuals to pursue a love of wilderness skills. Dan has been formally teaching and sharing knowledge of survival and wilderness living for several years. Most recently Dan has had the opportunity to put his lifetime of knowledge and foundational survival approach to the test on History Channel’s Alone Television Series.
FIND DAN ON HIS YouTube Channel AND AT HIS WEBSITE
Passions: Bushcraft, Survival, Woodcraft, Trapping, Hunting, Fishing
Dave Canterbury is a popular survival instructor, and the co-owner of Self Reliance Illustrated Magazine. His methodology for survival is based on what he coins the 5C’s of survivability; these are the 5 items that have been used cross culturally from ancient times to affect survival. He has posted over 900 self- reliance instructional videos on the web with over 350,000 subscribers worldwide and over 58,000,000 video views. Dave's book BushCraft 101 is currently on the Amazon Best Seller List as well as holding a spot for 4 months on the NY Times Best Seller List. He is the owner of the Pathfinder Training School in SE Ohio and has over 2500 students worldwide.
FIND DAVE ON HIS INSTAGRAM AND AT HIS WEBSITE
Passions: COLD places, Exploring, Mountaineering, Mountain Biking, Camping
Polar adventurer, expedition guide, dog musher, mountain biker, weekend warrior, public speaker, educator, husband, father … Eric is a very active man!
He has spent the past 20 years of his life traveling in some of the most remote and wild places left on earth. In 2006, Eric completed the first ever summer expedition to the North Pole. In 2010, he successfully reached the South Pole, North Pole and top of Mt. Everest in a 365-day period. In 2014, Eric and companion Ryan Waters reached the geographic North Pole, completing their nearly 500 mile unsupported and unaided 'Last North' expedition in just 53 days which was recently featured in a self-shot Animal Planet documentary. More recently, Eric and Ryan also accomplished a 'first ascent' of Jabou Ri, a 6,000 meter peak in the remote Rolwaling Valley of Nepal.
Eric has summited Mt. McKinley, ridden his bike across the United States, been a backcountry ranger in Alaska and a whitewater canoe guide in Colorado. As an educator, Eric strives to connect people to places and issues. As a photographer, he likes to take pictures of cool gear in awesome places.
An adventurous spirit has led Steven to incredible places and brought an abundance of wonderful people into his life. The joys and strife of adventure have given him a confident yet humble approach to daily life. Through snowboarding, climbing, backpacking and traveling Steven gets the chance to live a life full of beauty and wonder. His passion of late has become adventure philanthropy which involves raising money for the Big City Mountaineers charity through mountaineering expeditions. Steven recently started his own guiding company, The Appalachian Adventure Company, and he is based out of western North Carolina.
Passions: Rock Climbing and Traveling
Kathy’s love of rock and ice has been a life changing experience. She encourages anyone and everyone to try it! She believes that climbing a rock is so much more than that…it’s a life journey that forever tests the limits of possibility. When she’s not on the road, she owns a Brooklyn and Boulder-based nanny agency. Between baking and loving’ on dogs, she’s desperately trying not to kill the last few living basil plants in her apartment. Kathy also runs fortheloveofclimbing.com – a blog focusing on the climbing lifestyle and community aspect while also encouraging more women to engage in the outdoor experience.
FIND KATHY ON INSTAGRAM AND AT HER WEBSITE
Originally from the mountains of North Carolina, Melise now resides in the pacific northwest rock-climbing and eating chocolate to her heart's content! Melise has traveled all over the US for rock-climbing and competitions. When she's not climbing, she is passionate about traveling, meeting new people, practicing French, reading about wildlife and baking devilishly sweet treats.
FIND MELISE ON INSTAGRAM AND AT HER WEBSITE
Jeff’s connection with nature has been very strong since he was a very young child, he was always out in the forest exploring, and making forts. As he got older he studied primitive skills and how Native American lived their lives, he would recreate everything he learned out in the forest. He has also studied the Sámi people of Lapland Scandinavia where he learned what it takes to live and survive in a cold climate. Jeff has had many wilderness adventures around the world including Northern Vancouver Island British Columbia and Alaska. He now focuses all the skills he has learned into teaching other people how to not only survive but to thrive in the wilderness. Jeff has recently started his own school is Western Massachusetts called Raven Wildernesses School.
FIND JEFF ON YOUTUBE, INSTAGRAM, AND AT HIS WEBSITE