“We were safe with Nester. A survival expert who knows the woods and desert intimately.”
~ Jay Stowe, Executive Editor, Outside Magazine
Ancient Pathways is a wilderness skills company specializing in desert survival and bushcraft. The focus of all Ancient Pathways courses is to provide hands-on training in practical survival skills and outdoor safety techniques. Our survival training emphasizes direct experience with the natural world and the critical skills you need to take care of yourself in the wilds. Tony Nester, who has over 27 years of experience teaching outdoor survival and guiding wilderness trips, began the company in 1989.
Tony has instructed desert survival courses for the National Transportation & Safety Board, National Weather Service, U.S. Military Special Operations Units, FAA, US Marshals, and for private corporations. He has extensive experience working with the media and film industry and has provided survival training for the film Into the Wild.
Tony has been featured in numerous media outlets including on NBC News, The Travel Channel, Maxim Magazine, The New York Times, and Discovery Channel. He is also a contributing writer for Outside Magazine and ran a popular monthly column on survival for many years.
In addition to extensive experience in wilderness survival, Tony has a BA in Anthropology and is a regular speaker at the Wilderness Medical Society’s Desert Conference. He is also the author of 11 books on outdoor survival through Diamond Creek Press. When he’s not out on the trail, Tony lives with his family in a passive-solar, strawbale house in northern Arizona.
Tony with the Travel Channel’s Bizarre Foods host Andrew Zimmern after a day of filming in the high-desert.
Tony has been a Survival Instructor and Outdoor Consultant for:
- Army Special Operations
- Backpacker Magazine
- FOX News
- Maxim Magazine
- National Geographic
- National Transportation & Safety Board (NTSB)
- National Weather Service
- Ojibwa Indian Tribe
- Outside Magazine
- Popular Mechanics
- Reader’s Digest
- Travel Channel’s Bizarre Foods Show
- US Air Force
- US Border Patrol