The Philosophy of Survival Fitness is Well Rounded Fitness That Prepares You For Anything. It is that simple. I wrote a whole article going in depth about what Survival Fitness is and you can read it here. It is a program I created utilizing my knowledge as an ACE Certified Personal Trainer and my knowledge […]

Old Caves Crater Trail Hike is a moderate to easy trail hike near Flagstaff Arizona. The summit gives you great views of the San Francisco Peaks and Mt. Elden, while offering a much easier and shorter hike than trying to summit any of these mountains. If you want an easy hike, with some cool views […]


The Great Outdoors. It is obviously the main theme to my life, writing, and experience. Without it I believe you lose touch with what it is to be human. Survival Fitness is all about being prepared for whatever comes your way. Many of the experiences we have outdoors remind us of just how cushy modern life has become, […]


There are 5 Elements of Survival Fitness. The Elements of Survival Fitness are Strength, Endurance & Stamina, Flexibility, Body Composition, and Agility. These elements are the consistent base of how and why we train. They are common themes from my training as an ACE Certified Personal Trainer, and many schools of fitness thought. The 5 Elements of […]


Some true hiking boots are rigged, hard, and far from soft. The Merrell Moab has a feel much closer to a high top tennis shoe, and is great for everyday use. The Moab is often the most affordable of the REI range hiking boots. With a Vibram sole, the grip is good enough for most […]


Oh how great be the freedom of the outdoors. To camp is to become in touch with that primitive beast that sleeps inside you. One of the best things about the outdoors is the ability to do as you please. You are not surrounded by other people and their judging eyes and limiting rules. Though […]


Strength is a choice, but you have to choose to start first. If you are just starting a workout routine, recovering from an injury, or ready to take on the Survival Fitness Academy on this site, you have to start somewhere.  I am going to give you a couple options.  However, it is important to remember […]


Survival Fitness Academy Survival is broad term. A word with many meanings. When it comes to the Survival Fitness Academy it means “Prepared” and “Forward Thinking”. Many workout programs and fitness regimens are all about physique, weight loss, muscle mass, and sexuality. The Wild West Survival Fitness Academy focuses on Strength, Endurance & Stamina, Flexibility, […]


“Becoming Primitive” is a school of thought and training program created by Bear Gallagher Cole the Wild West Explorer. It involves elements of Survivalism, Outdoors and Wilderness Survival, Preparation, Technology, and just good old school thinking. This training and information is not geared towards hardcore survivalists or Outdoorsmen.  Bear Cole’s “Becoming Primitive” is for people […]


I recently purchased two Marmot Kompressor Plus back packs for my wife and I. I am very impressed by the bags, as is my wife, so I figured I would give you guys the run down in this Day Pack Review.

Welcome to my blog guys. This is where I write about The Outdoors, Travel, Exploring, Fitness, and Survival. I really appreciate you taking the time to read, and humbly ask that you share anything you enjoy with others you think will enjoy too! Thanks Wild West Explorers – Keep on Exploring.

My blog is used to share information all about what I do as the Wild West Explorer. This includes motivating others to enjoy the outdoors. Whether you are camping, hiking, kayaking, climbing, biking, or just chillin’ the experiencing the outdoors is an important part of what it means to be human. While I motivate you to spend more time outdoors I also help you to live life healthy and prepared.

My Survival Academy gives you information on preparing for emergencies mentally and physically. This includes an entire fitness philosophy called “Survival Fitness” that gives you Well Rounded fitness that prepares you for anything that comes your way.

I want you to tell me what you guys want to read about or learn! If you have an idea for a post, or want to learn more about wilderness survival, hiking safety, or a specific type of exercise please Contact Me Here. I will take any and all suggestions and would love to help in any way I can.

Bear Gallagher Cole

Bear Gallagher Cole

Professional Explorer, Writer, Photographer. at Exploring the Southwest
Howdy Explorers. I am Bear Gallagher Cole, the Wild West Explorer - I was Born & Raised in the Grand Canyon National Park and have been to the bottom over 100 times. I am a Certified Wilderness First Responder, ACE Personal Trainer, Web Professional, and Audio Engineer. I focus on getting people Outdoors, Healthy, and Motivated to enjoy every day they get. You can keep up with me @ and
Bear Gallagher Cole
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Bear Gallagher Cole
Bear Gallagher Cole
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