The Basics Because the moon has no light of its own, we can only see it when it reflects the sun’s light. As it orbits the earth on its 28-day circuit, the shape of the reflected light varies according to its position. We say there is a new moon or no moon when it is […]


Knowing How to Keep a Safe Camp Fire is one of the most important outdoor skills you can have. The camp fire is many people’s favorite part of camping. Many survival and outdoor enthusiasts concentrate only on the art of starting a fire, but what do you do after you have one started? It is scientifically […]


It is extremely important to properly put out your camp fire. According to the US Forest Service website each year an average of more than 73,000 wildfires burn about 7.3 million acres of private, state and federal land and more than 2,600 structures. Most of these fires are started by camp fires. Putting out your […]


Leave No Trace Ethics is a program of study used by outdoor enthusiasts and groups such as The Boy Scouts of America to protect wilderness, trails, state parks, and forests. Leave no Trace offers training and an online course that I recommend taking if you spend anytime outdoors.


Hiking Etiquette, manners, decorum, all traits of the Trail’s High Soceity. Trail Etiquette helps to make sure we can all enjoy our next outing. Let’s face it, hikers are not often the hoity-toity type. You won’t often see passers by sipping tea, pinkies up, laughing in a strange belly cackle about how important they are. That […]


Lets take a look at the new extremes of the outdoors part 1. I love spending time in nature and exploring wild places. Having grown up in a National Park I feel like I have a unique view on the culture of the outdoors. Most would think the extremes of the outdoors have to do […]


21st Century Survival Tips and What They Mean to You. What is 21st Century Survival all about?  It’s all about diversity of skills and knowledge. Being an expert in primitive survival techniques won’t save your life in many circumstances. Understanding how to use your GPS will only save you part of the time. Knowing how […]


I grew up to be an explorer, but that doesn’t mean I knew it at first. I was born & raised in the Grand Canyon National Park. This wonder of the world was my backyard and I have been to the bottom over 100 times. As a matter of fact my first time to the […]


Get a little more personal with Bear Gallagher Cole the Wild West Explorer. Many of you are already familiar with my other work. My writing for, my photography @WildWestExplorer, my 21st Century Survival Tips at All of these adventure sites are amazing, and allow me to share what I love most – The […]

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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