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, […]

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 […]

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 […]