Author/Company Bio

"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 primitive technology. The focus of all Ancient Pathways courses is to provide hands-on training in practical survival skills and outdoor safety techniques. Our survival courses emphasize direct experience with the valuable skills you need to take care of yourself in the wilderness. Tony Nester, who has over 25years of experience teaching outdoor survival and guiding wilderness trips, began the company in 1989.
Tony has instructed outdoor survival courses for the U.S. Military, National Park Service, USDA, and for private corporations. He is also on the adjunct faculty at Northern Arizona University where he teaches outdoor survival and primitive technology courses. His main area of focus is the southwest and he has survival experience in the Mojave, Sonoran, and Great Basin Deserts of North America.
Tony has been featured in numerous media outlets including on NBC News, the Travel Channel, in the New York Times, and in Outside Magazine.
In addition to extensive experience in wilderness survival, Tony has a BA in anthropology and is nationally certified as a Wilderness First Responder through the Wilderness Medical Institute of NOLS. He is the author of numerous books on outdoor survival and is also a well published writer in numerous magazines such as Wilderness Way, Backhome, Popular Woodworking, and Backwoodsman.

Tony Nester, Survival and Wilderness Instructor specializing in desert survival and primitive technology.

Tony has been a Survival Instructor and Outdoor Consultant for:

National Weather Service National Transportation &
Safety Board (NTSB)
Popular Mechanics
FAA US Border Patrol Maxim Magazine
Army Special Operations US Air Force Travel Channel's
Bizarre Foods Show
National Geographic Outside Magazine Reader's Digest
FOX News Ojibwa Indian Tribe Backpacker Magazine

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