“Knowing how to feed yourself in the wilds is empowering since it is not dependent on ‘the system.’ Hunting and gathering is also your birthright as a member of the human race. Somewhere in your heritage, your forbearers tracked, hunted, foraged, and lived fulltime with the natural world. It is deep in our being.” -Tony Nester

THIS….this hit me like a hammer.

I’ve taught skills to men for over 16 years, skills that can keep them alive and safe, or help them take control of the relationships in their lives.

But I didn’t know basic knowledge that our ancestors did, and the skills that kept them alive and safe. Skills that have almost been lost through time.

I didn’t know what to do if the water in our town became undrinkable (already predicting Lake Erie and Florida is going to be dealing with this year) and we all have heard about the FLINT water crisis.

What if there was a natural disaster like an earthquake, a volcano eruption, a tsunami, or even just your run of the mill emergency flooding from storms (TEXAS) or tornados? Which happen every year.

What if there was a food shortage, like right now in Venezuela.

What if from a giant list of other reasons you either had to get off the grid, or  just got lost?




I didn’t.

I have LOTS of cool man skills, but I didn’t even have a water stockpile at my house (FEMA says to have at least 2 weeks worth, you have that RIGHT???).

If the SHTF and I wasn’t able to keep my loved ones safe….I have failed them as a man.

I knew I had to level up in this area, but it was so hard trying to find someone who is LEGIT in the survival world, and the amount of information out there was just overwhelming. Then I heard about Tony Nester through my martial arts instructor who has signed up for one of his classes.Tony

Tony is one of those guys who likes to go out into the wild and can live off the land. He is so good at doing and teaching this, that guys come to him from all over the world to learn, even some pretty badass military guys.

I signed up for the same one day course of his with my GF and we both loved it….and wanted more.

Later we drove up to Flagstaff and took a 3 day course from him, it was even better and it left me wanting even more.

Since then Tony and I have become friends and I’ve been fortunate enough to train with him quite a bit and am already signed up for more of his classes!

*The Deadfall I made that will get me food in the wild*

Like always, I share stories with my Bravohood brothers about cool new things I am into, and guys started asking me about which class of his should they take. I would always respond back with “ALL OF THEM!!!”

Unfortunately, not everyone has the ability to take off weeks/months from work, can afford multiple trips, and can unplug from the rat race like I can, to learn this skills. But this got me thinking…

*I made fire by rubbing 2 sticks together!*

Last year I put on an EPIC tactical class, what if this year we put on an even MORE EPIC survival class?
I talked to my coaches and the attendees from the previous class, I sat down with Tony and planned out what we thought the absolute most important skills you need to have are, and after many months of planning, I can now officially announce that we have put together the absolute best class on wilderness and urban survival that I have ever seen!

Normally to cover just some of the skills you will learn here, you would have to go to MULTIPLE classes, from different instructors, some that last 1-2 weeks EACH, and would cost 10’s of thousands of dollars in total. Some of the ADVANCED skills you will learn in this class and then put into practice…you might not even be able to learn unless you are connected (Fortunately because of me, you now are!)

You might even be worried about all the survival gear you will need go find and buy for THIS class and how much that will cost…

But like I said, we planned out the BEST CLASS WE COULD!

And the best part, virtually every piece of gear you will need for this class, WE WILL PROVIDE!

Well actually that is the 2nd best part, the best part is THIS IS WHAT YOU WILL LEARN IN THIS COURSE!

  • “The Big 5” Survival Priorities
  • Survival Psychology
  • Survival Gear & Kits
  • Proper and Effective Knife use and carving
  • Shelter construction
  • Everything you need to know about FIRE from one-match, spark, and optics
  • Survival firelays & coal beds
  • Evasion fires
  • Bow-drill & hand-drill methodsBow drill
  • Flint & Steel
  • Improvised containers
  • Lessons on Apache warfare and evasion methods in the Southwest
  • Wilderness Hazards
  • Dangerous & toxic plants
  • Flash floods
  • Cougars/Bears/Coyotes
  • Venomous creature
  • Improvised tools & weapons
  • Water location & purification methods
  • Signaling devices
  • The most essential tools for living off the land: modern survival firearms, snares, fishing implements and practical strategies for procuring wild game
  • Carving deadfall traps
  • Zoonotic diseases
  • Carving your own throwing stick for hunting
  • Animal tracking
  • Overview of barehanded and celestial navigation methods
  • Skinning and cleaning wild game
  • Making jerky and off-grid food preservation
  • Escape and Evasion
  • Mantracking 101
  • Counter-tracking maneuvers
  • Mantraps & deterrentsPrimitive food
  • Group exercises employing counter-tracking techniques
  • Wilderness Medicine
  • Wilderness trauma and remote medicine considerations
  • Heat-related injuries
  • Hypothermia and cold-related injuries
  • Venomous snakes, scorpions, spiders, Africanized bees
  • Weaving rope with natural fibers
  • The top 5 practical bush-knots
  • Weaving a netted container using 550 cord
  • Primitive dinner- how to skewer and roast fish/small game, bake trout in clay, and tips for using a Dutch-Oven
  • Map & Compass Skills
  • Practical land nav field exercises
  • Final culmination exercise involving the students on an evasion scenario with the instructors tracking them
  • Sight see prehistoric ruins
  • Gathering edible plants and examining medicinal plant uses
  • and more!


Sounds pretty awesome doesn’t it?

All you need to bring with you is the clothes you will wear, a few personal items, and a tent and sleeping bag. Actually the tent and sleeping bag you can ditch if you REALLY want to be one with nature during this course…but I would still bring in case there is rain.

If you do need to get a few pieces of gear, there is an REI in town which you can order and have gear sent to, or just pick up. I will email you the official list of what you need when you sign up, and Tony and I will be happy to help you if you have any questions.

The class will be in Flagstaff Arizona, Sept 1-4 (which we specifically picked because the weather should be great and the edible plants will be in season).
The price of the class is only $1,550

Included in this course is hundreds of dollars worth of gear, you will be able to use and take home with you after!
If you want to register for this class, or have any questions, please email me at

Survive@StephenGrosch {dot} com

and I will get back to you ASAP


-email me to get put on waiting list


  1. Daimon Doyle

    I have been an avid backpacker for years. I have gone out for days at a time, both solo or with friends and family and I have all the latest and greatest gear. I talked with Stephen before the event because I was wasn’t sure if there was much I could get out of it that I already didn’t know. Boy, was I wrong.

    The amount of additional skills I picked up in 4 days was beyond what I could have imagined. I has caused me to think completely differently about my approach to the backcountry and my future travels will never be the same. I had always thought that with all my experience I could survive in the wilderness if I ever had to but I now know that there were significant holes in my planning.

    This course seriously prepared me for true survival and looking back it’s hard to believe that so much information was packed into just 4 days and yet was thorough and hands on enough that it was easy to absorb and retain. I now am confident that I do possess the skills to survive in the wild and can’t wait to further refine those skills.

    Tony and Mike are true masters and Stephen once again hit it out of the park by organizing such an awesome event. I can’t thank you all enough!

  2. Nelson Amaya

    I’ve never experienced anything quite like this. Met some amazing cool people, did a lot of new things I thought I’d never learn. I enjoy camping and hiking, but this was on a whole other level.

    Considering everything we learned for the cost that we paid makes it an absolute steal!

    From the moment we woke up, up until we slept, we were always learning and practicing our new skills. These skills are something that not many people know, yet it’s so essential to survival. I was pretty sad when the course ended, because time just flew on by. It didn’t even feel like it was four days, that’s how fast the time went, but mostly since I was enjoying every minute of the course.

    I wish there’s another follow up course to this later in the future and I hope I can attend it (if it comes to fruition).

    The decision to go was definitely one I’ll remember for the rest of my life. If you were considering taking the course, but hesitated to apply, you missed out on such an amazing and memorable event.

    Tony and Mike are two amazing instructors and made the entire course fun and enjoyable. Stephen did a great job organizing this and just wanted to send my thanks for making this possible.

  3. Bryan Eccleston

    In this day and age it seems as though the world is spinning ever faster with all of us caught up in its gravity. We go from one meeting, to another appointment, to another item on the chore list and on and on. It’s so constant that most of us don’t even recognize it any more but occasionally, a few of us sneak in that deep breath and decide we need to slow it all down a bit.

    In the back country of Northern Arizona, we find not the hustle and bustle of our busy lives or the outsiders’ assumption of an inhospitable desert but instead preservation. Preservation of ruins from ancient peoples, preservation of a different way of life, and preservation of knowledge passed down through ”Ancient Pathways”. Of course, that’s provided you have a knowledgeable guide to show you the paths, and that guide is Tony Nester.

    At one point of time everyone needed to know certain skills to live. Skills such as making fire from nothing but two pieces of wood, tracking through different types of terrain, and hunting for substance. Over time these skills have been eroded but Tony and his coaches at “Ancient Pathways” are eager to share them with any who seek this knowledge. Not only will they show you the old ways but they will show you modern adaptations of them as well. So no matter your goals you can survive any back country situation. While I expected the skills from the syllabus to be covered there was something else being kindled as well.

    Sitting in the open where the only light pollution is emitted from a fire surrounded by friends a primal feeling is ignited. Maybe it’s the stories from all over the country being shared, maybe its the bowls being burned from embers set upon half rounds of wood, or perhaps it’s the meals cooked on the glowing embers of a hand started fire. Whatever it is, this is something everyone should experience.

  4. Daniel Guess

    I wasn’t sure exactly what to expect from the class. I read the course overview and immediately contacted Stephen to say “sign me up.” I had attended previous yearly courses Stephen had put on and knew that this event could be a once in a lifetime experience, and I had to go.

    The instructors, Tony Nestor and Mike Masek made the weekend more than worthwhile. Their ability to pass along their experiences made much of the coursework fun and exciting.

    How many people do you know who can create fire from nothing but two pieces of wood? Everyone who attended the course left with the knowledge and skills to survive in a bad situation.

    Being able to protect and provide for yourself and your loved ones is a fundamental requirement for any person. If this course is provided again, I’ll be there. And so should you.

  5. Art Apolinario

    Having participated in one of Stephen’s VIP courses in the past (VIP Executive protection) I knew his next offering would also be great. Stephen has the connections with the top instructors in the world in their specialties and this training was no different. By getting Tony Nester and Mike Masek as our instructors in survival and evasion, we were lucky to learn from men who write the chapters in the books used as reference in desert survival, bushcraft and foraging.

    This wasn’t just a glorified boyscout camp. This was serious classroom and hands-on training in survival, survival concepts, and evasion that you can’t get anywhere else at this level of competency.

    Best of all Stephen culls from some great people to participate in these courses. Just as in the executive protection training, the guys all bonded over the experience, especially the campfire stories. When you have a magician, a doctor, a marine, an actor, a wedding MC, dating coaches, a VA nurse, a writer, a network engineer, an experienced camper, and the instructors who are well versed in Apache and ancient bushcraft lore around a campfire, that alone was worth the price of admission.

    Thanks again Stephen for a well thought out, well prepared, and information-packed training. Thanks for helping me BE higher valued. And helping me experience more cool stuff.

  6. Dave P

    One of the best experiences I’ve ever had. I also participated in the VIP / Executive Protection course that Steve organized a year or so back, and this survival course lived up to the expectations set by the first one.

    So much practical knowledge was learned, from assembling a kit you will actually take with you, to knowing how to use the items in it (which were provided to us), to the knowledge of how to survive long enough for search and rescue to find you, and how to signal them. This isn’t the movies, this is real life!

    We also delved into the more primal things, what our ancestors used to know how to do, like make fire from rubbing wood together (harder than it looks, especially when Tony Nestor can get his started in 10 seconds)…but after staying hard at it, we were able to do it (something a minuscule percentage of the population have ever done). There was also something primal about eating with bowls and spoons that you made yourself, eating meat you learn to properly cook with a fire (like baking in clay, etc….its not just putting it overtop of the coals), and enjoying that meal under stars you can actually SEE away from towns and cities, and listen to the tales of Geronimo around the campfire. In many ways it made me feel more connected to the guys I was there with, and also my forefathers who actually used to live like this!

    This course also tested us, and do things outside of our comfort zone. Things like sleeping in a primitive shelter I constructed, with no sleeping bag or blanket, or doing our final escape and evasion scenario.

    It was so enjoyable, the 4 days felt like it was gone in 12 hours. And everyone back home has been wanting to hear all of the stories, and talking about the awesome pictures they all saw.

    Thanks to Tony, Mike, and Steve for putting on such an amazing course, and can’t wait to see what amazing class Steve has in store for us next!

  7. Lee

    If you’re serious about being self-reliant , then this course is a MUST. From sunrise to past sunset, we learned CRITICAL life saving skills from the best you can find on the planet.

    It kicked ass!

    This training is second to none and I HIGHLY recommend it.

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