MEET THE TRAINERS
Creek Stewart is a survival expert who has honed his survival skills through his lifelong study of outdoor living and thousands of hours in the field. He started leading survival skills courses at the age of 21, and is the owner and founder of Willow Haven Outdoor Survival Training School, located in Central Indiana. In 2013, Willow Haven was named one of the “5 Top Adventure Trips in the US” by Chicago Magazine and one of the “Top 10 Survival Schools” by MSN Travel.
In 2014, Creek became the host of the original series, Fat Guys in the Woods, on The Weather Channel. In every episode of Fat Guys in the Woods, Creek brings three average Joes back to the woods to survive for a week with only one objective: to teach them the skills that make a man, a man. The popular series returns to The Weather Channel in June 2015 with its second season. Creek is The Weather Channel Survival Expert.
Creek has been featured as a guest expert in outlets including, TODAY Show, Fox & Friends, The DOCTORS, Men’s Fitness Magazine, Backpacker Magazine, Outdoor Life Magazine, WGN-TV, WISH-TV 8, The Weather Channel, Living Ready Magazine, American Survival Guide, Huffington Post, MSN News, Lifehacker, and The Daily Beast, as well as numerous radio and online outlets.
In addition, Creek is a published author with three books under his belt. His first book, Build the Perfect Bug Out Bag: Your 72-Hour Disaster Survival Kit, is an amazon.com best-selling title. His second book, The Unofficial Hunger Games Wilderness Survival Guide, was released in Spring 2013 and Build the Perfect Bug Out Vehicle released in Summer 2014. His latest title, Build the Perfect Bug Out Survival Skills is slated for release in Spring 2015. He is also a regular contributor to the popular men’s interest blog, ArtofManliness.com.
Clint Jivoin is a wilderness living skills instructor specializing in bushcraft and long term wilderness survival. He is a regular contributor for American Survival Guide magazine, and has completed Discovery Channel’s survival challenge series “Naked and Afraid”. Clint is an all-around woodsman, and avid backpacker spending the majority of his time in the wilderness while hiking, camping, and living in primitive shelters. Clint has trained extensively in a variety of different environments, both domestic and abroad, with the sole purpose of teaching others to not only survive, but thrive in the wilderness!
I grew up next to the woods and spent almost every evening after school messing around in them. I spent a little time in scouts growing up, but the real thing that gave me my addiction to learning survival skills was an elective I took in 9th grade. We learned about survival and tried out what we learned. I remember trying to get a fire going on the front lawn in front of our junior high building and taking a day trip in the middle of winter to try our skills out.
After high school, I didn't do much practicing or learning about survival/primitive skills. In fact, I didn't really even think about it much at all anymore; other interests had taken their place. The only time I came close was when I went camping or hiking, but by then it had become all about the gear and gadgets.
A couple of years ago, when survival TV was just starting, I saw an episode of a show called Man vs. Wild. While it was entertaining, it just didn't seem real or focused on real survival skills. Then, I saw a show called SurvivorMan starring Les Stroud. Now that was the real deal! Alone in the wilderness with very limited modern equipment! I was hooked on gaining survival/primitive skills again. After SurvivorMan, there was Dual Survival starring Dave Canterbury and Cody Lundin. That show was just fuel for the survival fire I had found again. A flood of survival shows followed, but none captured the realness of knowing survival skills like SurvivorMan and Dual Survival did for me. That didn't mean I didn't watch the others just to get a fix, though.
After that, I watched every episode of every survival show I could find and a ton of YouTube videos on the subject. Then in 2014, I found out that Dave Canterbury from Dual Survival had an outdoor school where he taught survival skills, and it was only in Ohio! I attended two classes at Dave's Pathfinder School, basic and intermediate. I learned a lot from those classes, especially the first one. While I felt pretty confident in my outdoor skills before the class, the basic class showed me ways to do the things I already knew how to do but ten times better and easier.
Since then, I've started my own YouTube channel with a decent following. I do a few demonstrations for local youth organizations, including a primitive fire demo at a youth outdoor expo every year. I also talk to youth groups like 4-H and scouts about safety and being prepared when heading into the woods.
I'm a firm believer that you should never stop learning. Since my first survival classes at the Pathfinder School, I've taken classes with Randall's Adventure & Training and Creek Stewart at Escape the Woods. I'm always looking to learn new things and pass on what I've learned. Learning and teaching are two things I love, and I don't plan on stopping either anytime soon!