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Dan Human

Todd Nystrom

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North Tonawanda, New York

Morrow, Ohio

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Whether I’m backpacking on remote and rugged trails or paddling pristine wilderness waters, you can usually find me engaged in a back country adventure. Though I’ve ventured upon many trips, my most memorable journey is my 2,160-mile hike from Maine to Georgia along the Appalachian Trail. Having climbed the 46 highest mountains in the Adirondack High Peaks, I’m a proud 46er and I’m currently working on climbing all 115 4,000-foot peaks in the Northeast.

When things didn’t always go as planned, I relied upon the survival skills that I’ve picked up to keep me alive and keep me on the trail. From the Boy Scouts to the Army and good old trial and error, I’ve have some great teachers along the way. The lessons I’ve learned have been put to good use as a Crew Boss for our regional Search and Rescue team as we help lost people in less than favorable conditions. Most importantly, I am a father to an adventurous toddler who loves the outside and is quickly becoming an expert in building debris huts.

Hailing from Cincinnati, Ohio. I’m an avid hiker, backpacker, camper, and outdoor photographer who likes to share my outdoor experiences with others through blogging and social media. I acquired my love of the outdoors at an early age, learning to hunt and fish with my father, and taking numerous family camping trips in the remote backwoods of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

Now, my wife and I are outdoor enthusiasts and backpackers who frequently take day and weekend trips to the many great parks and forests around Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana. We have also hiked in several national parks including Yosemite, Shenandoah, Glacier, Rocky Mountain, and Big Bend in the United States, as well as Banff and Yoho in Canada.

I’m a strong advocate for getting others outdoors. I started and continue to lead a hiking ministry in my church, planning outings, guiding trips and leading groups, large and small, on a wide variety of hikes from easy to difficult. I have training in wilderness first aid and wilderness survival skills, and also spend a week each summer teaching children outdoor safety and adventure skills.

Lupe Rodriquez

Garen Stephens

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Kingsville, TX

Jacksonville, FL

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Howdy! My name is Lupe, I was born and raised in Texas. I’m a husband of 17 years and father of two beautiful sets of twins. I enjoy the outdoors and spending time with my family.

I grew up hunting, fishing, trapping, hiking and floating down Texas rivers. I spent most of my summers working on farms & ranches and tagging along with my father when he went out and control the predator population in the Texas Hill Country and surrounding areas for land owners.

I’m currently back in Texas, and I spend most of my weekends exploring new hiking trails, fresh-saltwater fishing and camping on beaches and state parks.

As a veteran and a leader in the military, I enjoy teaching and sharing my skills and passion for the outdoors to my family, friends and the community.

Garen is a longtime outdoor enthusiast and equal opportunity funhog. He grew up playing outdoors, starting with his first ski trip at 2 weeks old (really!), continuing with years of competitive whitewater slalom kayak racing, and he is still very much an ‘outdoor kid’ to this day.

His favorite activities include whitewater kayaking, hiking, biking, snowboarding and outdoor photography.

After attending Clemson University and working in Health IT for several years, Garen left his job in May 2016 to travel full-time. He spent the summer road tripping around the United States, and is now traveling around the world.

Follow along with his adventures, who knows where he’ll be next!

The Nature Tech Family

Happily Ever Outdoors

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Custer, South Dakota

Wrightstown, New Jersey

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Nature Tech Family was founded by Kari and Tom as a means to find ways to bring today’s technology-centered youth and families back into the wilderness. By developing activities and building experiences with their own family, they hope to provide inspiration for others to go outside and have an adventure. Living within a half day’s drive of more than 25 National and State Park Service sites, they are always looking for new terrain in which to hone their survival skills, create educational videos, and enjoy nature photography. They spend at least one weekend each month camping, and summer is full of long-term trips around the country.

Tom and Kari both acquired a love for the outdoors in childhood. Tom grew up in the New Jersey Pine Barrens tracking wildlife and trying out survival techniques. He was mentored by Jon Young for eight years, began teaching survival classes at the age of 16, and was Lead Youth Programs Instructor at Wilderness Awareness School in Washington. He has used his tracking skills to help state and county agencies in the US locate and count wildlife. Kari spent much of her life in the lower peninsula of Michigan, where her parents have 80 acres of wetlands. She and her siblings spent most days outside making forts, running through the woods, and following deer trails. She coordinated and taught youth and family survival programs through Tracks and Trees Learning Center for five years. Together today, the Tonkins find the balance between what their sons, Calvin and Linus, need to learn about using current technology and ancient survival technologies, which they use to hook them into spending time outdoors. Living in the heart of the Black Hills National Forest, Kari and Tom are also tapping into their twenty-plus years of wilderness survival teaching experience to create an ongoing adventurous lifestyle that their sons will never forget.

In addition to survival skills and camping, the whole family enjoys fishing, hunting, swimming, hiking, and exploring new places. In 2016, the Centennial year for the National Park Service, they will be celebrating by traveling to more than 10 National Parks throughout the United States.

My name is Will Baker, I am a soldier in the US Army and the founder of Happily Ever Outdoors, a social media presence providing gear reviews, informative articles and sound advice to anyone eager to explore nature. I am currently residing in the amazing state of New Jersey with my wife Melissa and our three children; Gabriel, Scarlet, and Naomi. My entire family loves the outdoors, and we take regular camping and backpacking trips in our state’s beautiful forests, hike its many trails and, in warmer weather, boogie board on the Jersey Shore’s fantastic beaches.

My wife and I were born and raised in the Puget Sound area of Washington State, and we also spent 6 years in the deep south of Georgia. In every place that we have lived in this beautiful country of ours we have found, explored, and enjoyed the unique beauty the area has to offer. As a Christian I am amazed by the natural wonder and beauty of God’s creation, and escaping the hustle and bustle of everyday life by venturing into the wilderness often reminds me of what is truly important in life.

Through our Facebook page, YouTube Channel and other social media outlets Happily Ever Outdoors aims to empower our followers with the knowledge and confidence to explore the great outdoors, and to encourage them to share it with their family, friends, and perhaps most importantly, their kids! We believe that it is critical that we as nature-loving parents teach our children how to explore the wilderness safely and responsibly and to share the passion and appreciation we have for it so that one day they can share it with their own children as well!

As the mother and father of a child diagnosed with moderate non-verbal autism we understand how challenging and sometimes scary it can be taking kids far off the beaten path, but we can also see from the smiles on her face and the sparkle in her eyes that there is perhaps no other place she would rather be, even if she can’t find the words.

This is what it means to be “Happily Ever Outdoors”; it is part of who we are, and yet it is so much bigger than ourselves, because it’s something that started long before us and will go on long after us in the generations to come.

Dean Cattell

Kevin Estela

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Pierceland, Saskatchewan Farmington, Conneticut
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Dean lives in Pierceland, Saskatchewan Canada with his wife and three active children. His small town is a 15-minute drive to Meadow Lake Provincial Park, which is home to several hiking trails, 25 lakes, campgrounds, and the 120km Boreal Trail.

Needless to say, the opportunity for adventure is virtually in his backyard! Dean’s summer activities include hiking, backpacking, kayaking, camping and fishing. When the frigid temperatures of winter arrive, he can be found snowshoeing and exploring.

“I’ve always believed that everyone who enjoys the outdoors should contribute to the protection and responsible use of these natural playgrounds,” he said.

Dean is a founding member of Leave No Trace Canada and currently sits on the Board of Directors.

He volunteers his free time to Nature Saskatchewan as a Board Director and has worked as a Conservation Officer (Game Warden) and Park Supervisor in various locations across the province. He currently teaches Leave No Trace courses and Adventure Smart workshops.

Kevin is the Owner/Head Instructor of Estela Wilderness Education, where he teaches a full range of survival skills from primitive to modern.

Throughout his childhood, he was entertained and inspired by the stories of jungle survival his father endured during the Japanese occupation of the Philippines in WWII. Now, Kevin is a regular Author for various print magazines and websites as well as a guest speaker at numerous speaking venues around New England where he shares his own experiences with others.

Kevin has been involved in product testing for years and offers authentic reviews from the field. He has traveled to the arctic circle, to the jungle and many points in between in pursuit of indigenous survival skills and places to test equipment he recommends to others. His specialty is Northern forest and he has extensive bushcraft experience and skill. His background includes working as Lead Survival Instructor with the Wilderness Learning Center under Marty Simon, Canoeing and Kayaking Guide/Instructor with Mainstream Canoe in New Hartford, CT and as a Sales Associate for a busy outdoor sporting goods retail store.

Kevin is passionate about martial arts training and is an Associate Level Instructor in Sayoc Kali and a striped blue belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. His other interests include marksmanship, fishing, skiing and cooking. When not pursuing adventure outdoors, Kevin is a Full-Time High School History Teacher in Bristol, CT.

Courtney Wilson

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Born and raised in sunny Jacksonville, Florida, I grew up horseback riding on the North side and surfing the beaches during the summers. During college, I had to sell my horse and that is when I picked up running. I loved it. The longer the distance, the better. An injury during a marathon caused me to purchase a bike and start riding. I entered my first triathlon in 2013 and took first place. After that, I was hooked to multi-sport. My love for travel and adventure started back in 2010 when I went to Europe to teach English for 2 weeks. After that, it was all I could think about. Combining my love for the outdoors with the adrenaline of adventure and visiting new places, I started saving my money just for traveling.