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Survivalists We Admire

Some days, nothing seems more tempting than dropping all our responsibilities, packing a single backpack, and heading for the nearest mountain never to return again. These survivalists have inspired us to learn more about the wilderness and how to survive in it.

Two survivalists and a horse standing on a hill pointing.

Drop everything and head for the hills—nature awaits you. [Image: http://www.artbarbarians.com/]

Bear Grylls

If you own a television, you’re sure to have at least heard of Bear Grylls’ popular series, Man vs. Wild. His amazing feats and disturbing feasts are well known from his show, and the man is definitely qualified for all that he does. Grylls learned how to climb mountains and sail as a child, moving onto skydiving and Shotokan karate in his teen years. He is certainly innovative with the techniques he employs, but regardless, he offers great advice and tips in bushcraft.

Bear Grylls covered in dirt.

You’re sure to see Bear Grylls getting down and dirty somehow on Man Vs. Wild. [Image: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/]

Les Stroud

Another outdoorsman you may have seen on your television screen is Les Stroud, the star and creator of Survivorman. However, rather than heading into the wild with a camera crew, Stroud films, directs, produces, edits, and even does the music for his show. Stroud and his family live off the land in the remote Canadian wilderness where he grows and hunts his own food. He is a self-taught adventurer who creates his own survivalist techniques and is really immersed in a primitive lifestyle. On top of all that, he is also an incredibly talented musician.

Closeup of Les Stroud with dirt on his nose in a red bandana.

Les Stroud is certainly someone we’d want around in a sticky situation. [Image: http://www.speakers.ca/]

Lisa Fenton

Lisa Fenton has a pretty amazing repertoire of outdoor expertise behind her, where she’s delved into many desolate areas and dangerous situations and always come out like a champ. She is a co-founder of the outdoors and survivalist school, Woodsmoke, where she teaches bushcraft and survival techniques. She’s led many conservation expeditions to track, trap, and radio collar wolves, lynx, leopards, cheetahs, and other predators. Fenton has traveled through remote areas for up to months at a time, coming out of it with more than just a few cool stories to share.

Lisa Fenton in the snow.

Lisa Fenton is one lady you would not want to mess with. [Image: http://www.woodsmoke.uk.com/]

Tom Brown

After learning bushcraft and survival skills from a friend’s grandfather as a child, Brown went on to have an extensive outdoorsy life. Using mostly primitive tools, Brown has lived alone in rural areas of the United States, perfect for answering the call of the wild. He has also worked with authorities, lending his tracking skills to find missing persons, fugitives, and animals. Brown founded the Tracker School in New Jersey where he teaches students all they need to know about outdoor survival and has published 18 books on the subject.

Tom Brown speaking.

Tom Brown is definitely a survivalist we would trust with our lives! [Image: http://archive.app.com/]

Now that you’re feeling sufficiently inspired, make sure you download our Pocket Ranger® mobile apps and get out to a park near you!

7 Celebrities You’ll Want in Your Camping Party

It’s a (potentially embarrassing) fact: most of the world cares about celebrities. We want to know who they’re dating, where they’re going, who their friends are, what they’re really like when they’re not hanging out on the red carpet, or acting behind a camera, or giving interviews to the press.

So, we’re planning an epic soiree to make that happen, Pocket Ranger® style. That’s right, internet: we’re going camping with 7 celebrities. We’ve thought long and hard about who to invite: there are some obvious choices, some not-so-obvious choices, and a couple really not-so-obvious choices. But we’re confident that the eclectic group we’ve assembled will make for an unforgettable trip. And so, to convince you, we will list them, in no particular order.

Celebrity Camping

We’re going camping with some famous people. Just another typical day for us.
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Les Stroud

Les Stroud Celebrity Camping

He looks pretty fierce, right?
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You know him from Survivorman, the TV series he produces and stars in that airs on the Discovery Channel, which has him wandering through the wilderness every week with no food, shelter, fresh water, or company. This guy’s amazing—he not only survives in the wild for seven days at a time with very minimal supplies, but, according to the Discovery Channel website, he’s “the only producer in the history of television to produce an internationally broadcast series entirely written, videotaped, and hosted alone.” He’s also an in-demand speaker, author, and musician (he’s performed with Jacob Dylan, The Roots, Blues Traveler, and Alice Cooper, among others), so you’ll never get bored sitting around the campfire—he’s got tons of stories to tell and songs to sing. Considering “he’s eaten everything from brains to bugs,” and his outdoor adventure skills are off the metric system, he’s arguably the best guy to go camping with, ever.

Martha Stewart

Martha Stewart Celebrity Camping

That’s our Martha, crafting away.
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Sure, the homemaker/lifestyle icon/businesswoman of crafting and cooking and gardening fame may not seem like the camping kind, but we think she’d be a great asset to the group. Her ability to make anything beautiful will probably make the campground feel like home, especially when you wake up to find your tent decorated with these gourd lanterns and leaf garlands. You’ll have no idea how she had time to do it, and then you’ll see a beautiful picnic laid out, with pumpkin vases as centerpieces and wild herb ravioli already cooked and accompanied by campfire chicken made under a brick with lemons, with toasted marshmallow, charred bread, and banana sticks with chocolate fondue, because you know Martha wouldn’t do “just s’mores.” Her verging-on-glamping territory might even impress Les Stroud, because you know her food’s going to be better than bugs.

Alex Trebek

Alex Trebek Celebrity Camping

We’ll never get bored with this trivia man at our camp out.
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Alex will have to leave his suit and tie behind, because he’s a necessary part of our equation for camping fun. Les can sing and speak, and Martha can lead us all in crafting lessons, but what about when those things get old? Alex will take over the entertainment; with his incredible knowledge of, well, everything, he’ll be able to host a pretty spectacular game of Jeopardy-styled trivia for our whole motley crew.

Eva Longoria

Celebrity Camping Eva Longoria

Sure, Eva looks glam, but we know she loves a good camping trip.
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This may seem surprising, but Eva’s not just here for eye candy. The actress and philanthropist famous for her role on Desperate Housewives likes camping; she went on a trip with her ex-husband Tony Parker in Normandy, where they slept in regular ole’ tents. According to People, she’s also an avid hunter, and “learned to shoot at age 4, hunting deer, turkey, quail, and wild pigs on her family’s Texas ranch.” You know that Martha has got to have some great venison, turkey, quail, and pig recipes, and since Les is always so alone out in the wilderness, we’re sure he won’t mind some hunting company.

Matthew McConaughey

Matthew McConaughey celebrity camping

Matthew McConaughey loves exercising in the outdoors.
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We’re adding another actor to the mix. To some, he may just be eye candy, but Matthew is actually very into camping. His June 2012 wedding to Camila Alves had a campout theme, and, according to the San Francisco Examiner, “attendees even stayed in tents on Matthew’s property.” He’s lived in a vintage 28-foot Airstream, and has dreams of owning an Airstream Hotel or Compound. He usually plays rugged guys, anyway, so we’re sure he’ll dig all the hiking, fishing, and hunting our camping trip will entail.

Shailene Woodley

Shailene Woodley celebrity camping

Actress Shailene Woodley is a nature-loving Earth child, and therefore, a perfect camping companion.
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You might not know her if you’re not into current pop culture mania, but Shailene is the next great actress. She started on kid-fare, like The Secret Life of the American Teenager, but she’s moved on to indie fare and movies with George Clooney and the next YA franchise, winning 16 awards (including one at Cannes) and 20 nominations, including one for a Golden Globe. She’s also our resident Earth Goddess, who’s pretty into Gaia. In her conversation with Emma Stone for Interview magazine, she explained how she’s “just started adapting [her] lifestyle to that of indigenous people,” and she’s all about organic farming and herbalism and re-wilding. She’s also down with “lucid dreaming” and taking herbs like mugwort and making them into tea or burning them like sage, like “the Native Americans used to do to bring on helpful dreams to encourage visions for the coming days.” She’s also into yoga, so we’re envisioning some campfire yoga sessions, followed by herb gathering and mugwort tea.

Bear Grylls

Bear Grylls Celebrity Camping

Bear Grylls looks ready for our camping trip.
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Like Les, Bear is one of the most well-known and accomplished adventurers out there. As a young kid, his father taught him to climb, and at 23, he became one of the youngest people to summit Mount Everest, the highest mountain in the world. According to his website, he did it in “over ninety days of extreme weather, limited sleep, and running out of oxygen deep inside the ‘death zone’ (above 26,000 feet).” He’s also made a name for himself on the Discovery Channel, starring in the TV shows Man vs. Wild and Born SurvivorHe’s done things like host a dinner party at a table suspended below a hot air balloon at 24,500 feet, make a wetsuit out of a seal hide, and construct a fishing spear out of bamboo. Since he did all of that, a few days out in the wilderness with us will be a breeze (unless he decides to make it more adventurous, which is fine by us) and we’ll all feel great with him looking out for us. Added celebrity bonus: we hear Les may have a bit of a rivalry going with Bear, so having them share a tent could be a cat fight we’d all want to see.

Now, if only these famous people would respond to our invitations (is your e-mail working, guys? you can call us back!), we could get this dream trip going…

What celebrities would you want to go camping with? Do you want to see more installments of this series, including fictional characters or famous people from all time?