Tony Nester is a wilderness skills teacher recognized as an expert instructor in outdoor survival, military desert survival courses, and has instructed desert survival courses for the National Transportation & Safety Board, National Weather Service, U.S. Military Special Operations Units and for private corporations, and is also a longtime faculty member of the Desert Institute at Joshua Tree National Park. Tony has more than 20 years of experience teaching outdoor survival and guiding wilderness trips, starting the company in 1989.
His company, Ancient Pathways, specializes in desert survival and primitive technology. All Ancient Pathways courses provide hands-on training in practical survival skills and outdoor safety techniques. The survival courses emphasize direct experience with the valuable skills needed to take care of any member of the family in the wilderness.
Tony has extensive experience working with the media and film industry and has provided survival training for actors Josh Brolin (Jonah Hex) and Emile Hirsch (Into The Wild) along with working with Andrew Zimmern, the host of the Travel Channel's Bizarre Foods. Tony has been featured in numerous media outlets including on NBC News, Travel Channel, Maxim Magazine, New York Times, and Discovery Channel.