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“Travis Johnson Biography”

 Travis Johnson is the Founder and Senior Survival Skills Instructor for Northwest Survival School and has been perfecting his skills every day for well over 25 years. His love for the outdoors started at a very young age while he found himself continually wondering off out into the mountains and woods around his home. During that time, he discovered that he feared nothing which in turn encouraged him to learn the ways of the wilderness. He grew up in Eastern Washington near a small town called Clayton, Washington which is just northwest of Spokane, Washington. He was surrounded by acres and acres of wilderness and mountains just right outside his childhood home so he was able to simply walk out his door and submerge himself in nature. He would always say that “there was nothing more pleasant than time spent in the wilderness.”

His Father was an avid outdoors man who taught him a lot about the outdoors. Together, they would go gold prospecting and they would spend quite a bit of time out in the wilderness. His mother also contributed in her own special way by taking him to different locations all around the northwest to educate him on the way people lived before modern man came along. As he became a teenager the passion for the outdoors never faded from him. 

At the ripe age of seventeen, Travis worked as an outfitter in the Northern Cascades for several years guiding people deep into the wilderness for hunting, fishing, and other outdoor activities. As a wrangler for the guide company, he would set out into the mountains alone most of the time and many days before the rest of the group leading anywhere from seven to fifteen pack mules. He would make food for the clients from wild edibles and prepare meat the way the natives would. Part of his job was to also set up camps and guide the clients further into the wildness to show them where the game they were hunting was located. He would then dress and quarter the animals for the clients. He would also teach the clients survival skills and first aid in case of an accident.

Later as he got older he found himself in the deserts of Arizona where he lived for a brief amount of time. This is where he was able to develop some special survival skills from local native Indians in the southwest.  His goal was to learn as much as possible from the people who are true survivalists since over the centuries, they had perfected their own skills just to survive day to day off the land. The natives that Travis would come into contact with from all around the world would give him much respect when they saw that his intentions were clear and his purpose was to inform people of the skills used for thousands of years by the people who knew best. They also knew that he would ensure to keep these ancient skills alive.

A lot of his skills and knowledge was gained by Native Americans and indigenous peoples from around the globe including his own real life experiences. His step father was a full blooded Northern Cheyenne Indian from Eastern Montana. He learned from his step-father the ancient ways of the tribe, preparing food, trapping, creating tools and utilizing nature’s resources to survive. Travis has studied the ways of several different indigenous people from all walks of life and passes this knowledge on to his students.

Travis has also lived in the wilds of the Northern Cascades for well over a year on his own living only off the land in a bush shelter with very little tools at his disposal. He ended up making everything he needed to sustain his life except for every once in a while, he would have to walk to the nearest town which was a 23 mile walk when he was in need of certain items.

He has worked as a first Responder-SRU (Special Response Unit) for Okanogan County Fire and Rescue in Washington State. He has been contracted by the USFS and DNR to work on wildfires during the North Cascades forest fire seasons in the early 1990's and has worked on search and rescue missions as well. He is a member of the prestigious Sierra Club, Wilderness Society, American and the Mountain Guides Association. He is an Ambassador for the Worldwide Scouting Organization-(Messengers of Peace), a certified self-defense instructor, wilderness first aid, CPR instructor and is currently working closely with Shelter Box USA.

He is currently producing and hosting a survival radio show. He also has written several survival books, manuals and is filming an educational DVD series on survival which includes the necessary knowledge to overcome any obstacle that might arise in a survival situation. He has been an integral part in several radio interviews and other media productions. He is also well-known for being a film-maker and a producer of outdoor films including a new documentary which is currently in production called “There's Only One Wilderness” and he has been staffed on a many television series for which he was the Field Producer, Advisor to the Host, and Location scout.

He truly teaches what he has lived and he has trained many great survivalists from all over the world. His reputation is top notch in the industry although he does not like to be called an “expert” because he believes that "Nobody is really is an expert at survival because you learn more by many influences from the people who use survival as a way of life and you never stop learning.” With this being said, “KNOWLEDGE WILL SAVE YOUR LIFE!" He is widely known for this statement as his true living philosophy.

For a more detailed biography and press-kit,
please contact Lumien DeConnic 

at media@northwestsurvivalschool.com

 

 


 

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 Andrew J Enos

Andrew has a long career in the US Army, and has a great amount of skills in Survival, He is a native of Northeastern Washington, has studied survival and wilderness skills for years his way of educating is great and that is why we hired him. He is a administrative Survival Instructor and works closely with our other instructors ensuring the students get what they came to our school to learn.

For a more detailed biography please contact us.

 


 

 

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  Jennifer Goliger

Director of foreign relations and student affairs Jennifer resides in Poitiers France, she is a major resource to the school.
Over seeing the administrative aspects of our school overseas. She has a PHD in English and  also teaches at a universtiy in France.  She is highly reknown as a educator in her country and has been teaching for over a decade.
For a more detailed biography please us our contact us page and request for information.

 

  


 

 

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Frédéric Désit

 French Division Lead Survival Skills Instructor  for our French division of NWSS  located in Flamanville, France.
Frederic is a major asset to our team and has the knowledge needed to educate our students located overseas. He has a vast amount of knowledge and a great skills for putting the students education first making our french operations what it is here in the USA "Top Notch Survival Education"

 

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Travis Johnson is the Founder and Senior Survival Skills Instructor for Northwest Survival School, and has been perfecting his skills everyday for well over 25 years, His love for the outdoors started at a very young age just wondering off in the mountains and woods around his home. Not fearing anything but wanting to learn the ways of the woods. He grew up in Eastern Washington near a small town called Clayton Washington just northwest of Spokane Washington He was surrounded by acres and acres of wilderness and mountains just right outside his childhood home, He could simply just walk out his door and submerge himself in nature. There was nothing more pleasant and relaxing then time spent in the wilderness he always would say. While the other children he knew would be playing and watching cartoons on television he was out with his dogs in the wilderness enjoying everything nature put before him. Later as he got older he would find himself in the deserts of Arizona where he lived for a brief amount of time just learning skills from local native Indians in the southwest, his goal was to learn as mush as he possibly could from the people that are true survivalists perfecting their own skills just to live day to day. The natives that Travis would come in contact with from all around the world would give him much respect when they saw that his intentions were clear and his purpose was to inform people of the skills used for thousands of years by the people who knew best, and help keep these ancient skills alive. Travis worked as an outfitter in the Northern Cascades starting at the age of seventeen, then for years to come he would take people deep in to the wilderness for hunting, fishing, and other Outdoor activities as a guide. As a wrangler for the guide company he would set out into the mountains alone most of the time and many days before the rest leading anywhere from seven to fifteen pack mules most of time. He would make food for the clients from wild edibles and prepare meat the way the natives would, he would set up camps and guide the clients further into the wild to show them where the game they are hunting was located, he would dress and quarter the animals for the clients. He would also teach the clients survival skills and first aid in case of an accident. He has also lived in the wilds of the Northern Cascades for well over a year on his own living only off the land in a bush shelter with very little tools at his disposal he would end up making everything he needed to sustain his life he would only walk to the nearest town which was still a 23 mile walk when need be for certain items. He truly teaches what he has lived he has trained many great survivalists from all over the world his knowledge is overwhelming in the industry, Although he does not like to be called an expert because he believes that "Nobody is really an expert at survival and you learn more by many influences of the people who use survival as a way of life, just to get by. You never stop learning, with this being said KNOWLEDGE WILL SAVE YOUR LIFE!" This is his true philosophy and saying that he is widely known for. His Father was an avid outdoors men and taught him about the outdoors starting at a young age, they would go gold prospecting together and they spent a lot of time in the wilderness. His mother too contributed to his knowledge in her own way by taking him to different locations all around the northwest to educate him on the way people used to live before modern man came along. As he became a teenager the passion for the outdoors never faded from him.

He is currently producing a survival radio show that he will be the host of, writing survival books, and manuals, filming a educational DVD series on survival and the knowledge needed to overcome any obstacle that might arise in a survival situation. A lot of his skills and knowledge was gained by Native Americans and indigenous peoples from around the globe including his own real life experiences. His step father was a full blooded Northern Cheyenne Indian from Eastern Montana from his step father he learned the ancient ways of of the tribe, preparing food, trapping, creating tools and utilizing natures resources to survive, Travis has studied the ways of several different indigenous people from all walks of life to learn their ways and pass it along to his students to keep the ways alive. He has worked as a first Responder-SRU (Special Response Unit) for Okanogan County Fire and Rescue in Washington State. He has been contracted in by the USFS and DNR to work on wildfires during the North Cascades forest fire seasons in the early 1990's and worked on search and rescue missions, He is a member of the prestige Sierra Club, The Wilderness Society, The American Mountain Guides Association, a Ambassador for the Worldwide Scouting Organization-(Messengers of Peace), Working close with ShelterBox USA, a Certified self-defense instructor, Wilderness first aid and CPR instructor. He has been involved in radio interviews and other media productions, he is known for being a Film-Maker, a Producer of outdoor films including the Documentary called; There's Only One Wilderness which is currently in production. For a more detailed biography and press-kit please contact Travis Johnson
at travis@northwestsurvivalschool.com