PrepperCon is May 18-19, 2018

Location: Mountain America Expo Center (formerly South Towne Expo), 9575 State St, Sandy, UT 84070

Time: 11am-9:30pm Friday, 9am-8pm Saturday.

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Celebrities and Special Guests

Mykel Hawke

Mykel Hawke is a retired U.S. Army Special Forces officer, author, and television and film personality. He is perhaps best known for the television programs he created on Discovery Channel called Man, Woman, Wild and One Man Army. He left Discovery to work on two new programs: Lost Survivors for Travel Channel and Elite Tactical Unit for Outdoor Channel.  He was also seen recently on ABC’s The Bachelor!  Wait… Mykel was on The Bachelor?  Yep, he was booked on the show to convince a bunch of female, contestants, to drink their own pee!

Matt Graham

Matt Graham is a Professional Survival instructor, TV Host, Author, Producer, Actor and Designer.  He has done several top rated shows for Discovery and National Geographic channels.  Though he has spent most of his life teaching wilderness skills, his training in martial arts, dance, acting, literature, and music have made him well versed for both entertaining, and educational TV/Film.  Matt lived as a hunter gatherer and has spent up to six months solo in the wilderness.  He has been referred to as the real “Tarzan” of Southern Utah by several published sources.

In his early years, Matt was a climber, surfer, mountain runner, and TV consultant.  At age 23, he ran the length of California on the pacific Crest Trail (1,700 miles) in 58 days.  He was a TV host/Talent and producer for “Dude Your Screwed”, “Dual Survival”, “Live Free or Die”, “Bushcraft Build Off”, and was featured on a documentary called “Living Wild”.  He has been a Teacher with Boulder Outdoor Survival School, True Nature Farm, Anasazi, Wingate, and Earth Living Skills School. He is also considered a high ranking expert with the ancient tool called the “Atlatl”.

David Holladay

Widely regarded as one of the country’s foremost educators in Stone Age living skills, David is a frequent lecturer, author, and consultant on primitive technologies, edible/medicinal plants, and pre-Columbian culture. He served for 18 years as head instructor at the Boulder Outdoor Survival School and was education director of Anasazi, a wilderness program for teens. David has served as a consultant for products such as Cast Away, Survivorman, Man vs. Wild, Road Rules, and numerous others, and was most recently featured on No Man’s Land, a History Channel production.

Cache Valley Prepper

Cache Valley Prepper is the CEO of Survival Sensei, LLC, freelance writer, author, survival instructor, consultant, SME and Director of Survival Brain Trust where he pioneered the Modular Survival Kit. A descendant of pioneers, Cache was raised in the tradition of self-reliance and grew up working archaeological digs, hunting and backpacking the desert Southwest, shooting competitively and earning the rank of Eagle in the Scouting program. Cache’s survival mentors include a physician in the US Nuclear Program, a Delta Force Lt Col, leading primitive skills instructors, top competitive shooting & dynamic entry instructors.
You can catch up with Cache teaching EMP survival at Survival Expos, teaching SERE to ex-pats and vagabonds in South America, writing online or getting in some dirt time with the primitive skills crowd in a wilderness near you. While he is sure it is obvious to you, his editors point out that he writes under the pen name, Cache Valley Prepper, to protect his privacy.

Russel Redenbaugh

Russell G. Redenbaugh is an economist, investor, inspirational speaker, author of the book Shift the Narrative, and one of only two known blind jiu jitsu black belts in the world.  Redenbaugh is a three-time world champion in jiu jitsu, fighting sighted opponents.  Blind from the age of sixteen due to an accident which also cost him six fingers, Redenbaugh was one of the longest serving members of the United States Civil Rights Commission (1990-2005).  He is a recipient of the Louis Braille Award from the Pennsylvania Council for the Blind.

PrepperCon is honored to have Redenbaugh join our Survivor Talks series to share his story of determination and mental fortitude, sharing lessons on the power of reframing our challenges so that they become our strengths.

“It’s not what happens to you, It’s what you do about it”

Zachary Felton & Nick Glidewell

Zachary Felton is a 24-year-old from Southern California, an avid explorer who’s had the opportunity to travel to various parts of the world.  On January 7th, 2018, Zachary left with three friends on a celebratory road trip to Vernal, Utah, stopping to explore Little Brush Creek Cave.  In one tight area where they traversed over a void with their backs pressed against a ledge, Zachary’s foot slipped and he hit his head on the rock in front of him.  Unconscious, he fell 80 feet; his body slamming against the rock walls until he met the ground.

When Zachary regained consciousness, he knew that he couldn’t move, but didn’t know that he had broken nearly 30 bones (many of them compound fractures), sustained a brain bleed, and a severely bruised lung.  Zachary will speak in PrepperCon’s Survivor Talks series about his extraordinary experience, his 18 hour rescue, and how he was able to cheat death despite the odds.  After more than a dozen surgeries, Zachary is determined to recover.  Zachary’s family has set up a GoFundMe page to help them with the medical bills.  Donations can be accepted HERE.

PrepperCon is proud to have Zachary as a speaker in our Survivor Talks series to share his experience.  As he puts it, “This accident has knocked me down… only briefly.” Zach will be joined by his friend Nick Glidewell, Nick is a 34-year old adventure and outdoor enthusiast from Missouri, who refused to give up after his friend, Zach Felton, fell 80 feet inside Little Brush Creek Cave.

Nick had no idea upon entering the cave earlier that day with his three friends that in a matter of a few hours he would be putting his mind and body to the ultimate test. In Nick’s words, ” One minute we were laughing and having a great time and in the blink of an eye Zach’s life was on the line.”

Chief Christopher Howell

“Robbery in progress.Shots Fired!”  St. Croix (Virgin Islands) Police Chief Christopher Howell, a 25 year law enforcement veteran and his partner, sped along a darkened mountainous road to try to intercept the robbery suspects.  They passed a high speeding car and made a quick turnaround in pursuit.  There seemed to be no sign of the car’s taillights until suddenly they appeared – the suspects’ car had crashed down a ravine.  Howell parked the car unsuspecting of what was ahead.  Suddenly, a muzzle flashed and Howell’s forearm exploded sending pieces of it throughout the patrol vehicle.  Then another round tore through his driver’s side door,  passing through his carseat and striking him in the back before shooting his partner, Jones in the face.  Their Tahoe was dead.  Dispatch only heard, “We’re hit!”.

The wounded and severely bleeding officers were in the depths of an ambush!  Yet, Christopher Howell survived, but, how?  PrepperCon welcomes Chief Howell as a guest in our Survivor Talks series where he’ll retell the account of his heroic survival and the steps he took to manage the mental and physical aspects of the crisis.

Kelly & Rich Turner

On the weekend of September 28th, 2017, Kelly and her husband Rich Turner traveled from their home in Southern California to Las Vegas with two friends to enjoy the Route 91 Country Harvest music festival on the strip.  On Sunday night October 1st, they were up near the front of the stage watching Jason Aldean, one of their favorite artists perform.  As the music blared, popping noises from behind confused the crowd as they expected to see fireworks.  It soon became apparent however that the sound wasn’t pyrotechnics, but bullets instead.  The couple was separated as Kelly hid under the riser they were sitting on.  Rich eventually found his way back to Kelly where he shielded her and another woman who had been shot in the arm.  The couple and their friends eventually fought their way to safety, experiencing the whole massacre from beginning to end.

Kelly and Rich will share their live changing story as speakers in our Survivor Talks series as survivors of the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history that killed 58 and injured 851.  This is their first time publicly speaking about the event and PrepperCon is grateful for their courage to share their experience.

Highlighted Experts and Authors

Eric Boettcher

No Food….No Water….No Shelter…. Could You Hack It?
Eric Boettcher is an award winning triple book author and survivalist who has mastered the skills and techniques for thriving in the most harsh of situations through his minimalist approach of survival.  By learning how to use what is on your person and your natural surroundings to your survival benefit anyone can change the game. . Learn from Eric Boettcher Survivalist a full time outdoorsman survivalist athlete  You will never look at your environment the same.

Mathew Stein

Matthew Stein is a design engineer, green builder, and author of two bestselling books: When Disaster Strikes, and When Technology Fails, plus a new children’s story, Geronimo the Frog. Stein is a National Merit Scholar, a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) where he majored in Mechanical Engineering, and recipient of the “Straight T Award,” MIT’s highest athletic honor.

Stein has appeared on numerous radio and television programs and is a repeat guest on Fox News, MSNBC, Coast-to-Coast AM, Gary Null, Alex Jones and the Thom Hartmann Show.  He is an active mountain climber, serves as a guide and instructor for blind skiers, has written several articles on the subject of sustainable living, and is a guest columnist for the Huffington Post.

David Jones

A 24-year veteran of the U.S. Army and retired Army Chemical Officer, David Jones taught nuclear biological and chemical warfare defense to military personnel all over the world.  Being recognized as a weapon of mass destruction expert, six months after 9/11 occurred David was recalled to active duty.  He spent the next 22 months in the Middle East traveling to 16 different countries conducting vulnerability assessments on US interests in the area.

David is now an emergency management specialist working for the Federal Government at secure facility and has worked with Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, NASA and US Air Force Global Strike Command where he was the only civilian on a nuclear weapons accident response team.  David has a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice, a Master’s degree in Security Management and has numerous awards from the military and civilian organizations.  His most amazing accomplishment to date was that he became a father for the first time at age 50.

Dr. Drew Miller

Dr. Drew Miller is a USAF Academy honor graduate, intelligence officer, and retired Colonel. He earned a Master’s Degree and PhD at Harvard University. After serving as an intelligence officer on active duty, Drew entered the reserves and started a business career. He served in the Senior Executive Service in the Pentagon, and as a consultant at the top DoD think tank, the Institute for Defense Analyses. His article on the bioengineered viral pandemic threat was published in The American Interest, and he has spoken on threats and the need for preparedness at several national conferences. Drew founded “Fortitude Ranch,” a recreational and survival community to help people survive the coming collapse. He is the author of Rohan Nation: Reinventing American after the 2020 Collapse. The book lays out likely causes of the disasters Drew believes are going to occur, especially the viral pandemic threat, and illustrates how difficult surviving and recovering will be.

Becky Goodrich

Named the Utah PrepLady by PrepperCon’s own creator, Becky Goodrich believes in the power of the “ONE:” one person teaching others one-on-one, individuals helping one another to prepare for the inevitable, people leaning on one another in the disaster when it comes.
Becky began preparedness over 15 years ago, researching every part of preparedness for herself to ensure that the time, effort and money she would invest was well-spent. This was AFTER she did started preparation all backwards, so she knows the pitfalls and missteps and can tell you where not to go!  Once she found what worked for her family, she shared that information with anyone who would hear it—and even those who wouldn’t!  From cooking  long-term food storage to storing water in the home to prepping documents, home inventories and contact cards for disaster kits in family evacuation to alternate fuels for emergency cooking, Becky has researched it all and teaches it all over the state to civic, religious and business organizations.  In her down to earth and humorous “don’t do what I did” manner, she will share her thorough research with you and leave you motivated to make decisions about preparedness for yourselves.”

Boyd Craven

Boyd Craven has penned over 30 books under his real name. His “The World Burns” Series has hit the top 10 in the Dystopian Genre in the USA, the UK, Canada and Australia. Boyd has made his home in Michigan with his wonderful wife and about a million kids, but travels to Texas to visit family as frequently as possible. He hunts and goes fishing when he’s not dreaming up post-apocalyptic nightmares to put his characters through. Fear not though, Boyd is a huge believer that in the darkest hour, there is always a glimmer of hope to hold onto. Lately, Boyd has been experimenting with living off the grid – an excellent way to research for his series, as well as torture his teenage sons. Prepare yourself by reading his books – they’re a thrill ride, on or off the grid.