PrepperCon is April 21-22, 2017
Location: South Towne Expo Center, 9575 State St, Sandy, UT 84070
Time: 11am-10pm Friday, 9am-8pm Saturday.
Guest and Speakers
Alan Kay – Winner Season 1 Alone – History Channel
Come meet Season 1 winner of History Channel’s Alone, Alan Kay.
Alan was born and raised in Georgia, where he spent the majority of his childhood in the forests making shelters with his beloved hatchet. His passion for the woods grew as the years passed, and by the time he was in his 20s, Alan had acquired the skills and mindset necessary to adapt and survive in any environment. In an effort to increase his understanding of edible and medicinal plants, Alan sought out and studied under a number of knowledgeable elders, who helped to round out his growing skill set. He also spent time developing proficiency in the combative arts, including barehanded, stick, and knife fighting.
Alan is a seven-year veteran of law enforcement and has also been trained in tactical medical care. In 2015, Alan was able to survive for 56 days on Vancouver Island alone and unsupported. For the past 15 years, Alan has taught survival, preparedness, and self-defense skills. Empowering others with the skills necessary for true self-reliance is his passion. Alan can be reached through www.alankaysurvival.com or https://www.facebook.com/alankaysurvival.
Nicole Apelian – History Channel Alone Season 2
Nicole is a scientist, mother, educator, researcher, expeditionary leader, safari guide, herbalist and survival skills instructor. Most recently Nicole spent 2 months living Alone on Vancouver Island self-documenting her experience for the History Channel.
Nicole’s first exposure to true wilderness living began while working as a field biologist in Botswana. Following a job as a game warden with the US Peace Corps, she began tracking and researching lions in southern Africa. Nicole immediately fell in love with the African landscapes and the San Bushmen’s way of life, and later, while working with the San Bushmen, Nicole completed her doctorate, focused in Cultural Anthropology within the field of Sustainability Education. Years of visiting the San Bushmen and developing strong relationships within the tribe allowed Nicole to learn many of the primitive skills and ways she practices and teaches today.
A diagnosis of multiple sclerosis in 2000 led Nicole to apply her research skills towards her own personal wellness. She developed a healthy living strategy, focusing on health and wholeness. Through simple changes in her lifestyle and eating habits, Nicole restored her vitality and she moved on to become a founder and primary guide for her own tracking and wildlife safari company, Eco Tours International (www.ecotoursinternational.com).
Nicole continues her work with the San Bushmen to help them find strategies to preserve their traditions and also teaches wilderness living skills, prepping and herbal medicine fulltime all across the United States and Canada. She can be reached through her website at www.nicoleapelian.com or https://www.facebook.com/nicoleapeliansurvival/.
Salvador Alvarenga – Survived at sea for 438 days!
Jose Salvador Alvarenga is an El Salvadorian who was working as a shark fisherman in Costa Azul, Mexico on November 17, 2012. He and a local 20 something year old local named Ezequiel Córdoba set out on an overnight fishing trip about 100 miles off shore. Salvador’s 24 foot fiberglass boat had no cabin, one outboard motor, and minimal supplies. A storm quickly overtook them and they had to ditch their fishing nets to race back to shore. On the way back the motor died, their GPS got wet and shorted out, and Salvador was able to make one radio call for help before the battery died. Rescuers were unable to find them as they began to drift westward. The two survived on catching fish, birds, and sea turtles by hand and drinking turtle blood and collecting rainwater when possible to quench their thirst. After a few months, Córdoba refused to eat and died. Now alone, Salvador devised creative ways to maintain his sanity and find more food and water. His long and amazing ordeal is retold in the book 438 Days which is the number of days he was adrift before finally washing ashore and being rescued on a small atoll in the Marshall Islands.
While Salvador’s story was at first doubted by many, it was eventually verified by oceanic experts, a polygraph examination, and other evidence that he did indeed make the 6,000 mile journey as he described. He attributes a large part of his incredible determination and resilience to his faith in God. Salvador will retell the details of his incredible journey and the survival skills he used to live over 14 months, longer than any documented person adrift at sea.
David Holladay – Expert Survival Instructor – Hollywood Survival Consultant
A true-life primitive living survivalist, David has spent long periods of time without modern day comforts, living only on the bare minimum. In the Southern Utah and Arizona desert country, he’s made a living by collecting and selling rare stones and offering his services as a wilderness guide and survival instructor. At times, David and his family can be found living in a teepee, eating native desert plants and animals, and only permitting themselves to make fires with friction techniques. David has provided technical advising to many such Hollywood productions and recently appeared as a TV host and survival expert in the History Channel’s No Man’s Land.
David and his wife Jill will be hosting our “Dig In” Survival Food Eating Competition. Join David as a competitor in “Dig In”. Roadkill, mice, crickets, and other things you might not eat unless you had to… or if you wanted to win prizes of course!
David Wescott – Expert Survival Instructor – BOSS
David Wescott had been practicing and teaching primitive and traditional outdoor living skills professionally since 1970. He started out with best-selling author Larry Dean Olsen (Outdoor Survival Skills). He owned and operated Boulder Outdoor Survival School, has hosted the 2 original primitive skills events for over 30 years, edited and published the Bulletin of Primitive Technology for 25 years. He recently completed the re-issue of his 3rd book Camping In The Old Style, and is working hard to bring back the skills of the classic woodsman to the modern outdoor industry.
Jeff Anderson – Survival & Modern Combat Instructor
As a lifelong student of what he calls “survival arts”, it was Jeff Anderson’s military training that led him to seek out strategies that would protect not only himself on the battlefield… but also provide for his family’s own self-reliance in any sort of disaster, crisis, or collapse.
After 10 years of military training in elite infantry units around the world, Jeff began working as a security consultant and executive protection specialist for private clients and the entertainment industry. Specializing in military style hand-to-hand and weapons combat, Jeff offered classes and seminars based on practicality and battlefield effectiveness!
In Jeff’s survival training, it was his service overseas and in combat missions, that he was able to get a first-hand glimpse of what a city gripped in collapse and without rule of law is like for its citizens. He uses his unique experience to inject a more realistic view of what to expect in survival scenarios and provide practical solutions – even in extreme environments – for true survivalists.
Ultimately his training and experience led him to create the digital media channel for Modern Combat And Survival magazine which is fueled by more than 100 of the world’s top instructors in law enforcement, military, and civilian survival schools.
Che Bodhi – Survival & Barter Expert
Che is the organizer for the Ontario Prepper Survival Network(OPSN), The Toronto Survivalism Meet Group and one of the key organizers for the Ontario Annual Preppers Meet. His motives for the OPSN are derived from networking with like-minded people in addition to exchanging knowledge and resources in the field of anything relating to prepping and survival.
Che spends most of his time fine tuning his skills and making preparedness videos through his youtube channel (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqWgsbdAkOYNg91tDHD2K6g) & often combines his meetup events with the OPSN into videos for others to learn (and be entertained) from.
Below is an example of such an event from last year with the OPSN where members were invited to eat ‘bugout food’ and some insight with respect to what the OPSN is all about.
Chris Weatherman – Author Angery American
Chris Weatherman, also known as Angery American is the author of the Survivalist series of books. The first book in the series is Going Home and is a sensational hit. He’s twice been listed on the USA Today Best Sellers list. To date he has eleven published works. He also appeared in season one of History Channel’s Alone series.
Chris has been involved in prepping since the 90’s and practices primitive skills as well as modern survival that focuses on being prepared with the proper equipment. He travels the country appearing at expos and prepper focused events to meet with fans, sign books and occasionally speak. In addition to these events his travels also allow him to meet and train with people all over.
You can find him on Face Book at Angery American. On Twitter at The Angery American and on Instagram as Angery American. He also has a YouTube channel under the same name. Feel free to reach out, as he enjoys meeting and talking with those interested in survival in all its forms.
Chris currently lives in Florida on the edge of the Ocala National Forest with his wife of twenty-six years and his twelve year old daughter Little Bit.
Jason Hanson- Former CIA Officer
Jason Hanson is a former CIA Officer and New York Times bestselling author of Spy Secrets That Can Save Your Life. Jason has appeared on ABC’s Shark Tank, Fox & Friends, Dateline, NBC TODAY Show, and Rachael Ray, to name a few. He runs his Spy Escape & Evasion training and his 320-acre Spy Ranch in Cedar City, UT.
Cache Valley Prepper
Cache Valley Prepper is the rare Subject Matter Expert who has a solid grasp of the physics of EMP and can relate EMP and its effects in terms that anyone can understand. He is the CEO of Survival Sensei, LLC, 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 and Presidential Advisor on the effects of nuclear weapons, a Delta Force Lt Col, leading primitive skills instructors, top competitive shooting and dynamic entry instructors and he counts himself fortunate to have been mentored in business by Stephen R. Covey. 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.
A.R. Shaw – Author – Authors of the Apocalypse
A. R. Shaw was born in south Texas and served in the United States Air Force Reserves from 1987 through 1991 as a Communications Radio Operator, at the Military Auxiliary Radio System (MARS Station) at Kelly AFB, Texas.
Her first novel, The China Pandemic, (2013) climbed to #1 in Dystopian and Post-Apocalyptic genres in May of 2014. Hailed as “eerily plausible” and her characters “amazingly detailed,” Shaw continues the engaging series in post-apocalyptic (SHTF) fiction.
She was stunned by the love of her fans for the fictional dog, Sheriff, from the Graham’s Resolution series, who now has his own Facebook Page run by fans titled Sheriff’s K-9 Squad Room. It’s a page to share all things regarding police dogs. She’s been repeatedly warned, by the fans, never to consider axing the dog; the children are fair game, but the dog stays. Perhaps that’s a tribute to her unique ability to write stories that make readers really care about the characters she develops.
A. R. Shaw lives in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. You can contact A. R. Shaw directly at her website at (AuthorARShaw.com)
Kate Morris – Author – Authors of the Apocalypse
Kate lives on a small farm in Ohio with her ex-Army husband where she tends a shabby garden, enjoys her horses and spends down-time target shooting with her peeps. She is a huge supporter of the U.S. Armed Forces and encourages her fans to check out Ranger Up.com and Wounded Warrior.com. She also loves hearing from her fans on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/
Author website for tidbits from the books, author blog, previews of future books and recipes from the trilogy live now at katemorrisauthor.com.
Annie Berdel – Author – Authors of the Apocalypse
Based in Indianapolis, Annie Berdel is a self proclaimed advocate of educating women in the art of personal protection and self reliance.
As an aspiring writer, Annie took her advocacy and dove into the dystopia genre with strong female lead characters.
A passion for firearms, herbal medicine, knives, slingshots, home canning, Kali street fighting, Kempo karate and furry animals fuels the fire and adds countless stories to be told beginning with her inaugural book “Alpha Farm, The Beginning”.
Boyd Craven – Author – Authors of the Apocalypse
Boyd Craven has penned over 20 books over the last two years, only recently deciding to take the plunge into publishing. 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.
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.