Tyler was raised on a large wooded tract of land in Simpsonville S.C. Having access to a vast forest as a child instilled in him a love for nature and bushcraft. From a young age he began to read any wilderness survival book or magazine he could find. Tyler joined the Cub Scouts advancing to Weblos and finally Boy Scouts. Through scouting he developed a strong foundation in camping, backpacking, and basic bushcraft techniques. By middle school he had become adept at trapping and processing small game, even preparing a “game meat” stew for an 8th grade class party. Tyler continued to expand his interest in survival and bushcraft through college and into adulthood. Today, he is working on his master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. Tyler hopes to one day bring the remedial properties of nature to therapy.
In April of 2017 Tyler began working at Trail Blazer Survival School. Tyler works as an Instructor, supporting Tom in adult classes, but primarily teaches the youth. Tyler is certified by the Boy Scouts of America, Blue Ridge Council as a merit badge counselor. He currently provides counseling for backpacking, basketry, camping, first aid, fishing, orienteering, wilderness survival, and woodcarving. When not in school or instructing for a camp or class, Tyler fulfills an administrative role at the Trail Blazer offices. He continues to learn more about wilderness survival each day and hones his skills with Tom on many excursions and adventures.
Wilderness Training Certifications:
- Nicole Apelian, Ph.D & Larry Roberts
- “Experience Alone” Survival & Wilderness Skills Workshop (May 18-22. 2018)
- Greenville Health System (GHS)
- Basic Life Support
- Boy Scouts of America, Blue Ridge Council
- Youth Protection Training
- Merit Badge Counselor