Dave Nessia

Dave Nessia

Season 3

Dave realized his love for the outdoors at 8-years-old, as a camper, learning edible plants and one-match fires. At 32, he became obsessed with learning and teaching survival skills and became a Desert Survival Instructor at Boulder Outdoor Survival School (BOSS). During his time at BOSS, he lived in a cave, two wickiups, a pit house, a stone shelter and a Kazakhstani felted yurt. Continually honing his skills, he has ventured on many walkabouts without any modern gear. One of his most memorable trips was 44 days in winter, living in a pit house with temperatures reaching negative 6 degrees Fahrenheit. He continues to teach bushcraft skills, striving to live in a way that gives him bliss.

Here are the ten items Dave selected to bring on his survival journey:

1. Axe

2. Sleeping bag

3. Pot

4. Ferro rod

5. Fishing line and hooks

6. bow and arrows

7. Gill net

8. Trapping wire

9. Knife

10. Food ration