Hometown: East Jordan, MI
Profession: Retired Military/Homesteader
Growing up in rural Ohio, Nate Weber spent his early years outdoors (like most kids back then). Eager to find his place in the world, Nate joined the Navy three days after graduating high school. He spent the first twelve years of his military career as a Navy Corpsman, graduating from Field Medical School, EMT school and Cardiovascular Medical School. Even though his love for medicine has never waned, Nate wanted to explore other avenues, too. He accepted a commission as an Aviation Warrant Officer in the US Army to fly the Kiowa Warrior helicopter. Nate’s twelve years in the Army included SERE school, becoming an Instructor Pilot, and many deployments all over the world.
Recently retired, Nate, his wife, and their five children decided to finally settle down for good in Northern Michigan where the children can enjoy a life outdoors, living off the land, and understanding nature in a more intimate and organic setting of real-life living. For the past two years, the family has been living in a tiny home Nate and his boys built on the chassis of an old semi-truck. They are developing their land into a small homestead, as they move towards being completely self-sustainable.
In his spare time, Nate helps coach the local middle school football and track teams, hosting Air-Soft tournaments in the woods, snowmobiling in the U.P., researching and discussing primal nutrition and medicine with his wife, and grilling up the perfect ribeye over an open fire.
In joining the show, Nate hopes to perfect his own survival skills and to learn more about what makes him tick. Though Nate’s survival training has been mainly through formal military training, it is his ability to think outside the box, to adapt to any situation, to problem-solve his way through any challenge, and to maintain a positive attitude and spirit against all odds that makes him well suited to face this challenge. These are the qualities and virtues he lives by in his everyday life and strives to teach to his children and all those he encounters.
Here are the ten items Nate selected to bring on his survival journey to Grizzly Mountain:
1. Sleeping bag
3. Ferro rod
5. Snare wire
6. Bow and Arrows
7. Fishing line and hooks