The Art of Manliness Podcast #48: Survival and Prepping With Creek Stewart

by Brett on July 13, 2013 · 64 comments

in Giveaway, Podcast

In today’s episode I talk to Creek Stewart, owner of Willow Haven Outdoor, and author of Building the Perfect Bug Out Bag: Your 72-Hour Disaster Survival Kit. His most recent book is The Unofficial Hunger Games Survival Guide. Creek and I discuss his new book and things you can do now to prepare for an emergency.

Highlights from the Show:

  • How Creek became a survival trainer (short answer: lots of hustle)
  • Common barriers that keep people from preparing for a disaster
  • What does “Bugging Out” mean?
  • The most important survival skills a person needs to have
  • Creek’s prediction on whether society is headed towards a Hunger Games scenario (Just for fun)

Listen to the podcast!

Special thanks to Keelan O’Hara for editing the podcast! Much better than my GarageBand job.

Unofficial Hunger Games Survival Guide Giveaway

willowhaven.jpgCreek’s latest book, The Unofficial Hunger Games Survival Guide, is a primitive skills manual themed after the popular book series The Hunger Games. It’s a great read packed with practical lifesaving primitive survival skills in the areas of shelter, water, fire, food, and rescue. Great for getting kids interested in survival skills, but can be enjoyed by readers of all ages! If you’d like to get your hands on a copy as part of a prize package Creek put together that includes a 5-in-1 survival aid, leave a comment about the podcast below. Two packages are up for grabs!

Deadline to enter is Friday, July 19, 2013 at 5PM CDT. We’ll then draw two random comments to select the winners. Post will be updated with the winners names within 72 hours of the close of the giveaway

{ 64 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Jeff July 13, 2013 at 4:02 pm

As a fellow Eagle Scout, I’ve been aware of the Bugging Out. Although, I’m always prepared, I never thought about the reverse; Bugging In. Great podcast.

2 Sean Winker July 13, 2013 at 4:16 pm

A friend just introduced me to The Art of Manliness. Good stuff, and a great podcast. Definitely going to have to check out more of Creek’s tips.

3 Erik Day July 13, 2013 at 4:51 pm

The prepper bit is valuable but can be a little intimidating for the folks who need it the most. Not sure if AoM has touched on CERT training, but it overlaps in many of the same spots and can be a valuable way of learning skills that can family, friends and neighbors in worst-case situations. People can search for training, sometimes free and usually provided by local fire, police or emergency management departments, by looking at their state at
…Just a thought.

4 Wasim July 13, 2013 at 5:32 pm

First comment!!

5 Ryan Stowe July 13, 2013 at 8:22 pm

Can’t wait to listen to this!

6 Erik Day July 14, 2013 at 1:29 am

Also, there’s an established phrase for “bugging in” that might help a few people as they google their way to preparedness: the more traditional term is “shelter in place.”

7 Ty Gladden July 14, 2013 at 2:55 am

Im a big fan of Creek. He explains stuff so that it is very easy to understand.

8 Josh July 14, 2013 at 6:03 am

As always, great content. Thank you for this wonderful podcast.

9 Joe A July 14, 2013 at 6:46 am

Sadly, today’s bug out and survival kits will include batteries and phone chargers

10 Dietmar July 14, 2013 at 8:20 am

What shall I say, I want the package :).

11 Clark T. July 14, 2013 at 9:58 am

Great story, enjoyed the invterview especially his background. Look forward to Creeks next article

12 David Pote July 14, 2013 at 11:00 am

This was an excellent podcast. I first got interested in survival techniques when my Dad would take my brother hiking in the desert. He would show us things like getting water from a cactus and so forth. I can’t wait to read this book.


13 Randy D. July 14, 2013 at 12:18 pm

Sad that if you prepare for disasters, people still kind of look at you like you are a bit unstable. Yet, the news is filled with earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, etc. and the assumption is that the government will be right there. Better to be prepared and not need it than need it and not have anything.

14 Te'Koa July 14, 2013 at 12:42 pm

Creek is one of my all time favorite survival guru’s. He makes things practical. Just now realizing that prepping is such a vital part of life especially now. I’d rather have it and not need it, than need it and not have it. So the book would be a great help with my prepping on a budget project.

15 Todd W. July 14, 2013 at 2:08 pm

great concept, I have all the intentions to get a 72 hour kit ready for the family. The book would be a nice touch.

16 Holmes July 14, 2013 at 2:27 pm

I’m definitely going to check out his books on amazon.

17 Naomi July 14, 2013 at 4:04 pm

This separates the practical from the paranoid…

18 Alex July 14, 2013 at 7:51 pm

I am in the process of writing a book about ‘realistic’ urban survival – just passed the 50k word mark!

To get to the point where I could even imagine doing this, I have read anything and everything I can about prepping/survival, and Creek’s posts for AoM are certainly an inspiration for me.

It’s my opinion that the biggest barrier people have to preparing is that so few actually face a significant emergency event in any given year. Only a couple percent of people even face trouble worse than, say, a 24-hr power outage. It isn’t a priority because it doesn’t happen that often. The problem with this is that if something DOES happen, you’re screwed.

19 Daniel July 14, 2013 at 8:08 pm

Thank you for keeping survival preparedness in my consciousness so that I can continue to take steps for the protection of my family. If given the option, I would happily forget to think about it.

20 Mitch M July 14, 2013 at 8:48 pm

Great interview and extremely valuable info.

21 jonathan Lynch July 14, 2013 at 10:41 pm

I heard about the book and immediately thought “wow that is probably useless” because it mentioned the hunger games, but i was wrong. After hearing him give his reason for why he named it that, and what its goal is. I admit i was way wrong and it was a brilliant idea to name it that. So even if I dont receive the book I will go out and purchase the book as recompense for what i thought.

22 Jeff July 14, 2013 at 11:36 pm

Interesting thoughts. Like his focus on the keys, shelter water etc. and staying away from the zombie stuff. Keep it useful, keep it real.

23 Dennis July 15, 2013 at 9:24 am

Commenting to enter the contest.

24 Brent T July 15, 2013 at 9:40 am

Finally, a practical, useful and simple way in which “bugging out” is discussed.

Thank you

25 Brett July 15, 2013 at 10:16 am

Great Podcast! Creek does a great job of keeping survival education informational and “approachable”. In a world where a small snowstorm causes panic and the clearing of grocery store shelves, it’s great to have practical knowledge and confidence in your abilities to handle emergency situations.

26 David July 15, 2013 at 10:16 am

I remember when I was younger I loved making little survival kits with little pocket knives, fishhooks and the like. This would make a great gift for the outdoorzy-type kid.

27 Dave July 15, 2013 at 10:27 am

Nice! My Daughter would love it!

28 Jayberry July 15, 2013 at 10:45 am

I love anything survival so I definitely like this podcast!

29 Paul D. July 15, 2013 at 11:00 am

I’m excited to listen to this podcast.

30 Brian July 15, 2013 at 11:11 am


31 Steve Jenkins July 15, 2013 at 2:19 pm

Great topic. Thanks.

32 Jacob July 15, 2013 at 2:29 pm

Loved the podcast. Covered a lot of subjects I’ve studied in the past, but explained different aspects that I haven’t thought of before.

33 Derek July 15, 2013 at 2:50 pm

I also am Eagle scout and have always tried to be prepared but as of late I’m digging deeper to try and be prepared to take care of my wife and I.

34 Steve July 15, 2013 at 2:56 pm

Not surprised to hear you got your start as a scout. Love your articles and, like Brett, good to hear your voice.

35 Karli July 15, 2013 at 8:41 pm

As usual, great post, AoM! Loved the podcast, great content!

36 carl July 15, 2013 at 8:53 pm

This is the first podcast that I’ve listened to. Glad I did. I’m definetely one that’s read all the books and watched all the videos. Now that my son is a wolf scout, we’ll have ample opportunity to practice. Thanks for a great listen.

37 Elgabacho July 15, 2013 at 10:20 pm

Please pick me!

38 Spencer July 16, 2013 at 9:18 am

Great podcast. I always look forward to the AoM podcast.

39 Roger July 16, 2013 at 10:34 am

Have enjoyed all of Creek’s articles on the AoM website. Good to hear him here!!

40 Mitch July 16, 2013 at 10:49 am

I’ve didn’t know that there was an AoM podcast! I’ll have to check it out!!
But nonetheless, as an Eagle Scout myself, I don’t think one can ever learn too little about surviving in the wilderness…

41 Andrew Schneider July 16, 2013 at 12:29 pm

Great podcast, AOM. Thank you!

42 Mark Anderson July 16, 2013 at 12:29 pm

Great podcast to flesh out some of the ideas from the articles. Disaster prep!

43 Adam July 16, 2013 at 1:43 pm

Great podcast. Have had a bugout plan for a while now but always good to get more information. Thanks AoM.

44 Louis July 16, 2013 at 2:29 pm

I live less than 2 hours from Anderson. I will definitely have to make the trip to Willow Haven.

45 Anthony July 16, 2013 at 2:31 pm

the real macgyver. fyi bug out bag aka go bag

46 Eric July 16, 2013 at 3:40 pm

Thanks for the post. I enjoyed it. My wife is now stepping on to the prepper train thanks to World War Z, so I imagine this book (referencing Hunger Games) will only help get her into the mindset of preparing for whatever the future may hold, bad or good.

47 Zach July 16, 2013 at 3:42 pm

As a regular reader of this cite I saw the first mention of Creek’s book and posted to my Amazon wishlist. A fan of the outdoors and one who wishes to develop more off the grid skills this is a perfect book.

48 Michael July 16, 2013 at 3:43 pm

Love the idea of calling it a fort – my little cousins will love that idea.

49 Chance B. July 16, 2013 at 4:59 pm

First podcast I’ve listened to, but now I’m subscribed! Great stuff.

50 Mitch G. July 16, 2013 at 5:00 pm

Great podcast.

51 Jeremy S. July 16, 2013 at 9:46 pm

I’ve got Creek’s first book and would love to get my hands on the second one. I’m also really excited about his first fiction work. Great information and a lot of fun to listen to. Keep it up!

52 Garrett July 16, 2013 at 11:42 pm

I really enjoy hearing about survival stuff on the site. Am heading over to Creek’s website now.

53 Kyle July 17, 2013 at 1:12 am

Entering on behalf of my wife; I think this book/kit might be a good gateway for her.

54 James T July 17, 2013 at 11:35 am

Interesting podcast. I’m going to go to B&N to see if I can get a copy of Perfect Bugout Bag. Thanks.

55 Jon H July 17, 2013 at 3:11 pm

This is one of my favorite podcasts so far. I truly enjoy anything by Mr. Stewart, and it was great to put a voice to the name.

56 Brandon July 17, 2013 at 7:22 pm

Great podcast from Creek. His book on the perfect bugout bag is packed with information

57 Aaron P July 18, 2013 at 3:27 am

Cool podcast again, Brett. Creek sounds like a super interesting guy, I imagine his courses would be fantastic to participate in. Can’t wait for his YA book. Will definitely give it a read. Cheers.

58 Jordy July 18, 2013 at 4:39 am

Nice:) Looking good!

59 Jason July 18, 2013 at 8:11 am

I really need to finish putting together my bugout bag. I started the list of what it needs a while back, but I still haven’t put it together.

My biggest thing is I want to make sure I have the things I need to accommodate my dog as well. Like hell I’d leave him behind.

60 Don July 18, 2013 at 8:13 am

When you reach retirement you will realize that a person is never truly prepared, but to be ready even for a 72 hour hit is a smart move!

61 Steve July 18, 2013 at 8:36 am

Really enjoyed the podcast. I’ve been sharing the website with coworkers.

62 Malcom July 18, 2013 at 9:29 am

Being a fan of Creek’s articles, its an absolute pleasure to be able to listen in and hear his thoughts, especially to his background story.
I like how his explains his concepts in a way that is simple to understand and at the same time is truly profound.
Thank you for the inspiring post

63 geoff zim July 19, 2013 at 9:17 am

Only got to listen to the first half before my phone died. Still good.

64 Frank Carola September 25, 2013 at 11:38 pm

Enjoyed the Pod cast!

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