2017 in Review

2017 in Review

Hiking the Na Pali Coast Waterfalls

What better place to celebrate a birthday than in paradise. Kevin Estela standing under Hanakapiai Falls in Kauai, Hawaii

It’s that time of year when we wrap one up and get ready for the next. We set New Year Resolutions and hope we stick to them. Well, 2017 was a great year of traveling, writing, and training. 2018 is already lining up to be a great year with more writing scheduled for publication, travel lined up for more exotic locales, and survival training picking up after a brief hiatus to focus on writing. There may even be one or two surprises and new endeavors and products in development for many years. Trust me on that last one!

Remington 700 at the SIG Academy

Kevin spent a lot of time at the SIG Sauer Academy training in various firearm skill sets. Pictured is his custom Remington 700.

Belt Promotions in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Kevin Estela, Sifu Chris Smith and John G.

Estela Wilderness Education writer and photographer

37 articles in one year. Published in 6 magazines simultaneously. 2017 was a busy year.

2017 was a full-throttle year with more writing published in a single year than in any year prior. It felt like there was always something to review, a skill to break down in text and photo format, and topics to shed light on. New contacts and regular writing assignments with MISSION Knives and Prometheus Design Werx expanded my audience to new readers. In 2017, I officially broke 100 published and printed articles and at the time of this post, I am officially on #105. The feedback from companies who frequently utilize my writing/photography services has been outstanding and I’ve settled into a solid pace in delivering top-notch content.


Sawtooth Lake diving into the glacial water

Kevin Estela diving into Sawtooth Lake in Idaho

Diving into frigid waters

Diving into Grinnell Glacier Lake in Glacier National Park in Montana. I admit, I have horrible form in this one!

In 2017, I was fortunate to travel to the greatest tropical destination I’ve ever seen, Kauai, Hawaii. On my birthday, I swam underneath Hanakapiai Falls along the Na Pali Coast and I experienced some great SCUBA diving while I was there. Later that year, I traveled all throughout Idaho including the Sawtooth Wilderness and up to Glacier National Park in Montana. For reasons, I decided to jump into a glacier lake on two occasions because once is simply not enough. Toward the end of the summer, I sought out warmer climates and water and visited St. John only weeks before the hurricanes ravaged it. My heart and my prayers go out to the beautiful people of that island.

Logan Pass Estela Wilderness Education

Kevin hanging out in Montana near Logan Pass in Glacier National Park


Diving in Hawaii

Kevin Estela striding off a boat along the Na Pali Coast in Hawaii in April 2017


This year wouldn’t have been possible without my friends Dwayne Unger of Dwayne Unger Outdoors, Mike Travis of Blue Mountain Bushcraft, Mike Lychock, Ben LeGrande, and John Brown who have never tired of helping me out. Look for a new course in 2018 called “instructors’ choice” where these gentlemen will teach their particular interests and take all the spotlight. Also, look for more classes offered right here in Connecticut on the property of Parabellum Firearms Training in Columbia, CT. Of course, my continued success is due in large part to my Sayoc Tribe I can rely on and will always be loyal to.

Kevin Estela teaching budget Bushcraft

Kevin teaching during the Budget Bushcraft course. Knife-hand skill level of 11.

Estela Wilderness Education Budget Bushcraft in NY

After a brief hiatus from instruction, full class enrollment is proof EWE courses are still in high demand

EWE Land Navigation with Map and Compass

EWE Land Navigation classes were extremely popular in 2017.

See ya 2017 and watch out 2018 because here I come!

-Kauai, Hawaii
-St. John USVI

-37 published in-print articles for various titles under Beckett Media, Engaged Media, and Athlon Outdoors Media
-Continued monthly blogging for Fiddleback Forge
-New blogging for Prometheus Design Werx and Mission Knives

Survival Instruction:
-Vermont Outdoor Guides Association Winter DOE Camp
-Fundraiser for Haiti Mission
-Fiddleback Forge Users Weekend Hiawassee, GA
-Specialized Private Training in Canadensis, PA
IMBCT Camp out/Survival Training New Hartford, CT
-Budget Bushcraft Ilion, NY
-Private Land Navigation with Map and Compass Pleasantville, NY
-Land Navigation with Map and Compass Columbia, CT

-Guro Dan Inosanto 2-day seminar with Progressive Martial Arts
-Purple Belt Promotion Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
-Sayoc Kali Sama Sama 2017 in Pennsylvania and Winter Sama Sama 2017 in Texas
-Rolling for Puerto Rico Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Fundraiser
SIG Sauer Academy Low-Light Rifle Skill Builder
-SIG Sauer Academy Advanced Precision Scoped Rifle
-SIG Sauer Academy Mid-Range Carbine
-SIG Sauer Academy Bullets on Vehicles
-SIG Sauer Academy Dynamic Performance Rifle
Defoor Performance Shooting  2-Day Pistol

-NRA Great Outdoors Show Harrisburg, PA
-BLADE Show Attendee Atlanta, GA
-Podcast with Modern Combat and Survival #132 “Stranded” Survival Strategies
-Attendance at Wilderness Learning Center “W.A.R” and “P.E.A.C.E” Chateaugay, NY
-NY Custom Knife Show Attendee
-Attendance at Gosstoberfest IX Whiteford, MD


Dwayne Unger Outdoors Wood Burning for EWE

A custom wood burning done for Estela Wilderness Education by Dwayne Unger



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