Mark grew up camping and hiking in a region known as the Callahan Divide of western Texas. It was here amid the Juniper and Pecan Forests where his love of wild places and the skills to live in these places first developed. For over 15 years now, he has been traveling to natural areas across the United States to learn, practice, and live the lifeway that he so dearly loves, primitive wilderness living. Mark served proudly as a soldier in the US Army for four years and is an Infantry Combat Veteran (Iraq 2004). He is a long time student of Tom Brown Jr. and has studied bow making under Jim Hamm. Experience by trial and error have shaped Mark throughout his life, so he now has a very thorough knowledge of what works and what does not work. He also works with the Lipan Apache Indians down in south Texas on survival programs and events. Mark believes that the primitive living skills are an art and science that give people not only a greater sense of security in the outdoors, but a connection to the earth in a real way. He holds a B.S. in Education from Texas A&M University and teaches from real life experiences. Mark lives with his wife Amy in College Station, Texas and together travel to various wild places across the state to teach primitive wilderness survival skills.
Amy spent much of her young life in Alaska enjoying camping, fishing, and exploring some of the most pristine wilderness areas on earth. After completing her B.S. in Natural Resources Management at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and her M.S. in Political Science with Emphasis on Environmental Policy, she moved to Texas to work for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. Amy currently works for Texas A&M University and is an integral part of running Primitive Texas by helping in class preparation and with skills during the classes. She continues to seek out the wild places of Texas and provides the logistics for the school to operate. Amy, together with her husband Mark, travel all over the state to teach the old ways of wilderness survival to all who are interested.
Wood Burning a Bowl
Selecting Proper Fire Placement
Wild Plant Soup
My Daughter and I enjoying the Ashe Juniper Forests of the Callahan Divide (West Texas)