The Utah Preppers come from all walks of life.  Find out a little about the authors we have now, and what has shaped us into who we are.  If you are interested in contributing somehow, please contact us and let us know.  We’d love to find other Utah Preparedness bloggers to include, with guest posts, or those interested in contributing more.

Jason “Jayce^” Halljayce-avatar

I’m a Software Engineer that grew in the Pacific Northwest. I moved to Utah for a job in 98 and have stuck around ever since. I’ve always been preparedness-minded, since my family always had that as a focus. I love the great outdoors, enjoying the dichotomy of the split from regular gadget driven life to back country minimalist experiences. An avid scouter, and camper. No farm now, but grew up running an aviary, and logging to earn money.

Phil “Phil801” Burns

Like the other authors here, I’m just a typical Geek/Farmer/Mountain Man/Runner with 8 kids (ok, i’m the only one with 8 kids :) )

My entire childhood was pretty much spent in one of two places: at a computer or out in the woods/mountains/caves. My father was a computer specialist in the Navy and has a Masters Degree in Agronomy, his hiking handle has always been ‘Mountain Goat’ because even to this day at 56 he will put almost any of us to shame with his ability to carry a pack non-stop right up the side of the mountain. My parents lived a preparedness lifestyle from living off food storage to hunting regularly to gardening and living off the land. As the oldest of 7 children, I was greatly exposed to all this as my Dad enjoyed including me in his hobbies.

Now as a father of 8 children living on a small 2 1/2 acre farm, my wife and I live a very preparedness lifestyle and are endeavoring to teach it to our kids. I definitely have a split lifestyle personality – living my day to day life as a gadget dependent enthusiast, working as a CTO in a startup – to my after work lifestyle of being able to shed all the cares and needs of the world and disappear into the wilderness with just the pack on my back. I also enjoy long distance running and trail running. I served in the US Air Force for 4 years and was stationed for most of that at Hill AFB, UT. Currently I am an EMT, Utah Concealed Firearms Permit Instructor, an NRA Instructor and serve on the Utah County Search and Rescue Team.

In memory of our God, our religion, and freedom, and our peace, our wives, and our children

Mike “ekim” Nauta

I grew up in the Lake Tahoe area of Northern California and as such enjoyed a childhood spent mostly running through the woods, building forts in the woods and pretending to be a mountain man. Now, as an adult I continue ‘pretending’ to be a mountain man by occasionally growing a burly beard, camping (not nearly enough) and of course prepping.

I am currently a Business Systems Analyst in Provo, Utah dealing mainly with database and software design for markets in South America. We moved from the city to the country in 2006 and while we don’t have a farm like Phil’s, our half acre does include 4 mature apple trees, chickens and a goat.

Wade Shearer

I am an avid outdoorsman. I respect and honor nature. I like to keep things simple. I take great pride in the size of my annual REI dividend. I love gardening, cooking, backpacking, mountain biking, road cycling, snowshoeing, and photography. I enjoy working with my hands, being self-sufficient, and solving problems. I am a graphic artist, interaction designer, and software engineer.

I grew up in Utah and chose to keep it my home when I created my own family. I started and administer the Utah PHP Users Group, the Utah Graphic Artists Forum, and the Utah Apple Users Group

James “Neybar” Lance

I’m a software developer by trade. I enjoy computers, gadgets and most other electronic doo-dads. I also am very interested in being prepared. I earned my Eagle Scout when I was young and the motto to “Be Prepared” has stuck with me. I feel naked when I walk out of the house with out my EDC (leatherman, flashlight, pen, pocketknife (2), chapstick, wallet, and yo-yo).

One of my focuses in being prepared is learning fundamental skills. I’m really fascinated by the processes involved in doing things “by hand” or the way that previous generations did it. I’m also interested in learning how to make food from scratch. Making my own bacon, or hand ground sausages are good examples.

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