Author, How to Survive Anything

Tim MacWelch has been an obsessed devotee of survival and self-reliance for over three decades. His love of the outdoors started at a young age, growing up on a farm in the Piedmont hills of Virginia. Eating wild edibles and learning about the animals in the forest were part of his country life, but he did not fully immerse himself into the wild until he ran across Larry Dean Olsen’s book, Outdoor Survival Skills. This book describes wilderness survival using many traditional skills and Native techniques. Tim was enthralled. He learned every skill in the book, and soon – he couldn’t get enough of the subject of survival. In his early 20’s, he began working with kids through youth workshops for schools, church groups, the Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, and other youth throughout the region. He still continues to volunteer his time, and over the past 30 years – he has worked with thousands of Scouts and other children. In the spring of 1997, he opened a business teaching wilderness skills to adults and he still continues this business today. Over the years, Tim has been a featured survival expert for National Geographic, CNN, Good Morning America, Conde Nast Traveller, the Washington Post, Men’s Journal and several other organizations. Tim has also written dozens of articles for OFF-GRID magazine, and he is the lead storyteller for their regular feature article “What If?”. Tim has been writing for Outdoor Life magazine since 2010, and has become a regular contributor to the Outdoor Life Survival website, creating hundreds of blogs and articles for OutdoorLife.com.

Tim’s strong relationship with the Outdoor Life brand led to the publishing of Tim’s first book with OL’s sibling company, Weldon Owen publishing. Tim’s first three titles with Weldon Owen were on the New York Times Bestseller list in 2014 and 2015. Tim’s titles to date include:

Prepare For Anything – NY Times Bestseller, #3 Travel Dec ’14 and #3 Travel Jan ‘15
Hunting & Gathering Survival Manual – NY Times Bestseller, #5 Travel Dec ’14 and #5 Travel Jan ‘15 
How To Survive Anything – Released May 2015, NY Times Bestseller Nov ‘15
The Ultimate Winter Survival Handbook – Released Oct ‘15
How To Survive Off The Grid – Released Oct ‘16
The Ultimate Bushcraft Survival Manual – Released Oct ‘17
Ultimate Survival Hacks – Released Nov ‘18

At the end of 2017, he also found a position at Survival Dispatch, writing for their monthly online magazine. Tim is also a husband and father of two, residing near Marshall, Virginia – and he has begun planning his 8th book with Weldon Owen publishing.


Topic: Homesteading & Survival/ Emergency Planning

Date: Saturday, October 12th, 2019 8:15am