Matt Graham Biography
Matt Graham is an American specialist in “primitive skills” and a television personality who co-hosted the Discovery Channel reality show Dual Survival.
He is a co-host of the Discovery Channel reality television show Dude, You’re Screwed. Graham has also co-hosted the survival show Dual Survival for the latter part of season 4, season 5 and the beginning of 6 opposite special operations veteran Joe Teti.
Matt Graham Age | How Old Is Matt Graham
He was born on August 8, 1974 in Pierre, North Dakota. He is 44 years old as of 2018.
Matt Graham Wife | Matt Graham Married | Matt Graham Survivalist Wife
He likes to keep his life private and therefore details about whether he is in a relationship or whether he is married are not known.
Matt Graham Survivalist
Matt Graham was a climber and started studying primitive skills at age 17 in Yosemite Valley. At the age of 20, he was doing search and rescue as a tracker in Sequoia while running and learning to travel the backcountry with no food or gear. Not owning a car, Graham traveled all over California and parts of Arizona on foot.
At 23, Graham ran the length of California on the Pacific Crest Trail (1750 miles) in 58 days, a record at the time. He’ll run up to 50 miles everyday just for fun. Graham once walked off into the wilderness on the Winter Solstice and came back on the Summer Solstice.
He is a world-class master of the atlatl, and defeated the world champion in seven straight matches. He is also skilled at hunting with the long bow, and in the primitive arts of brain-tanning hides to make clothing. He’s studied Judo, Wushu Kung Fu, Tae Kwan Do, and Jeet Kune Do.
Matt Graham Net Worth
Matt earns a reported $200,000 yearly and has an estimated net worth of $2 Million.
Matt Graham Live Free Or Die
In 2016 Graham joined the cast of National Geographic Channel’s Live Free or Die an Outdoor Reality Show. The show follows six people homesteading and living off their land in backwoods America. The cast members on Live Free Or Die are compensated for being on the Show, and in real life have seen their net worth grow considerably due to their frugal lifestyle.
Matt Graham Dual Survival
Surviving in the wild is far from an exact science. Beyond the basics of finding water, food, shelter and eventually help, opinions differ. Two experts tell how they think it’s done in this series, as initial episodes feature trained survivalists Dave Canterbury and Cody Lundin demonstrating the skills and creative thinking that can help one cope in tough surroundings.
Equipped with minimal gear, the pair are left in remote locations – an uninhabited island off Nova Scotia, a New Zealand mountaintop, deep in the Everglades, the jungle of Thailand, and the desert of Baja California, to name a few – where they battle the elements and sometimes each other. Season 3 introduces US Special Ops veteran Joseph Teti to replace Canterbury, in the middle of Season 4 primitive survivalist Matt Graham of Discovery’s `Dude, You’re Screwed’ replaces Lundin, and partway through Season 5 the presenters become former US Army Green Beret Grady Powell and survivalist Bill McConnell.
First episode date: June 11, 2010
Final episode date: October 12, 2016
Narrated by: Paul Christie
Network: Discovery Channel
Matt Graham Survival School
Graham moved to Boulder when he was age 24 and began guiding and teaching at Boulder Outdoor Survival School, teaching all the hunter/gatherer courses. Primitive hunting and living off the land became his passion. Graham has been on many primitive walks and has led about 50 hunter/gatherer courses ranging 4 to 33 days.
You can join Matt Graham, TV host with Discovery and National Geographic the friendly team at the majestic Boulder Mountain Guest Ranch for a weekend of primitive skills!
You can learn about a host of edible and medicinal plants, how to build fire by friction, water procurement, survival shelters, tracking, primitive fishing, trapping and more. This is a great opportunity for a family or individual to gain some valuable insight regarding practical and primitive survival skills in a short amount of time while still having the comforts of the lodge to come back to after a long day of skills and hiking.
Matt Graham Classes
- Natural Tool-making: Make friction fires by methods of fire plow and hand-drill using wood from bee plant, yucca, sagebrush, cottonwood root, clematis, or sagebrush; use stones to make knives; sew pouches from hides that you tan in the traditional method; use nettle or dogbane fiber to make ropes and cordage; scrape gourd bowls and carve out wooden spoons for dishware
- Edible & Medicinal Plants: Ethical gathering and preparation of wild edibles and medicinal plants (infusions, teas, poultices).
- Trapping and Hunting: Atlatl demonstration, construction and discussion; small game with primitive traps, deadfalls and snares; setting and placement of traps; stalking exercises; how to flourish in a survival situation.
- Nature Awareness: Moving, stalking, sense meditation; learn how to use your senses to notice more, how to have more wildlife encounters, how to move silently through the forest, how to smell flowers, and how to slow down to find a real connection with the natural environment; responsible plant and animal harvesting and care-taking ethics.
- Variety of Cooking Skills: Primitive cooking, rock boiling steam pit, cooking directly over coals, clay pot cooking; food processing and game processing; hide processing.
- Shelters: Creating warm sleep without a tent and sleeping bag using local materials; Debris beds; Primitive survival shelters; material and location choosing, safe construction principles.
Matt Graham Tv Shows
|2013–2014||Dude, You’re Screwed||Himself|
|2016-||Live Free or Die||Himself|
|2017-||Bushcraft build off challenge||Host|
Matt Graham Book | Epic Survival Matt Graham
Epic Survival: Extreme Adventure, Stone Age Wisdom, and Lessons in Living From a Modern Hunter-Gatherer
Matt Graham, star of the Discovery Channel’s Dual Survival and Dude, You’re Screwed, details the physical, mental, and emotional joys and harrowing struggles of his life as a modern-day hunter-gatherer.
In Epic Survival, written with Josh Young, coauthor of five New York Times bestsellers, Matt relays captivating stories from his life to show just how terrifying and gratifying living off the grid can be. He learns the secrets of the Tarahumara Indians that helped him run the 1,600-mile Pacific Crest Trail in just fifty-eight days, and endure consistent daily temperatures of one hundred degrees.
He takes us with him as he treks into the wilderness to live alone for half a year, armed with nothing but a loincloth, a pair of sandals, a stone knife, and chia seeds. He recounts near-death experiences of hiking alone through the snowdrifts at the bottom of the Grand Canyon, and reminisces how he entered a three-day Arabian horse race on foot and finished third.
Above all, Epic Survival is a book about growing closer to the land that nurtures us. Whether you’re an armchair survivalist or have taken the plunge yourself, Graham’s story is both inspiration and invigoration, teaching even the most urbane among us important and breathtaking lessons. Presented in paperback for the first time, with a new introduction from Graham and a foreword by noted survivalist and author David Westcott, you’ll feel the call to return to nature.
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Matt Graham Interview
Scout: You’ve pretty much lived in the wilderness for twenty years. Um, why?
Matt Graham: For me, it was a combination of things. It just felt good, I enjoyed my interactions with nature, and I felt truly alive while doing it. There is nothing artificial about it. A part of it was filling this void that was missing in our society. In some ways, that may sound strange, but in a lot of ways I was trying to reestablish balance. I felt that a lot of people were seeking this different lifestyle where they are trying to build and create more and get more money. I wanted to remove myself from that; I wanted to step back and see what it was that we were leaving behind and what we were missing. I enjoyed it, so I thought I would get to know this natural world that still dominates most of our planet.
I started studying the primitive skills and the pursuit skills that Native Americans once did, where they make all of their tools and clothes—using everything from the land. That means collecting everything from the land, such as hunting and foraging and sharing that with people to give them a deep connection. Initially, I was climbing and running, which was just a part of who I was. As I got older, I did not just want to race across everything, I wanted to get to understand it on a deeper level, and that led to amazing and cool insights.
How old were you when you did this?
Matt Graham: I have wanted to pursue this lifestyle since I was seven years old. I remember studying the Native Americans in class and seeing pictures of some of the tools that they created, and I felt a connection. I wanted to understand the mastery of what it would take to create these tools and that lifestyle. I grew up with a mixed upbringing. My family had a place in Huntington Beach but we also had a cabin in the mountains. I went to Yosemite when I was 17 years old while on vacation with my folks, and I saw the magic. I knew that I had to explore it. I took a climbing course while on vacation and I fell in love with the rock—even though I sucked at it—I just thought that there was more here. I may have sucked as a climber, but I was drawn to stay and find out why I wanted to do it over and over again. So, I moved up there at 17 to climb, but also to learn more about the natural world in conjunction with the animals and plants.
What are your living conditions and what do you do for housing when you are on the trail?
Matt Graham: I just bought some new land, so I’ve been working on that. Currently, I am still sleeping outside unless it rains. When that happens I just go under my shade structure. But I am working on a 200-sq ft. cabin on the new land. It has a mixture of different horticulture within it. It is raised up so it has some jungle culture, it has a bark roof on one side of it which is the Anasazi culture and is all built into a solid log cabin that resembles that of the mountain men. It has definitely taken longer than my hogans and pit houses that I have built in the past.
I usually spend two weeks maximum on a shelter that I am going to stay in for a long period. I have been fortunate to have a lot of friends who have a lot of beautiful land in beautiful spots, so I move around a lot. Being on TV hasn’t changed my life very much – it has just allowed me to say I own a piece of land, whatever that means. I’m still trying to figure that out.
In your book, you talk about the mental aspect of the outdoor lifestyle and survivalist experience. It has to get lonely out there on your own, right?
Matt Graham: I think as human beings we are very social creatures, but it has gotten to a point where we almost view aloneness as a bad thing. We classify it as someone withdrawing from society or becoming a hermit or something like that. The reality is that people just don’t spend any time truly alone with nature anymore, and that is unfortunate. I think when you spend that time out there you have so much more that you can give to society, friends and other people. It is just a small bit of time in your life to have that deep experience and be able to learn, grow, and share.
What was your diet like?
Matt Graham: When I am on the trail, I go out walking in the canyons and see what I can get. I love just packing some rock salt and finding everything else. It’s seasonal, in the summer I will be foraging for wild greens, sometimes I will catch fish and sometimes I use that fish as bait to trap other animals. I eat rabbits and squirrels and use primitive traps. When it is in season, occasionally I will use my bow and arrow and hunt a deer. The fall is my favorite though, from Mid-August to October all of the nuts and berries are in seasons, acorns, pine nuts, the Buffalo berries, and cactus fruit are all an amazing supplement to a diet.
When I am at the shelter, I mix it up a bit. I eat a lot of brown rice, nuts and greens.
What made you want to write a book?
Matt Graham: I got really inspired by the land when I was 17 years old by John Muir, who was an early naturalist in the 1900s I read a lot of his writings and I loved the way you could see the picture he painted about the land so clearly. It was put together poetically and beautifully, so I started to try and write like that. I wrote journals and would send them to friends and family occasionally. That was going on for quite a while. Then, when I was 34, I went on my Solstice journey. I brought a notepad and a pen and wrote what turned out to be a large part of the book. I wrote down my interactions with the land and what I learned from it, putting it all together. That is when it first came about. I thought it was important to at least share the land with others based on my experiences.