". . .this 'self-taught' version of the Discovery Channel’s 'Man vs. Wild' has decades of practical experience in leading these kinds of workshops and is 'passionate about' the techniques for really roughing it." – The Rural Virginian
Like most instructors in this field, I began by taking classes in the late 1980's at the famed Tom Brown, Jr.'s Tracker School. Since that time I have been a student, practitioner and teacher of primitive skills, leading countless Primitive Survival Skills Workshops in central Virginia. My workshops are basic level, with the exception of the Advanced Friction Fire Workshop. I also build and teach custom designed/personal workshops for any age or group.
My experience in the natural world is broad and diverse – I am a Master Naturalist, homesteader, beekeeper, and organic gardener. I have been a street EMT for 20 years and am now currently certified in SOLO Wilderness First Aid.
My mission is to introduce Primitive Survival skills to my peers and to our next generation of caretakers. These skills are empowering, they could save your life and are just plain fun. Societies have lived by these skills for thousands of years and it is our job to keep passing them on. I enjoy traveling around the region to design and instruct classes for students of all generations and walks of life.
In the Press
The Rural Virginian: "Rivanna Conservation Society Holds Workshop in Primitive Survival Skills" - "Many who stayed for the three-hour course at this historic location left with knowledge that they hoped they would never need to use the information gained at the workshop, but were comforted knowing it was available."
Fluvanna Review: "Learning Basic Survival Techniques" - "Pullinger, a board member of the Rivanna Conservation Society that maintains Scheier, said everyone – young, old, outdoor person or homebody – can benefit from knowing basic survival techniques." Daily Progress: "Primitive Skills Teacher Pullinger Puts in 'Dirt Time'" - "Pullinger isn’t putting himself in dangerous situations for the sake of a TV contract and he isn’t preparing for the end of the world. He’s simply passing down the knowledge most of our ancestors relied on simply to survive."