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Survivalists Preparing for a Windfall

March 27, 2020

Deep in the mountains a few hours outside of Colorado Springs, its exact location known only to a privileged few, salvation awaits. Officially called Fortitude Ranch, this sanctuary is a 50-acre development built in 2018 as a private, communal bug-out shelter—a place people could seek refuge in the unfortunate event of, say, a global pandemic.

Colorado Prepper Sees Pandemic as a Wake-up Call

March 21, 2020

No matter what, if you get lost in the woods, or break down on the rugged dirt roads, do not go asking around about Fortitude Ranch, the man behind Fortitude Ranch instructs scheduled visitors. Ask for him, Drew Miller. After all, he wouldn’t want to tip off neighbors as to his whereabouts in these mountains away from his primary home in Colorado Springs.

Survival Camps Cater to New Fear

December 29, 2019

Aiming an AR-15 rifle across a Colorado valley dotted with antelope and cattle, Drew Miller explains how members of his new survival ranch would ride out an apocalypse. The former U.S. Air Force intelligence officer said his latest Fortitude Ranch community, under construction below mountain forests, will shelter Americans fleeing anything from a bioengineered pandemic to an attack on the electricity grid.

Survivalists Offer a Range of Options for Uncertain Future

October 29, 2019

Castle Rock resident Kiki Bandilla wanted to live a self-reliant life — the kind of life, as she describes it, in which she could sustain herself without depending on “institutions or grocery stores or medical facilities.” “We get really upset if our internet is down. We don’t know what to do if we don’t have our car,” she said. “I like knowing how to make these things work. You have to deal with your own emergencies.”

Boomtime for the Bunker Business

August 13, 2019

In his pitch to potential buyers, Larry Hall touts his condominium’s high ceilings and spacious living rooms. Then there are the swimming pool, saunas and movie theater. But what really sets the development apart, in his view, is its ability to survive the apocalypse. Mr. Hall has converted a former military nuclear missile vault into a luxury condominium built 15 stories into the Earth’s crust.

Self-Reliance & Simple Life Experience in town

September 21, 2018

What if the world’s water vanished tomorrow? What would you do if say, we ran out of energy? Would you be prepared? There are a group of Coloradans who can answer those ominous questions with smiles on their faces.

Doomsday Prepper Bringing Sanctuary Ranch to Colorado

February 21, 2019

There’s a sanctuary in our Colorado dedicated to those who are willing to be prepared for anything. With the world constantly changing, some of us can be unaware of the risks our society faces. “When that happens that’s going to lead to a collapse,” said Drew Miller, CEO of Fortitude Ranch. “A collapse means loss of law and order.” If a major risk showed up, would you be prepared?

Self Reliance Expo Rebrands as The Self-Reliance Experience, Attracts Thousands

March 26, 2018

When the doors of the Self Reliance Expo opened to the public this weekend, attendees were the first to see the new brand and new management in action. What had grown into a traditional trade show model was transformed into the new Self-Reliance Experience, a vibrant event that attracted a wide array of fans.

Doomsday Preppers Coming to Denver for Self-Reliance Expo

September 21, 2018

If you’re ready to get your doomsday prep on (or maybe you’re just interested in vertical gardening and beekeeping?), the National Self-Reliance Project is bringing the Self-Reliance & Simple Life Experience to the National Western Complex September 22 and 23.

Self-Reliance & Simple Life Experience in town

September 21, 2018

What if the world’s water vanished tomorrow? What would you do if say, we ran out of energy? Would you be prepared? There are a group of Coloradans who can answer those ominous questions with smiles on their faces.

Kiki Bandilla - Special Guest

September 3, 2018

From Urban Chic to Farm Girl

September 1, 2018

Tiffany Hunter, the 38-year-old co-founder of Sunshine Acres, left her city life behind last February and hasn’t looked back. Her farm journey began when she set out with her husband to purchase a horse for her daughter who had recently taken up horseback riding as a social activity.

A Coloradan’s Guide to Surviving the End of the World

June, 2018

Stockpiling food, water, and weapons on the off chance an apocalyptic event wipes out life as we know it isn’t generally regarded as rational behavior. This past December, however, the city auditor pronounced Denver’s government woefully unprepared to bounce back from a pandemic, terrorist attack, or other widespread emergency. Worst-case scenario: Hospitals will be overrun. Grocery stores and pharmacies will be picked clean. And—dear God, help us—iPhones will be dead. You’ll be on your own because, let’s be honest, the cavalry can’t save everyone.

Self Reliance Expo Rebrands as The Self-Reliance Experience, Attracts Thousands

March 26, 2018

When the doors of the Self Reliance Expo opened to the public this weekend, attendees were the first to see the new brand and new management in action. What had grown into a traditional trade show model was transformed into the new Self-Reliance Experience, a vibrant event that attracted a wide array of fans.

The Upscale Way to Prepare for Doomsday—from $79,500 Teslas to $275 Jeans

August 14, 2018

DON’T CALL Nick Robbins a Doomsday prepper. Sure, Mr. Robbins, 50, a technology lawyer and general counsel for the Health Coach Institute, produces his own drinking water at his Phoenix home — a move often associated with people who hoard canned goods and watch YouTube tutorials on how to field-dress a wound. But, for the most part, it was health considerations rather than apocalyptic fears that inspired him and his fiancée to go off the water grid.

16 Questions for Kiki Bandilla, New Owner of The Self Reliance Expo

January 15, 2018

For many people, the news that Ron Douglas sold the Self Reliance Expo was not exactly a surprise. Business was down, and no one knew if the expo could last.

Why the business seemed to falter confused most observers. Was it a lack of attention by the founder, or an industrywide downturn? Recently, the future of SRE under Douglas turned from confusion to clarity for two reasons.

Douglas Sells the Self Reliance Expo, A New Hope Emerges

January 14, 2018

For the survival and self-reliance world, 2017 was year of mixed emotions, and shaky business results.

For the millions of Americans that prepared for the worst, their fear seemed to melt away as soon as Donald Trump was elected. Others experienced the exact opposite feeling with threats from North Korea, Iran, mass riots nationwide and a shaky political climate.

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