Photo Miranda Spivey & Written by Faythe Hall
The Mountaineer or Appalachia: there is a single sun ray breaking over the top of the peak. The cold wind blows from the North driving a biting frost down from the mountain that lets him know it’s going to be a lean and harsh winter. Strapping his pack tighter to his back he rises and trudges on, because that’s what he does in the face of a daunting future. The Desert Dweller, The heat is near overwhelming, and the dust stirs into a storm. He raises his canteen to his lips for a final sip, knowing it could be his last. He knows where he is headed, and he knows he will make it if he just gets one foot in front of the other. A sea of shifting sand and a burning sky is not enough to lay him down for good. He will move. He will push. He will live. The Swamp People of Lousiana, the air is sticking to his sweating body and; the heat is rolling through in waves of steam. He can hear the rustling sounds from behind the next thicket. He’s certain he knows what that sound is, and he knows it sounds like his next meal. His feet haven’t been dry in hours, but he has done what needed to be done. He found his next meal, and now all that is left is to conquer it. He moves through the knee deep water and sludge slowly. It’s hard to stay silent in the swamp, but he has the patience. He draws his weapon and prepares for victory. As he eases over the last hurdle and takes aim he knows he’s eating good tonight. These are the men of the wild. These are the men that are as unbreakable as the Earth they stride on. They are the forgers of new worlds and founders of future civilizations. They have no fear that hasn’t been overcome, and nothing can stand in their path when they set their course. They are strong. They are fierce. They are BURLY MEN.
WE are Burly Men, and our mission is to provide you with the equipment and gear needed to make sure that no matter where you are, and what course you have set, the last thing that will bring you down is your gear!
Founder of Burly Man Tactical
BASE CAMP IN WOODBINE
Take a slow ride down the low country road of 17 into the heart of South Coastal Georgia and the sleepy little town of Woodbine emerges. With old cracked sidewalks that could tell a million stories of generations who walked their paths and a history dating back before the Civil War, the city is now a base camp for the creative outdoor gear company, “Burly Man Tactical”. Owner Nathan Fletcher started his business making innovative customized attachment systems for duty and tactical belts out of his home garage in Camden county. His products ranging from holsters, drop leg platforms, handcuff carriers, sheath covers and apparel have rapidly become popular items in the outdoor lifestyle community nationwide. With this quick growth, Burly Man Tactical needed more than the limited space his home garage offered. Woodbine was Nathan’s ideal location to build a base camp office and workshop with the space needed to expand Burly Man productions. The company offers the most durable equipment available. Weekend shooters, law enforcement officers, Veteran Navy Seals, and Black Ops are among their long client list and it’s all because of the incredible materials paired with intuitive designs used at Burly Man. The products are like no other, everything is made right here in the USA from the plastics to the stitching, which is provided by a Veteran owned sewing company. Every product has been tested for endurance by professionals using and abusing the products out in the field insuring they can handle the toughest of man. With a huge amount of customization options available like front color/pattern, back color/pattern, rivet colors, and with or without light attachments, every product is still made to order with care. The business anticipates providing dozens of jobs to the community as it grows, already employing many local residents. Nathan could have chosen anywhere to establish Burly Man Tactical, but he chose the heart of Woodbine because he believes in pouring back into the economy of Camden and investing in the growth of our cities.
Check out the gear at www.burlymantactical.com