EJ “Skullcrusher” Snyder, is a 25 Year Retired Army Combat Vet, Extreme Survivalist, Adventurer and Survival Instructor. EJ is the Only Man to complete the Hit TV Series “Naked and Afraid” three times and Host of Discovery Channel’s “Dual Survival”. He has also appeared on many other Film & TV Projects, such as “LOST”, “Patton 360”, and “Can You Survive a Horror Movie”, among others. EJ provides survival and leadership seminars and is often recognized by his many fans during appearances at outdoor events and trade shows.
He is one of the most recognized talent in his genre with great cross over appeal to people of all backgrounds, ages, and demographics.
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Most recognized for Discovery Channel series “Naked and Afraid” (3x’s) and the host of “Dual Survival“. EJ is an Extreme Survivalist and world Adventurer. He is an expert in leadership, tracking, trapping, building shelter and equipment, primitive weapons, navigation, security, self-reliance, and self-defense.
More importantly, EJ is highly decorated Army Combat Veteran with 25 years military service under his belt, serving Ranger positions in Infantry and Airborne units. EJ earned two Bronze Star Medals, the Legion of Merit, the Order of St. Maurice (Centurion), and over 40 other Medals and decorations while serving the Nation.
EJ joined the armed forces at 19, moved up the ranks quickly, seeing combat in both the Gulf War in 1991 and a 15-month tour during Operation Iraqi Freedom 2 in 2004 to 2005. While in the Army, he attended a vast number of schools, increasing his diverse set of skills, deployed on training and missions all over the world, and received many accolades throughout his career. He stepped up as a Ranger Instructor, Survival & Tracking Instructor, and Drill Sergeant. EJ was a renowned athlete and fighter during his time, earning the nickname “Skullcrusher”. He retired at the Rank of Sergeant Major/E-9 in 2016.
Currently, he is growing his entertainment and advising resume. He is known for his role and stunt work as “Redfern” a Freighter Boat Mercenary of the Hit TV Series “LOST”. History Channel’s “Patton 360” and the Chiller Network’s “Can You Survive a Horror Movie”, among other TV & Film projects.
EJ has been recruited for several Top Reality Competition Shows, being a Finalist for “Survivor 21” and “Big Brother 14”. EJ’s Real World Survival Skill Set and TV finally crossed paths as he was set out on TNT’s “72 Hours: The Fijian Jungle (Episode 7)”. Discovery Channel came calling and initially tried EJ out for their Hit TV Series “Dual Survival” with 4 others, EJ was passed on but quickly found himself thrust out on the filming of the Pilot episode of “Naked and Afraid: Terror in Tanzania”, a 21 Day Survival Challenger where a strange man and woman come together for 21 Days completely Naked with one item each and try to survive til extraction. EJ was the 1st Man to complete the Challenge.
Seven months later, when 3 people quit, EJ was joined by Laura Zerra to complete the challenge in “Naked and Afraid: Man Vs Amazon” making EJ the 1st Man to complete the 21 Day Challenge twice. EJ was asked back for the 40 Day Challenge of 6 men and 6 Women, in “Naked and Afraid XL” in the Colombian Badlands, making him the Only Man to complete the challenge three times!
Joined by his Naked and Afraid XL Partner Jeff Zausch for the 9th Season of “Dual Survival”, they tested their skills and partnership in several of the harshest locations, environments, and situations, finding themselves in Brazil, South America, Utah High Desert, Louisiana Swamplands, a Cave in the former USSR State of Georgia, South Africa, and Botswana, as well as surviving the recent Turkish Coup while in the Istanbul Airport.
EJ still teaches survival skills, does adventure trek guiding, serves as a motivational speaker, and does appearances. He is known for his hardened and tough exterior as well as for being a “Man’s Man,” but has compassion for his fellow man, passion for life, and a huge heart. EJ believes in giving back to the community and the less fortunate and works with many charities and causes in his spare time, most dealing with Cancer, Kids, Anti-Bullying and Veterans issues. He is always looking for his next adventure and challenge and stands ready to leap into action on a minute’s notice, whether it’s a survival situation, helping a stranger in need, or reacting to a crisis.
EJ grew up in Northern New Jersey just outside NYC in tough Italian neighborhoods. He learned many outdoor skills and love for the wilderness with his late kid brother Jeff, when their Father took them camping, hiking, hunting, fishing, and trapping. They furthered those skills by canoeing, rafting, rock climbing, and long extended hikes. EJ and his brother could often be found near the nearest set of woods or waterway they could find within the confines of the concrete jungle honing their skills. EJ’s brother was killed before his 22nd birthday. It greatly affected EJ.
When attending US Army Ranger School EJ received his first formal Survival Training, fell in love with the concept right away and started a self-study on the skill. Once he was assigned as a Ranger Instructor, he attended US Army Survival School (SERE-C) and Tracking Course and became the Primary Survival and Tracking Instructor for the course. Upon retirement EJ worked as a Government Contractor for 6 Years teaching Survival Skills to future Green Berets and other Soldiers at the US Army SERE School. EJ says that;
“Whether in the wild or on the field of combat, I will always live by the motto: Tua Sponte Superstes, which means to “Survive By Your Own Will.”
EJ has been formally teaching survival skills to Soldiers and civilians ever since, well over 20 years now and employs a “Train as you Fight” approach to survival. This is a belief in pushing not only the limits of your environment but yourself, as well. EJ is constantly pushing these limits and trying to continually break through the “Law of 3’s of Survival”. He has thrust himself into many extreme survival situations and environments to grow his skill set and pass these lessons on to others. EJ believes that his brand of survival can be dropped into any environment, with no notice and little supplies, making it out where no man should walk.
EJ prides himself on being one tough old SOB with the tenacity, fortitude, willpower, and determination to be dropped anywhere in the world with nothing and come out on top! He believes that if he is with other people in that kind of a situation, he can lead them out safely as well. EJ’s quest to continue growing and where he is now, is a testament of overcoming most any kind of challenge in life, with perseverance, focus, dedication and hard work.