(TV series) … follows the self-documented daily struggles of 10 individuals (seven paired teams in season 4) as they survive alone in the Alone wilderness for as long as possible using a limited amount of survival equipment. …
They may “tap out” at any time, or be removed due to failing a medical check-in. The contestant who remains the longest wins a grand prize of $500,000. …
Seasons 1, 2 and 4 were shot on Vancouver Island.
first season premiered 2015.
They were dropped on
Quatsino Sound in Northern Vancouver Island, Canada, only accessible by boat or float plane.
As I hike and cycle a lot on the Island, I was keen to see
how mere mortals could live off the land in a remote rain forest.
fire was the first big challenge. EVERYTHING is wet all the time.
Food was the long term challenge.
Lucas was by far the most skilled in season 1. He built a boat, yurt and even a musical instrument.
But Lucas didn’t take home the $500K first prize. That went to the contestant that was psychologically strongest. I do believe he could have lasted weeks longer — though he lost over 60 pounds.
The 10 people selected for
season 2 were better prepared. The challenge was the same — remote, wet Vancouver Island. Though the weather was better.
The final four all found ways to last a long time. But as winter approached, the food supply dwindled.
Nicole was one of my favourites. Marine biologist. Expert in intertidal zone ecosystem. Knows what plants to eat. What plants not to eat.
She had the luxury of letting a big salmon go free one day. Wow.
I was cheering
Jose, as well, a Spaniard who had adopted the ways of the North American indigenous peoples. His kayak is amazing.
In the end, missing loved ones at home was the final
reason to tap out.
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Season 4 had seven teams of family members competing against one another.
Same geographical location.
Personally, I found the pairs stories less interesting. Did not finish the season.