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It is the boldest survival experiment ever attempted. Ten men enter the Vancouver Island wilderness carrying only what they can fit in a small backpack. They are alone in harsh, unforgiving terrain with a single mission–stay alive as long as they can. These men must hunt, build shelters and fend off predators. They will endure extreme isolation and psychological distress as they plunge into the unknown and document the experience themselves. No camera crew. No producers. It is the ultimate test of man’s will to survive.

David McIntyre - Series 2

David McIntyre is a post-apocalyptic fiction writer from rural Pennsylvania. He developed a keen interest in wilderness survival and primitive skills as a teenager and spent many of his early years hunting, fishing, trapping and hiking the Appalachian Mountains. As an adult, he took this passion and traveled to Belo Horizonte, Brazil, where he founded the Per Ardua Wilderness Ministry and the Bushmaster Wilderness Survival School. David has practiced wilderness survival in the Appalachian forests, Alaska, Brazil’s Atlantic Rainforest and in tropical Alpine ecosystems, just to name a few. In fact, he says he never feels comfortable living in a new location until he has survived in the area’s wilderness. David now lives in Michigan with his three children (14, 17 and 24) and is looking forward to exploring the temperate rainforest of Vancouver Island.

Here are the ten items David selected to bring on his survival journey to Vancouver Island:

1. Stainless steel knife
2. Ferro rod
3. 2 quart pot
4. 270 yards of 50 lb test fishing line, 30 yards of 100 lb test line, 25 circle hooks
5. Straight-blade folding saw
6. 2 lb ax
7. 0° rated sleeping bag
8. Bivy bag with US Army-issue Gore-Tex cover
9. Gill net
10. Emergency rations

Desmond White - Series 2

Desmond was born and raised in southern Arizona, where his passion for the outdoors began. As a teenager, he would often go fishing with his brother, Deon, and cousin, Marcus, for hours at the lake, where he first learned about different types of fish and bait. As a Boy Scout, he was introduced to different environments and learned about animals, plants, safety, and basic survival methods. Desmond joined the U.S. Army with his cousin, Mike, and dedicated eight years to protecting and serving his country. During his enlistment, he traveled the world and fine-tuned his survival skills. Although each place was different, the survival skills he was taught in the military helped him make it through various harsh environments.

Here are the ten items Desmond selected to bring on his survival journey to Vancouver Island:

1. Full Tang knife
2. Ferro rod
3. 2 quart pot with lid
4. 300 yards of 40 lb test fishing lines and 25 assorted hooks
5. Folding saw
6. Ax
7. -10° rated sleeping bag
8. Bivy bag with Gore-Tex cover
9. Gill net
10. Emergency rations

Jose Martinez Amoedo - Series 2

Although presently residing in a native village in the Yukon Territory, Canada, Jose is originally from Galicia, the Celtic northwest part of Spain. He first became interested in wilderness survival after reading Jack London’s “The Call of the Wild,” and fostered his skills when he joined the Special Forces of the Spanish Foreign Legion. He began learning bush craft and primitive technology from the best mentors he could find, as well as practicing with Native American elders from the Arctic to the tropics. In 1996, he was formally adopted by the Lakota Nation, which is one of the proudest moments in his life. He has travelled extensively, testing and acquiring new skills in many different environments and honing the skills to live on the land in a balanced, harmonious and sustainable way. Jose hopes to use his abilities not just to survive, but to thrive in the Vancouver Island wilderness. He will be away from his wife and son, who are his main sources of inspiration.

Here are the ten items Jose selected to bring on his survival journey to Vancouver Island:

1. Bushcraft knife
2. Ferro rod
3. 2 quart cast iron pot with lid
4. 300 yards of fishing lines and 25 assorted hooks
5. 1-piece handsaw
6. Ax
7. Canvas and flannel sleeping bag
8. Gill net
9. Woodworking multi-tool
10. Emergency rations

Justin Vititoe - Series 2

Justin grew up in a small Kentucky town and joined the National Guard when he was 17 years old. When he turned 20, he transferred into active duty, where he became an Infantryman in the U.S. Army and served three tours in Iraq and one in Afghanistan. Justin is a proficient marksman, having served two combat tours as a sniper in the 101st Airborne Division and instructed at the U.S. Army Sniper School and Long Range Marksman course. While serving in the Army, he also attended several survival and tracking courses, which fueled his passion for wilderness survival. He has since instructed military, law enforcement, and civilians around the world in sniper marksmanship, camouflage, tracking, small unit tactics, and numerous other survival techniques. After leaving the military in 2014, he founded Hike 2 Survive, a program that takes veterans on hiking and camping trips in order to help them transition into civilian life and deal with the mental and emotional issues they face. For Justin, his time on Alone will be an opportunity to combine his mental strengths and survival skills to push himself past his limits.

Here are the ten items Justin selected to bring on his survival journey to Vancouver Island:

1. Multi-tool with 17 different tools
2. Ferro rod
3. 5 quart pan
4. 10 meters of 8mm climbing rope
5. 1-piece handsaw
6. Ax
7. Down sleeping bag with sleeves
8. Nylon netted hammock
9. Emergency rations
10. Emergency rations

Mike Lowe - Series 2

Mike has spent the majority of his adult life learning and teaching wilderness survival skills. He served his country during the Reagan years as a SERE (Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape) instructor in the U.S. Air Force. In 1988, Mike launched a faith-based survival and rescue training program called Wilderness Way Adventures, where he still instructs men, women and children from all walks of life in the ancient and enduring art of wilderness survival. He is excited about the opportunity to showcase his skills and beliefs while filming himself surviving alone on northern Vancouver Island. In doing so, Mike hopes to discover character traits and attributes within himself that will enable him to harmonize well in the wild and will empower him to be a better person.

Here are the ten items Mike selected to bring on his survival journey to Vancouver Island:

1. Full Tang hunting knife
2. Ferro rod
3. 2 quart pot with lid
4. 300 yards of 50 lb test fishing line and 25 assorted hooks
5. Curved blade saw
6. 2.5 lb hickory handled axe
7. 0° rated sleeping bag
8. Gill net
9. Emergency rations
10. Emergency rations

Nicole Apelian - Series 2

Nicole grew up in Massachusetts and, through the influence and mentorship of her stepfather, connected with nature at an early age. After receiving her Master’s Degree in biology, Nicole became a game warden with the U.S. Peace Corps, and began tracking and researching lions in southern Africa. Later, while working as a field biologist in Botswana, she got her first real exposure to true wilderness living. It was there, in Africa, working with the Bushmen and completing her doctorate, where she was able to learn many of the primitive skills that she practices and teaches today. Diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2000, she now makes her home in the Pacific Northwest and relies on the local plants as part of her healthy living strategy. This diagnosis changed her lifestyle and eating habits, but didn’t deter her from becoming one of the founders and primary guides of her own tracking and wildlife safari company, Eco Tours International, as well as being an adjunct professor at Prescott College. There, she is able to bring her passion for nature connection, indigenous knowledge, and research to her students.

She also continues her work with the Bushmen to help them find strategies to preserve their traditions, and is currently cataloging indigenous plant uses with a community of Naro Bushmen who regard her as family. While on the island, Nicole will miss her home, but will gain strength from thinking about her two sons, boyfriend, wonderful community, and trusty guitar (which she wishes she could bring with her!) back home. She is grateful for all her mentors and supporters and is sure to channel them when facing the many challenges that await her on Vancouver Island.

Here are the ten items Nicole selected to bring on her survival journey to Vancouver Island:

1. Full Tang curved carbon steel knife with maple handle
2. Ferro rod
3. 16-inch stainless steel pan
4. 200 yards of 30 lb test fishing line, 100 yards of 80 lb test fishing lines and hooks
5. Folding saw
6. 23-inch splitting ax
7. -30° rated sleeping bag
8. Gill net
9. Emergency rations
10. Emergency rations

Rnady Champagne - Series 2

Randy grew up in southeast Michigan. As a young boy, he would travel north every year with his family for bow-hunting season. It was during these wilderness retreats that he learned to hunt and found a love for archery and a deep appreciation for the natural world. Today, Randy splits his time between Utah and Arizona, teaching month-long wilderness survival courses. He feels that the skills and principles he’s learned and taught over the years will help him survive Vancouver Island. Although he will miss his friends, family and favorite traveling companion, his dog, he is motivated by the support of his family and his community.

Here are the ten items Randy selected to bring on his survival journey to Vancouver Island:

1. Full Tang stainless steel knife
2. Ferro rod
3. 2 quart pot
4. Fishing lines and 25 assorted hooks
5. Crosscut carpenter saw
6. Ax
7. -20° rated sleeping bag
8. Gill net
9. Handmade bow and 6 arrows (4 broad heads, 2 field points)
10. Wire

Tracy WIlson - Series 2

Tracy was born into a military family stationed overseas and grew up all over the United States due to her family’s military commitment. Never in any one place for very long, she found solace in the great outdoors. She was taught survival and bush crafting skills by her father and other family members and developed a deep love and respect for nature. Tracy would later enter the military and law enforcement, like her family before her, but she never lost her love for the land. As an adult, she’s continued to learn and hone her skills, and has even begun passing lessons onto her children, and to anyone else willing to learn. When Tracy heard about the show, she felt it would be the perfect chance to continue her quest for inner peace.

Here are the ten items Tracy selected to bring on her survival journey to Vancouver Island:

1. Hunting knife
2. Ferro rod
3. 2 quart pot
4. 200 yards of 40 lb test fishing line, 100 yards of 20 lb test line and 25 hooks
5. Collapsible saw
6. 3 lb ax
7. -40° rated sleeping bag
8. Gill net
9. Emergency rations
10. Emergency rations

 Dustin Feher - Series 1

Dustin doesn’t consider himself a “survival expert.” Instead, he sees himself as an expert outdoorsman, the difference being his life is rarely in “imminent danger” when he’s in the wild. He’s learned by his own hand how to live and sustain himself in the wilderness, thanks to numerous weeks spent in the American backcountry.

Although professionally he is a carpenter, his solo expeditions have taken him from Montana to Alaska, all the while pushing him to rely less and less on modern equipment to guide and support him. Dustin has pushed himself out of his comfort zone during his trips in recent years. He knows he will have to push himself harder than ever, once alone on Vancouver Island.

He plans to rely heavily on his first hand, real world experience during this time in the wild. He’s left behind his wife and their two dogs, and while he’s trying to understand the enormity of the challenges involved, he's equally excited to learn more about himself and test his mental toughness.

Alan Kay - Series 1

Alan was born and raised in Georgia, where he spent the majority of his childhood in the forests making shelters with his beloved hatchet. His passion for the woods grew as the years passed, and by the time he was in his twenties, Alan had acquired the skills and mindset necessary to adapt and survive in any environment.

In an effort to increase his understanding of edible and medicinal plants, Alan sought out and studied under a number of knowledgeable elders, all of whom helped to round out his growing skill set. He also spent time developing proficiency in the combative arts, including barehanded, stick and knife fighting.

In his role as a corrections officer, he’s also been trained in tactical medical care. Alan knows that he’s bound to encounter situations beyond his control and imagination on Vancouver Island. He has left behind a wife and children for this opportunity and is ready to put all of his skills together and push himself to the limits--physically, psychologically, and emotionally.

Brant McGee - Series 1

Born in North Carolina, Brant grew up hunting and fishing on the Atlantic coast, on inland lakes and along rivers. During his military career in the U.S. Coast Guard, Brant was introduced to both land and sea survival techniques. After his tour with the Coast Guard, Brant became a full time employee of the Army Guard, where he served the remainder of his career as a helicopter crewman and gunner.

Brant has utilized the skills he learned during his military career and forged a deeper understanding and respect for various survival techniques. Brant has also traveled as far as the Arctic Circle to provide aviation survival courses and impart the lessons he’s learned surviving in some of the world’s most challenging environments.

For Brant, this experience on Vancouver Island is not about money; the prize is in the challenge and personal struggle he knows he will face. Brant has left behind a wife and three daughters and believes if his various experiences have taught him anything, it is that survival is extremely dynamic and success or failure can hinge on the smallest factors.

Chris Weatherman - Series 1

As an author of post-apocalyptic fiction, Chris is a life-long student of survival skills, from urban and suburban settings to far wilder locations. Chris has honed these skills for decades and has spent a considerable amount of time wandering the woods and waters of the southeast.

At home in the swamps of the south and the mountains of Appalachia, he also spent a year in North Carolina, honing his skills foraging, hunting and fishing with primitive methods. After practicing the art of bush craft for over twenty years, Chris views himself as a mix between a modern day prepper and traditional survivalist. As an avid outdoorsman, traditional bow hunter and archer, Chris also has a vast knowledge of wild edibles and natural medicine that could help anyone survive in the wild.

Chris left behind a wife and three daughters, and sees the challenge that lies ahead as monumental. Being left alone in the wilderness of northern Vancouver Island with limited equipment is a daunting task for anyone. But he knows that he has the skills to survive.

Joe Robinet - Series 1

Joe’s interest in the outdoors began at a young age. Most of his childhood years were spent outside building shelters and watching animals. Always determined to improve his understanding of the wild and hone his skills, Joe began to participate in various bush crafting classes, where the skill sets ran from basic foraging and gathering of wild edibles to the more advanced principles of fire construction.

His biggest adventure came when he was able to spend several days alone in an igloo in subzero temperatures in Northern Ontario. He’s left behind his wife, his daughter, and their dog. Joe’s goal is of course to last as long as he can on Vancouver Island, but he also knows that this is an opportunity to test his limits, his skills and his spirit, and see just how far he can push himself in the wild.

Josh Chavez - Series 1

Josh considers himself a natural leader, and with his job as a law enforcement officer, he’s given the chance to test those leadership skills on a daily basis. When he’s not in uniform, he excels as an avid hunter, with bushcraft and survival skills developed through practice and a number of wilderness courses.

Josh’s passion for outdoor self-reliance started in childhood, with his love for hunting. He soon realized how closely bushcraft skills were tied to the sport, and his interest took off from there. For Josh, braving the wild of Vancouver Island is about more than a cash prize; he sees it as the greatest test of the skills he’s been crafting for years.

Although his greatest fear is leaving his family behind (including a pregnant wife, his daughter, and son) he has always been a person to look danger in the eyes and is eager to see if his training as a police officer, and outdoorsman, will be enough for him to survive in such a rugged natural environment.

Lucas Miller - Series 1

Although he resides in Albuquerque, New Mexico, having grown up in North Eastern Iowa, Lucas was a farm boy who always felt at home outdoors. When presented with the opportunity to see the world at 19, Lucas accepted, and the resulting journey led him to study a variety of subjects that included traditional medicine, indigenous living skills, rites of passage, homesteading and wilderness living.

After being diagnosed with Lyme’s disease, he combined a vegetarian lifestyle, supported by his practice of Yoga and curative therapies to help himself heal. Healthy again, Lucas soon embarked on a trip into the Rockies, without food, to partake in a vision fast. He’s leaving behind his parents, four siblings, eight nieces and nephews and his girlfriend.

As he prepares to experience the wilderness of Northern Vancouver Island alone, Lucas believes his work with wilderness therapies will offer him a great advantage over the other participants. He knows this unique experience will test him spiritually, mentally and physically.

Mitch Mitchell - Series 1

Mitch’s love for the outdoors began in typical fashion: playing in the woods near his hometown in Massachusetts. He also enjoyed fishing with his father and grandfather, who passed down to Mitch some of the traditional wilderness living skills from his family’s First Nation Canadian roots.

These experiences planted the seeds for Mitch’s future in the wild. Mitch later joined the Boy Scouts of America, where he was exposed to the fundamentals of woodslore, consisting of firecraft, knotcraft, wood carving, group hiking standards, first aid, canoeing, shooting, and navigation among other skills.

However, it was during a week-long camping trip when he found himself caught in the middle of a hurricane that he truly realized his passion for woodland living, bushcraft, and incorporating primitive skills into his daily life. Mitch is excited to face whatever might await him on Vancouver Island.

Although he’s leaving behind his wife and daughter, he’s eager to test his limits, skills and love for the outdoors.

Sam Larson - Series 1

Sam works for a large outdoor gear retailer in Lincoln, Nebraska, where he lives with  wife, Sydney, who is 7 months pregnant with their first child. Sam has been studying wilderness-living and survival skills for most of his life. His interest in the wild lifestyle began in elementary school when he saw an his arrowhead exhibit at a natural history museum.

At 14, he sold most of his belongings to pay for a canoe expedition in northern Ontario. After high school, Sam travelled to northern Maine to study bushcraft at the Jack Mountain Bushcraft School. Although he enjoyed his time there, Sam had the urge to experience a new environment, so he sold his Jeep to purchase a plane ticket to Arizona where he lived under an Army poncho and learned from one of his bushcraft mentors.

The following year Sam traveled to New Mexico where he traversed the Gila Wilderness alone, with only minimal gear and a handful of granola. Sam is taking on this adventure as an opportunity to experience a new environment and to test his skills. It’s a personal journey, and Sam has never been able to turn down a good adventure. He’s expecting Vancouver Island to be his most challenging experience yet.

Wayne Russell - Series 1

Wayne’s love for the outdoors dates back to his childhood, when he and his two older brothers would spend hours in the woods building shelters and learning about wild edibles from their mother. Shelter building soon gave way to hunting, fishing and the art of processing big game.

By the time he was 16, Wayne was already pushing himself by venturing out into the woods alone to put his survival skills to the test. Within a short period of time, he was preparing wild meat and spending his nights in self-made brush shelters with minimal gear. Eventually he started on his solo expeditions.

Leaving behind his Common law wife, three sons and step-son, Wayne is eager to take on the challenges of surviving in the wilds of Vancouver Island. He sees this as an opportunity to not only share his experience with others, but also as a once in a lifetime opportunity to test the skills he’s been honing since he was a child.

He is confident that his knowledge and abilities will pull him through to the end.

Alone Series 1

And so it beings…

Ten survival experts are dropped off in separate and extremely remote locations on Northern Vancouver Island. Equipped with only limited gear, their years of wilderness experience and supplied with cameras to self-document their journeys, the men are completely isolated from one another as they struggle to live in the wild for as long as they can.

Attempting to survive unaided in a thick and desolate rainforest presents immediate challenges to everyone. While each character battles to simply enter the dense forest and find a suitable base camp, they must also find water and make a shelter before night falls and temperatures drop. As the sun goes down, a new challenge presents itself: relentless rains and the struggle to build a fire without matches.

Even worse, some find that water, shelter and fire are the least of their worries when the island's large predators wake from their dens and begin to stalk their new neighbours.

 

Of Wolf and Man

While wolves and bears stalk the men, water soon becomes a crucial hurdle for others. From rising tides that swamp campsites to relentless soaking rains, each of the men must adapt to his new environment or tap out and go home. As they all struggle to work with their new home, one man's fear of dehydration consumes him while another makes a critical blunder. The search for a clean water source sends one survivalist on a perilous journey across cold water in a raft made of sticks.

 

The Talons of Fear

The survivalists settle in to their new wilderness home, but soon discover the debilitating effects of extreme isolation. A careless mistake leaves one man in danger while another decides to risk physical harm setting out on a massive, game-changing build. Later, one survivalist finds himself trapped after a frightening encounter with a predator. What he does next, however, threatens to put more than just one life at risk before day breaks.

 

Stalked

When one of the survivalists falls ill, he's determined to figure out the cause. As his mental and physical health deteriorate, he begins to question many of the decisions he's made since arriving on the island and worries he may be losing his grip on reality. Meanwhile, the discovery of a salmon river proves to be quite productive for another survivalist. Thrilled with the potential new food source, and eager to reap the rewards, he sets out on a risky night mission to check his and puts himself in the middle of a dangerous situation... one that later follows him back to camp.

 

Winds of Hell

A sudden storm disrupts the sense of calm for the remaining survivalists on the Island. As they prepare to take shelter, the men must deal with frayed nerves and the continued assault on their structures. Meanwhile, all men show signs of cracking. One survivalist puts his bush-craft skills to the ultimate test by building a watercraft and taking to the choppy seas in search of food.

 

Rain of Terror

The remaining men are finally adapting to their foreign environment and experimenting with new food sources, but that gamble makes one survivalist violently ill. When one participant finds himself caught in the dangerous ocean currents, he must abandon his new boat miles from camp forcing him to hike across unfamiliar and potentially dangerous territory. Another survivalist constructs a "cook camp" away from his shelter to keep the predators at bay. After days of relentless rain, all of the men question their ability to remain in the wild.

Alone Series 2

Once More Unto the Breach

The first day of the adventure begins, with 10 people prepared to head out into unknown wilderness and survive for as long as they can, in total isolation. But when the survivalists confront rocky terrain, wet environments, and hungry predators, all of them begin to question their resolve.

 

The Knifes Edge

After several days, the participants attempt to acclimate to their new environment and make order out of chaos. One survivalist proves incredibly skillful and finds enormous success scavenging and hunting for food. Meanwhile, doubts emerge for others as debilitating hunger sets in.

 

Beasts of Night

After a week on Vancouver Island, several of the participants are finding success in their new environment. But while some work in harmony with the wilderness, others battle against it and careless mistakes threaten to send two people home.

 

Hungers Grip

A severe lack of food takes a toll on the remaining participants. Many of them haven't eaten in days and it's beginning to impair their mental and physical capabilities, pushing some to the edge of surrender.

 

Storm Rising

Despite their best efforts, many of the participants are still battling debilitating hunger and starvation. Just as some find sustenance, an approaching storm threatens their survival plans.

 

Adrift

Emotions run high for the remaining participants as they struggle to adapt to the hardships of the island. One participant wrestles with the solitude and contemplates tapping out while the other risks it all, taking a perilous journey into the unknown.

 

Trial by Fire

Three weeks in, mental and physical struggles take their toll on the remaining participants. While the brutal reality of their situation consumes some, others battle deep conflicts that have them teetering on the edge of calling it quits.

 

The Ascent

As one participant thrives on the island, the others struggle to improve their situation. One man races to find the salmon run before it ends, another undertakes an epic journey that may be his undoing and yet another tries to combat nature's fury head on.

 

The Madness

After a month in the unrelenting bush, nature and seclusion are proving difficult to withstand. While some push themselves to ensure long-term survival, others question their ability to endure.

 

The Gamble

The final four contend with mental fatigue and physical exhaustion. As one participant faces stiff competition for fish, another may miss the salmon run due to a potentially disastrous miscalculation.

 

Winters Fury

Winter arrives and the final participants are forced to take risks as food sources dwindle. Between the frigid temperatures and the deepening need for human contact, the lure of home is stronger than ever.