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Alone on Grizzly Mountain: First trailer reveals survival series' most dangerous season yet

After surviving a year that forced many of us into varying degrees of isolation, there's one thing we can pretty much all be thankful for: At least we weren't living with grizzly bears.

The same can't be said for the competitors on season 8 of the History Channel's hit survival-based reality series, Alone. If you haven't heard of the show, which boasts celebrity fans from Kylie Jenner to Tom Hanks, you can get a sense of the wild stakes in the exclusive trailer for its new season above.

The location changes with each installment, but the rules stay mostly the same: 10 wilderness experts compete to see who can survive the longest in total isolation. There are no camera crews. No producers stationed nearby. Their only links to the outside world are a satellite phone they can use to tap out and weekly medical check-ins to ensure they're healthy enough to continue. Equipped with just 10 items selected from a pre-approved list of basic, low-tech gear and a camera kit for filming themselves, the last man or woman standing returns to civilization with a $500,000 prize.

The contestants of 'Alone' season 8
| Credit: Brendan George Ko/History

But this year, in addition to battling the usual hunger, loneliness, and brutal elements, contestants will have to endure the series' most dangerous location yet. According to the History Channel, Chilko Lake, British Columbia, also known as Grizzly Mountain, is home to the densest population of grizzly bears, the deadliest predator in North America.

And as you can see from the trailer, they seem eager to meet their new neighbors.

Oh, and there are also cougars to consider. And wolves. And who knows what else. In season 6, after a contestant (Jordan Jonas) managed to fell a moose with a bow and arrow, a wolverine began sneaking into his camp at night and stealing his meat, which he naively thought he had protected from scavengers by building an elaborate storage canopy. But these contestants are no slouches. The crafty survivalist rigged an alarm system from repurposed tin cans, and, in the dead of night, managed to kill the pesky, and notoriously ferocious, wolverine with a thrown ax.

Then he ate it… and went on to win after 77 days in the wild.

See what it will take to win Alone season 8 when it premieres Thursday, June 3, at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT on the History Channel.

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Alone (TV series)

American survival reality television series

Alone is an American reality television series on History. It follows the self-documented daily struggles of 10 individuals (seven paired teams in season 4) as they survive alone in the wilderness for as long as possible using a limited amount of survival equipment. With the exception of medical check-ins, the participants are isolated from each other and all other humans. 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. The seasons have been filmed across a range of remote locations, usually on Indigenous-controlled lands, including northern Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Nahuel Huapi National Park in Argentinian Patagonia, northern Mongolia, Great Slave Lake in the Northwest Territories, and Chilko Lake in interior British Columbia.

The series premiered on June 18, 2015. On August 19, before the finale of season 1, it was announced that the series had been renewed for a second season, which would begin production in the fall of 2015 on Vancouver Island, Canada.[1] Season 2 premiered on April 21, 2016. Season 3 was filmed in the second quarter of 2016 in Patagonia, Argentina and premiered on December 8.[2] One day before the season 3 premiere, History announced that casting had begun for season 4. Season 4 was set in Northern Vancouver Island with a team dynamic and premiered on June 8, 2017. Season 5 was set in Northern Mongolia and allowed losers from previous seasons to return and compete. It premiered on June 14, 2018. Season 6 began in June 2019 and featured ten all-new contestants between the ages of 31 and 55. It was set just south of the Arctic Circle on a lake in the Northwest Territories of Canada.

The sixth season premiered on June 6, 2019.[3]

The seventh season premiered on June 11, 2020. Participants attempted to survive for 100 days in the Arctic in order to win a $1 million prize.

A spin-off series, Alone: The Beast, premiered on January 30, 2020. In this series, three people attempt to survive in the wild for 30 days, with no tools or supplies except for their own clothing and a freshly killed animal. One group, in the Arctic, was provided with a 1,000-pound bull moose; two other groups were sent separately to the swamps of Louisiana and given an alligator and wild boar, respectively.

In January 2017, a Danish version of the series premiered with the title Alone in the Wilderness (Danish: Alene i vildmarken) on DR3. It featured ten contestants and was filmed in northern Norway in the fall of 2016. Participants chose 12 items from a list of 18.[4] The winner of the Danish version gets nothing but the honor. Since 2017, four more seasons with Alone in the Wilderness have been produced.

In the fall of 2017, a Norwegian version aired with 10 contestants spread around a lake with fish. It was near the tree line, so the few, small, mostly birch trees left few land resources.

Format and rules[edit]

General rules - all seasons[edit]

Contestants are dropped off in remote areas of Northern Vancouver Island (seasons 1-2, 4), Patagonia (season 3), Northern Mongolia (season 5) and the shores of the Great Slave Lake (seasons 6 and 7), far enough apart to ensure that they will not come in contact with one another.[5] The process begins in mid to late autumn; this adds time pressure to the survival experience as the approaching winter causes temperatures to drop and food to become scarce. Although terrains may differ in each contestant's location, the drop-off zones are assessed in advance to ensure a similar distribution of local resources is available to each contestant.

Contestants each select 10 items of survival gear from a pre-approved list of 40, and are issued a kit of standard equipment, clothing and first aid/emergency supplies.[6] They are also given a set of cameras to document their daily experiences and emotions. Attempting to live in the wild for as long as possible, the contestants must find food, build shelters, and endure deep isolation, physical deprivation and psychological stress.

Contestants who wish to withdraw from the competition for any reason (referred to as "tapping out") may signal a rescue crew using a provided satellite telephone. In addition, medical professionals conduct periodic health checks on the contestants and may, at their discretion, disqualify and evacuate anyone they feel is unable to continue participating safely. The last remaining contestant wins a $500,000 cash prize.[5] Contestants are warned that the show might last for up to a year.[7]

Pairs format (Season 4)[edit]

Season 4 was also filmed in Northern Vancouver Island but included a team dynamic. Fourteen contestants, consisting of seven family-member pairs, were individually dropped off in remote areas of Northern Vancouver Island. The two members of each team chose 10 items of survival gear to be equally divided between them. The team chose one member to be taken to a campsite; the other began approximately 10 mi (16.09 km) away and was required to hike to the site, using only a compass and bearing to find the way. If either member tapped out or was medically evacuated, his/her partner was disqualified as well. The last remaining team won the $500,000 prize.

Season 5[edit]

Season 5 contestants were selected from non-winning contestants from Seasons 1 through 4. The rules were otherwise similar to Seasons 1 through 3.

Season 7[edit]

For Season 7, the contestants attempted to survive for 100 days in order to win a grand prize of $1 million. In an "Alone: Tales from the Arctic" segment at the end of each episode, host Colby Donaldson spoke post-season to the contestants featured in that episode about what occurred, accompanied by "never before seen footage."

Season 8[edit]

Season 8 was filmed in the fall of 2020 on the shores of Chilko Lake, British Columbia, a high-altitude glacial-fed lake on the dry eastern side of the Coast Mountains. The season reverts to the original format of the show, with the last person standing (regardless of time frame) declared the winner and awarded $500,000. [8]

Reception[edit]

The series received positive reviews in its first season and outstanding reviews for its third season, and earned a respectable 2.5 million total viewers, placing it in the top three new nonfictional cable series of 2015.[9][irrelevant citation]

Episodes[edit]

See also: List of Alone episodes

Series overview[edit]

Season 1 (2015)[edit]

The first season premiered on June 18, 2015. It was won by Alan Kay, who lost over 60 pounds during the course of the season. His staple foods were limpets and seaweed. He also consumed mussels, crab, fish and slugs.[10] Lucas Miller enjoyed his time on the show and was selected based on his work as a wilderness therapist. His most difficult experience with the show was making honest confessions to the camera.[11] Sam Larson described his time on the show as "playing in the woods". He set a goal for himself to last 50 days. After he reached his goal, a large storm hit the island, which Larson described as being larger than any he had seen and prompting his decision to leave the island. Larson said that the loneliness and solitude took the most time to adjust to, and that his preparation for the show mostly consisted of mental preparation.[12]

Location[edit]

The season was shot in Quatsino Territory, located near Port Hardy, British Columbia.

Quatsino is a small hamlet of 91 people located on Quatsino Sound in Northern Vancouver Island, Canada, only accessible by boat or float plane. Its nearest neighbour is Coal Harbour, to the east, about 20 minutes away by boat, and Port Alice, to the south, about 40 minutes away by boat. The largest town in the region, Port Hardy, is located about an hour northeast by boat and vehicle.

Contestants[edit]

NameAgeGenderHometownCountryStatusReason they tapped outRef.
Alan Kay40MaleBlairsville, GeorgiaUnited StatesWinner - 56 daysVictor[13]
Sam Larson22MaleLincoln, Nebraska55 daysLost the mind game[14]
Mitch Mitchell34MaleBellingham, Massachusetts43 daysRealized he should actually be around for his mother's cancer[15]
Lucas Miller32MaleQuasqueton, Iowa39 daysFelt content with what he had done[16]
Dustin Feher37MalePittsburgh, Pennsylvania8 daysFear of storm
Brant McGee44MaleAlbemarle, North Carolina6 daysConsuming salt water[17]
Wayne Russell46MaleSaint John, New BrunswickCanada4 daysFear of bears[18]
Joe Robinet24MaleWindsor, OntarioLoss of ferro rod[18]
Chris Weatherman41MaleUmatilla, FloridaUnited States36 HoursFear of wolves[19]
Josh Chavez31MaleJackson, Ohio12 hoursFear of bears[20]

Season 2 (2016)[edit]

Season 2 began on April 21, 2016.[5] The season had 13 one-hour episodes, including the reunion episode and the first "Episode 0", which shows how the 10 contestants (pared down from 20) are chosen based on survival skills (i.e. ability to make a fire without a starter, basic animal prep, shelter), on-camera personality, and how readily they learn the camera equipment.[21] This was the first season to include women as well as men. The winner, David McIntyre, lost around 20 pounds in the first weeks alone. Mike Lowe made his time on Alone innovative and made a sink, boat, football game, and many more objects.

Location[edit]

The second season was also set on Vancouver Island, in Quatsino Territory, located near Port Hardy, British Columbia.

Contestants[edit]

NameAgeGenderHometownCountryStatus Reason they tapped outRef.
David McIntyre50MaleKentwood, MichiganUnited StatesWinner - 66 days Victor[22]
Larry Roberts44MaleRush City, Minnesota64 days Hunger and mental breakdown [22]
Jose Martinez Amoedo45MaleSanta Pola, ValenciaSpain/Canada59 days Fell off kayak into river [22]
Nicole Apelian45FemalePortland, OregonUnited States57 days Missed her kids [22]
Justin Vititoe35MaleAugusta, Georgia35 days Had nothing left to accomplish [22]
Randy Champagne28MaleBoulder, Utah21 days Didn't like being alone [22]
Mike Lowe55MaleLewis, ColoradoMissed his wife [22]
Tracy Wilson44FemaleAiken, South Carolina8 days Fear of bears [22]
Mary Kate Green36FemaleHomer, Alaska7 days (medically evacuated) Split tendon with axe [22]
Desmond White37MaleCoolidge, Arizona6 hours Bear scare[22]

Season 3 (2016–17)[edit]

The third season premiered on December 8, 2016.[23] The winner, Zachary Fowler, had lost 70 lbs (a third of his starting body weight) before the end of his stay. Season 3 marked the first time a contestant was pulled for medical reasons; the first was fourth place, Dave Nessia, who was pulled out when, due to inadequate caloric intake, his systolic pressure barely exceeded his diastolic pressure (80/60 mmHg), putting him in danger of death due to inadequate perfusion of the internal organs. He had been in starvation mode for so long, even though he left with 33 halves of dried fish still ready to eat, he was surviving with the thought of only eating half a fish every other day. The second, and the person who stayed the second-longest, Carleigh Fairchild, was pulled out because, at 101 lbs/45.8 kg, she had lost nearly 30% of her starting body weight and had a BMI of 16.8. Participants are automatically "pulled" at a BMI of 17 or less.

Location[edit]

The third season was set in Patagonia, Argentina, in South America. The contestants were spread across multiple lakes in the foothills of the Andes mountain range. Unlike in seasons 1 and 2, which were located on the Pacific Ocean, season 3's food resources were mostly limited to brook and rainbow trout, forage, small birds, and the possibility of wild boar. Contestants also were at a disadvantage because they had no access to the flotsam and jetsam that washes up on the Pacific Coast. They also had no salt source.

The weather in Patagonia is comparable to that of Vancouver Island, with rainfall averaging 78 inches a year. However, unlike Vancouver Island, snowfall is extremely common in the winter.

Predators in Patagonia include wild boar and puma.

Contestants[edit]

NameAgeGenderHometownCountryStatus Reason they tapped outRef.
Zachary Fowler 36 Male Appleton, MaineUnited States Winner - 87 days Victor [25]
Carleigh Fairchild28FemaleEdna Bay, Alaska86 days (medically evacuated) BMI too low[25]
Megan Hanacek41FemalePort McNeill, British ColumbiaCanada78 days 2 broken teeth(molars), jaw pain[25]
Dave Nessia49MaleSalt Lake City, UtahUnited States73 days (medically evacuated) Systolic pressure too low [25]
Callie North27FemaleLopez Island, Washington72 days Felt like journey was complete[25]
Greg Ovens53MaleCanal Flats, British ColumbiaCanada51 days Hypothermia[25]
Dan Wowak34MaleMahanoy City, PennsylvaniaUnited States Missed family[25]
Britt Ahart40MaleMantua, Ohio35 days Missed family[25]
Zachary Gault22MaleCaledon, OntarioCanada8 days (medically evacuated) Cut arm with ax[25]
Jim Shields37MaleLanghorne, PennsylvaniaUnited States3 days Regretted leaving family[25]

Season 4 (2017)[edit]

Officially titled "Alone: Lost & Found", the fourth season premiered on June 8, 2017.[26] For this season, for the first time participants were in pairs (2) of family members (brother/brother, husband/wife, father/son), with seven teams scattered throughout the island. The prize was still $500,000, which would be split between the two. One member was dropped in the traditional manner, along a beach head with the idea that they'd stay in the relative area for their duration, while the second member was dropped about 10 miles out with only a compass and bearing and needed to hike their way to base camp. Supply items were still limited to 10 chosen survival tools total, that were split between team members until reconnecting. If one member decided to tap out an any time, the partner was also eliminated. Three teams never met up before tapping out, and it took eight days for the first team to come together. Pete Brockdorff experienced a medical emergency during his and his son's standard tap-out. It was severe chest pains brought on by the acid reflux he developed as a result of the lack of food. Jim and Ted Baird won the season after lasting 75 days.

Location[edit]

The fourth season was again set on Vancouver Island, in Quatsino Territory, located near Port Hardy, British Columbia. Teams were set further apart than normal this season, due to the 10 mile radius hike required to meet up at their rendezvous point.

Contestants[edit]

TeamNameAgeGenderHometownCountryStatus Reason they tapped outRef.
Baird (brothers) Jim Baird*35MaleToronto, OntarioCanadaLinked up - day 10
Winners - 75 days
Victor[27]
Ted Baird32Male
Brockdorff (father/son) Pete Brockdorff†ẞ61MalePoolesville, MarylandUnited StatesLinked up - day 9
Tap out - 74 days
Jointly decided the cost of the game wasn't worth it[27]
Sam Brockdorff*†26Male
Whipple (husband/wife) Brooke Whipple†45FemaleFox, AlaskaLinked up - day 9
Tap out - 49 days
Felt too exhausted and drained to go on[27]
Dave Whipple*40Male
Wilkes (brothers) Chris Wilkes†44MaleHattiesburg, MississippiLinked up - day 8
Tap out - 14 days
Missed family and felt guilty for having left them behind[27]
Brody Wilkes*33MaleKentwood, Louisiana
Bosdell (brothers) Shannon Bosdell†44MaleWrangell, Alaska5 days (medically evacuated) Lower back injury[27]
Jesse Bosdell*31MaleSkowhegan, Maine
Ribar (father/son) Alex Ribar*48MaleMontville, Maine2 days Were not mentally prepared[27]
Logan Ribar†19MaleLiberty, Maine
Richardson (brothers) Brad Richardson*23MaleFox Lake, Illinois1 day (medically evacuated) Injured ankle[27]
Josh Richardson†19Male

* Hiking team member (other team member sets up camp)

† Team member(s) who tapped out

ẞ During evacuation Pete experienced a medical emergency, and the standard extraction turned into a medical emergency.

Season 5 (2018)[edit]

Officially titled "Alone: Redemption", Season 5 premiered on June 14, 2018. The 10 contestants are non-winners selected from the previous 4 seasons of Alone.

Location[edit]

The fifth season was set in Northern Mongolia in Asia. The series was filmed in Khonin Nuga near the city of Züünkharaa, Selenge aimag.[28] "Khonin Nuga" is a valley located close to the Khentii Mountains of Northern Mongolia, one of the country's unique and still largely untouched places.[29]

Contestants[edit]

NameAgeGenderHometownCountryOriginal seasonStatus Reason they tapped outRef.
Sam Larson24MaleLincoln, NebraskaUnited States1Winner - 60 days Victor[30]
Britt Ahart41MaleMantua, Ohio356 days Missed his family[30]
Larry Roberts46MaleRush City, Minnesota241 days Missed his family[30]
Dave Nessia50MaleSalt Lake City, Utah336 days Just felt "right"[30]
Randy Champagne31MaleBoulder, Utah235 days Lonely[30]
Brooke Whipple45FemaleFox, Alaska428 days Lonely[30]
Jesse Bosdell32MaleSkowhegan, Maine24 days (medically evacuated) Constipation, possible fecal impaction[30]
Nicole Apelian47FemaleRaymond, Washington29 days (medically evacuated) MS attack[30]
Brad Richardson24MaleFox Lake, Illinois47 days Had no food the whole time[30]
Carleigh Fairchild30FemaleAnchorage, Alaska35 days (medically evacuated) Fish hook in hand[30]

Season 6 (2019)[edit]

Officially titled "Alone: The Arctic", Season 6 premiered on June 6, 2019.

Location[edit]

Although subtitled "The Arctic", the sixth season is actually set along the shore of the east arm of Great Slave Lake in the Northwest Territories of Canada, about 400 km (250 mi) south of the Arctic Circle and about 120 km (75 mi) south of the arctic tree line.

Contestants[edit]

NameAgeGenderHometownCountryStatus Reason they tapped outRef.
Jordan Jonas35MaleLynchburg, VirginiaUnited StatesWinner - 77 days Victor[31]
Woniya Thibeault42FemaleGrass Valley, California73 days Starvation[31]
Nathan Donnelly39MaleLopez Island, Washington72 days Shelter fire[31]
Barry Karcher39MaleFort Collins, Colorado69 days (medically evacuated) Lost too much weight [31]
Nikki van Schyndel44FemaleEcho Bay, British ColumbiaCanada52 days (medically evacuated) Low BMI, lost too much weight[31]
Michelle Wohlberg31FemaleMullingar, Saskatchewan48 days (medically evacuated) Constipation, possible impacted bowel[31]
Brady Nicholls36MaleSan Antonio, TexasUnited States32 days Missed his family[31]
Ray Livingston43MaleVancouver, Washington19 days Nothing left to give[31]
Donny Dust38MaleMonument, Colorado8 days (medically evacuated) Food poisoning [31]
Tim Backus55MaleLubbock, Texas4 days (medically evacuated) Broken ankle [31]

Season 7 (2020)[edit]

Officially titled "Alone: Million Dollar Challenge", Season 7 premiered on June 11, 2020. Unlike the previous seasons, instead of trying to outlast all of their competitors, the ultimate goal for the participants was to survive for 100 days on their own, which meant that there was a possibility of multiple winners -- or conversely, no winners at all. At the end of each episode host Colby Donaldson lets the contestants comment on the episode which is accompanied by "never before seen footage."

Location[edit]

The seventh season is again set along the shore of the east arm of Great Slave Lake in the Northwest Territories of Canada. Drop off (Day 1) was on September 18, 2019.[32]

Contestants[edit]

NameAgeGenderHometownCountryStatus Reason they tapped outRef.
Roland Welker47MaleRed Devil, AlaskaUnited StatesWinner - 100 days Victor [33]
Callie Russell31FemaleFlathead Valley, Montana89 days (medically evacuated) Frostbite of the toes[33]
Kielyn Marrone33FemaleEspanola, OntarioCanada80 days Starvation[33]
Amós Rodriguez40MaleIndianapolis, IndianaUnited States58 days Starvation[33]
Mark D'Ambrosio33MaleVancouver, Washington44 days effects of trichinosis infection [33]
Joe Nicholas31MaleRedding, CaliforniaStarvation[33]
Joel Van Der Loon34MaleSisters, Oregon40 days Starvation[33]
Keith Syers45MaleSturgis, Kentucky22 days (medically evacuated) Food poisoning, infection[33]
Correy Hawk30MalePlattsmouth, Nebraska12 days (medically evacuated) Torn Meniscus, partially torn MCL[33]
Shawn Helton43MaleHenry, Tennessee10 days Lost fire starter[33]

Season 8 (2021)[edit]

Officially titled "Alone: Grizzly Mountain", Season 8 premiered on June 3, 2021. The season reverts to the original format of the show, with the last person standing declared the winner and awarded a half mil ($500,000). At the end of most episodes in which a contestant taps out, Season 6 contestant and fifth-place finisher Nikki van Schyndel (a survival expert and first responder) conducts a short exit interview at base camp a few days after the tap out.

Location[edit]

The eighth season is set along the shores of high-elevation Chilko Lake (Tŝilhqox Biny), British Columbia, a 40-mile long remote glacial lake on the dry eastern side of the Coast Mountains. The lake's surface is at over 3800 ft above sea level, making Season 8 the first Alpine season of Alone, being over 1000 ft higher in elevation than the next-highest season, Season 3, in Patagonia. Drop off (Day 1) was on September 18, 2020.

Contestants[edit]

NameAgeGenderHometownCountryStatus Reason they tapped outRef.
Clay Hayes40MaleKendrick, IdahoUnited States74 days Victor[34]
Biko Wright29MaleOtis, Oregon73 days Starvation, heart palpitations [34]
Theresa Emmerich Kamper40FemaleExeter, EnglandUnited Kingdom69 days (medically evacuated) Low BMI, lost too much weight[34]
Colter Barnes36MaleInian Islands, AlaskaUnited States67 days (medically evacuated) Low BMI, lost too much weight[34]
Rose Anna Moore43FemaleWellsboro, Pennsylvania37 days (medically evacuated) Frostbite, malnutrition[34]
Nate Weber47MaleEast Jordan, Michigan24 days Food poisoning[34]
Matt Corradino42MaleSt. CroixU.S. Virgin Islands22 days Missed his family, starvation[34]
Michelle Finn46FemaleCherryfield, MaineUnited States21 days Starvation[34]
Jordon Bell43MaleOak Ridge, Tennessee19 days Missed his family[34]
Tim Madsen48MaleLaramie, Wyoming6 days (medically evacuated) Anxiety attack, chest pains[34]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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Shawn Witt copySeason 5 of History survival hit Alone premieres Thursday June 14 at 10p, and will once again feature intrepid competitors braving harsh conditions, documenting the experience themselves – no camera crews allowed. Shawn Witt, executive producer of the series and co-president at Leftfield Pictures, offers behind-the-scenes intel.

 

 

1) Thousands of potential participants are narrowed down to 20 for boot camp:

Prior to each season, we receive roughly 5,000 video submissions from hopeful participants. Of those hopefuls, we never consider the people who boil water in plastic bottles or who nearly take their feet off with camp hatchets! Of the rest, 20 with exceptional and diverse skillsets are chosen to attend an intensive boot camp in upstate New York, during which they’re objectively evaluated by third party professionals, assessing their survival skills, as well as their physical and mental fortitude.

Prior to Season 1, not a single participant knew there was a cash prize – much less, a $500,000 cash prize – yet they all showed up to boot camp simply because they wanted to test their skills in the wild.

 

This  season of Alone is set in Mongolia

This season of Alone is set in Mongolia

2) Each season, participants produce thousands of hours of self-shot footage:

There are no camera crews following our participants in the wilderness; they are legitimately, for lack of a better word, alone. That said, the footage seen in the series is self-shot, and it requires months of screening and a team of more than 25 associate producers to log the thousands of hours our participants capture – before our story team begins in post. 

3) Production sometimes shares craft services with the wildlife: 

While filming Season 5, a wild bull snuck into our production crew’s craft service yurt (yes, we had to build a yurt city for production in the middle of the Mongolian wilderness), ate some Pringles and then knocked the entire thing over while escaping.

4) Many factors go into choosing the series locations: 

As viewers are aware, each season takes place in a different location/environment, and the location selection process is time consuming and thorough. We have to ensure any destination we consider has enough land to support 10 isolated participants, while also providing them with equal and ample survival resources, such as fresh water, flora and fauna. We also have to make sure open fires are permitted 24-7 and that local fish and wildlife regulations allow our participants to procure the food required to survive.

We have certain dream destinations, like Transylvania, that have never panned out because there’s not enough uninhabited land for the participants to remain fully isolated from one another. 

5) Yes, it’s real:

Even though some are convinced this show is fake or staged… I can assure everyone that it couldn’t be more authentic. We pride ourselves in providing each participant with the most unobstructed opportunity to test their survival skills, isolated, in a wild environment – while also taking the necessary safety precautions. 

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