Wednesday, April 20, 2016

'Alone' season 2 premieres April 21

Ten people enter the Vancouver Island wilderness carrying only what they can fit in a small backpack. They are alone in the harsh, unforgiving terrain with a single mission–stay alive as long as they can.

From a curated list of 40 items ranging from shelter equipment to tools for survival, each cast member is allowed only 10 to take with them onto the island. On top of these 10 items, each member is given the same checklist of gear that they are allowed to bring as necessities.

These brave men and women 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 human will.

HISTORY™ is available on SKYCable Ch 67; Cable Link Ch. 43; Dream Satellite Ch 30; Destiny Cable Ch 57; and Cignal Ch 125.



Jose Martinez Amoedo

Hometown: Mayo, Yukon Territory, CA

Age: 45

10 items for survival: Bushcraft knife; Ferro rod; 2-quart cast iron pot with lid; 300 yards of fishing lines & 25 assorted hooks; 1-piece handsaw; Axe; Canvas and flannel sleeping bag; Gill net; Woodworking multi-tool; Emergency rations

Jose is originally from Galicia, the Celtic Northwestern 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, where he increased his outdoors skills. 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.


Randy Champagne

Hometown: Flagstaff, AZ & Boulder, UT

Age: 28

10 items for survival: Full Tang stainless steel knife; Ferro rod; 2-quart pot; Fishing lines and 25 assorted hooks; Crosscut carpenter saw; Axe; -20° rated sleeping bag; Gill net; Handmade bow and 6 arrows; Wire

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.


Nicole Apelian

Hometown: Portland, OR

Age: 45

10 items for survival: Full Tang curved carbon steel knife; Ferro rod; 16-inch stainless steel pan; 200 yards of 30 lb test fishing line, 100 yards of 80 lb test fishing lines and hooks; Folding saw; 23-inch splitting axe; -30° rated sleeping bag; Gill net; Emergency rations; Emergency rations

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, she got her first exposure to true wilderness living while working as a field biologist in Botswana. While working with the Bushmen and completing her doctorate, she was able to learn many of the primitive skills that she practices and teaches today. Diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2000, she now resides in the Pacific Northwest and relies on the local plants as part of her healthy lifestyle.  Nicole also founded her own tracking and wildlife safari company. Also an adjunct professor at Prescott College, she brings her passion for nature, indigenous knowledge, and research to her students. She continues her work with the Bushmen to help them preserve their traditions. Nicole is currently cataloguing indigenous plant uses with a community of Naro Bushmen.


Mike Lowe

Hometown: Lewis, CO

Age: 55

10 items for survival: Full Tang hunting knife; Ferro rod; 2-quart pot with lid; 300 yards of 50 lb test fishing line and 25 assorted hooks; Curved blade saw; 2.5 lb hickory handled axe; 0° rated sleeping bag; Gill net; Emergency rations; Emergency rations

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 instructs men, women, and children, from all walks of life, in the ancient and enduring art of wilderness survival. The “will to survive” is key.


Mary Kate Green

Hometown: Homer, AK

Age: 36

10 items for survival: Bushcraft knife; Ferro rod; 2-quart cast iron pot; 300 yards of fishing line and 25 assorted hooks; Bow saw; 26-inch axe; 0° rated sleeping bag; Gill net; 12 foot X 12 foot tarp; Emergency rations

Although, Mary Kate was born in South Side Chicago, she and her family moved to North Western Montana when she was 2. She spent the next 12 years, living off the grid with her parents and three sisters, on Government Mountain. As a kid, she spent countless hours gathering firewood, picking wild huckleberries, riding horses, and simply getting lost in the mountains. Years later, she took these skills and became a fire fighter for the Tahoe National Forest. It was there that she learned, no matter how physically demanding a challenge might be, her mental toughness can always help her complete a job. Mary Kate currently resides in Homer, Alaska, where she is fitness trainer and a mother to two beautiful girls.


David McIntyre

Hometown: Kentwood, MI

Age: 49

10 items for survival: Stainless steel knife; Ferro rod; 2-quart pot; 270 yards of 50 lb test fishing line, 30 yards of 100 lb test lines and 25 circle hooks; Straight-blade folding saw; 2-lb axe; 0° rated sleeping bag; Bivy bag with US Army-Issue Gore-Tex cover; Gill net; Emergency rations

David McIntyre is a post-apocalyptic fiction writer who was born in 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 travelled 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.


Justin Vititoe

Hometown: Augusta, GA

Age: 35

10 items for survival: Multi-tool with 17 different tools; Ferro rod; 5-quart pan; 10 metres of 8mm climbing rope; 1-piece hand saw; Axe; Down sleeping bag with sleeves; Nylon netted hammock; Emergency rations; Emergency rations

Justin joined the National Guard when he was 17 years old. When he turned 20, he transferred into active duty, becoming an Infantryman in the U.S. Army and was deployed three times to Iraq and once to Afghanistan. Justin is a proficient marksman, having served two combat tours as a sniper, instructing at the U.S. Army Sniper School and Long Range Marksman course. While serving, he also attended survival and tracking courses, which began his passion for wilderness survival. He has since instructed military, law enforcement and civilians around the world in sniper marksmanship, camouflage, small unit tactics, as well as other survival techniques. After leaving the military in 2014, he founded Hike2Survive, 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.


Larry Roberts

Hometown: Rush City, MN

Age: 44

10 items for survival: Bushcraft knife; Ferro rod; 2-quart pot with lid; 300 yards of fishing lines & 25 assorted hooks; Collapsible saw; Axe; -20° rated sleeping bag; Gill net; Paracord; Emergency rations

For as long as he can remember, Larry has enjoyed the outdoors and the solitude it provides. Growing up, Larry enjoyed hunting, fishing, backpacking, and anything else that would allow him to spend time in the woods. After marrying his high school sweetheart at the age of 18, Larry soon switched his focus to starting a family and raising his two kids. Now that his son and daughter have left home, he has refocused his life to the outdoors. Over the last few years, Larry has taken and taught several classes, written articles for a self-reliance magazine, made and uploaded over a hundred videos, and has a bi-monthly interactive streaming show, that he has used to share his knowledge of survival, as well as to learn from others.


Desmond White

Hometown: Coolidge, AZ

Currently Guantanamo Bay, Cuba

Age: 37

10 items for survival: Full Tang knife; Ferro rod; 2-quart pot with lid; 300 yards of 40 lb test fishing lines and 25 assorted hooks; Folding saw; Axe; -10° rated sleeping bag; Bivy bag with Gore-Tex cover; Gill net; Emergency rations

Desmond was born and raised in Southern Arizona, where his passion for the outdoors began. As a young teenager, he would often go fishing with his family, for hours at the lake, where he 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 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 survive various harsh environments. He’s confident the lessons he has learned will continue to help him on this once-in-a-lifetime adventure.​


Tracy Wilson

Hometown: Aiken, SC

Age: 44

10 items for survival: Hunting knife; Ferro rod; 2-quart pot; 200 yards of 40 lb test fishing line, 100 yards of 20 lb test line and 25 hooks; Collapsible saw; 3 lbax; -40° rated sleeping bag; Gill net; Emergency rations; Emergency rations

Tracy was born into a military family stationed overseas and grew up in many different locations in 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, 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 willing to learn.

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