But before we talk about what the winners packed, lets look at a few of the things that the winners did NOT take:
- Bow and Arrows
- 12 X 12 Ground Cloth
- Roll of Duct Tape
- Bivy Bag (Gore-Tex)
- Food Rations
My list would also include the Bivy for warmer sleeping. This would make it unnecessary to burn excessive calories building a more elaborate shelter. A tarp and para-cord lean-to will be sufficient.
Here are the common things selected by the winner:
- Multi-seasonal sleeping bag that fits within provided backpack
- Flint or ferrous rod set
- 2 quart pot with lid
- Hunting knife
- 550 para-chord - 20m
- Small gauge gill net (12' x 4' with 1.5" mesh)
- Canteen or water bottle
- Small shovel
- Slingshot/Catapult + 30 steel ball bearings + 1 replacement band
- 3.5 lb roll of trapping wire
Season 3 winner, Fowler, took a few unique tools including a Shovel, Leatherman and a sling shot although I never saw any of them giving him any advantage. While Fowler did not take a hunting knife, his shovel was sharp for multi-purposes cutting and chopping making it a good multi-purpose tool. The Leatherman was also multi-purpose having a knife blade (he took no hunting knife), file, needle nose pliers, wire cutters (and more), which would have been handy had he taken the wire for snares.
Season 1 winner, Alan, took a 3.5 lb roll of trapping wire, which was unique but used for snare traps, where as other participants used para-cord which failed because it was easy to chew through. He also took a Water Bottle, in addition to his 2 quart pot, which was a bit unique. With the importance of water, I can see the value in this rationale.
Below is the list that I would pick; what would you pick?
If there was no flowing or tide water, I might forgo the gill net and replace it with the water bottle.
My next step is to try using these 10 tools for a week long survival camp out to see how it works out. You might say that I'm in training for a future show. I think it is safe to say that this is the best survival show on TV and that the $500,000 prize makes it even better.
For additional information see the following links:
Blog Table of Contents
Alone Season 1 Pack List
Alone Season 2 Pack List
Alone Season 3 Pack List
Alone Season 4 Pack List
Alone Winners Pack List
Alone Survival Plan
Naked & Afraid Survival Plan
Survive on a deserted island
Survival Pack (Security Patrol or Bug Out pack)
Wilderness Survival Pack (Video)
Edible Wild Plants
Chickweed & Hackberries
Survive on a Deserted Island