- 1 pair of high-leg hunting boots
- 1 pair waterproof Arctic winter boots
- 1 T-shirt (short sleeved)
- 1 fleece/wool shirt
- 2 wool sweaters
- 6 pairs wool socks
- 2 hats (brimmed, wool, fur, Arctic or baseball)
- 2 buffs or neck gaiter (no balaclavas)
- 1 shemagh OR scarf
- 4 pairs of gloves (1 insulated, 1 leather work-style glove, 1 over mitt, 1 thin glove liner)
- 2 pairs of underwear/briefs
- 1 insulated parka-style jacket
- 2 pair of outdoor pants/bibs (can unzip into shorts)
- 1 pair of fully insulated or waterproof winter pants/bibs
- 1 waterproof un-insulated shell/Jacket
- 2 pairs of thermal underwear (long top and bottom)
- 1 pair of gaiters
- 1 leather belt (or synthetic equivalent)
- 1 toothbrush
- 1 pair of eyeglasses
- 1 personal photograph
- 10 Personal items (see below)
Here is what is known about what the contestants selected for their 10 items. Callie & Amos did not initially disclose their list, likely for strategic purposes, but from watching the show, we can determined what they chose. Later the information was found and updated as shown below.
8PM 37 degrees
Day 5 We begin 5 days earlier, but watching different participants this time.
8 People Remain
Keith is building bone ear rings and using a knife in a dangerous way that could cut his leg. Checking his fishing lines, he has a fish on one and nearly lost a nice lake trout weighting about 15 pounds.
With 265 pounds of meat harvested, this is over 29 pounds per contestant and about 1.8 lbs per day on average.
At approximately 600 calories per pound of meat, this only 1,100 calories per day on average; i.e. not sustainable. The top performer, Amos is reportedly harvesting about 2,800 calories per day. While even this is a low calorie intake in such harsh conditions, it may be sustainable for 100 days, especially since he has a dried store saved for leaner times.
3:22 PM, Joel got 2 rabbits (12 lbs.) with his Bow. He gives lessons on hunting, advising not to “stalk” rabbits. Instead, walk round like a grass eater and do not make eye contact. Pattern the movements of animals he suggests. Cooking his rabbits in a pot, he indicates he is eating like a King.
9:12 AM Keith is having stomach cramps as he tries to finish his squirrel soup and sits on a camp chair that he obviously constructed. He throws up what he just consumed.
10:27 AM and Keith is ill, possibly did not cook his squirrel well enough. An hour later, he is tapping out, which is not unexpected.
Recap: During this episode we see Mark cutting his own hair. Callie is behind from changing her shelter location, but her snare traps have been more successful than most. Roland finally gets some fish, while Mark is eating too much fish, and not enough fiber. Joel struggled with a fly going in to and flying around in his inner ear. Callie is making clay pots to supplement her one 2-quart pot. Keith shows us the safety gear that must be carried everywhere you go, including multiple cameras, a tripod, tracking devices and a large first aid back pack. Each contestant agrees is it a lot to carry and a burden. Keith tells about what happens after you tap out & the medical attention you receive.
7 People Remain
8:37 shows snow falling as Amos is in his shelter looking for his Axe after being out trimming some branches off of some poles he was cutting. He goes out in the dark to look for it.
At 8:53, Amos continues looking for his Axe but gets too cold as dark sets in and returns to his cabin.
Joel set up cans with rocks inside them as alarms to alert him to animals being present.
So far we have about 678 pounds harvested with a bow, a remarkable 315 pounds with a gill net and 64 pounds of meat with snare traps, 45 pounds with a fishing line and 1 pound of squirrel with a rock.
Mark’s shelter is on fire. He is battling it, but we can’t see much. Apparently soot built up and caught fire. Its 14 degrees F as we see Mark in his shelter, after saving it, but with no far Tomorrow he plans to fix his fire place with different materials this time.
We open with Mark by his rock fire place, talking about his son Matt. Half of his insulation is off from having caught fire. He is exhausted and uses his tarp to funnel his smoke out of his shelter.
Joe seems lethargic before working to finish his shelter. It’s way behind, but very well built, at least the 20% of it that is complete. He has lost 15% of his body weight.
Amos has made a walking stick for his baby and talking about her. Missing his family seems to be wearing on him. The ground is about 85% covered with snow. He has lost 30 pounds, which is surprising since he is supposed to have a good food supply. He is setting more snare, using a reverse warp and a knot that will close in. He sees fox tracks near his shelter and is concerned about his food supply.
Amos is working on a multi-point fishing type spear. We see the fox outside his shelter and he hears a (6 lb) rabbit in his snare, and goes out to check it.
Amos scrambles to recover his rabbit before the fox gets it, and is successful, catching the rabbit about 5 hours after setting his first snare trap.
Callie greets us and then drools green spruce tree juice that she is using to clean her teeth. She has lost 20% of her weight. Off she goes to look for tracks, carrying her bow primitive wood with her. She sees porcupine tracks and wolf tracks along with it. The light even snow makes tracking easy, but she loses the tracks in a place with lots of rabbit tracks. She should have circled around where she saw the last tracks, in larger and larger circles trying to pick up the tracks again. Seeing all the tracks in this area, she plans to set more snares
Amos begins to skin his rabbit and feels he has a good chance to win. Not gutting it, he took a health risk. Returning to his shelter, he sees a fox coming right toward him until it is only 10 yards away. The fox has no fear of him. Local laws prohibit killing the fox. I would have charged the fox growling loudly.
After the fox lingers around him, Amos shoots him with a blunt arrow, and scares him away.
Kielyn says 40 days is the longest she has been in the wilderness, but this time, she is alone. She heads of to check her traps (late in the day) as she is down to her last rabbit. She sees lynx tracks and finds a trapped rabbit eaten up. Waiting this late in the day to check her traps increases the risk of loosing her food to predators. She finds another trapped rabbit eaten up. She should have been up at the crack of dawn checking them. She is lonely and crying. Loosing her freshly trapped rabbits is demoralizing.
Joe is having his sleeping bag zipper snagging… if he were using a military bag, he would not be having this problem. He checks his snares again and finds four (6 lb) Rabbits (24 lbs), two were still alive. He whacks them behind the head with a stick to kill them. He skins one and eats it about dark, when he hears a wolf and expresses concern about his safety. He is the only contestant who did NOT bring a bow and arrows, as he is not proficient with them.
Joe is telling about his dream last night as we see he has two skinned rabbits and several un-skinned his rabbits. He is working on his shelter and his legs are becoming wobbly.
4:13 PM - 21F
Mark is sawing logs for fire wood, but questioning why he is doing this. He is hungry but he has food. He had a large fish fillet for breakfast and keeps eating. He is considering quitting, even with food stored up.
We see the boat coming to pick up someone who has tapped out. We see a hungry Callie looking broken, then Joe talking about quitting, despite having food, as the show breaks for commercials.
The boat is landing and Joe Taps Out on Day 44.
5 People Remain
Kielyn is in her shelter warming her hands and talking about the book The Lure of the Labrador Wild. She is low on energy but getting dressed and pushing on to check her traps. She finds three 6 lb rabbits (18 lbs) in her snares. With the snow showing where they travel, snares are delivering a lot of food where as we see nothing from the gill nets. Skinning the first rabbit she finds some fat on it.
Mark is talking about talking to himself, but yesterday was arguing with himself. He is doing this for Max, but the loneliness is wearing on him, so Mark also taps out on Day 44.
Callie is out checking snare traps, harvesting a 6 lb rabbit; a good idea right before dark. Wearing a porcupine skin, she says trick or treat… happy Halloween. Being alone is beginning to wear on her. She skins her rabbit and cooks the whole thing in a pot for dinner, talking about her family and ancestors as she warms her hands over an outside camp fire. This could prove to be a waste of fire wood, instead of using it to heat her shelter.
This episode we see more predators and although unlikely to pose any risk to the safety of the contestants, surely, they are a risk to their food supply.
Joe should have got a gill net in the water sooner, and built his shelter earlier while he still had the strength to do so, or built a lighter, easier shelter. We later find out that he had trichinosis, a serious medical infection usually from eating meat that is not cooked well, but could also be from eating moist uncooked plants, usually near the waters edge.
In Episode 8, a blanket of snow makes it much easier to see animal tracks and good places to set your snare traps and proves to be the only source of food this week. So now we still have 678 pounds of meat harvested with a bow, 315 pounds with a gill net, 45 pounds with a fishing line, 1 pound of squirrel with a rock, but we go from 64 to 112 pounds of food captured in a snare trap.
Perhaps a lesson is to focus on fishing before the snow falls, and then focus on snare traps afterward. That said, I would be looking for food or resources any time I travel and would still be snare trapping even some before the snow as it had delivered 64 pounds during the first 39 days, but 48 in the last 4 days after the snow. Diversity of diet is another reason to be pursuing more than one food source.
4 Remain after 44 days, so surviving for 100 days is looking like a long shot for anyone, except perhaps Roland, who has a solid shelter and 500 lbs of musk ox meat. At this point, he is clearly the odds on favorite to last the longest, although we did not see him during this episode.
Day 45 – 4 Remain in pursuit of the Million Dollar Prize money.
Roland is inside his shelter using a can lid for a spoon to eat soup. He is processing the musk ox head to get some fat. He is knee fleshing, to get the layer of tallow fat off the skin. He set his first trap at age 8 and read many mountain man books growing up.
Amos is blowing his nose before going to check his gill net. There was nothing yesterday and today, ice had locked his net pole to the ground, so he must chop the ice to pull his net out and check it. No fish, but he finds several large holes in his net which he fixed. Being form El Salvador, he has never experienced this cold before. He removes his net & sees wolf tracks as he returns to camp. He only has 3 big fish left and is considering rationing.
Callie is weaving a gill net, the first she has ever made, but she is likely too late for it to be effective. She needs fat, because rabbits have very little. Trying to set her net, she slips and falls and gets up with her face bloody.
Callie is examining her injuries, which appear to be minor cuts. She uses her emergency kit mirror to clean up the wounds. She cleans up so the injuries barely show up. She is debating putting the gill net in the water as the edge is icy. Had she fallen in the water, it would have been game over.
Amos is eating his fish and noting that every day is getting colder. He is glad he brought his mittens. With the gill net not delivering, he plans to ration his remaining fish. We see on of the dried fish he has is quite large. He hears a wolf and goes outside to investigate, but he is not carrying his bow, which could prove to be a serious mistake. He gets some bark from a tree to use for tinder and returns to his shelter. He is concerned about the wolves attacking him.
Roland is watching a crow fly around him, and begins to make a crow call. He needs fat and goes to the slippery lake bank to consider fishing. He calls it danger rock and goes to get his fish. We see that he has his bow with him as he sets his gill net out hoping to catch fish. He sees a herd large herd of musk ox near by.
Roland sees several dozen musk ox. He is afraid to stalk the whole herd as many eyes will see him and run away. He doesn’t want to spook them.
Kielyn finds a 1 lb Ptarmigan (a grouse) in her snare trap and we see her eating it back at her shelter. She is missing chocolate.
The temperature is 22F as she goes the water to see if she can start ice fishing. Everyone needs fish for the fat.
Amos plans to get fire wood and work on snare traps but when he goes out, there is a wolf, then he sees another, and another, 5 total. They have surrounded his shelter and are coming closer. One looks to bluff a charge, when we break for a commercial. The wolves are circling, looking for weakness, before pulling back. There are tracks 3 yards from his shelter.
Kielyn is in her shelter with a fire burning, generating a lot of smoke. She is eating something small, possibly a left over piece of the grouse she trapped. Lake side, she sees ice has covered the lake. She has lost 38 lbs since day 1. She has a pole to test the ice strength. When wants to get started ice fishing.
Ice need to be 4” thick to hold a 200 lb person. It doesn’t crack in her test, but she feels it is still too thin.
Roland stakes his musk hide up in his shelter to smoke it for tanning so he can use it for cover later. He is talking about going to danger rock to check his gill net. He is in the strongest position, and cannot afford to make a mistake.
He has lost a surprising 44 lbs since day 1, and admires the skinny old timers on his way to danger rock to check his gill net, when he slips down.
Roland gets up from the slippery rocks looking uninjured, but noting his right knee is hurting. His net looks to be washed out a ways. He is going to leave it for the night. There is limited ice on the water where he is at, and lots of big waves. Danger Rock is off limits he says.
Kielyn is looking at a frozen over body of water and walking out on it checking with a stick as she goes. She begins to chop a hole through the ice and measuring with her hand, says it is 4” thick. She plans on going ice fishing and drops a fish line in the hole while setting on tree limbs to stay warm. Fish on!
Kielyn jumps up and pulls a fish in from her ice hole. She goes crazy and starts running and jumping on the ice, before falling down crying. She is doing well, but her mental condition is in question.
She has a lake trout that is probably 10 lbs caught on a hand line. She resumes fishing and can see a fish. She catches another, and again runs around jumping with her second large Lake Trout, probably 7 pounds for a critical of 17 pounds of lake trout caught on a hand line ice fishing. She returns to camp talking about how she wants to show other women how to be tough. Her frozen water, that no one else has, is proving to be a huge advantage.
After Episode 9, Roland discusses how he feels he was born in the wrong century, and later how he recovered his gill net. Roland walks away from the musk ox because a herd like this is harder to hunt with so many eyes watching. He didn’t want to spook them and make them run to another contestant’s territory.
Kielyn agrees and feels the same as Roland. We learn that Kielyn has ice fishing experience but is not an expert and was comfortable checking the ice. Her ability to successfully ice fish is a huge advantage at this point in the competition.
Callie is in a windy spot and her water is not frozen over and limiting her to trapping. She discusses her face injuries, and not notifying the medics, so she is not forced to tap out. She toughed it out, and that is admirable. We see her fire and a nice chimney.
Amos discusses how he is struggling with the weather. He discusses what he will do if the wolves surround him again…… first get his camera out… remain calm. Staying bold, and facing them down with his spear in his hand, the wolf pack did not sense weakness and left. Later they go back and show him making a heavy duty spear in his cabin, which he decorates with bunny hide. He emphasizes that there is no one there to protect you… you are on your own.
Previews of next week show a log cabin wall on fire (probably Amos). Kielyn crying & saying I need to go home, Callie climbing in a tight cave for a porcupine.
At this point, the leading contented is clearly Roland. Second place is difficult to pick. Kielyn, should be in second place with her success at ice fishing at a time when the others are struggling, but her mental condition is weak and possibly near cracking. Amos is a solid contender and still mentally strong, but with a declining food supply and he has not gotten any more for several days. Callie, is tough mentally, but with sparse food. Mental toughness can only carry her so far, but it can also drive her to get more food, and we have seen she is a skilled trapper.
After Day 49, we still have 678 pounds of meat harvested with a bow, 315 pounds with a gill net, now 113 pounds of food captured in a snare trap, and now 62 pounds with a fishing line, the top producer during this episode, and 1 pound of squirrel with a rock.
Day 51 – 4 Remain in pursuit of the Million Dollar Prize money.
Roland is going after a squirrels mushroom cache up on a tree, by chopping the tree down. He stores them in a musk ox pouch made from the head. This probably represents several pounds of food that Roland has stolen from animals, instead of the animals stealing from him, which has been a huge problem for several contestants.
9:24 and it is 8 F outside as the weather is getting colder and colder.
Callie is gathering fire wood and singing, when she acts like she hears a noise, then she comes out of the woods wearing a reindeer skin parka as if she is a bear or something. She does some crazy things like this, but this may strengthen her mentally. She goes out to hunt with her bow and checks her snare traps which are empty. But she was able to track a porcupine to his den, due to the fresh fallen snow, but hasn’t seen him. So she sets some snare traps around its den.
12:54 Kielyn is admiring her muscles before going out ice fishing. She removes some trees from her fishing hole that have been covering it. Her ice fishing ability and strategy is giving her an advantage at this point.
At 1:32 she begins fishing with a hand line.
Later at 2:26 sill no fish nor bites yet, so she stands up to stretch.
Its 3:41 and still nothing, when she suddenly gets a solid bite.
3:53 has Kielyn jumping crazy again trying to pull in a big fish, that gets away. She recognizes she panicked, and gives up for the day.
Amos is building a stone xylophone and playing music; a waste of calories no doubt, as we see more contestants doing “crazy” things to help their mental condition. Then we see him warming his breakfast of fish. He has begun rationing as he only has 3 fish left. His lake is still not frozen over for ice fishing, so he is making a fishing lure from flat metal.
We open at 8:17 and it is -4 F, and still a bit dark.
Callie feels cozy and slept warm and shares her dream with the camera, which seems to be her Wilson. She takes her bow and goes hunting and checking her trap lines. Going to the porcupine den, she sees that it apparently walked past her snare and push it aside. She begins to squeeze into the den about 10:33 knowing if she gets stuck there that no one will come help her. She can see the porcupine about 12 feet in there and goes to investigate the back side of the rocks and scared him out. She shoots the 25 lb porcupine with her bow and he retreats back into the crack. She squeezes in and gets the freshly killed Porcupine, which is the first game harvested by anyone in several days, and it is also a good source of fat, which will give her an advantage.
Amos is talking aout the weather, then starts is fire. He is out of fish and is struggling to say warm. He has lot 20% of his body weight. He heads off to fish with his newly made lures. He sling casts the lure way out in the water & pulls it in slowly.
2:12, he gets a bite, but doesn’t catch it.
3:09, still nothing
4:06 its dark and still nothing.
Back in the cabin, he is by the fire talking about how tired he is and struggling to stay warm. Hereice fishing ability could prove to be a significant factor, but she is only fishing one hole and resources in that location could quickly become exhausted. She needs to get some other holes cut in the ice, to increase her chances of catching something. She might also set up several lines to fish in multiple locations simultaneously. She needs to better utilize her advantage and use some techniques that will keep pressure on the line, like a bent tree limb with a figure 4 trigger, or a weighted limb that levers up when she gets a bite and keeps pressure on the line.
4:33 and we see it is already dark
Callie is back at her cabin with her fat porcupine. The rabbits she has been eating have little fat. She is skinning it and finds spots on the liver, indicating it has tularemia that makes humans have flu like symptoms. Now she must decide what to do with this meat. Cooking it well over the fire is a good suggestion, excluding the liver.
And it is 5 F As we see Roland is in his solid cabin but going through a lot of wood he says. He hopes to keep fire all the time. Three inches of snow fell last night. He sweeps snow from his yard on to his shelter to insulate it and keep it around 32F. He remembers and regrets being a pain for his parents.
Kielyn slept in since it is blowing snow outside. She starts a fire and plans to just hang out for the day. She begins to eat fish but doesn’t feel well. Here cabin is very smoky indicating venting issues. We see her later in the dark, with her eyes burning at 3:37 PM (Crying)
7:46 PM and it is already very dark as Roland is staying warm in his shelter with steady snow falling and the wind blowing and dropping a couple of inches in an hour. He feels there is a big storm brewing.
9:02 and it is sunny day and good for getting out.
Kielyn says her eyes are burning and she is not sure how much longer she can deal with the smoke. She will likely be the next one tapping out. She begins crying, saying she can’t last much longer although her new fish supply could give her a long term advantage. She goes out to a pretty day to check her snare traps. She begins to remove her snare traps as if she plans on tapping out. Crying she says she just wants to go home.
Kielyn is back in her cabin and has been thinking about it a lot… about going home. She begins to rationalize quitting… contemplate her exit. Her cabin is extremely smokey. But then, she seems to be sucking it up and determined to stay
8:51 and the temperature is -6 F, the coldest we have seen so far.
Amos quickly starts his morning fire which is quite smokey. His bay is still not frozen and fog floats off the water. He doesn’t seem to be dressed heavy enough for the cold weather and cannot stay out long. Back in the cabin he talks about his struggle and not wanting to waste away. He calls to TAP OUT after having one of the largest fish reserves earlier in the competition. But fish was about all he had. He was probably lucky to last this long, after having a very productive fishing spot for his gill net. His cabin catches on fire as he waits.
12:27 Amos is battling his cabin fire. Giving up, he begins to abandon his cabin, getting most of his supplies away from it. The crew arrives to get him as the episode ends.
3 Remain, an while Roland has the most food reserves and best shelter, we have two other very determined competitors, who could end up staying the longest, and possibly even the 100 days to get the million dollar prize.
During this episode, the weather gets really cold. Roland advises that everything takes twice as long when it is this cold. Amos has never seen this cold weather and probably was not wearing the best gear for extreme cold weather.
Callie shares the difficulty she is having to maintain her body temperature and stay warm, much like Amos was experiencing.
Kielyn says her story would have ended if it hadn’t been for her bay icing over so he could fish. Having source of food & fat is clearly an advantage that could win this even, but her mental condition is clearly in question an probably makes her the most likely to tap out next.
Callie has been getting an occasional rabbit, but no fat. She was very determined to get the porcupine, knowing she could have died from trying. She discusses her decision on whether to eat the meat, suggesting that she had to, to survive.
Kielyn talks about competing in sports and felt like she was representing Canada in the survival Olympics. She battled the smoke over and over and couldn’t fix it.
Amos hadn’t harvested any food since his fill net stopped delivering a bounty of food.
3 Remain in pursuit of the Million Dollar Prize money as we head into next weeks 3 hour final
Covering 5.8 days per episode, and with one more episode, it seems like 100 days is unlikely. But when we get down to one final contestant, the producers will be covering more days, with less contestants, so it is still possible we will see a winner
With several hundred pounds of musk ox meat, and the best shelter, Roland is clearly the leading contender to be the MILLION DOLLAR WINNER, yet either of the other two could win. Callie seems to have the mental toughness, while Kielyn has the best potential long term source of fat.... ice fishing. We will see next week. Wouldn't it be exciting to see all 3 make the 100 days?
After Day 58, we still have 678, plus an additional 25 pounds added this week of meat harvested with a bow, 315 pounds with a gill net, 113 pounds of food captured in a snare trap, and 62 pounds with a fishing line, and 1 pound of squirrel with a rock.
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