How real is History Channel survival show Alone? Find out!


History Channel’s Alone, which is currently
running its fifth season is an undisputed hit, and it’s pretty clear what made it
the most ambitious survival reality show currently on air. The show’s premise is interesting enough
as it documents the daily struggles of 10 individuals surviving in the wilderness using
a limited amount of equipment until the isolation drives them mad. And the last man standing, takes home the
cash prize of $500,000. As is the case with any survival show on TV,
the genuinity of ‘Alone’ has constantly been questioned and debated. So, what parts of Alone are real and fake? Let’s have a look. But before getting in, feel free to subscribe
to our channel and hit the bell icon to get notifications of more of our videos. Gear Dilemma
Under the show’s rules and gear list, each participant can choose to bring ten items
along with them from the list provided by the producers. But, many items that weren’t on the list
were seen brought by participants on the show. Items such as satellite phone, emergency flare,
and GPS tracking device were not included in the list which questions the true survivability
aspect of the show. Not So Distant Location
During the first season, History showed its viewers the map of the location where the
participants would be dropped off. Upon studying the map closely, it was found
that the location was awfully close to civilization, some even being an hour’s walk from the
nearest town. A Google Map search also revealed trail networks
of the featured locations, so the contestants weren’t technically isolated for real. Food situation
One aspect of the show that seems very real is in portraying how difficult it is to procure
food in the wilderness. Despite carrying the hunting and trapping
items, the participants on the show have a hard time finding the necessary amount of
food. The winner of the first season Alan Kay can
be taken as evidence, who lost an astonishing 60 pounds over 56 days in Vancouver Island. Jose Martinez
Jose Martinez was the favorite to win the show’s second season but tapped out after
surviving 59 days in the wilderness. The dramatic fashion in which he went out
raised suspicious eyes and had the viewers doubting whether the scene was staged. He was shown falling off his canoe and walking
back to shore, only to be seen standing in the cold water 4 feet away from shore when
the emergency crew arrived. How real do you think the show is? Let us know in the comments. Don’t forget to like the video and subscribe
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  • There were additional lists besides the 10 items list. There was a list of clothing that you could bring such as the specifications of rain gear, sweaters, pants, shoes, coats, Etc. There was also a list of emergency gear that all contestants were given such as flare gun, bear spray, air horn, GPS tracking device, and a satellite phone to use when you tap out of the show.

    The only thing surprising in this video is that you did not do a good job researching the show!!!

  • I've never heard of this show but would prolly watch it tbh

  • this is as real as it gets, I follow many of the persons youtube channels and they are skilled buschcrafters and survival experts.

  • you CAN eat fine for 2 months+, if you do the netting trick, while everyone else loses 30-40 lbs. Then you can hole up in your grass-stuffed dugout, losing half a lb per day, while they waste the last of their energy trying to heat their pathetic "cabins" with wood. You'll be able to last another 2 months, while they cannot.

  • Thanks for spoiling season 1 for me

  • First 2 seasons really ended up being a show about people constantly complaining until giving up. Hope season 3 is different.. starting it now.

  • yes, Jose staged his ending, cause he runs a "survival' school and he was starving, trying to save face and his income. But the basic outlines of the show are real. It's very carefully set up to NEVER last 4 months and only rarely last 3 months, cause it cuts into the producer's profit margin if it goes longer. So that will never be allowed to happen. It costs a FORTUNE to keep the medical crews and insurance going out there. They very carefully pick contestants who dont know much of anything about what to take or do.

  • there's no doubt that it's for real. There's also no doubt that the producers wont let anyone on the show who's going to make it last 4-5 months, either.

  • Of course there going to give them a GPS tracker, flares and a satellite phone… ITS A SHOW! They dont want to let these people die. Jeez man stretching far to make this video

  • there's 30,000 full time residents on Vancouver Island and it's not that big a place. So of course the contestants are close to roads and residences. However, that does not change the fact that they are allowed no help, they are constrained in a small area, and have to abide by all the rules. It's just very difficult to find a place to dump 10 people where there's no other people, plenty fresh water, several miles of space for each contestant, firewood, (not fire hazard) not hordes of disease bearing insects, near enough to winter to prevent anyone lasting very long (ie, reducing liabilities and costs for the producers). If it was a decent place to live, it would be full of people. So the locations are always going to be lacking in resources.

  • practicing "primitive " stuff is a handicap for this show. You CAN take a lighter, guys and you can keep a fire's coals bedded in ashes. You can easily start the first fire with the batteries that they give you, the shiny bottom of your skillet, by fire-rolling a chunk of your T shirt, coated with rust from the outside of your shovel, or you can make a big McElroy style pump drill. So dont waste a pick on a ferrod or lighter. and dont waste your time on learning hand drill or bow drill. Ditto making primitive shelters, TAKE A TARP,

  • When you can have a 1.5 lb .460 Rowland pistol, for defense and taking big animals, and a silenced 5 lb .22lr rifle, including luminous sights, and scope, solar charger, several containers (metal and plastic) medical kit, stimulants, painkillers, antibiotics, sedatives, water filter and iodine, lots of monofilament netting, Conibear steel traps, steel cable snares, non-hybrid seeds, fish and animal poison, a reel and lures, a mountain bicycle, an inflatable raft, plenty of rations, and you're allowed to roam as you wish, you can make it rather handily, if you know anything. Notice that NONE of that is allowed on this show? 🙂 If you want to know what things/ways work best on fish and game, check out what's illegal to do on state fish and game laws. Those things are illegal cause they WORK (all too well )

  • a 2 man raft, oars and pump is 10 lbs. The bicycle lets you walk alongside of it, with 100 lbs on the mountan-bike, nothing on your back. The raft will float you, your gear, and the bike, if you're not a lardass. Given solid rubber tires on the bike, some rope and climbing gear, there's almost no place you can't go, safely, and quietly with this gear, and with reasonable speed, too. Rivers flow at a rate of 2-5 mph, you can bicycle 20mph on pavement and at least coast on downhill segments of your journey, even if it's offroad. The bicycle is a LOT less trouble than a horse, a lot lower profile, too. It makes no noise, and you can hide it under a bush and it will STAY there. No need to feed or water it. It wont bite or kick you, or throw you off, rub you off on a tree, run off with all your gear, or destroy your stuff by rolling on it. It wont rear or run off from seeing a shadow, and no animals will try to eat it. You dont have to make a ton of noise and waste 2 days of effort making the raft (every time you come to a body of water) and you're not dependent upon having enough of the right size/floatability sort of trees, either. The bicycle lets you carry 40 more lbs of food and water than is feasible with a backpack, on top of having the raft. That means you can get by making a lot less side trips for foraging/water and need not follow the zigzagging path of the river, etc, wasting a lot of time and effort.

  • they were not allowed any contact. You can be isolated in one room of a very crowded house. The areas ARE wilderness, too. regardless of how close roads, etc, are. They are not allowed to use anything other than what the find in their area and what they brought. Their problems are that they are weak-minded, (probably selected for such) ignorant and lazy.

  • only a dozen of them, total on all 5shows, have taken a bow. Only Dave had a clue how to hunt and he didn't know to use a baited tree blind, weaving netting as he waited for something big enough to be worthy of an arrow. This is why you take a slingbow and not a bow. You can use baked clay balls for shots not worth the risk of loss of or damage to an arrow. Note that Dave N lost all but one of his 9 arrows? 🙂 forget rocks as "ammo", cause they dont fly straight.

  • Where is Bill Randall? Anyone seen him? I Need input on EVERYTHING

  • I see appalling levels of ignorance about chopping, all over youtube. Move that hunk of wood, strike it 3x from different angles, and be done with cutting a 2" thick sapling, with the shovel. In fact, with pine, I can do this with a 3" OD sapling and then break off what's left. Why bother removing chunks all from one side, wasting time and calories? That's ridiculous!

  • The show is very real!! I know 2 people that have been on the show one of them lives 20 mins from me, Very real for sure!

  • What did you think? They would leave people alone with no form of electronic communication hear?

  • 1st season first storm nobody's tents are so much as moving

  • They have to give a safety flare, medical kit, and GPS…. It’s a survival show, but they can’t just throw these participants out there and risk their lives like that

  • dude, i live om vancouver island. 1st season contestants were NOT within walking distance from a town. lol, maybe a half hour boat ride from Tofino. but no towns close by at all. learn to read a map before publishing fake news.

  • you just want a simple tarp shelter at first. After you get everything else done,( ie, 3-4 weeks into the challenge) and you've foraged/eaten/preserved 100,000 calories (and thus, know that you'll be staying) and if it's cold enough to not have to worry about rain, you can take down the tarp awning and use it as a second "wall" for your tarp shelter, with dry debris between the two layers of tarp. This will get you thru another 2-4 weeks, while you harvest yet another 100-200k calories before the bad weather makes you just "hole up" live on preserved food and conserve your calories. Then you create either a dugout shelter, or a rock and frozen mud mortar walls, poles, sod and tarp roof, very small, 4×4 x 8 ft, stuffed with dry debris, so that you dont need a fire. Just crawl into it, eat cold, dried food for the month or so that it takes the remaining fools to starve out, cause they didn't use netting and are trying to warm their shelters with wood.

  • baiting in lots of waterfowl and catching them in net weirs is the key thing to get going on. They'll be flocking up and foraging to fatten up for their migration south. So they are easy to catch and they are full of fat. A 3 lb fish has just 1000 calories. a 3 lb, duck, however, has 2200 calories, if you boil it, eat the skin, and drink the broth. Best to dry pluck the duck and save those very insulative down feathers. If you catch about a dozen ducks, you'll have the makings of a very warm vest. you need to catch over 50 ducks, actually and several hundred lbs of fish, especially if you can't bait in and snare a fat hog or bear. A 100 lb deer is helpful, but not much. It's 35,000 calories, but almost zero fat. about the only fat on a deer is from the scapings on the inside of the hide.

  • geese, swans and gulls, while not nearly as fatty as ducks, are still well worth trapping. The gulls are said to tast nasty, so you'll have to boil them, throw out the water, then fry them, add a lot of salt, mix their flesh with other food, boiled, shredded, roasted cambium, etc. The fowl can be kept alive for quite a while and used as live bait. Youve seen the springpole "jungle whip" with stakes in movies like "apacolypso", right. Well, make it LOOK like there's an opening, with V funnel of netting, into the net pen of fowl, and have 2-3 spring-stakes set to pin them to the ground when they try to crawl thru that hole. Not only will you get rid of predators, you'll be able to eat them. The best predator-getter tho is the baited treblehook, hung at a height that makes it likely that they'll gulp the bait and hook. Wire the hook to an appropriately sized/weight drag log. You'll be able to follow them, almost certainly, but they wont go far before they drown in their own blood. If you wire them to something solid, they'll just rip out the hooks, killing themselves, but escaping where you can't recover their flesh. For the spring-stake traps, make the stakes bladed, serrated, barbed, and fire-hardened. They have to cause maxium blood loss and stick in the animal. It is almost certain to tear loose from where you've anchored the pole, so arrange for the head of the trap (with multiple stakes thru it) to come loose and wire it to drag a suitable weight and size log. That way, they dont tear down your duck-pen or your weir, and they "think" that they are getting away, cause they are able to move (albeit being badly wounded and burdened) I recommend that at night, you tie the wings and feet of your preserved fowl, just in case the pen does get torn-into. Let them roam around in the pen during the day, giving them whater food you can arrange for them. You might even be able to stake them out at the shore and let them eat snais, bugs and grass. They might even serve well as decoys in your weirs. Experiment.

  • their experiences and hardhships might be real, but the "up to one year" claim that the producers make is a total effing lie. They will NEVER let the challenge last 4 months and probably never let it last 3 months. It's all very carefully set up that way and the people are chosen to have no clue what to take or do. Jordan sort of slipped past them, but you can bet your ass it will never happen again and that whomever let him on the show got fired. for having done so. Even so, he got very lucky. He didn't take the salt, so the cold weather saved his butt by keeping all that moose meat from rotting. He didn't make the traps, snares and netting needed to feed himself properly. When you're limited to a 5 mile square area (that you didn't get to pick) the chances of your scoring a big enough animal (or enough smaller ones) to feed yourself, simply by bowhunting, is VERY near zero. With half a dozen baited net weirs, set for waterfowl and fish, 16 treblehooks set for predators, baited snares set for big and small game, you GREATLY increase your odds of having the 200,000 calories that you need (by the time 6-8 weeks have passed and you have to hole up due to bad weather.

  • people cant even do simple math and "think" that they belong on this show. For instance, they "think" tht making 1" mesh netting is no more burdensome than making 3" mesh netting! 🙂 Huh? the 3" mesh is 16 knots, 9 ft of cordage to make one sq ft of netting. The 1" mesh netting 169 knots and 30 ft of cordage. 🙂 You lose a fair amount of cordage to the knotting, guys. Also, you have to heat the top corder of the shovel re-hot and melt the knots a bit, to keep them from slipping. Furthermore, getting your netting needle thru the 9x smaller mesh, so you can tie a double fisherman's knot, is very slow going. So you do NOT want to have to mess with making 1" mesh netting while on this show. 3" mesh netting suffices to catch waterfowl. A 3 lb fish has 1000 calories and almost no fat. A 3 lb duck, tho, has 2200 calories, most of it from fat and some very useful down feathers as well. It takes 2 days, at most, to make a 400 sq ft net weir for ducks, and it takes 2 weeks to make the same amount of 1" mesh! The fish can't leave, but the fowl are going to migrate south for the winter. So WHICH species should you be focusing on, early in the challenge, eh?

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