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Bear scat scares: a preview of Alone’s second season

Bear scat scares: a preview of Alone’s second season
The second-season cast of History's Alone. (Photo by Brendan Meadows/History)

Alone, the reality series that isolates its cast members and has them film themselves is back tonight for a second season (History, 9 p.m.). And it will be back for a third season, too, as History has already renewed it in advance of the season-two premiere.

Three of the 10 cast members, whose biographies are all below, are female, a change from season one’s all-male cast. Fascinatingly for a reality series, there’s only one person in their 20s, and he’s 28; the majority of the cast is in their 40s. They’re all competing to outlast each other; the winner gets $500,000.

As I discussed in my review of season one, it’s a sometimes deliberate, often gripping series that focuses on both the very real dangers of Vancouver Island, and the self-created psychological terrors that come from living in solitude in an unfamiliar place.

In the exclusive preview below, Desmond, who’s 37 and served in the U.S. Army, feels confident after finding water, but anxiety sets in as he searches for a place to put up his shelter and discovers something rather crappy about his location.

Alone season two cast

The bios for season two’s cast, as provided by the History Channel:

  • Jose Martinez Amoedo, 45, Mayo, Yukon Territory, CA
    Although presently residing in a native village in the Yukon Territory, Canada, 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. He has travelled extensively, testing and acquiring new skills in many different environments, honing the skills to live on the land, in a balanced, harmonious and sustainable way.
  • Nicole Apelian, 45, Portland
    Nicole grew up in Massachusetts and, through the influence and mentorship of her stepfather, connected with nature at an early age. 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, while working as a field biologist in Botswana, she got her first real exposure to true wilderness living. It was there, in Africa, working with the Bushmen and completing her doctorate, where 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 living strategy. The MS diagnosis changed her lifestyle and eating habits, but did not deter her from becoming one of the founders and primary guides of her own tracking and wildlife safari company, Eco Tours International. Additionally, she is an adjunct professor at Prescott College. There she is able to bring her passion for nature connection, indigenous knowledge, and research to her students. She also continues her work with the Bushmen to help them find strategies to preserve their traditions and is currently cataloging indigenous plant uses with a community of Naro Bushmen who regard her as family.
  • Randy Champagne, 28, Flagstaff and Boulder, Utah
    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.
  • Mary Kate Green, 36, Homer, Alaska
    Although, Mary Kate was born in South Side Chicago, she and her family moved to North Western Montana when she was 2-years-old. 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, cleaning chicken coops, riding horses, building forts, and simply getting lost in the mountains. Years later, she took these skills and became a firefighter 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 at the Alaska Training Room and a mother to two beautiful girls: Boden Kate and Greta Tuff.
  • Mike Lowe, 55, Lewis, Colo.
    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.
  • David McIntyre, 49, Kentwood, Mich.
    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 traveled 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 (14, 17, and 24).
  • Justin Vititoe, 35, Augusta, GA
    Justin grew up in a small Kentucky town and 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 in the 101st Airborne Division and instructing at the U.S. Army Sniper School and Long Range Marksman course. While serving in the Army, he also attended several 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, tracking, small unit tactics, as well as numerous 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, 44, Rush City, Minn.
    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, 37, Coolidge, Ariz, and now Guantanamo Bay, Cuba
    Desmond was born and raised in Southern Arizona, where his passion for the outdoors began. Living in Arizona, one can’t help but to gravitate towards the numerous outdoor activities that are available in the state, year around.  As a young teenager, he would often go fishing with his brother, Deon, and cousin, Marcus, 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, Mike, 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.
  • Tracy Wilson, 44, Aiken, S.C.
    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, like her family before her, 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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