Here's the premise of History Channel's hit TV show ALONE: Take 10 survivalists, let them pick 10 items, and then drop them off in some remote area of the world to see how long they can survive and live off the land. Totally alone. No camera crew, no support crew. This is a self-filmed show. The last person to leave, or "tap out', wins half a million dollars.
This was Brooke's second, and most recent appearance on the show, and she survived 28 days alone in the wilderness of Mongolia. Here's what she had to say about the experience:
I recently returned from Mongolia after surviving 28 days on ALONE Season 5. I had nothing left to prove.
My experience in Mongolia was amazing. The landscape, stunning. The vast desolation cannot be overstated. I kept myself busy with various crafts and tasks. Birchbark was everywhere which provided bowls, a daisy chain to mark my days, and easy fire. I made a good, sturdy shelter that kept me warm and dry and withstood a massive storm. Daily I cut firewood and had a good supply on hand. I enjoyed sitting by the fire every night, watching the sun set as it worked it's way down the ridge, illuminating the birch and larch turning to gold in front of my eyes. Many times I said to the camera "If I had friends and food here right now, this would be a party". Night would fall and sometimes the moon would light up the sky. I would crawl into my shelter, into my cocoon where I felt safe and cozy for the night, and dream vivid dreams.
I caught 16 fish with my hand-carved fishing rig and set it up with a floating line that fished 24/7 for me. I gutted them, ate their roe raw, said a prayer, and cooked them directly on the coals of my fire. It was as life-sustaining as it was invigorating. I climbed the ridges and watched golden eagles fly high in the thermals. I traversed the tussock plain between the river and the mountain, always searching for new places to fish, new land to explore, wild onion or berries to pluck from the earth.
It was freedom. It was lonely.
I saw signs of animals large and small- wild boar, roe deer, red deer (like American elk), grouse, squirrels. But surprisingly, only saw a handful of grouse, two chipmunks, and one squirrel in 28 days in the wilderness. The wolves were all around, always howling, barking and keeping watch over their land, constant reminders of the wildness of that place. Oftentimes in my shelter I would hear animals close at hand. What was out there? Large things would cross the river near which I slept. After a short while this doesn't worry you anymore. Nothing really does. You become one with the land. At peace.
That is why I went. That is why I left.
Thank you Mongolia.
Brooke and Dave survived
49 days completely isolated living off the land.
Northern Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada
On season 4 of ALONE, seven pairs of family members traveled to Northern Vancouver Island, a remote and rugged region of British Columbia known as the “Wet Coast”. Each duo was separated from their loved one and dropped up to 10 miles apart with two ultimate goals; navigate the brutally thick wilderness in an attempt to locate their family member, and survive as long as they can, completely isolated and alone. We had only the contents of our backpacks, enough camera gear to record our experience and 10 tools split between us. Once reunited, each team created their own shelters and pulled food from the ocean while overcoming the harsh terrain, bitter cold, drenching downpours, and contended with a host of alpha predators and each other. We were truly on our own. No camera crew. No gimmicks. Last team standing takes home half a million dollars.