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Alone - Season 5 - Mongolia!

Discussion in 'Wilderness & Survival Skills' started by aleforme, May 17, 2018.

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  1. aleforme

    aleforme Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 21, 2013
    Just saw a preview for this. Looks like it's all previous cast members back at it in Mongolia. Not a lot of details in the trailer but looks like it should be great. Really looking forward to this.

  2. FOG2

    FOG2 Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 1, 2007
    I've always liked this show and looking forward to the new season.
  3. bore


    May 20, 2015
    Should be good:)
  4. theJman


    Sep 2, 2015
    Wow, they're already doing an 'all star' version of the show? Usually that type of thing comes around when they've run out of contestants/ideas. Surprised to see them got with that so soon.
  5. Watch out for the Mongolian death worm. I'm guessing yurts will not be in quick supply
  6. aleforme

    aleforme Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 21, 2013
    It does seem a little soon given they always have thousands and thousands of applications to consider, but I'm happy for it. If there is a halfway decent food supply, we should see more people staying longer. I just hope it doesn't come down to a starvation contest like the last two seasons. I want to see some active survival and not just a "who can go the longest without food" contest. It would be nice to see a couple contestants able to maintain a decent food source and really put their skills to the test.
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  7. monster

    monster Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 13, 2001
    Mongolia really?.... well I guess it’s better than Compton CA.
  8. Pentlatch


    Dec 28, 2000
    Mongolia is much like Montana to central Alberta . Even in summer the nights can be cool easily into the 40's F and by September frost will become increasingly likely with a temporary snowfall very possible. Food will probably be plant based , roots ,berries and hopefully pine nuts. Meat is always an issue , marmots are meatballs , maybe other rodents , possibly fish if they are along a stream or river . Grouse type birds may be in flocks . Big game might be around but unlikely .

    So keeping warm , good water and then food are the big 3 . Going in the challenge overweight by 30 lbs would be an advantage .
  9. Quiet

    Quiet "That guy" Platinum Member

    Oct 11, 2013
    I have to imagine this far along with the show that they're not seeing many candidates who have both the skillsets AND the desire to live in a completely miserable place alone with minimal tools for (possibly) months on end. I know many folks who have outdoors skills far more advanced than my own who watch the show, and when we talk about it, every single one of 'em was like "Oh yeah, me on that show? Not a chance." As we've seen, it takes a lot more than the ability to set a figure-4 trap correctly, and make a fire with a ferro rod in order to survive somewhere that is actively trying to starve and/or kill you.
  10. Currawong

    Currawong Platinum Member Platinum Member

    May 19, 2012
    What do you think of their knife choices?


    Britt Ahart: Becker BK7
    Nicole Apelian: Ron Macy Kukri, Leatherman Charge TTi
    Jesse Bosdell: ESEE Junglas-II?
    Randy Champagne: Sacha Puukko
    Carleigh Fairchild: L.T. Wright Genesis
    Sam Larson: Leatherman Super Tool
    Dave Nessia: ?
    Brad Richardson: Full Tang Puukko
    Larry Roberts: L.T. Wright Gen 6
    Brooke Whipple: Leatherman Rebar

    It depends to an extent on what else they’re taking (saws and axes), but we don’t seem to know that yet.

    I’m liking Nicole’s Kukri-style knife - looks like it would be able to process game (not well, but well-enough) and large enough to be a chopper for shelter-building and firewood processing, pointy enough for stabbing.

    The multitools are an interesting choice. I’d be worried about dirt and rust, particularly for processing game, but then, they only have to last a month or two.

    I wonder about how sharp some of those steels will remain after a few weeks of heavy use without a sharpener?
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  11. theJman


    Sep 2, 2015
    That link doesn't work so I can't read the article.

    Is Brooke going out by herself? I think the Whipple's made perhaps the best shelter of any contestant, but I'm not convinced she could go long term without her husband. A few of the others are probably not really 'all stars', but I guess we'll see shortly.
  12. Currawong

    Currawong Platinum Member Platinum Member

    May 19, 2012
    * Fixed the link
  13. Insipid Moniker

    Insipid Moniker

    Feb 28, 2011
    I'm actually very curious to see how Sam Larson does. He was one tough kid in the first season, and now that he has more experience to back it up he seems like he could be a strong contender.
  14. Burncycle


    Jan 3, 2005
    Would a Multitool like the Leatherman Signal be fair game? It has a knife, a ferro rod and small sharpener... none as good as dedicated ones but if it still counts as one item might be worth it....
  15. Final Option

    Final Option Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 11, 2012
    Just watched the last episode and already starting to look like a who will starve last. No one has been able to stockpile food for winter weather. No venison on the spit a guess mice will be meat supply. Randy had nice shelter and fireplace but surprise he got lonely and had to leave. That was a shame. Because his survival skill set was exceptional.
    What do you all think about this season and who do you think will win?
  16. snaro


    Aug 8, 2018
    Sam's probably going to win, just by being fat and lazy, as all the other winners have managed it. If he does, it's going to kill the show. I"ve heard that if you take the Signal multitool, you have to first remove the ferrorod. I'd have to add a file blade. or take the Crunch tool instead. Randy starved, cause he was dumb enough to waste 2 weeks of prime net-fishing season to build a cabin that he was never going to need. By far the shelter for winter in Mongolia is a small dugout, stuffed full of dry grass, so that you dont need a fire to stay warm enough. You need to catch 600 lbs of fish, and store most of it as your bodyfat. You also need to set baited treblehooks for predators, make snares for deer, take the duct tape and the 3 lb block of salt. Take a slingbow, not a bow or slingshot. Make netting out of a tarp, use it as a seine and as baited net-weirs. Fowler says to take the Cold Steel shovel, instead of the axe, and I say that if you make an 8" saw edge on the shovel, you need not take the saw, either. You dont need the sleeping bag, the cookpot, or the ferrorod, either, if you know what to take and do.

    Every season, they get several thousand more entrants. The producers dont want people who can make this challenge last more than 3 months, cause it cuts into their profit margin. Anyone who's got 60 lbs of bodyfat, which you DO if you're 6 ft and 220 lbs, can easily just lay around for 2 months in a sleeping bag, on just their bodyfat. Ditto if you weigh 190 and last 40 days. So anyone who taps out sooner is just a wuss. A small woman who foraged almost nothing lasted 86 days in season 3.
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  17. snaro


    Aug 8, 2018
    season 5 is not "all stars", it's a bunch of past losers and so far, they've all SHOWN why they lost! 35 lousy days and 6 are gone already. The all star thing is a possibility for season 6 if there IS a season 6 at all, that is. Given the growing loss of interest in this show, cause it's always won just by being a lard-arse and doing very little that is truly productive, season 6 is not at all a guaranteed thing. Fowler wasted everything that he did, the traps, the fishing dock, the shelter, the staircase, etc. All he had to do was make a pontoon outrigger raft and move down the beach, where there were less steep hills on the beach, and fish from the raft, mostly with netting.
  18. Currawong

    Currawong Platinum Member Platinum Member

    May 19, 2012
    If condescension was a wilderness survival skill, I reckon you could go on this show and win it :thumbsup:
  19. Swampdog

    Swampdog Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 14, 2007
    "I could win if I wanted to go on ALONE, but my important career keeps me too busy!"

  20. snaro


    Aug 8, 2018
    I've applied for every season since the first. Can you say the same, smart ass? Have YOU spotted ways that they could do 10x better? Of course you haven't. That's why you resent somebody who has. It's called "NIH Syndrome". Cause you're so special, nobody could even possibly be smarter than you. They dont want people who will make it last 4-5 months, cause if it does, that cuts into their profit margin.
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