Wilderness Skills Instructor
Sam Larson is an author and outdoor educator from Lincoln, Nebraska. As an educator, Sam teaches wilderness living classes on everything from animal processing to canoeing. Since his 55 days on season one of Alone, Sam has added two new members to his family. His son, born shortly after his return from Vancouver Island, is now a 2 year-old that enjoys exploring the woods just as much as his dad. His daughter was born just days before he left for Mongolia. In his free time Sam enjoys writing and spending time with his family. His goal is to learn the ways of this Mongolian wilderness with an open mind, pursuing whatever it may teach him.
Wilderness Skills Instructor
Randy Champagne hails from Boulder Utah in the summer and Flagstaff, Arizona in the winter. He has been instructing at the Boulder Outdoor Survival School for 9 years. He teaches wildering living skills, primitive skills, and modern survival but really enjoys teaching and learning how to live with the land with only stone age tools. He specializes in hunting and trapping with primitive methods and believes his time spent learning these principles and how to connect with the land will help him to be successful on season 5 in Mongolia.
After spending 21 days in living off the land on Vancouver Island, his greatest challenge was lack of food and companionship. He knows moving forward into season 5 he will have to persevere through all hardships whether that is lack of food, lack of companionship, or extreme weather conditions in order to stay in the field for an extended period of time.
Wilderness Living Skills Instructor
Nicole’s passions range from living and teaching wilderness living skills (fire, water, shelter, trapping, foraging, etc.) to prepping/emergency preparedness to her deep knowledge of medicinal plants and herbal medicine. Nicole grew up in Massachusetts and connected with nature at an early age. Her first exposure to true wilderness living however, began while working as a field biologist in Botswana in the mid 90s. Following a job as a game warden with the US Peace Corps, she began tracking and researching lions in Southern Africa and immediately fell in love with the African landscapes and the San Bushmen’s way of life. Already having a Master’s degree in biology, she later completed her doctorate while working with the San Bushmen. After developing strong relationships within the tribe, Nicole learned many of the primitive skills and ways she practices and teaches today.
Rush City, MN
Larry Roberts was a participant on season 2 of History’s Alone, filmed on Vancouver Island. He was the runner up on his season lasting 64 days. After returning home from his adventure he returned to his wife of 28 years and his two grown children. Larry continues to work as an electrician in the Minneapolis area. In his spare time he teaches at a well-known survival school, as well as teaching classes on his own. Larry also continues to increase his knowledge base by attending skills gatherings and taking as many other classes as possible. He feels his time on Alone made him a stronger person, tested his limits, and made him appreciate the small things in life. Larry also feels he is very blessed to have met, and made close friends of many of the participants of all the seasons of Alone.
Retired Green Beret
Since last season Jesse’s been attending college for Bio-medical engineering at the University of Maine, while settling down and building a life around his organic garden and livestock farm.
He’s worked as a wood working finisher during the summer while also performing in leading roles at the Lakewood Theatre in his hometown of Skowhegan.
Keeping active by hiking and camping in national parks across New England, he’s also been hunting and survival camping on family and friend’s property throughout Maine. He’s become a sponge for new survival tricks and hopes to showcase his new talents on the upcoming season in Mongolia.
Dave’s 73 day experience on Season 3 of Alone in Patagonia opened him to some life enhancing truths – if you have the courage, life does not have to continue in the direction you are going, and life has much more spice when you open yourself to living. With this in mind, Dave quit his job of six years as a bushcraft Instructor, moved into his truck, and searched for new ways to learn and experience the world. This involved consulting for the television and fly fishing. Dave’s hope in Mongolia is to build a strong spiritual connection with the land and to learn what it takes to co-exist in this ecosystem.
Carleigh Fairchild is an adventurer at heart, having studied survival skills since she was a teenager as well as earth-centric healing methods over the last few years. Thrilled to be selected to participate in season 3, Patagonia, she was excited to test her skills and survive as long as she possibly could. Carleigh’s strengths are in shelter building, fire making, edible plants and a establishing a connection with the land. These skills helped her survive 86 days in the wilds of Patagonia. She struggled with catching fish and keeping up her weight which ultimately led to her extraction. Leaving Patagonia Carleigh felt so thankful for everything and everyone in her life and there was a realness in living that she had never felt before. Thankful for a second chance Carleigh hopes to hunt and gather enough food so that she can sustain herself and plans on sticking around for the long haul.
Fox, AK / Reed City, MI
Spending her winters in Reed City, Michigan and her summers in Fox, Alaska, Brooke Whipple is a light-hearted, adventurer and explorer. She has spent a lifetime chasing wilderness endeavors and is passionate about sharing her enthusiasm for the outdoors. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Outdoor/Adventure Recreation Management and has taught thousands of youth and adults the joy of outdoor exploration. She is the mother of two awesome children, Belle, 14, and Mickey, 12. Brooke has been married to her husband, Dave, for 19 years and it was with him that she endured 49 days on Vancouver Island on Alone Season 4.
Britt’s returning for Season 5 of Alone and more determined than ever before. After his experience of 35 days in Patagonia for Season 3, he realized the experience was like nothing he had ever experienced. He emerged at the end a completely changed person and was more in touch with himself physically, mentally and spiritually than ever before. Baptized by fire, he had successes and failures that pushed him to learn, practice and expand his skills and knowledge. In Patagonia Britt feels that he fought with nature, this season he plans to co-exist with it. He’s a new man coming to Mongolia and he plans to reach the finish line.
Fox Lake, IL
Since season 4, Brad has remained an avid outdoorsman. Spending most of his free time practicing primitive skills throughout the Midwest and lower sections of the boreal forest including his home state of Illinois. Learning the ways of his forefathers, Brad’s grown very comfortable in a wilderness setting. Along with his love for the outdoors he is also a blacksmith. Through the company he runs with his siblings, Brad hand forges knives and tools. When he’s not busy forging and camping, he creates educational bushcraft and blacksmithing videos.