MARK D’AMBROSIO

MARK D’AMBROSIO

Age: 33
Hometown: Vancouver, WA
Profession: Sniper & Survival Skills Instructor

Mark grew up in Orange Park, Florida, where he spent his free time in the outdoors hunting and fishing. At 22, he joined the Marine Corps in pursuit of a new career. Mark spent close to 10 years conducting Special Operations for the reconnaissance and scout sniper communities, where he pushed himself mentally and physically the entire time to make sure he was proficient at his job. During this time, he spent four years in Southeast Asia and another four in Bridgeport, California, where he instructed mountain cold-weather operations and survival for snipers and other military members around the world. After getting out of the Marine Corps in 2017, Mark started International Mountain Survival. His business concentrates on sniper, survival, tracking and rappel courses. He instructs snipers around the world from both military and law-enforcement backgrounds. Mark is also the lead shooting/outdoor instructor for Branded Rock Canyon, a world-class hunting and shooting facility located near Grand Junction, Colorado.
When Mark isn’t working, he can be found hiking the backcountry with his one-year-old son Max, and scouting for his next big game hunt. Mark and Max now reside near Portland, Oregon. He is looking forward to using his skills in the ultimate environment on Alone.

Here are the ten items Mark selected to bring on his survival journey to the Arctic:
1. Pot
2. Sleeping bag
3. Ferro rod
4. Paracord
5. Multitool
6. Saw
7. Ax
8. Snare wire
9. Fishing line and hooks
10. Bow and arrows

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CORREY HAWK

CORREY HAWK

Age: 30
Hometown: Plattsmouth, NE
Profession: Traditional Bowyer

Correy was born in Southeast Nebraska where he was raised to hunt, fish and forage for wild foods and navigate in the wilderness. He spent a lot of time outdoors with his family and was taught to respect the land and all the creatures that call it home. Correy comes from a long line of accomplished bow hunters. His father had a bow and arrows in his hand as soon as he was old enough to understand their utility. His early adult years led him away from archery to pursue other interests, and he eventually joined the United States Marine Corps. Correy greatly enjoyed his time in the Marines and served two combat tours in Afghanistan as a Vehicle Recovery Operator with the 1st Marine Regiment. After returning home to Nebraska, he became fascinated with traditional archery. He now owns Organic Archery, where he works full time as a bowyer specializing in primitive longbows and wooden arrows.
Correy is still immersed in all of the pastimes on which he was raised and spends most of his free time exploring, hunting, foraging and sharpening his traditional skills. He is taking the Alone experience as a rite of passage. It’s a chance to put a lifetime of training to the test, and he hopes to learn from it and connect more with Mother Nature. Correy aims to discover a better version of himself and purify his soul.

Here are the ten items Correy selected to bring on his survival journey to the Arctic:
1. Sleeping bag
2. Pot
3. Ferro rod
4. Fishing line and hooks
5. Bow and arrows
6. Snare wire
7. Multitool
8. Paracord
9. Saw
10. Ax

SHAWN HELTON

SHAWN HELTON

Age: 43
Hometown: Henry, TN
Profession: Tool Maker

Shawn Helton hails from Henry, Tennessee—a small town with a population of less than 600. As a kid, Shawn was always taking things apart and rebuilding them. His maker-mindset has transferred to his love of the wilderness. Learning to live off the land in the lakes area of West Tennessee, Shawn is always pushing the limits of his bushcraft and engineering skills. He invented a “Settlers Wrench” tool to help create tight bindings in his builds without the use of cordage.
His web-based survival education and trading video series, Shawn with the Wild, has educated over 20,000 followers. When not in woods, Shawn loves hanging out at home with his kids and grandkids on his 11-acre property.
Shawn is excited for the opportunity to be on Alone. His past 40 years of experience in bushcraft and living off the land has led him to this ultimate experience, and he can’t wait to take the breaks off to see what he can truly do.

Here are the ten items Shawn selected to bring on his survival journey to the Arctic:
1. Ferro rod
2. Sleeping bag
3. Saw
4. Axe
5. Multi tool
6. Paracord
7. Fishing line and hooks
8. Cooking pot
9. Scotch eyed auger
10. Bow and arrows

KIELYN MARRONE

KIELYN MARRONE

Age: 33
Hometown: Ontario, CA
Profession: Winter Wilderness Expedition Operator

Kielyn is the co-owner of Lure of the North with her husband and best friend, Dave. Together, they live off the grid at a remote wilderness property in northern Ontario, Canada that is only accessible by boat or snowmobile. Their nearest neighbor is ten kilometers of rough, grown in ATV trail away, and that is how she likes it. Her living relies on her ability to take people into the most remote parts of northern Ontario and Quebec, snowshoeing through the boreal forest for weeks on end while using traditional techniques and gear. She has the tools and capability to “make friends with winter” and enjoy herself as much on the trail as she does home curled up by the woodstove with her animals.
Kielyn loves to laugh and dance and tries to see the positive in every circumstance. She does not shy away from hard work and understands that taking action—not just thinking about it—is what gets you where you want to be. This is a great opportunity to remind herself of what she knows, what she doesn’t know and how strong she can be on her own when she digs deep. She is stubborn and competitive and has dedicated her life to being the best version of herself so that she can inspire others to do the same.

Here are the ten items Kielyn selected to bring on her survival journey to the Arctic:
1. Snare wire
2. Fishing line and hooks
3. Gill net
4. Ax
5. Pot
6. Sleeping bag
7. Paracord
8. Ferro rod
9. Bow and arrows
10. Multitool

JOE NICHOLAS

JOE NICHOLAS

Age: 31
Hometown: Redding, CA
Profession: Biologist

Joe is from the inland foothills of northern California. Spending childhood summers on his grandparents’ farm catching bugs and starting fires fostered a fascination with wildland, wildlife and subsistence living early in his life. After earning a degree in Geography and Wildland Soils from Humboldt State University, Joe began pursuing a career in land management as a Biologist working for the U.S. National Park Service. He currently enjoys long days in the field implementing scientific research and land management projects. More recently, Joe’s life was impacted significantly by the 2018 California wildfire season. As he worked on the firelines, his home was consumed by wildfire and the National Park where he works was entirely changed.
As a wilderness traveler, fisherman, builder, horticulturist, naturalist and geographer, Joe sees himself as very well rounded and prepared for this experience. His experiences, both professionally and personally, have tested his abilities as a resilient individual who can think calmly and act decisively under pressure, and when the stakes are high.
From the experience of being Alone in the Arctic, Joe hopes to gain a new sense of his own limits and to become intimate with the landscape and its lifeforms in a way that is not otherwise possible. He wants to open his senses in the absence of the modern world’s excessive stimulus and transcend normal waking consciousness through perseverance through hardship. He knows that many of life’s insights are left to be discovered and hopes for the mystery to reveal itself through this experience.

Here are the ten items Joe selected to bring on his survival journey to the Arctic:
1. Paracord
2. Pot
3. Fishing line and hooks
4. Snare wire
5. Water bottle
6. Sleeping bag
7. Saw
8. Ax
9. Knife
10. Ferro rod

AMOS RODRIGUEZ

AMOS RODRIGUEZ

Age: 40
Hometown: Indianapolis, IN
Profession: Primitive Skills Instructor

Hiking and hunting the hills and volcanoes of Central America gave Amós Rodriguez a foundation for his primitive skills life practice. Growing up in the context of the El Salvador Civil War increased his urban and wilderness survival and awareness skills. During the post-war period, Amós assisted rural communities devastated by the violence. These experiences increased his humanism, his self-identification as a native of Central America and highlighted the need to be an advocate for strong sustainable communities.
In the fall of 2000, he received a scholarship to finish his higher education in the United States. This education, as well his travel experiences, allowed him to move deeper into his connection to place, ancestry and self. Spiritual journeys, such as the Sundance Ceremony of the Oglala Lakota Sioux, have reinforced the pillars in which his spiritual life and practice are based.
Amós views this as a huge opportunity both for his personal life and career. He hopes to come back a better human after spending time alone.

Here are the ten items Amós selected to bring on his survival journey to the Arctic:
1. Bow
2. Gill net
3. Fishing line and hooks
4. Multitool
5. Ax
6. Emergency ration
7. Ferro rod
8. Pot
9. Paracord
10. Sleeping bag

CALLIE RUSSEL

CALLIE RUSSEL

Age: 31
Hometown: Flathead Valley, MT
Profession: Ancestral Living Skills Instructor

Callie is a scavenger-gatherer who lives nomadically following the seasons and wild food. She is always striving to understand the role humans play in the intricate web of life.
While working as a guide in wilderness therapy, Callie realized that she was the most joyous and peaceful when immersed in nature. She decided to walk away from modern comforts and committed her life to learning skills that would allow her to stay in the wilderness for longer and longer periods of time. Since 2010, Callie has been living outside under trees, tarps, canvas and caves. Several of those years were spent living nomadically with a herd of pack goats that she raised, which allowed her to be sustained directly from the land. Living outside has allowed her to become proficient in many ancestral skills. Callie’s focus has been in backcountry animal processing, hide tanning, felting, basket weaving and gathering plants for medicine, food and art. Her most specialized skills, however, are being able to drink copious amounts of goat milk and gaze into the fire for hours on end.
In the fall, Callie skins deer and elk at a wild game processor in order to harvest hides which she then tans and sells through her business, Montannery.
When she is not wandering in the mountains, her time is filled with her many other jobs. Callie tracks mountain lions every winter for a conservation project and works with a hunting guide packing goats in and out of the backcountry. She enjoys empowering others to develop their connection to the wild world and shares her skills with kids at several nature connection schools. She also leads backcountry trips and teaches a variety of workshops. Callie views this epic journey as a rite of passage. She sees herself as a student and the land as her mentor.

Here are the ten items Callie selected to bring on her survival journey to the Arctic:
1. Ax
2. Saw
3. Knifes
4. Pot
5. Ferro rod
6. Sleeping bag
7. Snare wire
8. Fishing line and hooks
9. Bow and arrows
10. Paracord

KEITH SYERS

KEITH SYERS

Age: 45
Hometown: Curlew, KY
Profession: Homesteader

Keith hails from Curlew, Kentucky, along the banks of the mighty Ohio River where he homesteads forty acres with his wife. He lives in a tiny salvage house on a hybrid grid system they built by hand. Together, they raise stock, as well as an extensive garden, all while hunting, foraging and fishing. The land and waterways supply Keith and his family with the majority of their sustenance from season to season. Keith is also a member of the American Mountain Men, an organization based on using gear from the early to mid-1800s that requires it’s members to survive off the land, alone and under any circumstances. The organization’s commitment to the conservation of wild places is near and dear to Keith’s heart.
An accomplished primitive hunter, Keith has taken game with anything from his own handcrafted atlatl to flintlock. He has been a trapper since a very young age and has honed his tracking skills over 30 years in the field.
Keith is an amateur blacksmith, bowyer and flintknapper. He believes ancestral skills start with your grandparents and stretch back into the ages. From flintknapping to gardening, he strives to have a well-rounded skill set and believes the land will show you if you will only see.
On Alone, Keith hopes to stretch his physical and mental skill set to the maximum. His overall motto is “Do good, don’t die.”

Here are the ten items Keith selected to bring on his survival journey to the Arctic:
1. Knife
2. Ax
3. Bow and arrows
4. Pot
5. Ferro rod
6. Multitool
7. Fishing line and hooks
8. Sleeping bag
9. Paracord
10. Trapping wire

JOEL VAN DER LOON

JOEL VAN DER LOON

Age: 34
Hometown: Sisters, OR
Profession: Primitive Skills School Owner

Joel’s experience in bushcraft began from childhood growing up in South Africa and living off-grid in Tanzania, East Africa.
Over the last 12 years, he has traversed through 40 countries and crossed oceans as an engineer on various seafaring vessels, exploring some of the world’s most remote locations. He has hiked, fished, hunted and explored just about every type of ecosystem, and is trained in desert, alpine, jungle and temperate survival methods. Joel owns and runs a wilderness survival school and has taught families, celebrities, children and the military. He has learned primitive skills from the Hadzabe hunter-gatherers, Maasai herdsman and Rama Indians in Nicaragua.
Joel lives in Sisters, Oregon with his wife, son and dog. Alone is a dream come true for him, and he views the series an opportunity to connect with the land for an extended period of time and to push himself to his mental and physical limit.

Here are the ten items Joel selected to bring on his survival journey to the Arctic:
1. Saw
2. Bow and arrows
3. Fishing line and hooks
4. Snare wire
5. Ax
6. Multitool
7. Ferro rod
8. Pot
9. Sleeping bag
10. Gill net

ROLAND WELKER

ROLAND WELKER

Age: 47
Hometown: Red Devil, AK
Profession: Hunting Guide

Here you have one of these individuals every outdoor enthusiast secretly longs to be. Roland may even go on to say, in the midst of a spellbinding tale of the Far North: “I have done everything I ever wanted and nothing I don’t feel like.” His legions of expeditions and accomplishments bear out such bold talk.
Roland comes from a reckless boyhood in the hard-scrabble mountains of Shiloh, Pennsylvania—a stronghold of Appalachia and hillbilly culture. He shunned sports and all other forms of high school restraint to master all the Keystone State had to offer, including hunting, fishing, trapping and bushcraft. Upon deciding that relocating fulltime into the darkest recesses of Southwestern Bush Alaska was in order, the village of Red Devil on the forgotten banks of the Kuskokwim River became his headquarters for adventure. Here, he seamlessly fell into an existence of an all-season subsistence hunter/trapper, filling in any gaps of the off-season with chances of placer gold mining. Eventually, he reached old-timer status in the winter of 2011 when he completed an overland heavy-equipment delivery to his claims via the 100-mile winter trail between Red Devil and Taylor Mountain—a long-unused and possibly the lengthiest and most perilous of the trails the North has to offer.
Roland Welker and his lifestyle emulate and have become a living link back into times of the old.
His goal in joining Alone Season 7 is to conquer this challenge, as well as adding yet another feather in his hat full of plumes. He is hoping to dedicate the win to his recently departed mother, Mona Welker.

Here are the ten items Roland selected to bring on his survival journey to the Arctic:
1. Ferro rod
2. Gill net
3. Pot
4. Trapping wire
5. Ax
6. Saw
7. Multitool
8. Belt knife
9. Bow and arrows
10. Sleeping bag