History Channel’s Alone Gear List – Season 4 Review
History Channel’s Alone Gear List – Season 4 Review
History Channel’s Best Survival Show is back for its Fourth Season and seeing as how our Season 3 Gear List was so popular, here we are again!
Unlike in previous years, contestants will not be on their own this time. 7 pairs of family members will have to face the toughest challenge of their life as they are dropped off on Northern Vancouver Island. Located in a remote region of British Columbia known as the “Wet Coast”, where the wilderness is rugged and unforgiving, the teams will be just 10 miles from one another.
Another twist to Season 4 Alone is that to start with, the family members will be split up with one person setting up a base camp and the other navigating 10 miles towards their loved one. And this is no walk in the park, the navigator will have to travel through thick bush where mountain lions and bears are in abundance to find their teammate using only a compass and bearing.
Each participant will be limited to a small backpack, a limited selection of 5 tools each from a gear list, and enough camera equipment to film the whole endeavor themselves. Once reunited, both partners must create shelter, find enough food, overcome every kind of weather imaginable, contend with deadly predators, and get along with each other for as long as possible.
Everyone on this show claims to do it for different reasons however the $500k paycheck at the end seems to be the main driving force, and who would blame them. That’s a nice chunk of change to put into some land, a house, holiday, or more outdoor gear.
Alone Season 4 Gear List
Clothing, Personal, And Essential Gear List
Each participant can take a set number of clothes and personal effects that they will need to survive – they may not exceed this quota. This gear doesn’t count towards the 10 special items and they has to be packable inside their backpack.
- 1 x Pair high leg Hunting Boots
- 1 x Pair water shoes (crocs/sandals/keens/Chaco’s)
- 1 x T-shirt
- 2 x Fleece or wool shirts (hooded or unhooded)
- 1 x Wool sweater
- 3 x Pairs wool socks
- 2 x Hats (brimmed, wool or baseball)
- 1 x Bandana or buff/face mask
- 2 x Pairs of Gloves (one insulated and one leather work style glove)
- 2 x Pairs underwear
- 1 x Warm outdoor jacket
- 1 x Waterproof Jacket
- 1 x Waterproof Pant
- 1 x Pair thermal underwear (long top and bottom)
- 1 x Pair of gaiters
- 1 x Leather belt (or synthetic equivalent)
- 1 x Toothbrush
- 1 x Pair of eyeglasses (with proof of prescription)
- 1 x Personal photograph
- 1 x Multi-seasonal Sleeping Bag (should be a minimum of a -10 degrees Celsius rating and synthetic)
- 1 x Fixed Blade Knife
- 1 x Ferro Rod (must not be longer than 6in, and must have plastic handle)
- 1 x Compass and bearing (Provided to the hiker and removed once team is reunited)
10 x Special Item Gear List for Season 4 of Alone
Each team may select a total of 10 items from the gear list below which will be divided equally to give 5 items per person. The restrictions are that participants can only select up to 2 food items each, cannot choose the same hunting as their partner and cannot choose the same item twice for themselves. With so many useful items to choose from it is hard to decide what is best and while the food rations sound tempting – I think hunting and trapping materials offer the best long term gains.
- 12 x 12 camping tarp (grommets approved)
- 8 mm climbing rope – 10 m
- 550 paracord – 20 m
- 1 x Hatchet
- 1 x Saw
- 1 x Ax
- 1 x Large pot (no more than 2 quarts; includes lid)
- 1 x Steel frying pan
- 1 x Enamel bowl for eating
- 1 x Spoon
- 1 x Canteen or water bottle
- 1 x Bar of soap
- 1 x 8 oz tube of toothpaste
- 1 x Face flannel
- 1 x 40 m roll dental floss
- 1 x Small bottle bio shower soap
- 1 x Shaving razor (and 1 blade)
- 1 x Towel (30” x 60”)
- 1 x Comb
Hunting (Note: only 1 item can be chosen between each pair of participants)
- 1 x 300-yard roll of a single filament fishing line / 25 x Assorted hooks (no lures)
- 1 x Primitive bow + 6 x arrows (must be predominately made of wood)
- 1 x Small gauge gill net (12′ x 4′ with 1.5″ mesh)
- 1 x Slingshot/catapult + 30 x steel ball bearings + 1 replacement band
- 1 x Net foraging bag
- 1 x 3.5 lb roll of trapping wire
- 3 lbs of one solid block of salt
- 2 lbs of beef jerky (protein)
- 2 lbs of dried pulses/legumes/lentils mix (starch and carbs)
- 2 lbs of biltong (protein)
- 2 lbs of hard tack military biscuits (carbs/sugars)
- 2 lbs of chocolate (Simple/complex sugars)
- 2 lbs of pemmican (traditional trail food made from fat and proteins)
- 2 lbs of gorp (raisins, m&m’s and peanuts)
- 2 lbs of flour (starch/carbs)
- 1/3 lbs rice/ 1/3 lb sugar / 1/3 lb of salt
- 1 x Pocket knife
- 1 x Leatherman multi-tool or similar
- 1 x Sharpening stone
- 1 x Roll of duct tape or 1 roll of electrical tape
- 1 x Small shovel
- 1 x Small sewing kit
- 1 x Carabineer
- 1 x LED flashlight
- 1 x Pair of ice spikes
Meet The Contestants of Season 4 ‘Alone’
Without spoiling anything about the show for people who haven’t started watching yet, here are the starting teams.
Jim and Ted Baird
Jim (35) and Ted (32) are brothers from Toronto, Canada who grew up exploring Crown lands of Southern Ontario. They started exploring the wilderness from an early age which led to several impressive whitewater trips and Arctic treks. They have experience in hunting, fishing, and trapping but they are pretty big guys so they are going to need a lot of calories. Their confidence and brotherly banter will make them a strong team so long as they can get along and work together.
Jesse and Shannon Bosdell
Jesse (31) and his older brother Shannon (44) were raised in Central Maine and have another 8 siblings between them which made growing up tough, unless they could provide enough food from the forest. They both hunt and fish for a living, making them professionals by definition but do they have all the survival skills needed to thrive? With a military background in Special Operations Forces, Jesse has a very get up and go attitude and is willing to face any challenge head on. Shannon is older and more experience in trapping and fishing but together they should be able to catch some kind of big game, or so your would think.
Pete and Sam Brockdorff
Pete (61) and his son Sam (26) are from Poolesville, Maryland who both have a lot of passion for the outdoors and primitive skills. A lot of Sam’s wilderness enthusiasm comes from his dad Pete who has mindfully passed down all his wisdom and taught him everything he knows about how to live in the wild. Both have experience “going feral” and understand what it takes to survive by working with nature and not against it. Sam’s pertinent interest in survival skills has taught him a vast knowledge of plant species as well as a healthy respect for wildlife, which is also shared by Pete who studied biology, zoology, ecology, and botany. They both have a very calm demeanor and have what it takes to win.
Alex and Logan Ribar
Alex (48) grew up in the wilds of Maine Alaska where he learned how to live off the land before joining the Marines in 1991. Alex’s go-get-em attitude is a shoot first and ask questions second mentality which is good for getting things done but could also work against him. Alex’s son Logan (19) takes a more methodical approach to tasks and has deep respect for nature and the land. The two contrasting styles to approaching challenges might balance out nicely for them, or cause a lot of tension. Will the combination of wisdom and youth prove successful? Either way, their determination seems very strong.
Brad and Josh Richardson
Brad (23) and Josh (19) are brothers from Fox Lake, Ilinois who work together as blacksmith’s specializing in knives and hand tools. They have been camping, fishing, hunting, and learning primitive skills from an early age and are not afraid to say they want the money badly. As the youngest team they have energy, stamina, and fitness on their side but their bickering and lack of experience may prove hard to handle. They have the potential to do well but will have to stay head strong to succeed in the long run.
Brooke and Dave Whipple
Brooke (45) and Dave (40) have been married for 18 years and have two children which they will have to leave behind. They have had diverse lives doing all kinds of things which allow them to pursue adventure whenever they can. With real homesteading skills and a strong bond, they look to have all the right makeup of a solid duo. One thing I do think will play a big part in their survival is their mindset about leaving their kids behind. Finding food and creating a functional shelter to live in shouldn’t be a problem but dealing with the emotions of being separated from those closest to you is a whole other game.
Brody and Chris Wilkes
Andrew “Brody” (33) and Chris (44) are brothers who grew up practicing outdoor skills and have continued to do so all their lives. They have a strong mental attitude and a multitude of survival skills between them using whatever they have to make it through. They are both big guys so will need a lot of sustenance and they will need to cooperate with each other on a grand scale to prosper. They have solid skills and seem to be quietly confident in their plan of action. Only time will tell if these two have what it takes to outlast all other teams.
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