Alone is an American reality TV series on History. It follows the tone-proved diurnal struggles of 10 individualities (seven paired brigades in season 4) as they survive alone in nature for as long as possible using a limited quantity of survival gears. With the exception of medical check-ins, the participators are separated from each other and all other humans. They may “tap out” at any time, or be dismissed due to failing a medical check-in. The competitor who remains the longest wins a grand prize of$500,000. The seasons have been videotaped across a range of remote locales, generally on Indigenous-controlled lands, including northern Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Nahuel Huapi National Park in Argentinian Patagonia, northern Mongolia, Great Slave Lake in the Northwest habitats, and Chilko Lake in interior British Columbia.

The series premiered on June 18, 2015. On August 19, before the homestretch of Season 1, it was annunciated that the series had been renewed for another season, which would begin production in the fall of 2015 on Vancouver Island, Canada. Season 2 premiered on April 21, 2016. Season 3 was pictured in the second quarter of 2016 in Patagonia, Argentina, and premiered on December 8.  One day before the season 3 premiere, History annunciated that casting had begun for season 4. Season 4 was set in Northern Vancouver Island with a crew dynamic and premiered on June 8, 2017. Season 5 was set in Northern Mongolia and allowed disasters from former seasons to return and contend. It premiered on June 14, 2018. Season 6 began in June 2019 and featured ten all-new rivals between the periods of 31 and 55. It was set just south of the Arctic Circle on a lake in the Northwest Homes of Canada.

Most selected Items

These are the most popular gear choices from the alone gear list for all the seasons.


“A pocket knife can prove very useful when you’re stranded in the wild. It can be used for protection, food preparation, shelter, or tool-making. That’s why seven of the ten participants chose to bring one with them to the Arctic.”
Brands: Green River     GCS Knives     KA-BAR     Mossy Oak     LT Wright Knives

Sleeping Bag

“Camping out in the frigid temperatures of the Arctic without a proper sleeping bag would be asking for trouble. If the wildlife doesn’t get you, the frostbite might.”
BrandsBrowning    Tennier

Ferro Rod

The invention—or discovery—of fire is considered one of the pivotal points in human evolution. In the Arctic, a Ferro rod like this one, which is scraped on rough surfaces to produce sparks upwards of 3,000 degrees Fahrenheit, might mean the difference between winning and losing the competition. Watch the first episode to find out why not bringing one of these proved to be a big deal for one participant.
Brands: bayite

Fishing Kit

Fishing lines and hooks—the participants are allowed 300 yards worth of line and 25 barbless hooks—are key tools participants will use to procure food in the Arctic. If a participant wants to win the $500,000 prize, he or she is going to have to eat.
Brands: RUNCL     Mustad

2 Qt Pot / Aluminum dutch oven

This large pot is not only good for cooking, but also for purifying water—two essential elements to surviving alone in the wild.
BrandsZEBRA     GSI Outdoors


a professional axe for those who want to survive in the wilderness in the traditional way. The axe is ideal for felling very large trees.
BrandsFiskars     Estwing     Hults Bruk


Many participants choose to bring along folding saw with them. The tool will help them to build shelter and gather wood for fires, both of which could prove vital to their chances of winning the grand prize.
BrandsSilky    Silky Saws

Gill Net

A gillnet is a highly selective and passive gear accounting for 20% of all the fishing methods of the world.


With the Arctic’s frigid temperatures, a safe place to sleep and face the elements is very important. Paracord and/or rope will help when building shelter because it helps keep tarps suspended in the air, wood bundles together and food in trees and away from bears.

12×12 Tarp

Tarp is used in many ways to protect persons and things from wind, rain, and sunlight.

Bow & Arrows

Food is a major concern for participants as they try to survive life in the Arctic. Hunting for squirrels and other small wildlife is one major way to keep your strength up. Participants are allowed one primitive bow with nine arrows.
Brands: Samick Sage


The Leatherman multi-tool will help participants achieve many things as they look to build shelter and find food: A mini-saw for cutting wood, pliers for bending trap wire, and different blades with which to cut food and other items.

Snare Wire

Snare wire is another gear to strike down their prey.

Food Rations

And the last most selected item is food rations, which help you to survive for a few more days without hunting. 

10 special items

10 Items Selection condition:

  • Participants select 10 items from the following list.
  • Participants are responsible for sourcing and purchasing their 10 items.
  • No duplicate items can be taken from the following list.


  • 12×12 ground cloth/tarp
  • 8-mm climbing rope – 10M
  • 550 Paracord – 80m
  • 3-mm cotton cord – 40m (non waxed cord)


  • 1 multi-seasonal sleeping bag
  • 1 bivi bag
  • 1 sleeping pad
  • 1 hammock


  • 1 large pot
  • 1 steel frying pan
  • 1 flint or Ferro rod set with standard-sized striker
  • 1 enamel bowl for eating
  • 1 spoon
  • 1 canteen/water bottle


  • 1 bar of soap
  • 1 8-oz tube of toothpaste
  • 1 face flannel
  • 1 40-mm roll dental floss
  • 1 small bottle bio shower soap
  • 1 shaving razor (and 1 blade)
  • 1 towel (30” x 60”)
  • 1 comb


  • 1 300-yd roll of a single-filament fishing line up to max of 20 lbs weight test + 35 assorted barbless hooks (no bigger than size 7/0, no lures.)
  • 1 Primitive Bow Recurve or longbow + 9x Arrows
  • 1 small-gauge gill net
  • 1 slingshot/catapult + 30 steel ball bearings + 1 replacement band
  • 1 net foraging bag
  • 2 lbs of 20 or 21-gauge trapping (snare) wire
  • 3 lbs of one solid block of salt

Food (2 items max)

  • 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 hardtack 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, chocolate, peanuts)
  • 2 lbs of flour (starch/carbs)
  • 2/3 lbs rice / 2/3 lb sugar / 2/3 lb of salt (all separated)


  • 1 pocket knife
  • 1 hunting knife (blade edge length no larger than 10”)
  • 1 Leatherman multi-tool or similar
  • 1 sharpening stone
  • 1 roll of duct tape or 1 roll of electrical tape
  • 1 small shovel
  • 1 small sewing kit
  • 1 carabiner
  • 1 LED flashlight
  • 1 pair of ice spikes (studded walking aids for icy conditions
  • 1 scotch-eyed auger
  • 1 adze
  • 1 2-handed draw knife (blade no longer than 5 inches)
  • 1 hatchet
  • 1 saw (Blade no longer than 3 feet)
  • 1 ax