Editor's Note: Above video is a report on how two Idaho teens survived a freezing night in the wilderness
SPOKANE, Wash. — A North Idaho native is set to appear on a History Channel survival show in early June.
Jordan Jonas is one of ten contestants on ALONE, which premiers at 10 p.m. on Thursday, June 6. The show documents what it is like for contestants to survive on their own while self-documenting their journey without camera crews.
The contestants on the show’s sixth season survived in the Arctic and entered the wilderness carrying 10 items of their choice in a small rucksack. They are separated from one another and completely isolated.
The last person standing on the show wins $500,000 in prize money.
Jonas said survival is not unfamiliar to him, as he spent many years living in the harsh conditions of Siberia with nomadic reindeer herders. He was also an avid camper who learned survival skills while growing up in Athol, Idaho.
“I spent a month-and-a-half in Siberia alone in the forest, so I had a similar prior experience. So when I got there it felt very familiar. It’s kind of a similar climate,” Jonas said.
The History Channel contacted Jonas several years after he submitted an application for the show, he said.
“One thing led to another and I guess they stuck me on there,” he said with a laugh.
The items Jonas brought with him into the wilderness included an axe, wooden bow and arrow, trapping wire and fishing hooks.
“They’re all pretty primitive stuff. You can’t take a gun or anything like that,” Jonas said. “In my opinion, you gotta take an axe. All of the Siberian forest people and hunters say that’s the only tool you need to survive in the wilderness, and I agree from my experience.”
Jonas now lives in Virginia and is planning to move back to North Idaho soon. He said the return to city life after competing on the show was not as shocking as people might expect.
“For me, it all felt very familiar. All of the time I spent in Russia – you’re in a really primitive environment. My wife’s from New York City and I’d come back and be in the city,” he said. “The culture shock and the changes like that almost don’t bother me at all. I tend to be pretty adaptable.”
Overall, Jonas enjoys spending time in the wilderness. He said it offers him an opportunity to clear his head.
“You can delve into your thoughts in ways that you never have an opportunity to. It’s amazing how that way of life just feels like the way we’re meant to live,” he said. “It’s directly connected to the way people lived for thousands of years.”
Watch the trailer for ALONE below: