An extract on #liveoutdoors
The series premiered on June 18, 2015. On August 19, before the finale of season 1, it was announced that the series had been renewed for a second season, which would begin production in the fall of 2015 on Vancouver Island, Canada. Season 2 premiered on April 21, 2016. Season 3 was filmed in the second quarter of 2016 in Patagonia, and premiered on December 8. One day before the season 3 premiere, History announced that casting had begun for season 4.
In January 2017, a Danish version of the series premiered with the name "Alone in the Wilderness" (Danish: Alene i vildmarken) on DR3. It featured ten contestants and was filmed in northern Norway. They got to choose 12 items from a list of 18.
Ten contestants are dropped off in remote areas of Northern Vancouver Island (seasons 1 and 2) and Patagonia (season 3), far enough apart to ensure that they will not come in contact with one another. Contestants each select 10 items of survival gear from a pre-approved list of 40, and are issued a kit of standard equipment, clothing and first aid/emergency supplies. They are also given a set of cameras to document their daily experiences and emotions. Attempting to live in the wild for as long as possible, the contestants must find food, build shelters, and fend off predators while enduring extreme isolation and psychological distress.
Contestants who wish to withdraw from the competition for any reason (referred to as "tapping out") may signal a rescue crew using a provided satellite telephone. In addition, medical professionals conduct periodic health checks on the contestants and may, at their discretion, disqualify and evacuate anyone they feel is unable to continue participating safely. The last remaining contestant wins a $500,000 cash prize. Contestants are warned that the show might last for up to a year.
Fourteen contestants, consisting of seven family-member pairs, are individually dropped off in remote areas of Northern Vancouver Island. The two members of each team choose 10 items of survival gear to be equally divided between them. The team chooses one member to be taken to a campsite; the other begins approximately 10 mi (16.09 km) away and must hike to the site, using only a compass and bearing to find the way. Either member may tap out at any time, but doing so removes both of them from the competition. The last remaining team wins the $500,000 prize.