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The Alaska Experiment is a Discovery Channel television reality series that was produced by Ricochet and featured Mocean Melvin, Jeff Frederick and Allan Aujero. Starting with the second season, the show was named Out of the Wild and was produced by Pilgrim Films.

Season 1 followed four teams of urban professionals left in the Alaskan wildnerness at Icy Bay's Camp Riou Point and Back Bay, Flower Lake and Hawkins Glacier. The teams of ten were given directions to shelters where they would spend several weeks. The groups struggle to survive solely on what they can obtain from the land and at the shelters. Wildnerness survival expert Paul Claus was assisted by guide Neil Webster. One exercise involved a moose hunt where participants were trained in firing Winchester Magnum guns and rifles. They also hunted mountain goats separately.

Season 2 was named Out of the Wild: The Alaska Experiment and included nine volunteers. The group traveled as a team across the land instead of staying in one place. Each participant was given an emergency GPS unit, due to the more challenging survival aspects and the fact that they were backpacking so remotely. Using the unit, they could instantly summon rescue teams in order to safely evacuate. Nearly half of the participants left the show using the GPS units after several days. Only 4 participants were able to complete the experiment after nearly a month.

Season 3 was called Out of the Wild: Venezuela with a similar format to the second season. Nine volunteers were dropped off in Mount Roraima in the southern region of Venezuela. The volunteers received a map, compass and modern survival gear. Some of the camps were provided with huts, and some locations required that volunteers make their own shelters. The group went through a jungle, swamp and a river portion, where they were built a raft. Four of the volunteers were evacuated after reaching civilization over a period of twenty-six days.

Discovery Channel
2 Seasons, 12 Episodes - Ended
Science & Technology, Documentary & Biography
The Alaska Experiment
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The Alaska Experiment Full Episode Guide

  • The group takes shelter in a Pemon Indian hut and Brad goes hunting with handmade arrows. Sam and Michael still can't see eye to eye and the group isn't happy. The journey may come to an end for two more people.

  • The harsh reality of the Venezuelan backcountry forces the first person to quit. The team gets to their new camp but they find themselves without shelter when a severe storm rolls in. Nick and Michael make a meal out of termites.

  • The group grows desperate when they find themselves lost in the jungle at night with no water. Michael proves his worth by tracking a deadly South American snake. While hunting, Brad and Sam are attacked by the very animal they're trying to trap.

  • Nine people are dropped in Venezuela's vast wilderness with one goal: find civilization. After sleeping on Mt. Roraima, they trek into the jungle where they battle hunger, fatigue and weather. By day three, hypothermia could force the first to leave.

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