If you’ve ever considered living off the grid, 2020 might just be the year that kickstarts you into that new life. The new Discovery Channel series “100 Days Wild” is here to offer important tips as you pack up to head for the hills.
Set in the Tanana Valley, which the producers bill as an “undeveloped region of Alaska 200 miles away from civilization,” the show features a group of five lower-48 Americans who join a remote community and help the founders get their dream back on track. The Tanana Valley starts not far from Eielson Air Force Base in the state’s vast interior. With about 750,000 people residents spread out over an area more than twice the size of Texas, it doesn't take much for it to be considered “undeveloped.”
“100 Days Wild'' premiered last Friday, August 21, and the second episode (airing Friday, August 28, at 9 p.m. ET/PT and available via the Discovery GO app) will introduce a military veteran to the show.
Former Virginia National Guard member Adam Frye is one of the five outsiders who bring new ideas to the original group. Frye grew up in Grottoes, a small Virginia town with fewer than 3,000 citizens, and joined the Army at age 18 and was deployed to Guantanamo Bay and Kosovo during his service.
Adam is tired of the daily grind he encountered back in the lower-USA and he’s looking to jumpstart his life by moving to the woods. We’ve got a clip from the second episode in which Adam takes over a long-stalled project to build a community cold smoker.
Founders Jennifer and Andrew have been struggling to build a community based on their egalitarian values and agree to take in new members to help move things forward. In addition to Frye, the newcomers include a sporting goods salesman, a homesteader and a mountain man. These folks are hard chargers. Will their personalities clash with community values?
It’s reality television. You know the answer. This crew has to come together to embrace a hunter-gatherer lifestyle and prepare for a fast-approaching winter. Can everyone adapt and learn to work together? Will they gather enough food to take them through a harsh Alaska winter? Or will they be eaten by bears?
OK, maybe we don’t have to worry about that last one. It’s the kind of spoiler that would have made the news by now, right?
Still, there’s plenty of reality drama and actual information about what you’ll be giving up if you walk away from the chaos and start over in the woods. The only reality show winning on “100 Days Wild” will come if a group full of different personalities figures out a way to work together. That sounds like an alternate reality worth checking out.
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