The Alaska Experiment

Season 1 Episode 1

Into the Wilds

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Aired Tuesday 10:00 PM Apr 22, 2008 on Discovery Channel
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Into the Wilds
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Four separate groups of regular people are dropped into the wilds of Alaska, and their first task of survival is to find their shelters. Dennis and his daughters meet a bear almost immediately, Greg and Bernice are tested by trying to climb a huge glacier, Jeff and Elizabeth kayak through a dangerous ice field and come face to face with another large bear, and Tim, Allan, and Jasmine find themselves completely lost after just a few hours.moreless

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Allan Aujero

Allan Aujero

Team Flower Lake

Jasmine Kung

Jasmine Kung

Team Flower Lake

Bernice Pierson

Bernice Pierson

Team Hawkins Glacier

Greg Pierson

Greg Pierson

Team Hawkins Glacier

Tim Wagner

Tim Wagner

Team Flower Lake

Elizabeth Widmeyer

Elizabeth Widmeyer

Team Back Bay

Donna Claus

Donna Claus

Alaska Survival Expert

Guest Star

Mocean Melvin

Mocean Melvin

Narrator

Recurring Role

Paul Claus

Paul Claus

Alaska Survival Expert

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Most of the teams try fishing for salmon to get some protein in their diets. The fish spawn in fall, and aren't interested in eating, so they don't go for lures as they would at other times. However, their level of aggression is heightened at this time, so they will strike the lures if they are irritated sufficiently.

    • Three out of four of the groups do not make it to their campsites on the first day. Only the Wise's make it to their cabin before darkness forces them to pitch their tents.

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Greg: (as they fly into their new home) Are we going to see bears?
      Paul Claus: They're there. Whether you see them or not, that's another story.
      Donna Claus: I guarantee you, they will see you!

    • Jeff: When I look out at the mountains, the bay, and the woods behind me, I see a beautiful but inhospitable place. I don't think we're going to get to make many mistakes. What I see is a challenge everywhere I look.

    • Paul Claus: There's nothing that equates to the city life that's similar, here. Nothing. The things we take for granted in a city- running water, and electricity, doesn't exist here. People are used to turning on a tap and there the water comes out. Up there, it's haul it or don't have it.

    • Jasmine: (upon arriving at their cabin) At least we have a million dollar view. Because seriously, if we didn't have a good view...
      Alan: Wow, that's beautiful.

    • Greg: (camping out on the first night) This should keep us warm for tonight. It's dark here, huh? We'll sleep good tonight... except for all the bears.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Bear attacks was the biggest worry of the production crew, as well as that of the volunteers. One of the campsites, Icy Bay, has one of the largest populations of brown bears in Alaska.

    • The show's wilderness guides followed the volunteers as they traveled into the wild carrying high caliber hunting rifles just in case of an emergency, such as a bear attack.

    • The camera crews, who lived in tents just a short distance away from the tents of the volunteer, said that this was one of the toughest assignments they ever had. One of the cameramen had previously shot a number of films on Mt Everest, and said that this was just as difficult to endure.

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Title

      This episode's title echoes the award winning book Into the Wild by John Krakauer, which chronicles the last days of Christopher McCandless, who hitchhiked to Alaska to spend some time pitting himself against the wilderness only to die a few months later.