History Channel’s Alone is the toughest survival show ever – it is the real deal. It’s a self-shot show, there are no camera crews and no gimmicks. Survivalists are dropped off in separate locations with no map and minimal gear. And whoever can survive the longest goes home with a cash prize of $500,000. This past Season 4 had a crazy twist, opposed to prior seasons that featured a single person, surviving alone in a single location. This time, teams of two family members competed together, though they started separately. One person from each team was dropped off at a camp along the coast, the other was dropped 10 miles away with nothing but a compass bearing, basic camping gear, camera equipment, and no trail to follow through some of the densest forest in the world. Their job was to find their family member. Then, if and when the pairs were reunited, their challenge was to survive together, and outlast the other teams. If contestants were starving to death, injured, or they’d just had enough, they could “tap out” using a satellite messaging device, and they would be extracted by a team of search and rescue specialists.

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