‘Alone’ Season 9 Winner Breaks Down Their Wilderness Journey

[Warning: The following contains MAJOR spoilers for the Alone Season 9 finale, “Fight, Flight or Freeze.”]

Alone Season 9 got here to a detailed on Thursday, August 4 on the Historical past Channel. In Alone, 10 survivalists are dropped off in undisclosed, distant areas and outfitted with simply 10 survival instruments, plus sufficient digicam gear to self-document their experiences.

The survivalist who endures the longest, dealing with whole isolation, punishing climate, and lethal predators, will win the $500,000 grand prize. With no digicam crews and no gimmicks, Alone is the final word take a look at of human will.

Ultimately, Juan Pablo Quiñonez got here out victorious. Quiñonez is a survival specialist, out of doors skilled, and wilderness first responder. He grew up in Guadalajara, Mexico and now lives in Pinawa, Manitoba. Going into Season 9, his Historical past bio mentioned he “loves journey and is captivated with residing off the land. He loves actions that push him to his most potential and take a look at his personal limits. He believes it’s necessary to follow and share the abilities and knowledge of our hunter-gatherer ancestors, that strengthening a real connection to the land is vital for resilience in these occasions of disruption and decline.”

Quiñonez put his expertise and fervour to the take a look at, bringing ferro rod, paracord, a 2-quart pot, an ax, fishing line and hooks, a noticed, a bow and arrows, a sleeping bag, trapping wire, and a multitool as his 10 objects. He gained the $500,000 on day 78 after Karie Lee Knoke, a wilderness/primitive expertise teacher, voluntarily bowed out of the competitors. Quiñonez’s companion, Jennifer, was delivered to his campsite to inform him he gained within the ultimate moments of the episode.

Right here, Quiñonez — the primary Latino winner of Alone — talks about his experiences this season and what he’s been doing since filming ended.

What made you need to go on the sequence within the first place?

Juan Pablo Quiñonez: I’ve been fascinated by this for years. I’m tremendous into being within the wilderness and all of these survival expertise. I’ve been doing plenty of adventures which might be just like what Alone is about.

You mentioned strengthening a real connection to the land was necessary to you. Do you’re feeling this expertise did that for you?

It strengthened most of the classes I’ve been studying about nature and myself through the years, however I’d say extra of a connection to myself. My physique, my thoughts. To me, one of many items I received from that have was realizing there’s happiness within the wrestle. That was a stunning one. It felt very nice to be so engaged with a problem.

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Are you able to describe the second while you realized you gained? What had been you considering, feeling?

To begin with, it was a loopy morning. I used to be dehydrated that day; I had no concept they might be coming. Every part was very stunning to me, and it was tremendous good as a result of I hoped that, within the occasion that I gained, my companion, Jennifer, can be with me. That was such a pleasant shock. It was superb.

What helped you get by way of your worst days all through your 78 days?

I’ve written a ebook about survival referred to as Thrive: Lengthy-Time period Wilderness Survival Information, and I’ve all of those psychological methods. It’s humorous, as a result of through the years I’ve been amassing methods to make use of in these conditions, however I actually didn’t use lots of these methods.

The most straightforward one was to be grateful for three issues on daily basis, and infrequently I’d do some deep respiration workouts. That actually helped. It’s so easy, however just some deep breaths. Each time I used to be feeling anxiousness coming or simply an excessive amount of stress, I’d do some deep respiration.

What had been essentially the most thrilling moments on the present?

I don’t know if that is within the present or not; I’ve not seen the finale. However spending so many days on the market surviving, it takes an enormous toll in your physique and thoughts. You’re stripped of your ego. I’m a really personal particular person. It’s humorous, as a result of I’m on a actuality present with thousands and thousands of viewers, however I’m tremendous, tremendous introverted, in order that introverted-ness simply fell off.

I keep in mind as soon as, as a result of I used to be so worn down by being on the market for thus many days, I received confused as a result of I assumed I noticed a polar bear close by. That received me tremendous excited, not afraid. Just about like a child being enthusiastic about seeing a polar bear. I wished to see one within the wild up shut, however it ended up simply being a chunk of ice that received me so pumped, so hyped on adrenaline. That was a reasonably thrilling day for me [laughs].

After the journey started, was there something in your checklist of 10 objects you wished you had changed with one thing else?

One factor I believe I didn’t want was the ferro rod [a fire starter], simply because I didn’t do many fires on the market. That’s simply because I used to be adapting to my explicit spot and what my explicit expertise demanded from me.

What had been the toughest moments for you this season?

Accepting the place I used to be dropped, my territory. To me, the spot proper across the river — the grass is at all times greener, proper? — the opposite aspect of the river was the spot to be in. However that was not the spot the place I used to be dropped in. Mentally, simply being constrained to my territory was personally very exhausting, simply considering, “Oh, I may simply be in a greater spot, however I can’t.”

Additionally, these challenges had been introduced on on my own, however I wished to do a protracted quick, and to do one efficiently I needed to attempt to do the least quantity of issues doable that weren’t needed. That was actually exhausting simply to be mentally constraining myself a lot.

What are you most pleased with?

I’m pleased with the trouble I put into it. I actually wished to win, and I put as a lot preparation into it as I may. I’m not the very best hunter, I’m not the very best fisherman, I’m not the very best survivalist, however I’m adequate in any respect of these issues. I actually gave my coronary heart to the challenges. That’s what I’m pleased with: I did what I can. I wasn’t good. There have been issues I may have executed a lot better, however I’m pleased with that.

Are you able to give an replace on life since profitable? Have you ever been capable of begin the homestead group you dreamed of constructing with the prize cash?

The previous couple of months I’ve been working like loopy ending writing my ebook and publishing it. That was an intense interval of my life for me. Now, I’m considering of the subsequent stage, and for me which means discovering land and beginning a homestead with my companion. Hopefully, we are able to make a cooperative group with different folks sooner or later.

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