Kielyn Marrone participated as a candidate for the 7th season of the History channel of the extreme survival television series “Alone”
The first episode of the season is scheduled to air on Thursday, and it will feature 10 contestants trying to survive the brutal Arctic conditions to win the biggest grand prize in the history of the series.
Marrone was the only Canadian competitor of the season and was one of only two participants.
“I wanted to participate because of the opportunity to put my skills to the test. When you work from home, you have to pay your bills and keep growing your business. You can’t just say that I’m going to go and try to survive as long as possible in the desert, ”said Marrone.
“It gives you the opportunity to go out there and really test my skills. I didn’t necessarily want to do it alone, because I do everything with my partner Dave and I am very family oriented. I love my morning hugs. So being alone was a whole different ball game for me. ”
Marrone is co-owner of Lure the North with her husband Dave, where they work as winter shipping operators.
Together, they take people to the most remote areas of northern Ontario and Quebec, snowshoeing through the boreal forest for weeks while using traditional techniques and equipment.
They also run skill workshops and teach people how to make moccasins, mittens and more.
Marrone first became interested in the outdoors when she visited her mother’s parents in Parry Sound when she was a child. She moved to Sudbury when she decided she wanted to become an outdoor instructor and studied as part of Laurentian University’s Adventure Leadership program.
“When I moved to Sudbury, I was hooked. Look at the Laurentians campus. You finish the course and you can hike for two hours or go swimming. You’re surrounded by wilderness and I’ve never looked back, ”she said.
As a competitor on Alone, Marrone was dropped by a helicopter in the middle of the Arctic with nothing but a giant bag full of batteries and cameras, and 10 survival tools of her choice.
Each person in the show must create their own shelter, catch their own food and overcome the rough terrain and the cold while documenting their trip on camera.
They are almost completely alone in the desert for up to 100 days.
The only human contact of the candidates is a production and medical team that monitors the health of each candidate with a check-up of half an hour every 10 days.
“The Sudbury landscape is very similar to Great Slave Lake. The trees were stunted and there are a lot of rocks, so it reminded me a little of the house. I think it was a great advantage for me. Know the winter and know what to expect, “she said.
“But I don’t think anyone can really prepare for such an experience. You may have the skills, but you are alone in the face of the elements and everything that happens to you. It is your mental tenacity that I think helps you get through or not. ”
Marrone said participating in the challenge was an “emotional roller coaster”.
“One of the things that made him so emotional was not knowing exactly when your next meal was going to take place. You set your rabbit traps, then in the morning, you will walk on your line. If you have rabbits, you can eat. If you don’t have rabbits, you don’t have to eat, “she said.
“I found myself getting more and more emotional when I got a rabbit because when you don’t get this hold, you’re like, OK, keep it together. Keep on going. When you finally get this food, you just release all that emotion. Thank goodness I can eat. ”
She discovered that the only way to overcome these mental battles was simply to get through them.
“The only way to improve is to train and get through life,” she said.
“It was really important to me to be the only Canadian and one of two women on the show because I was fortunate to show how resilient and resilient we can be. I hope the show inspires more women not only to try things like that, but also to be tough on their minds and believe that they can do anything. ”
The 7th season of Alone will air on History on Thursday June 11 at 10 p.m. ET / PT.
– Colleen Romaniuk, Local Journalism Initiative, Sudbury Star