While watching the series I kept asking myself, "What the Hell were these people thinking?" and "What would make a person want to do this?". These are not your typical reality-tv glory hounds; and there damn sure wasn't any million dollar prize money for the survivors. So what was the motivation?
Pure and simple. These people were actually in it for the experience. Now, like any documentary or reality tv event, the minute you add a camera you change the circumstances...and the minute you edit that footage, you can throw truth out the window - instead it becomes a point of view. But still, it was a true experience that they shared to gather food, hunt for protein, survive the extreme weather conditions, and manage to live side by side with wolves, bears, and other dangerous wildlife.
My colleagues were called back from their trip early due to the illness and subsequent death of a parent. Real life intruded on reality tv. And I wondered how they have been adjusting back into our corporate existence in the NY metro area after the expansive wilderness of Alaska.
I got my answer yesterday.
Apparently, they left the company permanently.
They are returning to Alaska and taking up an opportunity to work in a wilderness lodge there doing hiking and kayaking tours.
So, while I huddled under my blanket and watched these episodes thinking what a miserable and crazy circumstance...they were falling in love with Alaska.
So their adventure continues.
I'd say the Alaska Experiment was a success.