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‘Alone’ Season 9 ups the ante as Montreal physician Teimojin Tan faces polar bears

‘Alone’ Season 9 ups the ante as Montreal physician Teimojin Tan faces polar bears

Contestants on Season 9 of Historical past’s Alone, the out of doors survival actuality present not like the rest on tv, face a brand new menace that is likely to be probably the most unnerving but.

The courageous opponents will as soon as once more be dropped right into a distant area — allowed to deliver solely 10 survival objects from a pre-approved record — and can work to outlast each other to say the $500,000 grand prize.

However, this season, they gained’t simply be doing the searching; for the primary time ever, they’ll even be the hunted.

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The distant wilderness of Labrador, the place Season 9 takes place, has loads of challenges to beat, together with the distinctive menace of polar bears.

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This season options two Canadian contestants, certainly one of them being Teimojin Tan.

Tan, 31, grew up in Montreal and has travelled the world. When he was 17, he joined the Canadian Military Reserve and took a particular curiosity in Chilly Climate Warfare and Survival. From there, he pursued medical faculty and is now engaged on the Bruce Peninsula in Ontario within the areas of emergency and hospital medication.

He additionally focuses on wilderness medication, utilizing his medical coaching and data of Indigenous medicines and practices to show individuals how one can put together for and to beat sickness and harm in distant, austere environments.

The ten objects Tan chosen to deliver on his survival journey have been a sleeping bag, an axe, a multitool, a ferro rod, a two-quart pot, a bow and arrows, paracord, trapping wire, fishing line and hooks and emergency rations.

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World Information spoke to Tan over the telephone about his expertise in Labrador (the present has already accomplished manufacturing, however no spoilers right here!), how his coaching helped him within the wild and the way actual the specter of polar bears felt whereas on the market on their lonesome.

World Information: Up till this level, what’s the largest survival problem you’ve executed?
Teimojin Tan: I’ve executed a number of solo journeys, usually two weeks at a time, some in tropical environments and a few in colder environments as effectively.

Usually in these conditions, you may deliver no matter you need. You may deliver emergency rations, you may deliver your axe, your noticed, all these items which might be greater than your 10 objects [brought to Alone].


Teimojin Tan is competing for $500,000 on Season 9 of ‘Alone’.


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Wanting again in your Alone expertise, would you have got modified any of the ten objects you introduced with you?
For the precise surroundings I used to be in, I’d not have modified my decisions. I used to be very comfy with my objects. The axe that I introduced on the market I’ve had for nearly 10 years now, so it was like an previous pal. Though a few of my gear wasn’t the latest or the most effective… I’d put it via the wringer within the army, in order that they have been objects I trusted.

What did you do to arrange to be on the present?
Any preparation for a hunt or expedition that requires you to hunt, your data and abilities must be up-to-date and actually precision-sharp. I’d been practising with my recurve bow I’ve been taking pictures for seven years, so simply a number of goal follow and analysis on fishing and fishing strategies. I practised a number of primitive trapping strategies, too.

My metabolism may be very quick and it’s actually onerous for me to placed on weight so I went on an all-American food plan and placed on a further 20 kilos earlier than I left for the present.

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What was the largest problem you confronted on the present?
For me, not like a few of the individuals on the present, I hadn’t hunted earlier than. I’d shot my bow many instances for goal follow however by no means deliberately to take one thing for meals. To do this is extremely daunting. Not solely from a ability perspective, but additionally from a taking-a-life perspective. To take the lifetime of a cute, fuzzy animal was an enormous, large problem.

Even enthusiastic about how one can [trap and kill] totally different animals was a problem as effectively. Taking a look at their behaviours and their patterns and placing your self between these patterns to get the kill.

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How did your learnings about Indigenous medicines show you how to on the present?
I feel, extra so than something, the spirit of Indigenous communities is that you simply discover the essence of the neighborhood as quickly as you enter it. Every thing is tremendous completely satisfied and everybody is de facto grateful for what they’ve. And since they face restricted sources, the power to adapt and overcome is really inspirational.

Realizing somewhat bit in regards to the crops native to that space was additionally useful, too, as foraging is such a big a part of the survival on the market.

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Talking of foraging, how a lot time did you spend doing that?
Whilst you’re ready for a specific animal to come back into your lure or a fish to get in your hook, it’s effectively value your time to only look to see what meals are round you. I’d say I spend 30 to 40 per cent of my time on the market foraging.

Did you get lonely?
I’ve such a terrific help system, such a loving household, many who’re huge followers of the present. So the kind of help they gave me made me really feel as if they have been proper there with me. I spent a number of time enthusiastic about what they’d say to me, what recommendation they’d give me. And listening to family members who’d just lately and distantly handed. I spent a number of time speaking to them.

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How did your expertise within the military and as a health care provider show you how to put together?
So within the military, it’s important to push onerous and work as a workforce and it’s important to know how one can adapt and improvise when issues get robust. Being assured in your abilities and being assured that you simply’ll determine it out was a terrific profit to me.

With regard to medication, a number of what I selected to deliver and the way I supposed to function on the present was very intentional. The commonest sicknesses and accidents have been all the time on the forefront of my thoughts. Taking a look at what gear I had that I may repurpose into medical gear additionally labored in my favour.

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This yr had a curveball — the specter of polar bears. Had been you afraid?
After they let you know the typical polar bear is 3 times the load of a typical Canadian black bear, they usually let you know there are polar bears searching for you out for meals at a time once they’re making an attempt to achieve as a lot weight as they’ll earlier than winter, yeah, the hairs on the again of my neck have been standing, particularly initially.

We did see indicators of bears round and I all the time tried to maintain a bow or one thing in my hand to guard myself.

What was the scariest or most unnerving scenario you confronted?
Waking up in the midst of the night time and having the specter of a bear at your toes was positively the scariest half. And constructing a shelter with the intention to win this present… it needs to be one heck of a construction and that doesn’t occur in a single day.

Many people on the market, and plenty of previous contestants, have an open door so the bears can simply stroll proper in and take a sniff. There’s additionally wolves and different animals that you simply simply don’t know what they’re able to. Listening to them at night time, particularly at first, was very scary.

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This interview has been edited and condensed.

‘Alone’ Season 9 premiered on Could 26 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Historical past. New episodes air at that very same time each Thursday. It is usually out there for streaming on StackTV.

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