Alone in the wild

Alone in the Wild portrays Ed Wardle as he fights to survive in the unforgiving Yukon wilderness with just basic provisions and cameras.

His goal is to survive three summer months, spanning over 3 different episodes. Each of the episodes are joined into the one video above.

In Episode 1, Ed and his essential supplies are dropped off by an aircraft at “Dog Pack” Lake in the Yukon Territory of Canada. He finds a few fish, greens, and some berries, and manages to kill, butcher, and eat a porcupine. Ed quickly loses weight, and his heartrate drops to as low as 28 bpm.

Episode 2 focus on Ed’s trek to a potentially more food-laden site at Tincup Lake which, although only about ten miles away, takes nearly four days to reach. He traverses a large lakes and climbs steep and brushy terrain in order to locate his camp. Hopefully he will find salmon in the stream nearby. He often comments about the serene natural beauty of the lacustrine and montane scenery. For psychological enhancement, he also tries meditation – but it appears to provide little or no benefit.

During Episode 3, he attempts to find sustenance at Tincup, following the outflowing stream downhill in search of salmon. During the expedition, he saw several moose, a caribou, and ducks, but Canadian law did not permit him to kill any of them. Tincup proves to be even worse than Dog Pack. Although he continues to check nearly a score of rabbit snares, only one or two lagomorphs were ever collared. He shoots another porcupine, but worries that a bear might smell the flesh and attack him. He was frequently overtaken by trepidation toward bears. Although he manages to capture a few trout and graylings at Tincup, and find blueberries, he never spots a salmon. The most serious issue, however, is his loneliness. It has caused him to cry in all three episodes. The combination of social isolation and undernourishment finally forces him, as he ran out of rations at approximately day 50 of the outing, to call for a rescue plane to take him to Whitehorse, where he reflects on the trip in the comparative luxury of a hotel room.