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In this opening episode, Ed is flown into the Canadian wilderness. As the plane disappears, he's instantly overwhelmed by the realisation that he is completely alone. He finds it hard to make decisions, but manages to set up camp.
He's frightened and nervous of every sound and movement around him. As the days go by, it dawns on Ed that the escapist dream is a lot harder than he ever imagined.
Ed (38) was chosen for his professional and technical abilities as a cameraman/producer, his proven physical ability in the world's most hostile locations and his passion for the idea of living wild for three months.
He is not a survival expert like Ray Mears or Bear Grylls but a very competent outdoorsman who, while growing up in rural Scotland, developed an affinity with nature.
Before breaking into TV as a cameraman/sound recordist on a series of ballooning adventure films, he trained as an architect. Since then, he has worked on numerous high profile shows for C4, ITV, BBC and Discovery.
His early years in rural Scotland where introduced Ed to mountaineering and in 2007 he summited Everest as series producer of the hit Discovery show "Everest: Beyond the Limit". Following this he filmed an expedition to the North Pole and he has recently summited Everest for a second time. He is an accomplished ice climber, Ed also holds advanced diving qualifications and is a qualified AIDA 3* freediver.
Ed is essentially a normal bloke who lives in London with his long-term girlfriend Amanda and relishes the challenges being in nature can bring.
Originally posted by ROBL240
For camera equipment alone for 3 months he'd need a rucksack weighing the same in his weight (batteries, spare parts etc) otherwise there'd be no point in the show.
I think this is another Bear Grylls type show where it *seems* the guy is struggling but in actual fact the hotel and helicopter is just around the corner. It'd be intresting to see when he comes across any obstacles just how many things he suddenly starts to have in his possesion that appear out of nowhere (safety harnesses, crampons, matches etc.)
On May 21, 1968, Proenneke arrived at his new place of retirement at Twin Lakes. Before arriving at the lakes, he made arrangements to use a cabin on the upper lake of Twin Lakes owned by a retired Navy captain, Spike Carrithers, and his wife Hope from Kodiak, (in whose care he had left his camper). This cabin was well situated on the lake and close to the site which Proenneke chose for the construction of his own cabin. Proenneke's bush pilot friend, Babe Alsworth, returned occasionally to bring food and orders that Proenneke placed through him to Sears. Proenneke remained at Twin Lakes for the next 16 months, when he left to go home for a spell to visit relatives and secure more supplies. He returned to the lakes in the following spring and remained there for most of the next 30 years, coming to the lower 48 only occasionally to be with his family.