NEW CONTEST STARTS MAY 26 (this Thursday)! ... WeatherWool was worn by two contestants during the 9th Season of ALONE, History Channel's hit $500,000 Survival/Endurance Contest, which was held somewhere in Labrador, in Canada's Northeast. I spent a few days in summer on the Labrador Coast, and I remember thinking the place would be truly brutal in winter! The contestants are very tight-lipped regarding the outcome. But they did tell me no lives were lost.
Juan Pablo Quiñonez (second from left in front row) wore our Al's Anorak in FullWeight Lynx Pattern Fabric and and Benji Hill (top right) wore our Mouton Jacket, also in Lynx Pattern. After the show, Teimojin Tan (2nd from right on bottom, I think) borrowed some wool to do his own eval
We first heard from an ALONE contestant in 2018 (see following section on Brady Nicholls). And so when Benji phoned in summer of 2021, telling me about the situation he would be in, but unable to give particulars, it sounded familiar. I told Benji it sounded like he was going to be on ALONE, and that I understood he would not be able to comment. We talked a long time and decided a Mouton Jacket would work for Benji, who was most concerned about saving calories when the weather turned brutal. About a week later, Juan Pablo called, giving me the same basic info as Benji, and also wanting to wear Lynx Pattern. I told him it sounded to me like he was going to be on ALONE, and that I understood he couldn't really talk about it, but also telling him that I was pretty sure another contestant was going to be wearing Lynx and suggesting he check with the producers to make sure two people in Lynx would be OK. Juan Pablo called again a couple of days later and ordered the Anorak, along with Reversible Watch Cap and Neck Gaiter.
Benji and Juan Pablo purchased WeatherWool after a lot of research.
I didn't hear from anyone about the show until early February of 2022, when Teimojin Tan phoned. Teimojin, a medical doctor, was a contestant along with Benji and Juan Pablo, and had been impressed with the wool. So I knew the wool had performed well enough that Teimojin wanted to test it himself -- his medical specialty is survival -- and that all 10 contestants had survived the competition.
Special THANKS to Factory8 for making these garments on a 1-off, rush basis.
Juan Pablo has a website, and his Blog describes a 6-month wilderness adventure that was very intense!
JP sent me a photo on 14 May, and I commented that it looked like he'd gained weight for the show. I also asked JP if he could tell me anything else. He confirmed that all the contestants gain weight as part of their preparations. As far as any further information, he wrote "You'll have to watch the show:)"
We will surely be watching History Channel 9PM on May 26th!
In July of 2018, I got a mysterious sort of phone call ... Brady Nicholls, a gent with a LOT of outdoor experience, told me he was going to be on a TV Show that required him to be outdoors for an extended period in some serious winter weather. And that was all he could tell me.
On 2 May 2019, a Friend of WeatherWool emailed me that History Channel had just posted the bios of the contestants for the upcoming season of their hit outdoor-challenge series ALONE. Here is Brady's bio and photo. And this is all I can post here now ... I phoned Brady right after I got the email note, but Brady couldn't say anything more than that he was really happy with the wool ... But shortly thereafter it was publicly announced that the 2019 ALONE series was held along the shores of Great Slave Lake in the Northwest Territories of Northern Canada. ... And a link to Brady himself explaining his selection of gear (but not his clothing).
Here is the bio as posted by History Channel. Season 6 premieres June 6th, 2019.
Hometown: San Antonio, TX
Profession: SERE Specialist
Brady Nicholls is an active duty SERE (Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape) Specialist for the USAF and is currently stationed in San Antonio, TX. He first was introduced to primitive bushcraft while working for the Anasazi Foundation. After 6 years of working for Anasazi, Brady enlisted in USAF SERE program. There, he has become an instructor, teaching military personnel how to survive in the most remote and hostile environments on the planet. Brady plans to finish his degree and become a clinical social worker after the military. He looks forward to winning season 6 of Alone and returning home to his wife and four beautiful children.
I think you can see the whole season on History. If you are wondering, I can tell that Brady was doing great ... he was coasting ... his skills were really showing ... plenty of food. BUT ... after 30 days he decided another two months or so without seeing his family (wife and four little ones), or even knowing how they are doing, was NOT worth $500,000, so he decided to go home. Brady was very happy with the wool, and put up a review of his Anorak on YouTube.
23 May 2022 -- Ralph