The reality show series, Only has nine seasons and two spinoffs on the History Channel. Each regular season, 10 contestants compete to win $500,000. Producers drop off each participant in a remote location where they must survive on their own. The person who lasts the longest wins the grand prize. However, Only contestants have to follow many rules to win this money.
“Alone” rules: participants must stay in their assigned territory
When the historic chain and Only the producers deposit the competitors in the desert, they allot a territory to them. The Only survivalists cannot leave their designated location, which proves to be a difficult rule for some competitors. The Only Season 9 winner Juan Pablo Quiñonez revealed that this rule was the hardest for him.
“For me, the place right around the river – the grass is always greener, isn’t it? – the other side of the river was the place to be,” said TV Insider. “But that wasn’t where I was dropped off. Mentally just being forced into my territory was personally very difficult, just thinking, ‘Oh, I could just be in a better place, but I can not.'”
“Alone” rules: candidates are subject to medical checks
Although there is no set of tasks that Only applicants must complete, another rule is that they must participate in medical checks. Only has a professional medical team that checks applicants’ vital signs, mental health and BMI. The producers are doing everything they can so that no one dies Only.
According to executive producer Shawn Witt, checks take place weekly at the start of the show. However, after the 45th day, medical checks take place every three to four days. If an individual’s BMI falls below 17, the team removes the participant from the competition.
“Alone” participants can choose a maximum of 2 food items
Before the Only producers drop participants into the desert, individuals must choose 10 special items. According to Historic Channel, A maximum of two special items can be food. However, they can only choose from the following: 2 lbs beef jerky, 2 lbs mixed pulses/legumes/lentils, 2 lbs biltong, 2 lbs hard army biscuits, 2 lbs chocolate, 2 lbs pemmican, 2 lbs GORP, 2 lbs flour or 2/3 lbs rice / 2/3 lbs sugar / 2/3 lbs salt.
“Only” producers dictate what clothing and personal items contestants can bring
Participating in Only have an accurate list of personal effects and clothing they can bring. If you can’t imagine surviving on just two pairs of underwear for weeks, then Only is not for you. Participants may not bring any other clothing or personal items beyond what is indicated. Participants are allowed to bring 1 pair of tall hunting boots, 1 pair of waterproof arctic winter boots, 1 t-shirt, 1 fleece/wool shirt, 2 wool, fleece or cotton sweaters, 6 pairs of cotton socks wool, 2 hats, 2 buffs or neck warmers, and 1 shemagh or scarf.
Competitors may bring 4 pairs of gloves, 2 pairs of underwear/pants, 1 insulated parka-style jacket, 2 pairs of outdoor pants/bibs, 1 pair of fully insulated or waterproof winter pants/bibs and 1 uninsulated waterproof shell/jacket. . They can also bring 2 pairs of thermal underwear, 1 pair of gaiters, 1 leather belt, 1 toothbrush, 1 pair of glasses and 1 personal photo.
“Alone” rules: participants can bring 10 special items – from the approved list
Competitors in Only can only choose 10 special items from these categories: Shelter, Bedding, Kitchen, Hygiene, Hunting, Food, and Tools. Anything not on the list is prohibited in Only.
There are four shelter items: 12×12 Groundsheet/Tarp, 8mm Climbing Rope – 10m, 550 Paracord – 80m, or 3mm Cotton Rope – 40m. The four bedding items participants should consider are 1 multi-season sleeping bag, 1 bivy bag, 1 sleeping pad, or 1 hammock. To cook, competitors can choose from: 1 large stock pot, 1 steel frying pan, 1 flint or Ferro chopstick with a standard size striker, 1 enamel bowl for eating, 1 spoon or 1 water bottle/gourd .
Entrants can choose from these items in the hygiene category: 1 standard size bar soap, 1 8oz tube of toothpaste, 1 washcloth, 1 roll of 40mm dental floss, 1 small bottle of organic shower soap , 1 razor, 1 towel or 1 comb. However, most of the participants do not waste their ten special items limited to hygiene items.
Instead of wasting articles on hygiene, Only participants generally focus on the categories of hunting and tools. In the field of hunting, participants can choose from: 1 roll of 300 m of monofilament fishing line up to a maximum weight of 20 lbs + 35 assorted barbless hooks, 1 primitive recurve bow or long bow + 9 arrows, 1 small gauge gill net, 1 slingshot/catapult + 30 steel ball bearings + 1 spare band, 1 mesh fishing bag, 2 lbs of 20, 21 or 22 gauge stainless steel trap wire and/or brass, or a 3 pound of a solid salt block.
The last category is that of tools. A contestant may choose 1 pocket knife, 1 hunting knife, 1 Leatherman or similar multi-tool, 1 whetstone, 1 roll of tape or 1 roll of electrical tape, 1 small shovel, 1 small sewing kit, 1 carabiner, 1 LED flashlight, 1 pair of ice picks, 1 eyelet auger, 1 adze, 1 2-handed knife, 1 hatchet, 1 saw or 1 axe.
Participants must purchase and bring their 10 special items to the drop-off point.
Only Season 9 is available to stream on the History Channel app with a cable TV or streaming subscription.
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