BOISE, Idaho – Idahoans are by nature outdoor enthusiasts. But how long could you be alone outside?
Every week, viewers of “Seuls” tune in to The historic chain to watch survivalists challenge each other in some of the most hostile and unforgiving places on the planet.
Each time 10 competitors leave. But only one wins the coveted $500,000 prize.
This season, two Idahoans and eight others have left their modern lives and conveniences behind and traveled to Labrador, Canada, sharing space with polar bears, plummeting temperatures and the temptation to stop everything.
“I had no doubt it was something I could do,” said Karie Lee Knoke.
Knoke is originally from Sandpoint, Idaho and has lived in Idaho for 25 years. Since the show is still airing, Knoke can’t reveal who emerged victorious just yet.
But Idaho News 6 asked what prompted her to join the Season 9 cast.
“(History Channel) approached me a long time ago to apply and I just started Season 9. It was the perfect season for me. The timing was perfect,” she said.
Perfect timing for the primitive skill expert, who has a connection to the land that goes back to the first frontier.
“I have roots in Washington, Oregon and Idaho, which was the Pacific Northwest Territory. My ancestors moved here six generations ago in the 1830s,” she said. “My dad used to take us hiking when I was six months old.”
Week after week, viewers watch Knoke hunt and gather and make the most of a home she’s quickly learning to love.
“I felt like home from the moment I arrived,” she said,
She hopes her presence on the show proves that you don’t have to be the strongest to last the longest.
“I encourage any woman who is in the mood to try it out and start practicing skills, learning primitive skills and survival skills, bush skills, all of that.”
So will she win or will she give up? That remains to be seen. Still, Knoke said pushing herself, meeting other survivors and connecting with the natural world means she’s already a winner and never truly alone.
Knoke is opening its own survival school this fall called Sacred Cedars Wilderness School. You can find out more about the school here.