‘Alone’ Season 9 Winner on the Highs & Lows of Their Wilderness Journey

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[Warning: The following contains MAJOR spoilers for the Alone Season 9 finale, “Fight, Flight or Freeze.”]

Alone Season 9 got here to a detailed on Thursday, August 4 on the Historical past Channel. In Alone, 10 survivalists are dropped off in undisclosed, distant areas and geared up with simply 10 survival instruments, plus sufficient digital camera gear to self-document their experiences.

The survivalist who endures the longest, going through whole isolation, punishing climate, and lethal predators, will win the $500,000 grand prize. With no digital camera crews and no gimmicks, Alone is the final word take a look at of human will.

Ultimately, Juan Pablo Quiñonez got here out victorious. Quiñonez is a survival specialist, outside skilled, and wilderness first responder. He grew up in Guadalajara, Mexico and now lives in Pinawa, Manitoba. Going into Season 9, his Historical past bio stated he “loves journey and is keen about residing off the land. He loves actions that push him to his most potential and take a look at his personal limits. He believes it’s necessary to observe and share the abilities and knowledge of our hunter-gatherer ancestors, that strengthening a real connection to the land is vital for resilience in these occasions of disruption and decline.”

Quiñonez put his abilities and fervour to the take a look at, bringing ferro rod, paracord, a 2-quart pot, an ax, fishing line and hooks, a noticed, a bow and arrows, a sleeping bag, trapping wire, and a multitool as his 10 gadgets. He gained the $500,000 on day 78 after Karie Lee Knoke, a wilderness/primitive abilities teacher, voluntarily bowed out of the competitors. Quiñonez’s companion, Jennifer, was delivered to his campsite to inform him he gained within the remaining moments of the episode.

Right here, Quiñonez — the primary Latino winner of Alone — talks about his experiences this season and what he’s been doing since filming ended.

What made you wish to go on the collection within the first place?

Juan Pablo Quiñonez: I’ve been serious about this for years. I’m tremendous into being within the wilderness and all of these survival abilities. I’ve been doing numerous adventures which might be just like what Alone is about.

You stated strengthening a real connection to the land was necessary to you. Do you are feeling this expertise did that for you?

It bolstered most of the classes I’ve been studying about nature and myself over time, however I’d say extra of a connection to myself. My physique, my thoughts. To me, one of many items I bought from that have was realizing there may be happiness within the battle. That was a shocking one. It felt very nice to be so engaged with a problem.

Alone Season 9 winner Juan Pablo Quiñonez

The Historical past Channel

Are you able to describe the second while you realized you gained? What have been you pondering, feeling?

Initially, it was a loopy morning. I used to be dehydrated that day; I had no thought they might be coming. Every part was very shocking to me, and it was tremendous good as a result of I hoped that, within the occasion that I gained, my companion, Jennifer, can be with me. That was such a pleasant shock. It was superb.

What helped you get by way of your worst days all through your 78 days?

I’ve written a e book about survival referred to as Thrive: Lengthy-Time period Wilderness Survival Information, and I’ve all of those psychological methods. It’s humorous, as a result of over time I’ve been gathering methods to make use of in these conditions, however I actually didn’t use lots of these methods.

The most straightforward one was to be grateful for three issues day by day, and sometimes I might do some deep respiratory workout routines. That basically helped. It’s so easy, however only a few deep breaths. Each time I used to be feeling anxiousness coming or simply an excessive amount of stress, I might do some deep respiratory.

What have been probably the most thrilling moments on the present?

I don’t know if that is within the present or not; I’ve not seen the finale. However spending so many days on the market surviving, it takes an enormous toll in your physique and thoughts. You’re stripped of your ego. I’m a really personal particular person. It’s humorous, as a result of I’m on a actuality present with thousands and thousands of viewers, however I’m tremendous, tremendous introverted, in order that introverted-ness simply fell off.

I bear in mind as soon as, as a result of I used to be so worn down by being on the market for therefore many days, I bought confused as a result of I believed I noticed a polar bear close by. That bought me tremendous excited, not afraid. Just about like a child being enthusiastic about seeing a polar bear. I needed to see one within the wild up shut, however it ended up simply being a chunk of ice that bought me so pumped, so hyped on adrenaline. That was a fairly thrilling day for me [laughs].

After the journey started, was there something in your listing of 10 gadgets you wished you had changed with one thing else?

One factor I feel I didn’t want was the ferro rod [a fire starter], simply because I didn’t do many fires on the market. That’s simply because I used to be adapting to my specific spot and what my specific expertise demanded from me.

What have been the toughest moments for you this season?

Accepting the place I used to be dropped, my territory. To me, the spot proper across the river — the grass is at all times greener, proper? — the opposite aspect of the river was the spot to be in. However that was not the spot the place I used to be dropped in. Mentally, simply being constrained to my territory was personally very exhausting, simply pondering, “Oh, I might simply be in a greater spot, however I can’t.”

Additionally, these challenges have been introduced on on my own, however I needed to do a protracted quick, and to do one efficiently I needed to attempt to do the least quantity of issues potential that weren’t vital. That was actually exhausting simply to be mentally constraining myself a lot.

What are you most happy with?

I’m happy with the trouble I put into it. I actually needed to win, and I put as a lot preparation into it as I might. I’m not the perfect hunter, I’m not the perfect fisherman, I’m not the perfect survivalist, however I’m ok in any respect of these issues. I actually gave my coronary heart to the challenges. That’s what I’m happy with: I did what I can. I wasn’t excellent. There have been issues I might have accomplished a lot better, however I’m happy with that.

Are you able to give an replace on life since profitable? Have you ever been in a position to begin the homestead group you dreamed of constructing with the prize cash?

The previous couple of months I’ve been working like loopy ending writing my e book and publishing it. That was an intense interval of my life for me. Now, I’m pondering of the subsequent stage, and for me meaning discovering land and beginning a homestead with my companion. Hopefully, we will make a cooperative group with different individuals sooner or later.

Alone, Season 9, Streaming Now, Historical past.com, The Roku Channel



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