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One of the challenges she faced was tracking animals in a new landscape. Deer paths, which looked new, were perhaps decades old, she said. There were no footprints on the frozen ground and that meant paying attention to the position of the rocks — had they move a few inches since yesterday? A hunter and trapper from a young age, the now year-old Wohlberg learned what it meant to survive from her dad, who she says is quite an extreme man.

Born in the dead of winter, the cold was woven into her very core.

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Instead of having birthday parties in the backyard with cake and balloons, like some of her friends did, Wohlberg instead braved blizzards to go ice fishing with her dad. She recalls snowstorms howling over the frozen lake and having to wiggle her toes for hours to keep them warm.

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Wohlberg describes the death of her mother as the moment that forged her, at seven years old. From that point, it was survival, she says. She left her home and her family when she was 14 and held down several jobs to stay afloat. Her love for the outdoors had to take a backseat as she tried to take care of herself.

Later in life, she was able to return to her roots.

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She bought a piece of land from her grandmother and started a homestead and family. Alongside raising her son, she raised birds, rabbits, guinea pigs and horses — while also keeping other jobs. Conversely, van Schyndel describes her childhood as that of a privileged horse show jumper. But once her uncle bought her her first show pony, it would be nearly two decades before she returned to nature.

Then, something changed in her.

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The wilderness came beckoning. She rented a cabin on an island outside of Vancouver for a transformative year-and-a-half. Now 44, van Schyndel spent the last 20 years of her life soaking up as much knowledge as she could.

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She learned to build her own bow and arrows, tan hides, weave baskets. She learned how to trap and how to clean fish. Van Schyndel calls herself a primitive survivalist and even wrote a book about that first year-and-a-half she was out in the wild. Since the inception of Alone in , producers have asked her to come on the show though she always turned down the offer, saying she was busy. She too, was searching for spiritual transformation.

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How would I deal with that. I just wanted to know what that would be like. And it was amazing.

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Trivia About Alone Against the No trivia or quizzes yet. Irwin decided to go from Aklavitk in the north ernmost Yukon heading east, on his own, prospecting on the way.

Most of his time, how ever, was spent foraging for food for himself and his starv ing dogs. He was discovered, near death, by Eskimos and rescued. Born in Sarcoxie, Mo. At 17, he ran away from home and traveled around the world by freighter twice before he was After he had returned a hero to Sarcoxie, Mr. Irwin assisted in the writing of two books between and

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