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Interview Done By Mike Wilkerson

MW: Please introduce yourself

LM: Hi, my name is Luke McLaughlin. I am a naturalist, ReWilder, survivalist, and founder of Holistic Survival School. I have appeared on Naked and Afraid and Naked and Afraid XL

MW: How did you get cast to be on Naked & Afraid?

LM: Well, some friends told me to watch the show and I saw a lot of jerks on the first few episodes I watched, and I thought, “I could do that without being so mean” So I went online and applied and sure enough they eventually, cast me.

MW: How was it when you first got naked on the show?

LM: It was awkward for sure. I felt bad for the crew! haha. It didn’t take long to get used to it. Over time, I think it was very therapeutic to be naked for that long. You just come to accept what you are and what you look like. It’s a beautiful thing.

MW: What made you want to do Naked & Afraid?

LM: I have found so much growth and beauty in Nature. More people on our planet need to experience the amazing things the natural world can offer. Also, I want to be a example for people to see that we humans are capable of doing amazing things. We are wild creatures and we can do wild things. If I can survive for 21 days with basically nothing, than you can go camping in a tent for a few days.

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MW: What did you think of your partner Lindsey Leitelt?

LM: Linsey was amazing! From the beginning we did nothing but get along and work well together. Although she didn’t have a ton of survival experience, she had the most important trait: positivity. Mental strength is the most important trait in survival.

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MW: How did you keep from catching something?

LM: Luckily, Namibia is very dry and there were not a ton of things we could catch. Also, when you are fasting your bodies immune system is usually quite strong.

MW: How was it being in Namibia?

LM: I loved Namibia! It reminded me a lot of Utah. It was a high desert with a lot of uncharted land. The people there were amazing and so friendly! I want to go back sometime soon.

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MW: What was your favorite thing to eat?

LM: Turtles! They didn’t show it in the episode but on two occasions I sat on the bank of the river and watched for big turtles. I sat still for at least an hour and eventually I saw a turtle come to the surface for air. I dove down into the water and pulled up a 20 pound mud turtle. Lindsey and I then cooked it underneath the coals and man it was so good! The grease and fats stayed in the shell and it looked like melted butter. Turtle butter!

MW: How did you feel when you made it through to complete the challenge?

LM: It was probably the best feeling in my life. After going through such a struggle and feeling like the challenge would never end, it was such a relief to be done! It was a huge accomplishment for me.

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MW: How did you get picked for Naked & Afraid XL?

LM: Lots of interviews and paperwork for sure! I suppose they just like my personality and believed that I had enough skill to not die! haha

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MW: Are you happy with the partners for Naked & Afraid XL?

LM: I am happy with the large majority of the partners on XL. Almost all of them earned their place on the show.

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MW: Is Naked & Afraid XL just a one night show?

LM: No. It will be an entire series this summer. I think it’s 8 episodes total.

MW: How can fans reach out to you?

LM: Fans can reach me multiple ways:

Indiegogo: http://www.igg.at/me/LukeHSS

Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/HolisticSurvivalSchool

Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/Luke.Holistic.Survival.School

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/LukeHolisticSurvival

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Luke_HSS

Website: http://www.holisticsurvivalschool.com/

MW: What would you like to say in closing?

LM: I am trying to open my own School in Michigan and I am launching a fundraising campaign. If you donate you can recieve cool handmade things from me like bow drill sets and buffalo skulls. Check it out here: http://www.igg.at/me/LukeHSS

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Interview Done By Mike Wilkerson

MW: Please introduce yourself?
JZ: My name is Jeff Zausch, I’m a 28-year-old from Pocatello Idaho. I have nearly 10 years of experience as a wilderness survival instructor and guide. I have summited many of the tallest peaks in the Northwest United States and have worked as an Extreme White Water Rafting guide on the middle Fork of the Salmon River. My greatest expertise resides in primitive hunting and trapping, in which I have mastered in numerous environments including desert, arctic, alpine, coastal and jungle.

MW: How did you get cast to be on Naked & Afraid?
JZ: well… I was watching naked and afraid one night when I was having trouble sleeping. It was 2 AM and the Naked & Afraid episode I was watching was coming to a close when an ad popped up on the television screen saying that they were now accepting casting applications for future episodes. So I went to their website, at 2 in the morning, and wrote a very humorous application and submitted it. And to my surprise they called me back the very next day! They expressed their interest in my application and asked me if I would submit a 15 minute video demonstrating my greatest survival skills and strengths. As soon as I submitted the video I was surprised again when one of the producers contacted me the next day. They said that they were very impressed with my resume and asked me if I would like to fly to Los Angeles to meet all the producers of the show. Of course I said yes, and little did I know that only four weeks after visiting L.A. I would find myself naked in the deserts of Madagascar!

MW: How was it when you first got naked on the show?
JZ: when I eventually reached my location deep in the heart of Madagascar, the pick-up truck pulled to the side, the cameraman proceeded to turn on their equipment, and I was instructed to strip down. And honestly that was one of the most awkward moments of my life! That’s when I truly asked myself, “what the heck am I doing out here?” But to my surprise the other awkwardness of being naked only lasted a couple of hours. Once I met my partner, and we exchanged pleasantries, our focus was quickly shifted into survival mode. Once the heat of the desert sun kicked in and the beginning signs of dehydration became noticeable, the embarrassment of being naked was quickly replaced with the immediate need to find water and shelter.

MW: What made you want to do Naked & Afraid?
JZ: I’ve always been an individual who enjoys pushing my mind and my body to their ultimate limits. I am continually searching for new challenges in order to see where my skills match up among the best survivalists in the world. When I saw (Naked & Afraid) for the first time on TV I knew that this show was going to change the nature of primitive survival forever. This television show was the first of its kind in the world to boldly put people in life-threatening situations & allow them the freedom to test whether or not they can survive. When I saw how authentic and extreme this challenge was, I knew that I had to be a part of it!

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MW: What did you think of your partner Eva Rupert?
JZ: The first several days Eva and I were still trying to figure each other out. It became very clear early on that we were very different people and had very different strategies on survival. We butted heads a few times within the first week but then we began to understand one another and respect one another. By the time we were halfway through the challenge we were working as a well-oiled machine. Eva and I both left our egos at the door and that allowed us to learn from one another and to show a great amount of respect for one another. I couldn’t have asked for a better survival partner than Eva Rupert! I consider her a great friend and somebody that I can trust with my life. I see us as being very good lifelong friends.

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MW: How did you keep from catching something?
JZ: Do you mean how did I keep from catching a disease or virus of some kind? It’s very simple; always allow your mind to be stronger than your stomach! Even though you may be starving you cannot afford to eat or drink something that you are not absolutely certain that it is safe. Eva and I only ate and drank what we knew was going to be good for us, we never took any chances.

MW: How was it being in the desert of Madagascar’s Massif D’Isalo?
JZ: The desert sucked! I could not have been placed in a more horrific location. My greatest expertise resides in primitive hunting and trapping, and I was placed in an environment with absolutely nothing to hunt or trap! The only animals in the area were lizards and the rare boa constrictor. I was a little disappointed that I was not able to showcase the majority of my extensive survival skills. There was little to hunt and there were absolutely no materials that were any good for building tools, weapons or shelters. The desert was so limited by resources that Eva and I had to quickly adapt to the environment and rely on our ability to overcome trials and think out-of-the-box.

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MW: What was your favorite thing to eat?
JZ: My favorite thing to eat was definitely lizard tails! The tails were so juicy and they were even boneless! I still consider them a delicacy to this day

MW: How did you feel when you made it through to complete the challenge?
JZ: When Eva and I finally put our hands on our rescue vehicle on day 21, it was the greatest moment of my life! That feeling of knowing that you did it and that the mental and physical suffering was over, that was one of the greatest feelings! I am so appreciative that Eva and I were placed in such a horribly harsh environment, because the degree of our joy when we completed the challenge was exponentially more than if we had been placed on a tropical beach somewhere.

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MW: How did you get picked for Naked & Afraid XL?
JZ: Roughly 2 days before Christmas Discovery Channel called me and asked me if I would be interested in the show. I told them that I would have to speak with my wife first and we would get back to them. So after two weeks of trying to convince my wife, she finally gave me the thumbs up. I called discovery and told them I was in. And just four weeks later I would find myself standing naked in the jungles of Columbia.

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MW: Are you happy with the partners for Naked & Afraid XL?
JZ: I feel absolutely and entirely blessed to have been partnered with the people that I was with on XL! Not everybody can make that statement, but I’m very happy that I can.

MW: Is Naked & Afraid XL just a one night show?
JZ: No, (Naked & Afraid) XL is a full 10 episode series!! The viewers will get to follow me and the other competitors every Sunday night for 10 episodes! It is going to be the most talked about show of the summer!

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MW: How can fans reach out to you?
JZ: I love to interact personally with each and every one of my fans. They can reach out to me on my personal website, YouTube, or by social media! Get exclusive behind the scenes information on my blog and website http://www.jeffzausch.com
Fans can also subscribe & follow all of my crazy adventures on my

YOUTUBE channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/zausjeff Or follow me on social media:
FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/zauschjeff?fref=ts
TWITTER: https://mobile.twitter.com/jeff_zausch?p=s
INSTAGRAM https://instagram.com/jeffzausch/

MW: What would you like to say in closing?
JZ: I would like to express my gratitude and appreciation for all of my amazing fans! It is because of you guys that I am able to live out my childhood dream! I’m so fortunate for the blessings I’ve been given and I live every day of my life attempting to give back. I have founded a charity called the “Christmas 4 Madagascar Foundation”. It provides Christmas presents for thousands of villagers in the country of Madagascar. To read more about the foundation and to make a donation please visit my website at http://www.jeffzausch.com. Help me give the true gift of survival to citizens of one of the poorest countries on earth. Thank you and God bless!

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Interview Done By Mike Wilkerson

MW: Please introduce yourself?
TT: My name is Tom Touw, and I am an avid outdoorsman, military officer, tv watcher, and someone who loves to enjoy life.

MW: How did you get cast to be on Naked & Afraid?
TT: I think like most people it started for me just by seeing the show. I watched the first three or four episodes that aired and thought to myself I would do that. Almost on a whim I went to the Discovery web page and applied. No kidding, about an hour later I got my first phone call from the show. The process took about three months, and consisted of numerous phone and camera interviews using Skype. The final phase consisted of them flying me to Los Angeles, and having a medical review, psychological examination, and one final on camera interview. About two weeks after LA I got a phone call saying I would be cast. I had about a months notice before being shipped off to Cambodia.

MW: How was it when you first got naked on the show?
TT: You know, before I left for the show I really didn’t pay much attention to the nude aspect, other than thinking about the survival aspect of it. I have never really minded being naked, so I didn’t think I would care. I felt that way right up to the point they told me to get naked. I was enjoying the insertion, as the boat was cool, the terrain was beautiful, and my mind was swirling with all of the tasks I had ahead. The boat stopped, and they told me to get naked. All of a sudden I got nervous. I just told myself this was what I came here to do, so I stripped down and made the best of it. I felt weird for about the first hour, then you just kind of get over it.

MW: What made you want to do Naked & Afraid?
TT: When I watched it I felt like I could do that. I wanted to test myself, and anytime you tell me something is the hardest thing to do, it makes me want to do it. I really latched on to the saying “The Everest of Survival Challenges”. I wanted to make it, and I wanted to be part of the elite group who conquered it.

MW: What did you think of your partner?
TT: Carrie and I are very different people. At the time of the challenge, I could tell she was very head strong, and really wanted to prove herself much the way that I did. We had very different approaches and goals throughout the challenge. Carrie wanted to take risks, and experience everything she could. Once we had a viable water source, shelter, and a food source that took no energy to get I wanted to take the safer approach. Looking back I can see more that I should have taken more chances, and tried to accomplish more. Having said that, Carrie and I approach stressors in very different ways and I stand by my approach there. The editing did make it look like Carrie and I butted heads all the time. That isn’t true. Some of the best times out there for me were when the camera crew left for the night, and Carrie and I talked about home, and our lives.

MW: How did you keep from catching something?
TT: We were lucky that we weren’t in Cambodia during the rainy season. We just practiced the best hygiene we could. Always store food down stream, pee downstream, and defecate away from the camp. The only good news about not eating is that you rarely have to go to the bathroom, so from that aspect hygiene was easy.

MW: How was it being in Cambodia?
TT: Cambodia was beautiful! I had been in Thailand before, so I was fairly familiar with the region, but the people in Cambodia really make that country. Everywhere you look you see people smiling and enjoying life. The terrain is beautiful too. Sadly, we didn’t get any real time to site see, other than the five hour drive from Phnom Penh to Koh Kong.

MW: What was your favorite thing to eat?
TT: Without a doubt it was the clams we found. Eating the salty hot clams out of the fire was amazing when you are starving. We did also catch a crab which was delicious, but rather small. We also ate fish, but they were usually still alive, so by far not my favorite.

MW: How did you feel when you made it through to complete the challenge?
TT: Accomplishing the challenge was amazing! Knowing we had overcome one of the most difficult challenges ever devised was incredible. Coming back in to civilization was almost surreal. I had a shower that lasted over an hour (cold but I didn’t even care), and then feasted at the restaurant in the hotel. To be honest though, my high was short lived, as I called me then wife that evening, and that is when she told me our marriage was over.

MW: Would you ever do it again?
TT: I would do it again in a heartbeat! It’s funny but as time passes, you forget the pain, but remember the highs. I bet if I do go out again, I live to regret these words quickly.

MW: If you did it again who would you want as a partner? And why?
TT: Well I’m going to assume you ask this based on the construct of a man and a woman again, so I will limit my choices to the women who have accomplished the challenge. I think if I had to chose I would say Alana Barfield. She showed some great skills, and completed the challenge even after her partner was medically taken out of it. Her sense of drive I think would match well with mine.

MW: How can fans reach out to you?
TT: The best way is to go to my Facebook page which is TomTouw or you can get me on twitter @TomTouw1

MW: What would you like to say in closing?
TT: To me, one of the things that makes Naked and Afraid so amazing are the different types of people and the different approaches to accomplishing it. I am honored to be counted among that group. I did Naked and Afraid during a very tumultuous time in my life, and for me, accomplishing that challenge gave me the strength I needed to look beyond my situation and find a new road to continue my life. Thanks for this opportunity to share some of my impressions of my experience, and I encourage anyone who would like to know more to contact me.

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MW: Please introduce yourself?

CB: My name is Carrie Booze and I am a cast member on Naked & Afraid: Heart of Darkness MW: How did you get cast to be on Naked & Afraid? CB: I watched the first season of the show and like many others I thought that I could do that. So I applied online and received a call days later. The rest was a quick process and it wasn’t long before I was on a boat in Cambodia.

MW: How was it when you first got naked on the show?

CB: I never thought about the naked component until I was on the boat and docked at the island I would be living on. The production team was like, “Okay, take your clothes off.” I was immediately like, “…shit.” It was awkward at first, but I was over it within a couple hours.

 

MW: What made you want to do Naked & Afraid?

CB: I figured that I’d only be young once so why not see how far I could push my body. Also, I grew up really into the outdoors and kind of lost touch with it once I moved to the city and started my corporate career. It was a very impulsive decision, since the casting process didn’t take very long.

MW: What did you think of your partner?

CB: Tom Touw and I were very different people. I assume that is why they casted us the way they did. We butted heads a lot and communicated very differently, but I assume that is what makes great T.V. Despite what editing showed, we did not dislike each other as much as the show portrayed. I don’t think that we would ever be friends in the real world, but I learned a lot about myself from being his partner.

 

MW: How did you keep from catching something?

CB: Something? Like diseases? Well, we were in Cambodia during the dry season so bugs and mosquitos were not too much of a problem. We were able to boil our water pretty easily, so that was covered as well.

 

MW: How was it being in Cambodia?

CB: Cambodia is a beautiful country that beforehand I wasn’t very familiar with. It was an amazing experience and I am happy that I took on the challenge.

MW: What was your favorite thing to eat?

CB: Definitely the clams that we caught. They were everywhere and the first time I went to clam beach I brought back about 40 of them. We also ate a lot of fish while we were out there as well. Those were not as enjoyable because we ate the raw, but beggars can’t be choosers.

 

MW: How did you feel when you made it through to complete the challenge?

CB: I was relieved to finally be out of there. My biggest enemy was definitely boredom, and I was excited to finally get back into the real world. I was proud of myself for making it through. Food wasn’t on the forefront of my mind though. I was more excited to speak to my friends and family.

 

MW: Would you ever do it again?

CB: I would absolutely do it again, but preferably with someone that I have more in common with.

 

MW: If you did it again who would you want as a partner? And why?

CB: In a perfect world I would be with my boyfriend or a girlfriend from back home. If we are talking about personality traits, I would like someone who is younger, free spirited, adventurous, has a great sense of humor and who wants to make a connection with their partner in conjunction with completing the challenge.

 

MW: How can fans reach out to you?

CB: Follow me on Instagram or Twitter @ccbooze

 

MW: What would you like to say in closing?

CB: I was pegged as the villain of the show, but I would like to remind everyone that this is T.V. and is meant to entertain the masses. Not everything you see is reality. With this being said, I wouldn’t do anything differently and I am super thankful to Discovery Channel for providing me with the opportunity to tackle this challenge.

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MW: Please introduce yourself?
RS: My name is Russell Sage and I am a Survival Instructor. I was on Discovery Channel’s hit survival show Naked and Afraid Season 1, Episode 8 and 9 (Double Jeopardy)

MW: How did you get cast to be on Naked & Afraid?
RS: I was in a survival forum one day and someone posted that Metal Flowers Media was looking for extreme survivalist for a new tv show. So I looked them up and submitted an application. The rest is history.

MW: How was it when you first got naked on the show?
RS: I’m very comfortable in my own skin, so it wasn’t bad at all. After 30 minutes, you forget you’re even naked.

MW: What made you want to do Naked & Afraid?
RS: Every survivalist wants to test their skills, but no one really gets to apply their skills in a “real world” survival situation. To me, this was a excellent way to see if I could really survive with nothing, a test for a true survivalist.
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MW: What did you think of your partners?
RS: I like Manu from the second I met her. We had a moment when we met and in that instant, I knew we would make it the full 21 days. On around day 10, Manu and I met Forrest and Cassie. Forrest and I were like old friends within an hour, we have similar attitudes and sense of humor. As for Cassie, something didn’t sit well with me when she told me that she was a “fire bug” and had busted over 100 hand drill fires. I looked at her palms and knew she was not being totally truthful. (Hand drill causes you to get calluses)

MW: How did Manu catch Dengue Flu?
RS: Dengue fever is transmitted by mosquitoes and let me tell you, there were plenty of those little suckers in the mangrove swamp we were in. It damn near broke my heart to hear that she contracted it.

MW: How was it being on the Panamanian Coast?
RS: Before the show, I had never left the US, so being in a whole new country was awesome! I saw hump back whales, flying fish, and howler monkeys, it was truly amazing.

MW: What was your favorite thing to eat?
RS: I would have to say it was the fresh from the ocean oysters. They were HUGE! In one day I must have eaten over 100. It was oyster genocide.

MW: How did you feel when you made it through to complete the challenge?
RS: I felt a sense of achievement. I didn’t let my family, students, or myself down. I was glad it was over and at the same time I was upset that it was over, bitter sweet.

MW: Would you ever do it again?
RS: In a heartbeat! Now knowing what to expect, it would be even easier. Plus I would get a chance to visit another country.

MW: If you did it again who would you want as a partner? And why?
RS: That’s an easy one. I would pick my beautiful girlfriend Alana Barfield. She also was on Naked and Afraid (Paradise Lost). She was the first survivalist to make it on her own. We are the first couple of Naked and Afraid. Shame they haven’t asked us to do a show together.

MW: How can fans reach out to you?
RS: On Facebook: Fans of Russell Sage / Naked and Afraid. Twitter handle is RussellSage1. Youtube: sagesurvival (all one word).

MW: What would you like to say in closing?
RS: Thanks for the interview. This was a real treat. Now for my shameless plugging of myself, I still teach survival and if anyone is interested, don’t hesitate to contact me at sagesurvival247@gmail.com. Thanks again brother.

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Interview Done By Mike Wilkerson

Please introduce yourself?
EJ: I am EJ “Skullcrusher” Snyder. I am 48 years old and currently live in North Carolina. I spent 25 years in the US Army before I retired. I am a 91 Gulf War Vet & Operation Iraqi Freedom Vet. I have since gone on to become a full time Professional Adventurer & Survivalist and still teach Military Survival to Soldiers as a Government Contractor.

MW: How did you get cast for Naked & Afraid on Discovery?
EJ: Discovery brought me in to try out for “Dual Survival” as a candidate to replace Dave Canterbury as Co Host. I competed against several others but my good friend Joe Teti won the job. However, they told me that they really liked me and would be in touch. Next thing I know, I am half way around the world in Africa, with no clothes, a knife, and a woman I’ve never met before, and told to be at the extraction point in 21 days or miss your ride home. Lol!

MW: Are you know for being a survivalist?
EJ: Absolutely. I got a taste of it in 1988 while attending Ranger School, but, ever since I graduated formal Survival training from the Army in 1996 and then a Tracking course, I became obsessed with it. I have been on a self-study ever since and also ventured into the Self-Reliance of Survival. I work as a Government Contract Instructor now teaching Survival to Soldiers and also Civilians and others on the weekends. Survival is my life now!

MW: How was it to be in the middle of nowhere naked with Kellie Nightlinger for 21 days?
EJ: It was a very interesting experience. As far as the “Naked” part, it really was no big deal. After your first few steps barefoot in thorn ridden Tanzania, you forget about it pretty quick. It just made the challenge that much tougher from jump street. I never viewed Kellie as a “Naked” woman, but as my Survival partner and another Survival asset on hand, and I am sure she saw it the same way. The hard part was that we were from two completely different worlds and our Survival Strategies differed greatly. You don’t get to pick who you will wind up with in an ever day Survival situation and it was no different out there. You play the cards you are dealt. Lucky for us, we each brought different and complementary Survival skills to the table. In some Survival situations, you may find yourself with someone who has zero Survival skills at all, let alone outdoor experience. In the end, patience and understanding prevailed. We had to come together as a team to make it work or the whole challenge was in jeopardy. It was really tough out there!

MW: Tell me how the 21 days went for you?
EJ: It went very well for me and was the experience of a lifetime! I did get more than I had bargained for though. It really tested me on several levels at once, physically, mentally, and spiritually. I definitely left Tanzania a changed man. God tested and hardened me! It was the toughest thing I have done in my life to date and I loved every single minute of it! I was taken out of my Survival comfort zone and had to embrace the primitive side of Survival, which was not my strength, but I adapted very well, with thanks going to my years of leadership, military training, and experiences. Soldiers learn how to adapt to their environments very quickly and soon master them, because in our business if you don’t…you don’t get to come home!

MW: Give me a story from your time on Naked & Afraid?
EJ: Everyday, a lizard would come through our base camp and he was very fast moving. We tried to catch him all the time. It became a daily quest for us. We named him “Cheeky” because he would get up on the large rock and look at us, the whole time bobbing his head up and down, as if to taunt us. Kelly set up a deadfall trap that he sprung, and to this day, I still don’t know how he escaped that large rock. We even took turns chucking rocks at him. I got lucky on one occasion and knocked him off his perch but once again, he disappeared. I guess in the end, we had to thank him for giving us something to strive for everyday and keep us going. Cheeky, I hope you have a long and prosperous life and have lots of little Cheekies!

I’d have to say the hairiest time was the nightly visits by the pack of wild spotted hyenas. They really kept us on our toes. Security is always my number one priority going into any situation, whether the threat be man or beast. So I made sure to have a spear right from the moment we hit the ground. Heck, I am a Soldier! You can take the Soldier out of the Army, but you can’t take the Soldier out of the Man! So I usually sleep very little during these adventures, which I am used to, but when I do sleep for a couple of hours, its usually with one eye open at all times. Needless to say, they came pretty close to us, within 50 Meters or so but sadly they never made it all the way into camp! I’d of loved to have had a few Hyena Burgers, that’s been awesome!

MW: What was your favorite to do on the show? And why?
EJ: I loved going out every day onto the Savanah to hunt once I had shoes. It’s not every day you get to go on an African Safari…naked and get to walk amongst the wild beast of Africa side by side! It was an incredible feeling to be walking amongst all those wild animals out there. It was so beautiful and breathe taking. One day I was out there by myself and was surrounded, 360 degrees by hundreds of Zebras and Wildebeest. I felt blessed to pay witness to nature’s beauty. I always feel closest to God when I am out in the Wild and so very much at peace with myself!

MW: What is the craziest thing you ever saw during the production of Naked & Afraid?
EJ: I have to say Kellie’s crazy fishing technique. I was so bewildered by it, but so ever grateful, because of the awesome and much needed meal it provided us. And here is the kicker, my African Catfish was the first time I had ever eaten catfish in my life. And guess what my very first meal was with my wife Amy when I got home…..grilled catfish from Cracker Barrel.

MW: What would you say to the people who watched Naked & Afraid and say the show is fake?
EJ: I’d say clean your glasses, Bub! Naked and Afraid is the most real Survival Challenge out there that tests you to your core! You lay it all on the line every day! It’s not for the faint of heart, it’s no joke, IT IS THE REAL DEAL!!! If you sit there and think “Oh, I can do that!” Well, it’s one thing to think it…it’s a completely different animal to actually have even the courage to do it! There is a very vigorous process to even get a chance to be considered first of all. Secondly, you just can’t be the casual world traveler, or back packer, or even hunter.” Those skills are great but you better come with you’re a-Game and properly prepared, because 21 days is a long time. It’s even longer when you are tired, dehydrated, hungry, stressed, and hot, wet, and cold all at the same time! It will test every facet of your being on several levels.
I take the Profession of Survival very seriously, and I understand that while I am going through a challenge, it is very real. The dangers are real, the hazards are real, and the situations are real. Each time I go out, I know folks are watching. Folks of all ages and backgrounds, so I take the responsibility as a Survival Instructor, role model, and Survival voice very seriously, and responsibly where that mantle. I do not take unnecessary risks out there. I practice what I preach. By myself, I may take certain risks that would only cause a problem for myself, but when I am with others, than those risks may cause unnecessary issues and problems for the others to deal with. I would never want to put others at burden because I took an unneeded risk. I have a real problem with the You Tube darlings of the world who put out information to others that may not be correct, a risky practice, or irresponsible to those who are watching and are very impressionable to what these folks are saying and teaching. When you are on You Tube or TV, you have to remember that you have become a voice for Survival and have a responsibility to the viewer and student that you are putting out correct information and doing Survival properly. Survival is not an exact science. It’s a lot of trial and error. In my opinion, I have found Survival manuals and books to be a great source of knowledge and techniques, which I use religiously. But once you find yourself out there in the Survival situation, you have to adapt it to the environment. Be alert for what Mother Nature is telling you and adjust accordingly. Just because it’s in the book, doesn’t mean it’s the only and correct way! This is a lesson I have very recently learned, even after all these years, thanks to a very magical jungle!

MW: Will you be on the second season?
EJ: I would absolutely do it again in a NY minute!!! I absolutely love a challenge and testing myself to the core, at every chance I get!!! Season 1 was a huge HIT, and broke many records for Discovery and TV, but Season 2, as I understand it, will have some of the toughest places yet with many, many surprises for the Fans. It seems they have up the ante, so you don’t want to miss it! So tune in to Discovery Channel, on March 16th (check local listings for times) for the Special Premiere to off kick Season 2!!!

MW: How can fans reach out to you?
EJ:

My Official Web Site (many links on me here):
http://www.ejsnyder72.wix.com/skullcrusher

Facebook Fan Page:
https://www.facebook.com/EJSkullcrusherSnyder?ref=hl

Twitter:
@ejsnyder72

Discovery Bio:
http://dsc.discovery.com/tv-shows/naked-and-afraid/bios/ej-snyder.htm
Everyone go here and leave a positive comment.

IMdB:
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3473527/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1

MW: Will you be making any appearances in 2014?
EJ: You can visit my web site or go to my FB Fan Page to keep up with what I have going on. I have lots of appearances coming up this year. I have several TV and Radio Interviews, Speaking Engagements, and lots of Gun & Knife Shows, Survival Symposiums, and Outdoor Gear Conventions that I will be making Guest Appearances at, signing autographs, taking pictures, and meeting with fans. I will also be starting up my own private Survival School soon and you can get all the details for on my web site. And yes, schedule permitting, I plan on making it back out for this year’s Sorghum Festival once again. My family and I had such a wonderful time at our very first festival this past year, thanks to a special invite from good friends of the family. My wife, Amy has roots there and is part of the Lewis Clan, so we enjoyed visiting the family stomping grounds. I plan on having a spot in the tent this year, if I attend, so that I am easier to find. My web site is a good place to go to contact me if you are interested in any of my services or purchasing merchandise from the Skullcrusher Store, stock pile dependent. I have lots of neat things up from time to time too purchase. Everything from T Shirts, hats, stickers, Survival Bracelets, my Signature Series Purefire Tactical Fire Starter, my SCM-18 Survival Blade, and much, much more. It’s growing all the time, as I am approached more and more by Survival and Outdoor Gear Companies all the time for my endorsement. Always check back there regularly for information or check the store to see if items are back in or not.

MW: What do you do in your spare time?
EJ: I enjoy spending time with my family, surfing, training for my next wilderness adventure, watching a good football game or MMA match, and of course a good cheeseburger and a beer.

MW: What would you like to say in closing?
EJ: “Tua Sponte Superstes” which is Latin for “Survive by your Own Will!” my Survival Motto!!! Remember…the Skills to Survive are great and they make life out there, that much better and easier, but if you do not possess the WILL TO SURVIVE…..making it may be impossible! I believe that an IORN WILL is the greatest Survival tool to have in your Survival Bug Out Bag!!! Stay tuned and keep an eye out for me in 2014 folks!!! And thanks for watching and supporting me!!!

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