Society & Culture
EPISODE 6: ALONE survival series star, Carleigh Fairchild, shares how basketry aided success
In Episode 6, podcaster Tracy Crow, an author, writing coach, and Marine Corps veteran, talks with TV reality breakout star, Carleigh Fairchild, about how the ancient art of basketry proved invaluable during Carleigh's 86 days of solo-living in the wilderness of Patagonia during the History Channel's survival series, ALONE. Carleigh's profound connection and reverence to the land quickly earned her status as a fan favorite. Today, Carleigh shares that her basketry skills provided the architectural framework for building a debris shelter to withstand heavy snows and bitter cold, and for harvesting and storing edible plants. As Carleigh explains, her baskets were investments in her future -- in her ability to sustain solo-living for as long as might be necessary to win the contest. Ultimately, as fans will recall, Carleigh was medically pulled from the show, and against her protest, after 86 days because of severe weight loss; the victory went to the only other ALONE contestant still in the game. Today, Carleigh travels around the country, teaching basketry and survival skills, giving inspirational presentations, and serving as an ambassador to LT Wright Handcrafted Knives -- one of the few items she was allowed to take into the wilderness with her for those 86 days.
For more information about Carleigh, or to book a class or presentation, visit her website. To purchase one of her artful baskets, visit her Etsy page. You can also follow Carleigh through Facebook and Instagram.
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