Win the Wilderness: Alaska starts Sunday at 9pm on BBC Two
Win The Wilderness follows six British couples as they compete for the ownership of an extraordinary home in the Alaskan wilderness.
Situated over one hundred miles from the nearest road, the three storey property is the home and legacy of Duane and Rena Ose, the married couple who spent over thirty years building it. Now both in their seventies, and with their children unable to take it on, the Oses are searching for a couple to inherit their life’s work.
Travelling deep into the Alaskan wilderness, the destination of the hopeful couples is Lost Lake Wilderness Camp. Here they will live together and face four keys tests, each based on the Ose’s own experiences in the wild. Whichever couple impresses most on each test will earn a flight to see Duane and Rena’s home on Ose Mountain and experience life there first hand.
Upon arrival at camp, the couples are met by CJ, a local survival expert who has been entrusted by the Oses to scrutinise and asses each couple. After receiving instruction about the perils of the local wildlife, namely bears, the first test is revealed to the group. Provided with canvas sheets, ropes and minimal instructions, the couples must use the surrounding forest to build the shelters they will live in during their time in the Alaskan bush.
Battling the harsh Alaskan elements, the couples decide to work together and eventually all of them manage to construct their shelters. The next morning, after CJ reports back his observations to Duane and Rena, the Oses invite one couple to make the one hundred mile journey by bush plane to their home. From the moment they touch down, the couple have twenty four hours to prove themselves to Duane and Rena. If they demonstrate their potential to their hosts, they will make it onto the Ose’s shortlist for new owners and return to the wilderness camp. If they don’t, Duane and Rena will send them straight back to the UK. After showing them around, the couple are put straight to work by the Oses, felling trees to make firewood and bringing in the harvest.
Back at Lost Lake, CJ has been joined by two local Search and Rescue experts to give the remaining couples a lesson in surviving cold water shock. One volunteer from each couple must jump fully dressed into the cold waters of Lost Lake before working with their partner to create a fire and stave off hypothermia. With CJ closing observing, one of the couples within the group struggles to get their flame going under the pressurised conditions.
The following day, the couple who spent the night on Ose Mountain wake up to face Duane and Rena’s verdict. After twenty four hours trying to impress their hosts, it’s down to the Oses to decide whether their dream of owning a home in Alaska is over, or whether the couple’s Alaskan adventure has only just begun.