The Columbia Valley’s own survival celebrity will be welcoming a fellow survival skills enthusiast to the Columbia Valley this summer for the filming of an online show.
Canal Flats backcountry expert Greg Ovens is partnering with fellow outdoor expert Zachary Fowler to film and air a 30-hour YouTube series.
“It’ll be epic,” assures Mr. Ovens. “We’re going to do a really good job on the filming. There’s going to be a lot of interesting stuff.”
Mr. Ovens is certainly no stranger to the backcountry.
“I’ve studied outdoor survival since I was 10,” he says.
He taught himself how to start fires, studied edible plants and more, much of it learned through books. There is a growing interest in outdoor survival / preparedness, Mr. Ovens observes, adding that when he was a kid it seemed like he was the only one into it.
“Society as a whole is getting worried about the shape of the earth,” he speculates as to the rise in survival-themed skills.
Mr. Ovens was on season three of ‘Alone’ in 2016, a reality TV show on the History channel. He and nine other contestants were shipped to Patagonia, located in the southernmost end of South America, with one mission: staying alive. With no camera crews, no teams and no gimmicks, contestants were equipped with limited gear, their wilderness experience and cameras to self-document their journey as they fought the unforgiving terrain for survival.
“It was pretty exciting to be on,” said Mr. Ovens. “It was right up my alley – outdoor survival.”
He came in sixth place at 51 days. The season winner was Mr. Fowler, who lasted 87 days. Mr. Fowler is now going to bring his YouTube followers and fame to Canal Flats to film the second season of his own online show, ‘The 30 Day Challenge’. Filming will take place from mid-June to mid-July in the Bull River area, with the YouTube series airing in August.
The show will feature outdoor survival experiences and techniques. The pair will bring basic survival gear such as fishing line and hooks, bear spray and so on. No tent though – “When you’re in grizzly country, you don’t want to be trapped in a tent,” Mr. Ovens asserts.
With Mr. Fowler’s online notoriety (his YouTube channel has 297,770 subscribers), Mr. Ovens is hoping to leverage the show into a larger following of his own and, ideally, to start making money off his backwoods knowledge. Watch the series this August you YouTube.ca at ‘Fowler’s Makery and Mischief’, or visit Greg Oven’s YouTube channel at ‘Greg Ovens’.