Zach Fowler and Greg Ovens. Submitted photo

Fowler’s show films in the Flats

YouTube star Zach Fowler films ‘30 Day Survival Challenge’ YouTube series in Canal Flats

Zach Fowler had never been to this part of the world until he came up to film season 2 of the 30 Day Survival Challenge with friend Greg Ovens. From his home in Maine, Mr. Fowler told the Pioneer he was thoroughly impressed with the Columbia Valley.

“I thought I came from a big place here in Maine and was having big adventures, until I got out there and saw how big the world really was, how big those mountains are. Driving hours to these special spots that Greg would take us, to film and to fish and experience some new piece of wildlife, was amazing,” Mr. Fowler said.

Through the month, he describes, “We get further and further up into the mountains, and build these fortresses up in the tree, drawbridges that come up and down, with giant weighted counterweights. It’s like Swiss family Robinson meets the Rocky Mountains.”

He was impressed with the amount of logging roads that allowed them to access beautiful, remote places.

“You could go almost anywhere: hours and hours out in the mountains and to these little parking spots where you hike up into these beautiful lakes in different locations. It’s so accessible because of these roads and what the logging companies have done out there, maintaining it and keeping it beautiful the way they do.”

There were some challenges of this season given the time of year they planned to film (July), Mr. Fowler reported. While there were enough wild foods to harvest, many were not calorie-dense, so it required a lot more effort to stay satiated.

“We’d have great meals, and we’d be full at times. But there was plenty of lean times in between each one of those where we were scrabbling to keep our wits … and harvest more food as we went on day by day.”

When interviewed, a couple episodes of this season’s 30 Day Survival Challenge had already been released on Mr. Fowler’s channel. He said the reaction so far was phenomenal. His first season, filmed in Texas, saw millions of viewers tune in. This season has already had hundreds of thousands of viewers watching the episodes online. To watch and subscribe, go to www.YouTube.com and search for ‘Fowler’s Makery and Mischief.’

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