Barry Karcher is a renowned survival expert best known for his 69 days in the arctic wilderness of Northern Canada as a fan favorite on Season 6 of History Channel’s “Alone”. A minimalist bushcrafter, Barry has been hunting, fishing, and trapping since he was nine. We caught up with Barry doing what he does best - contemplating life in the middle of nowhere - and asked him the following ten questions. Our verdict: Be like Barry. Grab life by the horns and use Honcho & Hoss to feel better.
1. How did you become an expert in outdoor survival?
To be honest, I don’t consider myself an “expert”. I hold to the concept that I’m forever a student. I do know my love for the wilds (along with bushcrafting, hunting and trapping) started very early in my life. I spent the vast majority of my young life outdoors exploring and taking in as much information from my elders as possible. I then translated those skills into a solid base for survival through trial and error.
2. You made it 69 days by yourself in Canada’s frigid northern wilderness with only a handful of tools while filming Season 6 of History Channel’s “Alone”. What was the hardest physical challenge while competing on the show?
Hands down the hardest part from Season 6 of Alone, for me, was the starvation. The slow decline of your physical and mental state in some of the most extreme conditions can only be made worse by the maddening aspects of starvation. It taught me a lot about myself and my true needs in life.
3. Knowing what you now know, what advice would you give to someone spending an extended period of time by themselves in the elements living off the land?
Knowing what I know now I would have to say the best advice I could give them would be to “lean into the suck”. Whether you believe it or not, you’re going to experience a level of “forced evolution”. That process can be as painful or pleasant as you choose it to be.
4. What are the ten items you’d recommend everyone take with them on their survival adventure?
Everyone has certain levels of skill in different areas with different tools. But, if I had to go with 10 staples, I would suggest the following: a tarp, a knife, a fire starter, a .22 rifle with ammo, a water container, cordage 20-gauge wire, a pot, fishing line and hook, and an axe. I feel most people could make a good run with those items.
5. When you returned home to Colorado after the show, how tough was it to transition back to everyday life?
Returning back to Colorado after the show was truthfully extremely difficult. I had lost a over 82 pounds during my 69 days in the bush so I was weak and had to really step back and focus on my diet and mental health. I was very fortunate to have the love and support of my friends and family, but also the support through the After Care Program via ITV and the History Channel. It made all the difference!
6. If you were forced to go into the wilderness far from the rest of the world for a few more months, but you could pick the location, where would you go and why?
If I was forced to go into the wilds for a few months I would definitely choose my old site from the show. I have such a special connection to that land. During my time there I was a king and the land was my kingdom. I think the only difference would be the season in which I’d visit. I would have loved to have made it long enough on the show to see a springtime bloom, so it would definitely be around that time of the year if I had my druthers.
7. What’s the one thing not a lot of people know about you that they probably should?
I think one thing people may not know about me is that I have a fierce desire to act. I see myself playing roles that I believe will inject an entirely new level of challenge and growth in my life. It’s exciting to imagine the possibilities!
8. If you could have any superhero power, what power would you have and why?
If I could choose any superpower, it would be the ability to vanish and reappear anywhere in the world I want. There are many incredible people and places on this spinning rock that a super power like that could only enlighten and broaden my views, making my short time here on earth more enriching.
9. You’ve been using Honcho & Hoss CBD for a while now. What do you use it for mostly and how has it benefited you?
I’ve been using Honcho & Hoss CBD oil for a variety of reasons. Whether to take the edge off of my chronic aches and pains. To aid me in a truly restful night's sleep. Or even just to calm any nerves I may have before my auditions. It just seems to add focus, balance and create a level of physical relaxation to help me tackle any obstacle.
10. What’s your favorite Honcho & Hoss oil flavor and do you take it straight or use it as a mixer?
My favorite flavor?! That’s the hardest question you’ve asked yet. I would have to say Ol’ Faithful and I take it straight. I love the earthy all natural essence and the texture of the oil is incredibly smooth and palatable. You really knocked it out of the park with your products!