I love Survivor. I love it more than Billy Garcia loves Candice Cody, Yau-Man Chan loves lemon trees, and Bob Crowley loves making fake idols.
In August I was given the opportunity to partake in the closest thing to Survivor as you can get; The Durham Warrior Survival Warrior Challenge.
Going into the game I had no idea what to expect, all I knew was that I was going to get to play survivor! We rowed in (poorly in my case) to tribal council and were introduced to our fellow castaways. Among the other 20 competitors were Coby Archa from Survivor Palau, Kathy Sleckman from Survivor Micronesia, and Matt Bischoff from Survivor Caramoan.
That’s when it hit me that I was in for a real challenge. We were left to mingle with one another much like they did on Survivor Palau. It was quickly discovered that I was the youngest. If you’re a big fan of the show you know that you don’t want to have anything that makes you stick out, and being at least three years younger than everyone else was a bit nerve wracking.
I wasn’t too worried about it however, I thought that being such a big fan I’d at least have the advantage of encyclopedic knowledge of the show. I found out that I was not as prepared as I thought I was. Over the next three days I was challenged in ways I never thought possible. I was cold hungry and paranoid… it was amazing.
This has to be as close to playing survivor as you can get. I got to win immunities, look for idols, and eventually get my torch snuffed. While I finished in 11th place and was the first member of the Jury I wouldn’t change a single second of it. So if you’re a superfan of the show like I am, and want to experience what it’s like to be on the show while supporting a great cause I suggest applying to the Durham Survival Warrior Challenge!