Last night, Gina Chick triumphed on SBS' Alone Australia. But winning the show is the second biggest thing that has happened in her life. Back in April, she wrote for Mamamia about the biggest.
Last year I spent some time in the Tasmanian wilderness, completely solo, in the middle of harshest freezing winter for a self-shot doco TV show on SBS called Alone Australia. The goal was to survive for as long as possible using only a handful of tools, my wits, and skill set, solving the challenges of finding shelter, water, fire, and food.
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Alone Australia is the second biggest thing that has ever happened to me in my life.
The biggest thing was something much harder.
I brought my daughter Blaise into the world against all odds. Then, three years later, she flew away, after her own cancer diagnosis. I’ve been scaling an endless wall of grief ever since
Blaise has been gone almost 10 years, and now there’s this. Alone. Winter survival, nobody within cooee. No handy mobile, no boat waiting to scoop me up and take me home. No food, other than what I could catch or gather. No shelter unless I made it myself. Just the trees and the lake and the odd platypus for company.