My biggest reservation about participating in Australian Survivor would have to be approximately everything.
You’re stranded in the jungle, everyone’s forming alliances, there are bugs, Jonathan LaPaglia is only there some of the time, and most importantly, there’s not even a KFC anywhere nearby.
Real disturbing conditions.
Because I, personally, could never willingly live in the jungle with other humans (who you’re not even allowed to ignore, because #strategy), I’m fascinated by those who can – and what their experience is like. So I spoke to Australian Survivor contestant Peter Conte about the reality of it all.
Was he terrified… always? How do you pass the time? And does everyone just… smell?
Listen to Clare Stephens’ interview with Survivor’s Peter on The Binge. Post continues after audio.
The 22-year-old has a severe peanut allergy, as well as other food allergies, and I needed to know how you navigate those issues in an environment you have no control over.
“Before you go in you do get a crash course in like, survival,” he said. “They’re like ‘don’t eat this… you will get sick’. So you kind of know what’s around in a very basic sense… but for the most part, it’s on the individual.”
There was, however, one scary experience. “I remember the Italian feast that I went on… I’m, like, deathly allergic to nuts and they had pesto pasta there, and I was like ‘alright guys, DON’T mix the utensils,’ but everyone was pretty good with that.”
Peter also said the challenges could be unsettling. “Some of the challenges freaked me out,” he said. “I was like ‘damn, someone could seriously get injured on these’.”
But the part that fascinated me the most was Peter's description of the smell. "OK, so my theory is that everyone just smells so bad that your nose just gets used to it and then you stop smelling people," he said. "But I'm assuming we all smelt horrible."