Recap: Naked and Afraid Amazonia: Episode 3 “Rise Above”


This week, I’m surviving Spring Break with my husband and kids in the “Wilds” of Williamsburg, Virginia. So I’m getting to know our forefathers, and two survivalists head to a forsaken region of Amazonia. And this week’s male participants promises to be one of N&A‘s most colorful characters EVER!! (Spoiler: In 2009, Jake appeared on the Discovery channel show Out of the Wild: The Alaska Experiment, and was apparently the first openly gay person shown on a Discovery network program).

Related: History’s Alone returns in April for Season 2!

While I’m off on my adventure in American history, here are mini-bios for this week’s survivalists:

Jake Nodar
Age: 36 years old
Occupation: Horse trainer
Current Residence: Darnestown, Maryland
Relationship Status: Single
Survival Skills: Shelter Building, Fire
Jake grew up with a deep love for the outdoors and spent his weekends hiking, camping, and fishing. In middle school, one of his classes was on shelter building, setting a foundation for a future of primitive camping. Jake is a professional horse trainer which he says enables him to be in nature every day. And he takes an annual adventure to push himself. Past trips have included: bicycling by himself from St. Augustine, FL, to Santa Monica, CA, spending weeks in Kenya in a Masai village, backpacking around the Canadian Rockies, and spending a month living off the land in the interior of Alaska.

Jamie Little
Age: 36 years old
Occupation: Teacher
Current Residence: Tucson, Arizona
Relationship Status: Single
Survival Skills: Bow drill, Snow shelters, Desert plant identification
Jamie grew up in Maryland, and got to explore nature in her own backyard. Her early involvement in the Girl Scouts led to adventures in backpacking, whitewater canoeing, and rock climbing, and she eventually studied as an exchange student in Costa Rica, where she developed a love for travel. After college she became a primitive survival skill instructor for troubled youth, taking 60-day trips in the back country. Jamie has lived in Canada, Australia and Spain, but calls the Arizona desert “home,” where she lives (and has adventures) with her trusty dog, Sienna.

I look forward to catching up on the adventures and exploits of Jake and Jamie when I return, but I know that Naked and Afraid diehards Ken and JC will have lots to say about tonight’s episode.

In the meantime, you can watch me try to make fire, and imagine me trying to shoot a replica of an old-timey musket.

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  1. a month of living off the land in the interior of Alaska? It was another reality-type show for Discovery that Jake was on. Out of the Wild – the Alaska Experiment. It kind of seems like Discovery is stacking the deck for this show.

  2. some of jamies comments inferred that he might be gay. just curious………great show- great partnership

  3. This was an extreme environment but Jake and Jaime made it. I could have done without Jake’s arrogance and boasting about his greatness, which prevented early bonding with Jaime as a partner. Jaime got over a bout of depression and went back to work. Both were good workers. Jamie-wow, you are a looker! I Am sure you get lots of volunteers to help with your wish to have a child. Heh, Heh, Heh.

      • I apologize for falling down in my commenting responsibilities, better late than never. I missed this episode which is unlike me and I don’t know why but I have only seen part of this episode and there was no doubt in my mind that Jake was gay. He seemed to have that arrogant attitude that many gay men have, probably stoked by many years of discrimination but off putting nonetheless. They (gay men) seem to have to compensate for their gayness by being obnoxious. Hey, Jake, it’s the 21st century most of us don’t care about whether or not you’re gay until you start being an ass.

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