“We are cut off from the production crew”
They’ve been using this statement in teases for several seasons. Let’s grab our raincoats, and settle in for this wet ride.
Age: 32 years old
Occupation: Owner and operator of Extreme Instinct LLC, makes custom knives, survival gear and teaches survival classes
Current Residence: Lakewood, Colorado
Relationship Status: Engaged
Survival Skills: Primitive Weapons, Fire, Trapping, Hunting, Primitive Fishing, Flint-Knapping, Basketry, Cordage, Hide Tanning, Shelter, Water Purification, Tracking, and Navigation.
Matt is a confident guy, and is ready to take his survival skills to the jungle for the first time. Matt is ex special forces and also has a lifetime of hunting and wilderness experience.
Initial Primitive Survival Rating (PSR) 7.8 out of 10
Age: 32 years old
Occupation: Customer Service
Current Residence: Grand Blanc, Michigan
Survival Skills: Mental strength, Plant identification, Positive attitude
This single mom is pretty funny and sarcastic, and after losing 100 lbs., she loves to challenge herself (Great job, Lindsay!). Lindsay wants to show other woman that you can lose weight and still succeed on the show. Another woman on Naked and Afraid with an amazing head of hair. She suffers from hypothyroidism, so she can’t regulate her temperature. I wonder how this may affect her in this challenge; shouldn’t she need medication or something? And if she can’t take her medication, will she suffer form some of the other side effects of the disorder, like fatigue? Lindsay doesn’t normally eat meat, but will on this challenge.
Initial PSR 6.1 out of 10.0
Primitive survival items:
In addition to a magnesium fire starter provided by the show, Matt has brought a sweet knife that he designed himself, and Lindsay has brought a tarp.
This week, our two brave adventurers are heading to Thailand, and will spend three weeks near the Sai Rung waterfall. The area is also home to pythons, wild boars and tigers, and series’ spooky-voiced narrator lets us know that a few years ago, a flash flood in this area killed dozens of locals. But according to this website, the waterfall may be only meters away from a parking lot and is easily accessabel to area resorts. Hmmmmmmmmm
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And Lindsay and Matt were clearly not dropped off near the car park, and had to right tough terrain to find “home.” They set to building a shelter, but darkness falls quickly in the jungle and their shelter is rudimentary at best.
Matt is itching to hunt. He quickly grabs a tiny morsel of a lizard.
Lindsay refuses to eat any of the tiny treat, and Matt teaches her the fine art of lizard CPR.
Lindsay: “How does that taste? Does it taste like chicken?”
Matt: “No, tastes like lizard.”
After the snack, they rebuild the shelter and elevate it above the insect-covered ground.
Because Lindsay is averse to eating meat, Matt is a champ and finds some wild figs. They’re not quite ripe, but they figure, “hey, they’re calories.” A short while later, they both get sick from the unripe fruit. I hope that those were actual figs and not some toxic lookalike! While Lindsay look like she’s just ridden a rollercoaster, Matt builds an amazing fish trap. And annoys Lindsay.
Matt chops down a tree to get his partner heart of palm. Lindsay is still feeling sick, but Matt encourages her to eat more. His goading is a little jerky, but he’s really looking out for her best interest.
The next day, Matt is tired from the exertion of the day before and checks his fish trap. He’s caught an eel, but it slips back into the water and is gone. But Matt is undeterred, and when he sees a snake, he knows he’s caught dinner.
Lindsay can’t bring herself to eat the snake, even though Matt explains that this could be the last food they are able to find. Even though, she can’t bring herself to eat.
After eating, Matt has lots of energy and plays naked Tarzan. “I have become one with the jungle!” he yells as he swings. Lindsay is not amused by the man-meat swinging above her head. How could she not laugh? Matt’s a fun guy.
Lindsay is getting weaker because she’s not eating anything. And I wonder if not having her meds is adding to her fatigue. And, if they’re only steps from a parking lot, I wonder if they can smell the peanut butter sandwiches of tourists.
Matt makes deadfall traps to up their chances for food. I like that Matt is trying multiple ways to catch food. Past participants who try only one food-catching method has been a point of consternation from N&A fans. You have to try everything to catch calories. Fish baskets, snares, dead-falls, hunting, fishing, gathering — these are all viable options and it looks like Matt is trying then all.
Later that day, a storm front rolls in. As the weather drops and the thunder rumbles, Matt warns, “It’s about to get ugly.”
That night, rain starts to fall and the temperature drops into the 50s. Thank goodness for Lindsay’s tarp!
8 inches of rain have fallen and Matt and Lindsay can’t leave their shelter. Matt is wistful for snuggle-filled days with his girlfriend. My husband and I were talking about stranger snuggles earlier today, and I’m totally #TeamSnuggle. I don’t care who you are — if we’re in a survival situation — I’m going to get cozy in your personal space. So get to it Matt and Lindsay, this isn’t romance, this is survival! Speaking of romance, read this article from People magazine that tells how Matt proposed to his girlfriend Brooke while he was in Thailand! I think they definitely need to head to Thailand for their honeymoon.
It’s still raining and the river is starting to flood. The camp is starting to flood too, but the pair is dry-ish in their shelter. I’m gonna say it again — thank goodness for Lindsay’s’ tarp! I have always said that if I were a participant on Naked and Afraid, I would definitely choose a tarp as my survival item. But I would have a portion of the tarp underneath me too, making the shelter more burrito-like would really hold in body heat.
14 inches of rain have fallen. The river is so torrential that Matt and Lindsay have been cut off form the production crew. If anything should happen to them, they are beyond help. And it just keeps raining. And thundering. And lightning-ing.
16 inches of rain have fallen. The sound of the rain falling on the tarp sounds like hail and the constant noise would be maddening.
Matt and Lindsay have withstood 19-inches of rainfall! But they haven’t been able to search for food in almost a week and are famished. Matt’s statement about the snake being their last food they eat, may be true.
The sun finally emerges from behind the clouds, and Matt is excited to find food. Lindsay is too weak to help. While Matt searches for calories, Lindsay weaves a blanket to help keep them warm. Matt’s fish trap has washed away in the storm. That night, their deadfall trap catches a rat. I wonder if Matt watched the N&A episode with Darrin — “Lord of the Rats” is one of my favorite episodes!
Matt is almost giddy at the premise of protein, but Lindsay is less-than-thrilled. She’s spending too much time thinking about, what she’s putting in her mouth. Matt forces her to consume the calories.
Lindsay and Matt have a water-borne extraction. After bushwhacking through the jungle, they have to float down several miles of rapids.
They use the bamboo from their shelter to make a small floatation device (the word “raft” would be too generous. It is tiny!) The river was insane- and I was sure they were going to smack their heads off of a boulder.
Once they billy goat out of the river, Matt and Lindsay leap into a waiting pickup truck. I feel like Matt could have lived in this jungle forever; he was a force unto himself. I wish Lindsay had been able to get over her aversion to eating meat, I think she would have had a better time.
Over the course of 21 days, Lindsay lost 20 lbs. and her PSR rose from 6.1 to 6.5 out of 10.0.
Matt was a beast, and over 21 days, he lost 36 pounds. His PSR rose from 7.8 to 8.7 out of 10.0 and I think that Matt was one of the best Naked and Afraid participants I’ve ever seen.
I think it was about time that Naked and Afraid showed this episode. They’ve been using shots from this episode since last season. The shot of Matt climbing back onto the rock during the rapids swim has been part of series teases for since the end of Season 4 (this is Season 6) and I’m glad we finally got an episode with a little bit of peril.