The Pennsylvania woman, who appeared on the eighth season of the History Channel’s survival series “Alone,” was among the nine candidates who continued on the show after Episode 1, which premiered last Thursday.
Rose Anna Moore, owner of Moore’s Sports Center in Wellsboro, fell ill towards the end of Episode 1, apparently from eating some kinnikinnick berries for food.
While she hadn’t pressed the satellite phone to request an emergency pickup, another of the 10 original participants – Tim Madsen, a 48-year-old robber on an oil rig in Laramie, Wyoming – suffered a heart attack and was evicted from his campsite.
Kininikinnick berries, also known as bearberries, are small, red, edible, but tasteless berries that grow in clusters on a low-lying, evergreen shrub. It grows in northern Eurasia and northern North America to the south of the mountains of Arizona, California, New Mexico and Virginia. It was rediscovered in Pennsylvania in 2013 after not being reported here since 1941. Different parts of the plant, including the berries, have a number of medicinal uses.
Moore’s anger with the berries and whether it was the berries causing her indigestion wasn’t cleared up by the end of Episode 1. Viewers expect to find out more in Episode 2, which airs tonight at 9:30 p.m. on the History channel.
- Pa. Woman under 10 candidates for survival in the new season of “Alone”, which premier tonight
Moore will experience the ramifications of that experience with the rest of us.
“We don’t find out anything in advance,” she said of her experience as one of the participants hoping to last the longest and win the $ 500,000 prize. “We’ll have to wait to see it, just like everyone else.”
“Alone” challenges them to endure hunger, loneliness, the elements and one of North America’s deadliest predators, the grizzly bear. As the show’s name suggests, each of them is on their own, with no camera crews.
Each of them comes with a camera kit and 10 survival kits that he or she has chosen to take to Grizzly Mountain.
Moore’s selection of equipment consisted of a bow and arrows, sleeping bag, multitool, fishing line and hook, pot, noose wire, paracord, saw, ax and iron rod for lighting a fire.
She grew up in Tioga County and spent much of her childhood hunting and fishing in the trout streams of the beautiful Pine Creek Gorge.
She said that she believes that learning these skills and becoming interested in living sustainably helped her develop an adaptable and agile nature.
As the mother of a 25-year-old daughter and a 22-year-old son, she wanted to raise her children with the knowledge they need for a sustainable life. This included teaching them how to garden, hunt, catch, fish and raise and harvest farm animals.
Now that her children are grown up, Moore spends most of her free time teaching local youth about the importance of hunting, trapping, and conservation.
Whether through community-wide courses or her own hunt for a North American Super Slam, in which 29 species of game are harvested, she promotes understanding of each animal and shows directly how important conservation is.
Some of the hunts she has featured include musk ox in Greenland and invasive species such as pythons in the Florida Everglades.
She shares her experiences on her blog “This is My Quest” and her Rose Anna Moore Facebook page.
Moore, who values sharing her messages and experiences, hopes to use the notoriety she gains from the show “to help me reach a bigger platform.”
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