Luke Joseph Olsen

Season 10

Age: 39

Hometown: Maui, HI

Profession: Entrepreneur and Glass Artist

Luke was raised in the deserts of southern Idaho at his family’s hot springs resort “Miracle Hot Springs”. His parents, Larry and Sherrel, are the authors of the #1 best-selling book “Outdoor Survival Skills,” and founders of The Anasazi Foundation and other wilderness therapy programs. Luke is the youngest of eleven children and had to keep up with an extremely adventurous family. At age 11, two of his brothers let him tag along on a sea kayaking expedition on the Sea of Cortez, and he later guided ten similar expeditions for the Corps of Discovery, solidifying his love for the sea. He is a PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) divemaster and surf instructor in Hawaii and loves sharing his love for the water with others.

Luke worked at Anasazi and Corps of Discovery at a very young age, guiding groups through primitive wilderness expeditions. This gave him the opportunity to witness the inevitable changes in values and perspectives that come with overcoming the challenges of wilderness living. In his early twenties, he moved to northern California with his wife Delia, and they homesteaded a medical cannabis farm deep in the Trinity Alps for seven years. They then moved to Oregon and started a recreational cannabis business in order to produce and distribute Willie Nelson’s brand “Willie’s Reserve.” Currently, Luke has a glass art business “Dichroic Images” and teaches ancestral skills at Pono Outdoor, a home school enrichment program. He also consults for several cannabis operations in Oregon and California. If he wins the prize money, he and his wife plan to develop their own hot springs land in Idaho into a community gathering, educational and healing space.

Luke is excited to take on the Alone challenge to connect with his father, who passed away a few years ago, and to challenge himself and his skill set in a new environment.

Here are the ten items Luke selected to bring on his survival journey the bone-chilling temperatures of Northern Saskatchewan, Canada:

1. Block of Salt

2. Sleeping Bag

3. Cooking Pot

4. Gill Net

5. Snare Wire

6. Bow and Arrows

7. Multitool

8. Saw

9. Fishing Line and Hooks

10. Shovel