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‘Win the Wilderness’ is latest Alaska-based reality show

Six British couples competed to see which had what it takes to survive in the Alaska wilderness and win ownership to a remote Interior Alaska that had been built and owned by Duane and Rena Ose.

That’s the hook for the latest Netflix “competition reality” TV series, which was filmed at the Lost Lakes Boy Scout Camp last summer. The BBC2-produced show, which premiered April 22, follows the couples as they compete for the ownership of the log A-frame-style home. The series showed in Great Britain in January.

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“How far would you go to escape the demands of modern life?” begins narrator Nicholas Tennant, as the camera sweeps majestic landscape from Lost Lake.

The series has all the cheesy set ups and dramatic lead-ins of all of the competition reality shows in circulation, but Duane and Rena only agreed to do the show if it wasn’t over-the-top cheesy. That may make it a little boring for most Americans, but Alaskans will relate to the Oses.

So what ever happened to the couple who actually won the little slice of Interior Alaska paradise?

We found out, but we’ll not spoil the fun. This story will tell you who won and whether or not they are actually living in the cabin they won.

Or watch the episodes of Win the Wilderness for free with a 30-day trial of Netflix.

Your Alaska-informed comments and critiques are welcome below.

Suzanne Downing
Suzanne Downing
Suzanne Downing had careers in business and journalism before serving as the Director of Faith and Community-based Initiatives for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.


  1. Are you kidding me? Lost Lake is not a wilderness location. It just off the Richardson Highway about 1/2 mile, about 55 mile’s from downtown Fairbanks. 35 miles from Delta. Either direction gets you to a McDonald’s in 45 minutes. Boy scouts and girl scouts camp at Lost Lake. Contra dancers use the clubhouse for their dances. Private homes nearby. Lost Lake is as much wilderness as Big Lake or Potter Marsh. I hope they like the sound of Jet Skis and dancehall music.

  2. Its for folks in the lower 48 that don’t have a clue about Alaska. Real Alaska begins at the end of the road. Everything else is Seattle north.

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