Born and raised in Ohio, Carleigh Fairchild spent her teenage years going to summer camps and taking classes to learn survival skills. From the very beginning, she loved starting fires, building shelters, skinning animals and weaving baskets. It was through these skills that she felt a growing spiritual connection with the earth. At 18 years old, she moved to Washington State to attend Earthwalk Northwest Wilderness School to continue studying primitive living skills and ethno-botany.
She now lives in a remote Alaskan community of fifty people with her boyfriend and dreams of building a cabin and traveling the world with him. Around the community, she has many jobs, including gardening, landscaping, roofing, framing, finish carpentry, and she's also a city council member. Throughout her life, she has had a love for adventure and self-discovery, and is thankful to her parents for their continued support of her independent nature. She is looking forward to testing her skills while living in Patagonia this year.
Here are the ten items Carleigh selected to bring on her survival journey to Patagonia:
1. Sleeping Bag: -30°, synthetic
2. Water Canister: 64 oz. metal water bottle
3. Pot: 2 quarts with handle
4. Ferro Rod
5. Ax: short-handled 2 lb. ax
6. Saw: folding pruning saw w/ long handle
7. Fishing Line & Hooks: 25 hooks, 100 lb. test and 20 lb. test
8. Knife: full tang