Gwen Grimes

Image courtesy of Gwen Grimes. All rights reserved.

Image courtesy of Gwen Grimes. All rights reserved.

Never give up! Never surrender! Anything can be overcome and always Stay Strong!!
— Gwen Grimes

Name

Gwen Grimes


Hometown

Eagle, Alaska


Activity 

Outdoor adventurer/explorer/survivalist


What drives you?

I love being outdoors. Anything to go on an adventure! Making memories, keeping active, staying healthy, meeting new people, learning new skills, enhancing skills I already possess, all this drives me to get down and dirty in another adventure!


How did you get started?

Image courtesy of Gwen Grimes. All rights reserved.

Image courtesy of Gwen Grimes. All rights reserved.

I grew up in the mountains and spent my childhood exploring and learning how to survive in the wilderness. I loved it so much, I went to college to major in Paramedicine with a minor in Search and Rescue. I thrived in that world! I was a Paramedic/firefighter with a ton of certifications in SAR skills. I did this for 15 years, then decided to become a police officer. On my days off, I taught outdoor survival skills and went on as many excursions as time allowed. I spent the next 13 years as a police officer, travelling the state of Alaska and working. I was severely injured on the job in 2014, causing my career to end in 2017, after surgery couldn't fix extensive nerve damage and mobility issues in my dominant arm. With nearly 30 years of service in emergency response careers, I was lost. I decided, since I could no longer do what I loved as a career, I would move into the remote Alaskan wilderness and become a homesteader. I moved to Eagle in 2017, 2 months after I officially retired as a police officer. I've lived in Eagle since then. In 2018, I had the opportunity to travel to Oaxaca, Mexico for 21 days as a survivalist on the tv show Naked and Afraid (Season 10, Episode 6 “Baked Alaskan”), which I did, and I crushed it! I then travelled to Cabo San Lucus, Mexico for 14 days soon after that for more adventures with my newly graduated daughter.  Then I was off to Argentina and Uruguay where my boyfriend and I backpacked thru both countries for 3 months having splendid adventures!


Words of wisdom?

My words of wisdom are this: Never give up! Never surrender! Anything can be overcome and always Stay Strong!!


Any adventure you’re dying to do but haven’t yet?

The next big adventure we have planned is hopefully going to happen this Winter, where we are planning a month long trip to Australia. I've dreamed of going to Australia since I was 20! We'll be exploring the outback and hopefully interacting with ancient tribes. I also want to take a boat trip up the Amazon River and explore the rainforest. Going to Mongolia and learning how to live like the nomadic Mongols is also on my list of adventures I'm dying to do!

This summer and fall will find us adventuring around Alaska, visiting friends and family and exploring our amazing state!



What is your all-time most memorable adventure?

My most memorable adventure would have to be surviving 21 days Naked and unafraid, in the Mexican wastelands. No food, no water, no clothes, and off you go! My partner and I built shelter, secured a water source, found food and had a blast completing that epic challenge! It was a truly incredible experience! We survived 21 days, in the most extreme conditions!


What do you do to recharge?

In order to recharge myself, I like to come home to my cabin in the woods. It's peaceful and comfortable. It's home. After months of adventuring and being away, I like to kick back and watch the wood crackle in my woodstove, watch the Northern Lights dance overhead and hear the distant howls of the wolves.

Patrick Hook