18 Latter-day Saints on Reality TV Who Stood for Their Standards

Get Out Alive with Bear Grylls

16 Mormons on Reality TV Who Stood for Their Standards

Left in a cold, remote wilderness with a handful of others, no food, and scant survival supplies, could you get out alive?

In NBC’s 2013 reality show Get Out Alive with Bear Grylls, Latter-day Saint father-son duo Jim and Austin Vach got the chance to find out for themselves. The show, hosted by renowned survivalist Bear Grylls, followed 10 teams of two people through an arduous group expedition, including arranged challenges, in the wilds of New Zealand.

For the Vachs, preparation was more than physical—it was spiritual. Austin shares, “One thing that my dad and I said going in was that we don’t want to do anything we’ll be embarrassed about.” Their determination to embody the values of the Church even in such extreme circumstances was noted by fans of the show, and Austin says he was praised for staying out of the drama and camp gossip.

The father-son duo excelled during their time in New Zealand, winning three weekly challenges, the most of any team. They advanced all the way to the final episode, eventually taking second place overall.

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Photo courtesy of the Vach family.
The full version of this article is available in the January/February issue of LDS Living magazine.
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