New Berlin, WI – (September 1, 2011)– Enter the minds of Chris and Casey Keefer as they set out to survive 30 days in Alaska’s backcountry in the Sportsman Channel original production, Dropped: Project Alaska presented by Realtree®. The Keefers will be dropped today on a river in a remote part of Alaska where they will have to pit their skills as hunters, woodsmen and anglers against an unforgiving landscape. Produced in conjunction with Rusted Rooster Media and InterMedia Outdoors, it all will be documented to air exclusively on Sportsman Channel, the leader in outdoor TV for the American Sportsman, this January, 2012.
“The Keefers are perfect for this show – they shared the network’s desire to do something that would be truly monumental in outdoor TV. What is a better way to do that than by creating a real-life journey of survival set amongst some of the most stunning scenery in the world?” said Greg Trager, VP of Programming and Production, Sportsman Channel.
Viewers will have a chance to follow the daily progress of the Keefers, who also star in BackCountry Quest on Sportsman Channel, via their satellite phone and SPOT messaging system. Their messages will be posted on Sportsman’s Facebook page at http://facebook.com/SportsmanChannel and on Realtree’s page at http://facebook.com/RealtreeOutdoors
The Keefers will begin their float with only 100 pounds of gear on each of them. They will have no provisions in their backpacks – all their gear is for catching, trapping or killing their food and then preparing it.
“We are bringing our fans face-to-face with the reality of eating only what you can kill,” said Casey Keefer. “This is a true test of mind, body and soul – and we are ready for it!”
As they wind their way over 110 river miles of the most perilous and game-rich country in the world, the brothers will attempt to spot and stalk Caribou, Moose, Black Bear and Wolf – armed with only a bow. Plus, viewers will see these die-hard bowhunters fly fish and trap small game.
“The training we put into getting ready for these next 30 days was intense,” said Chris Keefer. “Its important your mind and body are prepared to survive in this remote country – I’m hoping for the best, but prepared for the worst.”
“This Dropped project is one of the coolest things Realtree has ever been involved in,” said David Blanton, VP of TV/Video, Realtree®. “I just spent a few days with Chris and Casey, filming their preparations for the trip. I’m telling you, no matter what happens up there, it’s going to be interesting to watch.”
View a behind-the-scenes video with Realtree’s VP of TV/Video, David Blanton, at http://realtree.tv/watch/dmlkZW89OTI1/episode-7-dropped–the-alaska-project
About Sportsman Channel: Launched in 2003, Sportsman Channel is the only television and digital media company fully devoted to the more than 82 million sportsmen in the United States, delivering entertaining and educational programming focused exclusively on hunting, shooting and fishing activities. Sportsman Channel is now available in HD, check with your local cable or satellite provider. Acquired by InterMedia Outdoors Holdings in 2006, Sportsman Channel reaches 27 million U.S. television households and is a part of the nation’s largest multimedia company targeted exclusively to serving the information and entertainment needs of outdoors enthusiasts. Visit www.thesportsmanchannel.com, follow on Twitter, @SPORTSMANchnl (www.twitter.com/SPORTSMANchnl), become a Fan on Facebook, www.facebook.com/sportsmanchannel and download Sportsman App at www.itunes.com/appstore