This week on Journey Back to the Land Tom Bass welcomes Clarence Gilmer II of Naked & Afraid.
Clarence's survival skills began at a very young age, in the streets of Baltimore with his three brothers. Violence and crime posed an enormous challenge to navigating in a safe and respectful manner... resulting in Clarence being held at gunpoint a horrible 14 times. This terrifying reality persuaded him to focus on hard work and perseverance inside closed doors as a road for escape. He studied and taught computer science and business management for years. Clarence spent his time off backpacking on the Appalachian Trail, attempting to hide out from the hustle and bustle of city life. In 2006 he quit his office life completely. After surviving a sailboat crash in a tropical storm on his way to Brazil, getting robbed in Juarez, Mexico, and getting lost in the desert in southern California, Clarence knew his survival skills were not where he wanted them to be. After spending several months homeless on the streets of San Diego and in the redwood forests of Northern California, Clarence found a job in Montana where he met Laura Zerra (another NAA contestant). Laura assured Clarence that with his experience, he would be great at teaching inner city youth about the outdoors at a wilderness school in Connecticut. Find out more and like his page Here
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