Life 2 The Limit 2010

In April 2010, ten ordinary people will leave behind family, friends, and the comforts of home, and embark upon an extraordinary journey of self-discovery. Armed with nothing more than the contents of a five-litre backpack, they'll set off for the raw beauty of the Asia Pacific archipelago, and 30 days alone on a remote island. Except they won't be entirely alone: they'll have snakes, insects, and thick tropical jungle for company - and, most challenging of all, each other.

There are no evictions, no immunities, no surprise luxuries: just one month learning to adjust to an alien environment, to make the jungle home, and to somehow survive on the island's fresh water, and whatever food the jungle and ocean offer. Food that will need to be hunted, trapped or caught. Hunger, sleep deprivation, and a range of emotional challenges - for the ten people involved, surviving the island could be their greatest achievement ever, as they discover exactly what it means to live Life 2 the Limit.

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  What is Life 2 The Limit?
  What is the purpose of the challenge?
  Where will the challenge take place?
  When will the challenge take place?
  Will the participants take anything with them?
  How will the challenge be documented?
  What about food?
  What about water?
  What about insects, animals and other dangers?
  Will they have medical help?
  What if someone wants to leave?
  Will there be another challenge after April 2010?
Life 2 The Limit was founded as a concept by Huenu Solsona, an Argentinean entrepreneur with a zest for life and an adventurous spirit.
The idea of pushing herself to the limit, and discovering her own capabilities, led to the challenge of taking on the island escape, and seeing if she was capable
of making it through a real test of survival. That test has become a reality, as Huenu and nine others take up the toughest challenge any of them has ever faced...

Life 2 The Limit is an adventure... in which ten people decide to spend a month in total isolation on an island in the South Pacific. The adventure will bring with it external challenges - and internal rewards. As the ten adventurers try to survive without the commodities of the modern world and with no infrastructure, no external help and very few tools to assist them, the challenges will only continue to grow. And as the days unfold, unforeseen circumstances will develop - and the team will have to overcome each and every one of those. How they will do it cannot be guessed, foreseen or planned, because no one has been there before. And that is what Life 2 The Limit is about: experiencing the un-experienced. How will the participants react and what will they learn as they are faced with challenges they have never, in their lives, faced before? What will happen? We don't know yet... we can only wait and see.

Life 2 The Limit is an opportunity for ordinary people to experience an out-of-ordinary month, in which each of the adventurers will experience self-discovery, and learn about others and life in a way that no other experience could provide. It is as much a journey of self discovery as it is a challenge of extreme proportions. It is a test physical and mental that will require discipline, determination, courage, and strength of mind to get through. Above all, it is an adventure with the potential to change lives forever.

Think about this...

  They will be away from all civilisation.
  They will have no TV, no cell phones, no books, no communication.
  They will have no food readily available.
  They will be at the mercy of the elements.
  They will have to deal with wild animals and insects.
  They will have to find their own food and gather their own water.
  They will have to make a shelter and sleep somewhere.
  They will have to deal with nine other people in extreme circumstances and pull together if they are going to make it.

Anything could happen...

The challenge will take place on a deserted island in the South Pacific. The island is 10km by 4km and the highest peak is 200 metres. The participants will be dropped off on a stretch of beach 500 metres long. There is one river, leading onto this beach carrying fresh water, although one would have to go upstream to avoid the estuary that forms at the mouth of the river as this contains a mixture of fresh and sea water and would not be safe for drinking. The forest is very dense, and there are no coconut trees and no visible edible plants, although the sea does have coral and bountiful marine life. The beach shows marks of crabs and perhaps other animals, but nothing obvious during the day. By night, this could be different. But who knows...

The adventurers will be dropped off on the island at 10h00 on 1 April 2010 and fetched again at 10h00 on 1 May 2010. Thirty full, long days. Provided they survive that long, of course.

Yes, but very little. The participants can take whatever they want as long as it fits into a five-litre dry bag. Things like a toothbrush, sun cream, a knife, a lighter, fishing line, a pot, etc will be needed. There are items which only one member will need to take (such as a very large knife or a pot to cook in), and these will be discussed by the group before departing for the island. Everyone will have to sacrifice a bit of personal space for the good of the group. What each person takes will be up to him or her: it will be interesting to see who makes the best selection and who wishes they had brought something else.

Each participant will get a journal and a camera. Every day, each adventurer will have to document experiences and feelings, and will have the opportunity to supplement those with photographs taken on the island. Two floating video cameras will also be at the disposal of anyone wanting to film. Every three days, the participants will put the written pages, cameras and videos in a weatherproof box and leave it on a spot away from the beach where it will be collected by Adelle Horler ( a journalist whom they will not see and who will upload all of this to this website. Which means that the rest of the world will be able to follow the adventurers with updates of what is happening on the island - along with pictures and videos. To sign up to receive these updates, enter your details at the bottom of this page.

The participants will have to source their own food. There is nothing readily available on the island, no coconut trees, no visible edible plants. The sea does have fish and coral but this will have to be fished or caught by the participants with what little equipment they have or whatever they can make. They will also have to learn about the plants and what is edible, not edible or even poisonous. No matter how much they catch, they will be hungry. Think about a meal at a restaurant for ten people. That's a lot of food. What will happen when all they get for the day is a fish? How will they divide it?

There is a river that leads onto the beach, but the mouth of it is a mixture of sea and fresh water, which means the adventurers will have to go upriver to get fresh water; and the river gets very thin very quickly (as far as one can see anyway). Is there fresh water on the island? Yes, there is. Will this be easy to get, carry, and take back to everyone? Unlikely...

There are unfortunately a lot of insects on the island, which will be a major predicament for everyone. Participants may decide to sacrifice some space in the dry bag for insect repellent, but this does not last long and takes up space. Snakes? Scorpions? Leeches? Spiders? Ticks? Fleas? Yes, they're all there too.

There will be a dry bag containing a first aid kit with all the necessary tools and items to treat minor issues as well emergencies. However, should someone suffer from an illness or injury that would require them to leave the island, there will be ways of getting medical help.

Participants will be able to leave if they want to. They will simply join the boat that will come to collect the written works and photos to the island every three days. Leaving the island, however, will not be an easy decision. Not only is self-defeat at stake, but also the money raised. The moment someone leaves the island, donations (which are calculated daily) get cut. And whoever leaves first, also cuts the group donations fund which benefits the whole group. The result? Everyone in the group will pull together to ensure that no-one leaves, and whoever feels the most despondent, pessimistic or disheartened, will inevitably need the most support from the group. Life 2 The Limit is a team effort!

Yes, but details will be disclosed after April 2010. Watch this space.