Send us a Text Message.EJ Snyder has spent 206 days in very tough, uncompromising environments, having to create his own shelters, forage for food, and keep warm in the elements--all in the nude.  EJ--a.k.a. "Skull Crusher"--is an extreme survivalist, and has appeared six times on the reality television show "Naked and Afraid" (as well as other shows). So are reality shows really as challenging as they look? Do the crews ever help out struggling contestants?  EJ shares all the dirt ...

What It's Like To...

Elizabeth Pearson Garr

What It's Like to be on the Reality Show "Naked and Afraid" Six Times

MAR 6, 202437 MIN
What It's Like To...

What It's Like to be on the Reality Show "Naked and Afraid" Six Times

MAR 6, 202437 MIN

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EJ Snyder has spent 206 days in very tough, uncompromising environments, having to create his own shelters, forage for food, and keep warm in the elements--all in the nude.  EJ--a.k.a. "Skull Crusher"--is an extreme survivalist, and has appeared six times on the reality television show "Naked and Afraid" (as well as other shows). So are reality shows really as challenging as they look? Do the crews ever help out struggling contestants?  EJ shares all the dirt (so to speak), and gives lots of practical tips about how we all can survive extreme situations. After all, even those of us who never plan to spend days or weeks in the bush may find ourselves in a hurricane or blizzard--or, as EJ likes to say, a "zombie apocalypse!"  


In this episode:

02:09--How EJ got into the Army, and how that led him to "Naked and Afraid"

04:41--Why naked?

06:19--EJ's major "concerns" in the wild, + the four pillars of survival

08:49--Are reality shows rigged? Are they really struggling as much as it appears?

12:28--Dealing with the camera crew

13:14--The beauty of vulnerability, even for "alpha males"

14:01--Story behind the nickname "Skull Crusher"

16:23--Why survival skills are important for everyone, not just adventurers

20:34--What really surprised EJ from doing "Naked and Afraid"

22:37--Losing weight--and what he ate--on the show

25:30--How to keep warm in the wild

28:19--Why we all need to know survival skills

32:18--How EJ's childhood affected who he became


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