Carley Julien is a contestant on the “The Brigade” and she joins The Revolution this week to talk about this incredible journey. Carley says the team had to push hard each and every day they were on the trail, some days making big strides and other days accepting that they didn’t make much progress. She notes that while they would make plans on how to hit mile markers in a set amount of time, Mother Nature would often put obstacles in front of them. However, she welcomed the challenges saying that’s all a part of the journey. This 750-mile journey had to be completed in just 28 days by walking, hiking, and traveling down waterways. One of the trepidations Carley says she had was in questioning her skills before she even left. She knew she had a lot to offer, her skillset as a nurse, but also her previous experience as a kayak guide. However, whitewater was not in her wheelhouse and was out of her comfort zone. So, river travel and whitewater were her biggest fears, both of which were very much in her face for this expedition. The possibility of a cash prize at the end wasn’t Carley’s driving force to compete, nor was it that of the others. The chance alone to do the expedition and experience it was worth more than the possibility of a prize at the end, she says. Beyond that, Carley notes that if money was your incentive she didn’t think anyone would make it very far because to do this trek a person really has to want to be in the conditions and have a desire to continue even when it gets really hard. Taking on the Pacific Crest Trail previously, Carley says the 5 ½ month hike unknowingly prepared her for “The Brigade”. Carley says on that journey she learned that the body will do what the mind tells it to, so she knew she was capable. However, traveling alone and traveling with a group is a different thing. When you’re alone you can move at your pace, take breaks, camp when you want and more and in this atmosphere with a team that was very different. It wasn’t just about her, but the 10 team members collectively and she worried about not letting anyone down, being able to pull her own weight and more.
A team of 10 strangers, they did their best to work together for the greater good of the group. Carley says the remarkable thing about “The Brigade” is that team environment. She says she would never be interesting in competing on a show where contestants were conniving and trying to outwit each other. Instead, “The Brigade” challenged the team to come together and complete a remarkable expedition, a physical feat, collectively. The beauty in the show, Carley says, especially in a time where there is a lot of divisiveness in the world, is that it’s an opportunity to show that as humans we are capable of being able to work together and have unconditional positive regard for each other. Some of the contestants she worked side by side with she probably would in no way find herself in a relationship with normally, because their lives and perspectives are so different. Yet, they were still able to work together positively.
“If I ever have to eat another pike again”, Carley says as she laughs and reflects on the challenges of sustenance and eating on the journey. They were hungry, there was no grocery store and so they had to be very pointed about how they used their resources. When it came to food they carefully considered when and what to eat and how to portion it out. She says that with a smaller build, of about 5-feet, she didn’t require the food that some of the larger contestants did to fuel their bodies. While they all could have eaten everything in front of them, the dynamic at hand made them choose how to wisely consume what they did have.
Be sure to listen in as Carley Julien, contestant on “The Brigade – Race to the Hudson”, stops by The Revolution to talk about this incredible journey that will premiere on April 22 at 8:00 pm ET on Outdoor Channel!