Always an adventurer and a seeker of knowledge, Carleigh grew up in Ohio running around the neighborhood with other kids making up games, watching lightning storms with her family, and spending time on her aunt and uncle’s farm learning about the cycles of life. As a teenager Carleigh spent every summer learning survival skills at the Children of the Earth Foundation. From the very beginning she loved starting fires, building shelters, processing animal hides, and weaving baskets. It was through these skills that Carleigh found peace and connection with the world. After turning 18, she moved to Washington state to continue studying earth skills at Earthwalk Northwest and successfully completed the Skills Apprenticeship, Ethnobotany Apprenticeship, Basketry Series, and the Path of the Hunter program. Carleigh has had many jobs over the years including being a nanny, survival skills instructor, landscaper, and carpenter. In 2009 Carleigh first tested herself by solo backpacking 500 miles through Washington on the Pacific Crest Trail. Her next big adventure in 2016 was showcased on Season 3 of Alone on HISTORY. Where she lived for 86 days alone in Patagonia and filmed her daily survival. Today Carleigh shares her experience and skills through public speaking and classes, she lives in North Carolina where she studies Niasziih Healing at wildernessFusion, and works at a wilderness therapy program for teens.

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