Casey and Chris Keefer spoke with us on the debut of season five of their show 'Dropped' and how they don't consider themselves survivalists.
Season five of Outdoor Channel's incredibly engaging show 'Dropped' debuts tonight, Monday, July 11 at 9:00 p.m. ET, and we were able to catch up with the sibling team who've cemented themselves in the upper echelon of outdoor television.
This year the two brothers, Casey and Chris, return to Alaska, where they spent more time in the wilderness with next to nothing to keep them alive but their intuition and a few necessities.
"We're basically out there challenging ourselves," said Casey. "This year we went out there with the clothes on our back and a sidearm. We decided we were going to try to make it out in 30 days, basically live for a month out there."
The two were required to move through the Alaskan wilderness to certain checkpoints, where gear and supplies would be waiting for them. If they didn't make it in time, they lost the opportunity. The way past seasons have turned out, the interest and intrigue promises to maintain viewers throughout the whole season.
"Basically, we lived on whatever we could take, kill, or catch while we were out there," Casey said. All the same, they pride themselves on showing how an everyday, average guy can accomplish incredible things if they go about it the right way.
"We don't consider ourselves survivalists, we consider ourselves bush-savvy," Chris said. "So just trying to inspire people and say you can get out here and do it, you've just got to be smart about it and do your research, and I feel like people like watching the story. That's one thing 'Dropped' has done through all the seasons, is tell a story from day one to day 30. It's not just about a hunt or a day... it's an arc series, it allows the viewer to go on an adventure with us. And they can learn along the way."
To teach even more viewers about themselves and the show they've worked so hard on, Casey and Chris will take over Outdoor Channel's Facebook Page for a live, interactive video, with gear giveaways and more. It's just one more way the two are connecting with the community they've thrived in for so long. A half hour before the premier, as well as for a period immediately after, they'll take over again for more.
The guys admitted to excitement over the idea of answering questions about the series and themselves. "It's been an amazing adventure working with the Outdoor Channel with this series, and really stepping up from a production level, to a story level, to just all the things we can bring to an entertaining show that hopefully people can relate to and enjoy," said Chris.
The Keefers, who got their start in the industry as proven guides and acquired the bush-savviness they claim early on, also run their own production studio Rusted Rooster.
"I think the most important part of being able to survive out there is based on your ability to adapt," Casey said, speaking towards the show's premise but echoing their work with a variety of shows and projects. "The ability to adapt and really think on your feet, and utilize the resources we're given to the best of our abilities, that is what we try to do. It's nothing more than common sense and some elbow grease to get by some of this stuff."
After speaking with them briefly, the Keefer brothers definitely seem like they've got a great perspective and attitude about what they've set out to do. To get an even better idea, and feel like you've had a conversation with them too, watch this video about their mantra, #BeAlive.
That kind of advice should be listened to intently.
Follow the Keefer brothers on their 'Dropped' adventure as season five rolls out, starting Monday, July 11 at 9:00 p.m. ET, and don't forget to check them out on Outdoor Channel's Facebook page.