Wondering why you're always seeing the celebs shivering on SAS Australia? This is why

Freezing temperatures and a bleak atmosphere.

By Alex Lilly
If you thought Survivor looked tough, military-style reality show SAS: Australia will be a shock to the system.
In the harrowing new reality show, 17 celebrities are set to face the toughest physical and mental challenges of their lives while deep in the Aussie wilderness.
The recruits, who include convicted drug smuggler [Schapelle Corby] and former controversial Bachelor Nick 'Honey Badger' Cummins, will say goodbye to their creature comforts and be pushed to their limits by a team of elite ex-Special Forces soldiers.
But where is the mystery "undisclosed" location where the recruits will be put to the test?
According to a report by The Daily Telegraph, production initially kicked off in Queenstown, New Zealand back in March, but when the coronavirus pandemic hit, things had to change.
Filming was temporarily suspended but picked up again in July/August around Jindabyne in the NSW Snowy Mountains.
The SAS camp has none of the creature comforts the recruits are used to. (Channel Seven)
Conditions on the set of SAS: Australia are not for the faint-hearted.
The contestants sleep on a cot bed that swimmer James Magnussen joked he "went through four of", with no access to hot water or flushing toilets. And with temperatures at base ranging from a minimum of -5°C to a maximum of 8°C, it gets pretty chilly.
No personal items are allowed, but the recruits are given a "house on your back", also known as a Bergen, that contains every item they need.
This includes a helmet, chest harness, sleeping mat, tarp, towel, water bottle, knife, mess kit, mug, toilet roll, sanitising wipes, sunglasses, head torch, notebook, pencil, toothpaste, toothbrush, belt, armband, whistle, watch, sleeping bag, compass and two sets of kit (clothing).
Temperatures at base ranged from a minimum of -5°C to a maximum of 8°C (Channel Seven)
One of the recruits, Ali Oetjen, revealed exactly what it was like filming the intense series.
"We didn't take anything in apart from the clothes we were wearing. We were issued a backpack with everything we needed. No hot water, no showers, no flushing toilets. Sleep & food deprived, riddled with adrenaline, fear & exhaustion," the former Bachelorette explained.
"The physical pain like cuts on my throat, hands all cut up, blistered feet, black & purple bruises which covered my legs and arms weren't the worst thing. The WORST thing was the cold & calming my mind to keep going!"
"Freezing temperatures ALL the time with no respite, being wet with the chill winds made it so much worse. -5 to 8 degrees!"
"We didn't take anything in apart from the clothes we were wearing." (Channel Seven)
The recruits are under the eye of the directing staff (DS) led by the formidable Ant Middleton who admits he doesn't feel sorry for any of the recruits.
"I don't care if recruits pass the course – I am not there to be friends with anyone," he revealed in an official statement.
"I am there to make sure the participants overcome their fears and drive them to push themselves to develop the attributes necessary to pass the course."
This article originally appeared on our sister site, Who.

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