Courtenay store’s new manager once stalked by Mantracker

Jesse Tomes was once the prey on Mantracker, the reality television series where an expert tracker pursues two individuals.

Jesse Tomes was once the prey on Mantracker, the reality television series where an expert tracker pursues two individuals in the Canadian or American wilderness.

The pursued need to elude capture while attempting to reach a finish line within 36 hours.

Tomes, the new general manager at Alberni Outpost in Courtenay, appeared during Season 3 when Terry Grant still starred in the show as Mantracker. Tomes nearly eluded capture but Grant finally cornered him not far from the finish “in the middle of nowhere,” somewhere near the Saskatchewan/Montana border.

“It was devastating and hilarious all at the same time,” said Tomes, 32, who was caught on the same path through which Sitting Bull was marched in the Battle of Little Big Horn.

“After they eventually caught him, they rode him right through that same trail that I got caught on. It was kind of nostalgic and it left a funny feeling inside me. It almost makes you think about pre-destination sometimes.”

At an early age when he lived in Burlington, Ont., Tomes learned to track, catch snakes and develop outdoor skills.

“It all came together in terms of skills and knowhow,” he said. “It (Mantracker) seemed like a natural fit.”

Tomes had met Mantracker creator Ihor Macijiwsky about four years before doing the show. At the time he was touring with a band. At first he declined an offer to appear on TV, but relented a year later when Macijiwsky asked him again.

An audition was not required, but Tomes needed to go through an interview and background investigation. He also submitted an audition tape showcasing his outdoor skill.

The show was taped in 2005 and aired the following year.

Tomes later moved to B.C., eventually working his way to the Island. He was a Search and Rescue volunteer in Nanaimo, where he was a manager at SportChek before joining Alberni Outpost this weekend.

He hopes to settle in the Valley, where he enjoys tracking and filming wildlife in his spare time.

reporter@comoxvalleyrecord.com

Just Posted

Peninsula Co-op hosting matching gift campaign for BC Cancer Foundation

Company will match donations up to $75,000 for Vancouver Island residents battling cancer

Injured humpback returns to waters off Comox a year later

Photographer spotted Ocular again and noticed the whale has been healing

Pacific Salmon Foundation contributes $42,000 to Comox Valley wild salmon restoration projects

The Pacific Salmon Foundation announced it is contributing more than $42,000 to… Continue reading

Multiple complaints filed to Town of Comox against accordion player

Comox received multiple complaints regarding accordion music in a freedom of information request

Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman sentenced to life in prison

Experts say he will likely wind up at the federal government’s Supermax prison in Florence, Colorado

Olympic softball qualifier gets $150K boost from provincial government

2019 Americas Qualifier to be held in Surrey from Aug. 25-Sept. 1

Gas price inquiry questions Trans Mountain capacity, company denies collusion

The first of up to four days of oral hearings in the inquiry continue in Vancouver

‘Benzos’ and fentanyl a deadly cocktail causing a growing concern on B.C. streets

Overdoses caused by benzodiazepines can’t be reversed with opioid-overdose antidote naloxone

Chinook retention begins on North Island, but amid new size limit

DFO calls measures ‘difficult but necessary’ following rockslide on Fraser River

Will you be celebrating national hotdog day with any of these crazy flavours?

The popularity of hotdogs spans generations, cultures

Former home of accused Penticton shooter vandalized

Ex-wife of man who is accused of murdering four people had her house vandalized

Survivor of near-drowning in B.C. lake viewing life through new eyes

“If I died that day, the baby wouldn’t know his dad,” said 31-year-old Mariano Santander-Melo.

‘Beyond the call’: Teen in police custody gets birthday surprise by B.C. Mountie

Unusual celebration started when Staff Sgt. Paul Vadik went to visit the teen in his Coquitlam cell

Most Read