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Austin Carty is a contestant from Survivor: Panama.

After a tribe swap sent him to La Mina, Austin integrated himself well into the tribe, forming an all-male alliance. However, they entered the merge down in numbers, and therefore began to be picked off. After his ally Terry Deitz won immunity, Austin was voted out.


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Austin Carty was born and raised in High Point, North Carolina. He studied three years at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, where he played Division One soccer while studying speech communications and public speaking.

Carty is currently an established author (he is signed with a literary agent based in New York City). In 2003, his first novel, Somewhere Beyond Here, was published. His agent is currently shopping his two subsequent novels, Storm of Fireflies and Grays' Sacrifice. He supplements his income with modeling for print and commercial advertising. He has previously worked in retail, as a waiter and as a bartender.

Carty enjoys writing, reading, playing guitar and piano. His favorite sport is soccer. He describes himself as charismatic, humorous and genuine. He believes his athleticism, strength and intelligence will help him become the Sole Survivor. Carty's hero is his grandfather. He says if he can one day secure half of his grandfather's faith and integrity, he'll consider his life a success.

Carty is currently single and residing in High Point, North Carolina. He is very proud of his sister, Elizabeth, who is currently Miss United States Teen. His birth date is April 29, 1981.[1]


Being 24 at the time, Austin was placed on the Viveros tribe, which consisted of younger men. Upon learning on how the tribe was being divided, Austin expressed that he preferred to have some women on his tribe because he is a flirt. In the first challenge of the season, Austin was chosen to do the challenge. He was the second to complete the challenge and won flint for the tribe, earning the praise of his peers. The men generally goofed off at camp. They struggled with making fire (especially Aras Baskauskas), which weirded out Nick Stanbury and made a poorly constructed shelter. The men struggled at the Immunity Challenge, but they managed to beat out the older women to come in third and win immunity. That night was miserable due to rain leaking through the poorly built shelter.

On Day 4, everyone had to stand on a disc. The two people who had buffs under their disc, Terry Deitz and Danielle DiLorenzo would be captains for the Schoolyard Pick. Austin was picked by Sally Schumann to be on La Mina. Austin selected Misty Giles to be on La Mina, who would pick Nick. Soon after arriving at La Mina, Terry and his friend, Dan Barry, approached Austin and Nick for an alliance. Sally and Misty would soon do the same. La Mina won the following challenge and fishing gear. The spear won in the challenge would be lost on Sally's first attempt to use it. This would cause problems for La Mina as they had a hard time catching edible fish. La Mina won the next two challenges. At the third Immunity Challenge, Austin only went once and won, however the tribe lost the challenge. The older men wanted Misty out for being a threat, along with her poor show at the challenge. The younger women preferred to vote out Ruth Marie Milliman. At Tribal Council, Austin and Nick sided with the men, blindsiding Misty in a 5-2 vote.

Dan soon tried to recruit Ruth Marie into the alliance and promised her that she would be protected. However, after losing the next two challenges, Austin lobbied against Ruth Marie. He pointed out that Sally does better in challenges than Ruth Marie and pointed out that the others didn't make the promise to Ruth Marie. At Tribal Council, Austin got his way and Ruth Marie was voted out in a 4-2 vote. The next challenge was for fish, spices, rice, and beans. Despite leading the challenge, La Mina lost again. Austin was upset that they only had a bag of beans, while Casaya had all that food. The beans were eaten quickly and the younger men suffered from stomach pains. At the Immunity Challenge, La Mina had the lead as usual. However, this time, Austin and Sally were able to win La Mina a much needed immunity.

Desperate for food, Austin and Terry resorted to eating minnows. Dan soon revealed he was an astronaut, impressing Nick and Austin. The next Tree Mail  implied that the challenge was for both immunity and reward. La Mina resolved to win the next challenge to ensure equal numbers when they merge. However, despite leading at the challenge, Casaya won due to Dan and Sally faltering at the puzzle. Casaya exiled Sally, who would not attend Tribal Council and giving her an effective immunity. Being forced to vote out of their own, Austin eventually convinced Terry to vote out his friend, Dan. At Tribal Council, Dan went out gracefully and was saluted by his tribe. Austin would receive Dan's vote.

Austin was anxious about the when the merge would happen, because it would determine the fate of La Mina. The next Tree Mail said to look for something unusual. It was a boat with a crate full of supplies. A note on the crate, saying to go to Casaya beach. Shane Powers and Bruce Kanegai welcomed the men with open arms. Sally would soon join them. Everyone feasted on the contents of the box. Terry immediately worked on Bruce. However, they were forced to abandon that path due to Nick accidentally hitting Bruce in the face with the machete. Austin himself talked to Aras, but that made Austin realize convincing someone to flip would be difficult. At the Immunity Challenge, Austin pleaded with Terry to drop out of the challenge, but Terry refused. Austin eventually dropped out in third, with Terry winning immunity. Austin revealed in a confessional that he made himself look weak into to avoid having a target but he feared he was going to be voted out. Despite not being voted out, Casaya stayed together and Nick was voted out 6-4.

Although thankful to be in the game, Austin viewed his actions at Tribal Council as stupid. This was proven true as Aras and Courtney wanted him out, with the former actively lobbying against him. For the Reward Challenge, Austin was teamed with Terry and Shane. Despite departing first, they lost to the team of Aras, Bruce, and Sally. Austin was exiled with Danielle DiLorenzo. Heavy rains made life miserable for Austin and Danielle. Austin even stated that this was the most miserable experience in his life. However, Austin and Danielle bonded. She even considered him as a back up plan. At the Immunity Challenge, Austin made it to third round to the challenge, but was eliminated in that round. Terry won immunity over Sally. Austin felt in trouble without immunity. Terry wanted to use Austin's bond with Danielle to get her to flip along with Bruce by using the idol. Austin was ecstatic to have a chance in the game. Austin and Terry talked to Bruce and Danielle about flipping, with Terry offering his idol. In addition, Casaya was divided about the vote. Despite the lobbying, Bruce and Danielle stayed loyal to Casaya, voting out Austin in a 6-3 vote.

At Final Tribal Council, as a juror, Austin cast his vote for Aras, who ended up winning.

Episode Tribe
Challenge Challenge Type Sit-Out? Result
1 Viveros Skull Crush Reward No 2nd
4x4 Immunity No 3rd
Switched Tribes, Day 4
2 La Mina A Reptile Dysfunction Reward No Won
Anchor Management Immunity No Won
3 Cross Fire Reward No Won
Battle Dig Immunity No Lost
4 Puzzle Paranoia Reward No Lost
Sea Level, Tree Level Immunity No Lost
5 For Cod's Sake Reward No Lost
Buried at Sea Immunity No Won
6 In-Cog-Neato Reward/Immunity No Lost
Tribes Merged, Day 16
8 Gitanos Vampire Bats Immunity Lost
9 Rock the Boat Reward Won
Ups and Downs Immunity Lost
Voted Out, Day 21

Episode Austin's
Voted Against
1 Viveros Tribe Immune
2 La Mina Tribe Immune
3 Misty -
4 Ruth Marie -
5 La Mina Tribe Immune
6 Dan Dan
8 Shane -
9 Aras Aras, Bruce, Cirie,
Courtney, Danielle, Shane
Voted Out, Day 21
Voted for
Sole Survivor


  • Austin has some acting credits, most notably a couple of appearances on One Tree Hill playing a young Dan Scott prior to his Survivor appearance.
  • Austin briefly dated Survivor: Palau contestant Jenn Lyon in 2006.[2]
  • Currently, Austin resides in Greensboro with his wife, April Nicholson, and their daughters, Ada and Julianna.[3]
  • Carty wrote a book entitled High Points and Lows: Life, Faith, and Figuring It All Out.[4] In it, he reflects on his journey towards adulthood and true faith. The book also contains essays that address questions on faith, goals, and vocation.
  • Austin had a blog on The Huffington Post[5] and he works as speaker at the Ambassador Agency.[6]
  • On January 9, 2010, Austin attended Survivor's 10-year anniversary party.


  • Austin was the only original Viveros member to be a juror in Panama.


Survivor: Panama Castaways
S12 aras t
S12 austin t
S12 bobby t
La Mina
S12 bruce t
S12 cirie t
S12 courtney t
La Mina
S12 dan t
S12 danielle t
S12 melinda t
S12 misty t
S12 nick t
 Ruth Marie
S12 ruthmarie t
S12 sally t
La Mina
S12 shane t
La Mina
S12 terry t
S12 tina t