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Anyone else see this. I just finished watching it. No, it's not the Chris McCanless thing, that was INTO the Wild.
This is about a Scotsman who was dropped off into the wild of the Yukon.
His goal was to go 90 days with no assistance. He did his own filming, had about 20 pounds of rice and oats and that's it, as far as his food he brought in. Course he had a shotgun, knife, axe and what looked like a heavy pack, maybe 80 pounds.
I won't spoil what happened or whether he made it, but at times, it was very tough to watch, especially toward the end. It was 3 or 4 one hour shows.
Tough to watch sometimes...he was a crier, from the loneliness and despair and hunger and hardships. It was like watching McCanless in his final days, except being filmed. At times, it looked like he was going crazy. Shows the benefits of having friends and family around.
Guy THOUGHT he was going to eat well on trapped rabbit, and many fish caught, caribou and moose shot, etc. Shows how tough it is to really 'live off the land'.
Well, I better stop.
 

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yeah he broke down after day 50 if I remember correctly. He wasn't even in the field for very long it just shows how paranoid you can be when your in the back country with large predators around. I don't think he was tough as he should of been to prepare for something like survival. He was caught making poor choices after the cold and isolation broke him and thats simply how people die. Survival is a mental game people.
 

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Just started watching this on youtube. Unfortunately the clips are only about 10minutes in length at a time. My first impression is that this guy doesn't exactly know what he's getting into. He seems more like a city-idiot than a guy that came from a farming background.. Common' not knowing what a bald eagle is for certain and acting surprised to see that porcupines reside in tree tops? Also, as real as it may be, he always has a couple hour escape route with his GPS unit. Probably making him take risks he may not take without it.
 

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I watched it a little while back. I seem to remember that he has climbed Everest and is a fairly avid adventurer. It's a pretty interesting show, although it does tend to get a little redundant. Redundancy is a huge part of survival I would imagine though. An interesting look at what hunger and constant fear of natural predators can do to a man in the middle of nowhere. Definitely worth watching though!
 

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This show just taught me that people aren't really meant to go at it alone. It was strange watching the emotional roller coaster... one minute he was in awe, saying he was in paradise, and the next, he was cursing at thorns, saying he wanted to go home. In general, as the weeks went on, his attitude got different... less cheery, more serious. You could see it in his eyes, he was really mentally drained, as well as obviously physically.

He did alot wrong, and I would have done things different, but he was there, I wasn't. I still give him credit... 50 days is longer than I've ever been in the wilderness.
 

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yeah he broke down after day 50 if I remember correctly. He wasn't even in the field for very long it just shows how paranoid you can be when your in the back country with large predators around. I don't think he was tough as he should of been to prepare for something like survival. He was caught making poor choices after the cold and isolation broke him and thats simply how people die. Survival is a mental game people.
Easier to critique someone in your nice cozy room on your computer than to get out for 50 days I would imagine. I think he was not really prepared as well as he should have been, but he did it and most of us think about it.
 

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I saw the last two episodes and it was pretty interesing. I think he could have made it had he not had to deal with game regs, there were several animals he passed on because they weren't in season, and also with some company, even a dog might have worked.
 

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Those people that are successful at long term isolation tend to be goal focused. They put all there thoughts into every task they focused on. There mind never has time to think about the isolation because its kept busy. Thats key for long term isolation. You see it in prisoners who have been in solitary confinment for years. People build there own little worlds and live within them. He spent to much time focused outward when he should have been focusing inward.
 

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Funny I just restarted a thread about this cat on the Bushcraft USA forum. Guy was totally not in the proper mindset from the getgo. ANd then taking all that gear and moving(Cast Iron Dutch Oven for petes sake?) and then leaving behind a perfectly good canoe, thinking he was going to find salmon. With the canoe on that one lake he'd been fine, had he used the area better. He's early reluctance to shoot at small game showed as well he didn't have the stomach for it, and he was emotionally whipped at the end of the first week. Was entertaining to watch though I'd missed most of them when it originally aired a year or so ago.
 

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I've seen almost of it. It just seems like he had very limited knowledge of the outdoors and how to live in it. He had a perfect set up. Its not like he was Survivormaning it. He brought all the comforts of home. Give Les Stroud, Ray Mears, hell even Bear that setup and they would be in heaven. This guy had no business being out there. Bit off more then he could chew. He's lucky he escaped with his life.
 

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I watched the entire series last night on youtube. I can't feel too sorry for the guy. He was surrounded by food, but he didn't know what he was doing. He said that he met with an edible plants specialist before he went out there. It must have been a short class because he missed a lot. There is absolutely no way that he would have survived the winter. He barely stayed alive during the growing season. He couldn't keep up with his nutritional needs and he sure wasn't saving for the winter.

From day one, I would have been rationing my food supplies and eating as much as I could from the surroundings. I didn't see him eat any insects, worms, snails, crawdads, or grubs. I didn't see him set any squirrel sticks or bird traps. I would have set a lot more snares and have set trot lines for passive fishing. I would have been eating the many wild edibles from the area. I would have used my time more wisely to prepare a better shelter for the winter, chop more wood for the winter, and would have tried to smoke or dry all the food for the winter.

It seems that for the first few weeks he thought of this as big camping trip. It wasn't until his supplies started running thin that he realized that he was in a survival situation. By then, he was on the downward slide and his morale was slipping.

However, he did make a valid point about the moose and caribou. If he was allowed to hunt them he would have been doing better than he really did.

Good show. Watch it with an open mind and try to learn from his mistakes.
 

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I am quite convinced this is another bear grylls fakeout... In the least bit, he is "cheating"... there is always new gear that pops up in the episodes, like cast iron cooking gear that he supposedly hiked in, or a big metalic box shown in the corner of a shot in the second season...Maybe it was non chronological editing from when he was dropped rations? If it were real though, I would be quite impressed...

boy what a weenie about bears though. I know they are big and scary, but damn, he has something to say about them every episode!

Also, not a lean-to expert, but wasnt that a bit steep?
 

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Also, not a lean-to expert, but wasnt that a bit steep?
I thought that too. He did say that he half-remembered reading about making those shelters in a book and he made the other half up. The second shelter was made the same way. He felt comfortable with the design and did the same thing again at the second site. It is interesting that he made the shelter, but didn't sleep in it. He slept in a hammock under a poncho. If you aren't going to use a shelter as shelter, then why make one?

Also, with his snares, he just left the snare hanging in the middle of the trail. I think he may have been more effective if he placed them at natural choke points in the trail, or if he created a choke point with limbs at the snare location. There was little incentive for the prey to go through the snares as opposed to walking around them. Here is a link that explains choke points well. http://www.rogueturtle.com/articles/traps.php

He could have made Arapuca traps to catch birds.

Or he could have made some deadfall traps using the porcupine guts or rice grains as bait.

It is a good show to learn from.
 
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