I, someone who's never spent a night in the wild,
IMMEDIATELY began to yell "NO!" at the screen.
I saw one mistake after another from obviously well educated,
supposedly experienced people with more "actual" experience
than I have (Wildlife Technicians, Park Rangers, Etc...).
All this did was to reinforce in my psyche that a proper "mindset"
is the absolute best tool one can take into the wild. Everything
else lacking can be recreated, substituted or worked around.
Comments like "I don't want to take the axe" and "it's okay
to drink this water because there's no poo in it" and "see what
we need" out of a cache of supplies just made me cringe.
I had planned to go out on my first overnight this weekend,
but personal circumstances don't allow it for me. I'll have to
wait until next week (rain, wind, storm, whatever...the more
adversity, the better IMO now).
And these dummies are "not" listening to the ONLY guy there who has
any kind of survival training (a U.S. Army Ranger "qualified" soldier).
This show is both frustrating and humiliating (to me personally)
at the same time. Why? Because for all I'm criticizing, they actually
got out there and "did it". I am shamed.
But it's cool so to see some of them breaking through their own mental
obstacles and to see them forcibly having to adjust to their conditions.
At the same time, I admire them.
I actually saw Out of Alaska when I lived in NYC (but I'd do my best to "not" watch wilderness
shows because it made living in NY suck even more when I really wanted to be out in rural areas).
It looks good. Makes me sit up a little straighter and realize I gotta get on the ball.
An old work friend and I had a joke awhile back about this. After a pretty good chat about "I'm Alive", I looked at him and said, "well, you know what, Dave? No one would watch our show. It would be called "Of Course I'm Alive".
an old work friend and i had a joke awhile back about this. After a pretty good chat about "i'm alive", i looked at him and said, "well, you know what, dave? No one would watch our show. It would be called "of course i'm alive".
A guy could be out in the "wilds" & scratch his finger.
It could start bleeding at any time.
He's worried about it getting instantly infected before he can get back home.
Then he suddenly remembers that he carries something in his wallet that he always has in case something comes up.
He gets his wallet out of his pants & pulls out his Scooby Doo emergency survival band aid & all ends well.
Same guy - different episode....He's out in the wilderness again , feeling confident that he can handle anything because of how he took care of the scratched finger situation.
It starts to rain .
Oh No !!! he thinks to himself. I'm going to get WET !!!
A Scooby Doo band aid ain't gonna save my butt this time.
He needs to make a decision pretty quick.
"Do I risk getting wet & dying from hypothermia or do I start walking back to my car???"
"Where's my survival manual??? Oh No...I left it in my car!!!"
He decides to make the long trek back to his car to get his survival manual...in the rain...gets wet , then drives home.
The message would be to ALWAYS leave your survival manual in your car.
He'd still be in the wilderness if he didn't have to go back to his car to read up on what he should do.