pure_mahem pure_mahem is offline
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Southern Vermont
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1. Fully stocked RV
2. Credit Card
3. Cell phone
5. Hot Chick (don't tell my wife)
6. Hot chick's friend (same as above)
7. Pizza place that will deliver to where I am
8. Lots of liquid refreshment
LOL! KOA you didn't say they had to fit in a lunchbox! LOL!!!!
I'm not sure I'm buying this.You can see how different cultures handle different foods and such.Like American Indians not being able to process alcohol and white/european types can.We have had alcohol for ever,Native americans haven't.The human body hasn't evolved that much in a few thousand years I assure you.
Although I'm sure Wikipedia would disagree with me, this is not an example of evolution. This is an example of the adaptation of one species to the environment around them which is quite different.We have evolved a lot over the last 2-3000 years or so. Our bodies have become adjusted to the food we can get all the time.The rest of the food isn't processed good and doesn't do much for us.
Keep in mind that on that show that poor guy couldn't actually hunt animals that weren't in season. He actually walked past a few different flocks of ducks and even made a comment that it sucked that he couldn't shoot. That said, it seemed to me that not only did he end up losing a lot of weight the mental side of things was really really hard on him. Honestly I think he could have done much better if was truly able to eat what he could find but the mental breakdown was pretty frightening to see as the show went along.It's not the stuff, it's the skills. National Geographic had a show called <broken link removed> where a guy tried to live in the Yukon by himself for 50 days. He had a lot more than eight items with him. Not to ruin the surprise ending, but.... he didn't make it, and had to be pulled out. If I recall correctly, he was pretty emaciated.
Granted, the Yukon is a little more unforgiving than the Northwest, but I think this was filmed in the summer, so it's not as though he had the added challenge of winter survival.
It would also probably depend on when & where you were for the month. If I had to live in the Indian Heaven Wilderness during huckleberry season, next to one of the many lakes with plenty of trout, I'd probably make a pretty good run at it. If I was up high in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness (off-season from huckleberries) and not close to a lake with fish - probably not.
But, let's see - what would I take if limited to eight items? (I'm assuming clothing doesn't count in the list)
1) Mora, Puukko or some other fixed-blade knife 3"-4" - doesn't matter
2) Wool blanket
4) Water bottle
5) Fish hooks
6) Fishing line
7) Metal pot
8) Blast-match or Fire Piston
I'd probably adjust this list if I thought about it more.
You raise a good point - does the survival situation assume you can do anything you want (like hunt out-of-season game) or are you just out there seeing how you would do (like Ed Wardle). The isolation is another factor - probably not many people have lived completely isolated from everyone else for an extended period of time (although, it sounds appealing at times....)Keep in mind that on that show that poor guy couldn't actually hunt animals that weren't in season. He actually walked past a few different flocks of ducks and even made a comment that it sucked that he couldn't shoot. That said, it seemed to me that not only did he end up losing a lot of weight the mental side of things was really really hard on him. Honestly I think he could have done much better if was truly able to eat what he could find but the mental breakdown was pretty frightening to see as the show went along.
As for what I would take... not sure but I'm thinking that I'd put a slingshot or a .22 and ammo some where on that list.