Skip to comments.24-Hour Survival in the Woods Alone: Could You Do It?
Posted on 03/28/2014 11:29:16 AM PDT by kingattax
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What would you do if you found yourself alone in the wilderness -- with nothing but yourself to rely on?
Road Trip host Marc Istook wondered that very thing. So he went out to Liberty, Texas, to learn exactly what one needs in order to survive 24 hours alone in the wilderness. Luckily, he recruited an expert guide: former Green Beret Mykel Hawke, who learned about survival first-hand at a young age.
As a teenager, Hawke lived on the streets, relying on his wits to stay afloat as he watched friends go to jail and even get killed. From there, Hawke decided to pursue his interests in survival skills via the military, where he spent 25 years.
Post-military, he embarked on a career teaching survival training and education, even hosting on TV shows such as "Lost Survivors." Needless to say, Hawke is the guy you'd like to have along if you're ever stranded far from civilization!
The worst wilderness survival error in Hawke's book may surprise you: He claims it's overconfidence, which can lead to disaster. "Most people over-estimate their abilities," he explains. "They over-estimate how easy it is to make a shelter, how easy it is to start a fire, and how long they can go without water. Those can all be fatal mistakes."
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I been out here for like nine years now...
Longest. Camping trip. Ever.
24 hours? That’s only a couple of cases of beer.
Unless it was a Minnesota winter, I don’t think I’d have any problem surviving 24 hours in the outback. That’s not long enough for any needs to become too keenly felt.
A week, however, would be a lot more dubious.
I can stay out 24 hours with no problem--if I knew it would be only 24 hours. 6 months is a whole 'nother story.
What if your beer is stolen from you? Then what?
I know. 24 hours in the woods? Sit down.
Just tap a beer tree.
I did it when I was 14.
I’m quite sure I could do it again.
With what I’ve got on me right now?
Yes. Wouldn’t be too comfy, but even in MN temps in March... Yes.
With what’s in my truck? I could probably make it a month or so. My BOB isn’t huge, but it has everything I’d need to set up an extended stay shelter, trap lines, line/hooks/sinkers for fishing, mylar blankets, etc...
From camping/hunting, I know what works for me and how to use it properly.
These survival shows are just stupid. Like the one in Alaska where teams have 48 hours or less to get to an extraction point and they stop along they way to hunt and/or fish for “much needed protein” and build outlandish shelter structures. Such BS. Wife unit rolls her eyes when I watch them with mute on so I can just see the scenery. The most ludicrous ones were when the military team got outdone by the team(s) of mutts.
Rule of 3’s: You can go 3 minutes without air, 3 hours without shelter in adverse weather, 3 days without water, and 3 weeks without food. Why are they stopping for food on a 2 day trek when they can carry a certain amount with them? Just carry protein bars if you must.
The worst challenge for outdoorsmen is driving rain followed by rapidly dropping temps to well below freezing. I’ve learned to avoid the mountain paths when such is in the forecast.
I’ve waited longer than that for a ride home.
Depends entirely on the time of year and what gear I have along. With right equipment I’m good for at least a couple of weeks, regardless of weather.
I have backpacked for up to two weeks, sometimes but not always alone, in conditions ranging from 115F to -33F.
I’ve watched him and his wife on their survival show. He’s pretty well versed in survival skills and I don’t remember him ever being overconfident; if anything he was very cautious.
It would be interesting to see him on Naked and Afraid. I have to say that show and everything I’ve read about it is pretty much ultimate survival other than having a link for emergencies and the ability to opt out.
The LA swamp episode last year was brutal for the two participants and this year one player opted out before even starting when he saw the Amazon environment. The two who finally started the 21 days then opted out after 4 days and they brought in two people from the previous season who were able to make it, barely. The limp-wimps on Survivor wouldn’t survive one day on this show because the participants have only two tools, a bag, a crude map and nothing else in very harsh conditions.
It’ll take me that long to pitch my 10x20 ft. tent and unload and set all my gear. Day two will be quite relaxing.
I’d miss freerepublic...
Here are photos of the Hawke;)
(I might be an old gran’ma - but I remember when;) Ha ha.
At SERE school, we were in the woods for about a week with no food. In the camp were had just under a week without food, but very charming camp counselors...
I envy you, hg. I've got my eye on my dream place yet.
'Go east young man.'(Hat tip to Wrong Way Horace)
I can make it.
Had to plenty of times.
Depending on conditions I order my priorities.
Inclement or so cold it’d freeze the balls off a pool table? Shelter and fire, then water.
Warm weather? water. I’ll worry about shelter and fire later.
Been caught out in many conditions and the most important skill is expecting it to suck, everything will be harder than last time and somehow I find a way to enjoy the experience.
24 hrs in the woods ... pftt, childs play.
How about 3 - 4 days up in the snow country of the Colorado Mountains during the Winter at 9,500 feet elevation with 2 feet of snow on the ground. That is what we taught our boys in the Boy Scouts.
Done it many, many times. “Lost?” No. Hard to be lost when you can see a mountain. Does anyone care that NOAA has ceased publishing charts?
But yes, I'm good in the wilderness for up to 2 years at a time, based on actually having done it.
Which SERE school was that?
My camp counselors weren’t particularly charming.
Unless you were speaking sardonically.
In todays day and age, I think most people would die in 24 hours from withdrawal from the internet.
Find Bigfoot and make a deal to share with him if he helps find the bass terd who done took it.
Ask Bigfoot to use the thief like drum stick and beat the thief up against a tree.
Problem solved....new friend.
Depends on what’s in the woods with me.
Quite true. Though in winter shelter alone isn't enough. If you aren't dressed right, you're immediately in a desperate struggle for survival.
When in the wilderness alone, the first thing he suggests doing is scouting out a good place to build your shelter (high ground, level).
Accurate but incomplete. Protection from wind may be a much more critical issue than flooding.
From there, Hawke showed Istook how to create a rough-looking but functional hut out of branches and leaves;
Presupposes some sort of knife, hatchet or saw. Such a shelter may be buildable without one, but about 50x more difficult. Also depends on the types of trees around.
how to find and collect water;
Varies so wildly by locale I'm unclear how one can teach such a thing in a general sense.
and how to start a fire using a technique that's thousands of years old.
Presumably the old firebow or something similar. Again, tough without a knife at least. And if you've got a knife along, where are your matches or lighter?
Once the fire's started, water can be boiled and made safe to drink.
Presupposes a container for the water.
24 hours is just a long sleep and some bird watching.
As far as camping goes the grunge factor peaks on the 3rd day. After that it’s smooth sailing until the beer runs out.
New friend, but you did lose half your beer, possibly more than half if Big Foot drinks faster than you.
And now you have a drunken Big Foot hugging you.
For only 24 hrs?
Assuming no lions, tiger, or bears, all you have to do is avoid hypothermia.
Is that a banana in your pocket? Actually,yes!
uP`N here in the boondocks we`uns git thum couple racoons to run down to the outpost store n 6 paker back -
racoons` ull do anythin for can of dog food
Is wifi available? :)
24 hour walk in the woods, no problem.
Obviously this author never heard of the Boy Scouts.
I already lost all my beer to that steenken thief.
Bigfoots happy I told him about beer.
I’m happy and won’t tell a soul.
“...My BOB isnt huge, but it has everything Id need...”
I love toying with my Assault Pack or Bug Out Bag (actually a multi-cam ruck). I pack it lighter than I do my oversized Kelty external frame pack that I use for easy-going backpacking because I figure on weapon and ammo weight I’ll be carrying when tough times arrive. My poor geriatric knees will be challenged.
So in this BOB goes my one-man tent (very light, very water proof, but fetal position for my 6’3” self) a camo bag that compresses quite small, a camo large fleece blanket, extra interior clothing, rags, towels, knives, small flashlights, food, water purification filter and taps, canteens, sundries, and it is always stuffed tighter than I intended. In summer I would switch to lighter-smaller fleece but still take one as well as more insect repellent and skin oils (chigger specific cocktails). Most people fear thickets but I intend to weasel right into them if I’m to avoid detection and that means America’s other red menace-chiggers and assorted bugs will be an ongoing problem.
I carry basic survival with me everyday, including a lighter on my key chain which I check monthly, even though I don’t smoke, with a magnifying glass next to it, other items include two knives, and two flashlights.
Something people forget to think of, is that they are not limited to a single fire in a survival situation, if two or three fires are needed to make up for your lack of clothing or shelter, then do it.
It is also OK to dig a little and bury some coals to sit on, or sleep on if you are desperate enough.
24 hours? Assuming reasonably appropriate outer-wear I could survive 24 alone in the woods dozing against a tree. One doesn’t need food or water for 24 hours unless one is compromised by disease or injury.
Curious why you carry a blanket. You can almost certainly find a sleeping bag that is lighter and more compact, and a lot warmer.
I kept my truck BOB small and almost everything has more than one purpose. However it does include water purification tablets, filter straw, and a blast match.
The TEOTWAWKI gear is a lot more comprehensive and also doubles as my load-out for hunting/camping.
I’m not “tier 1”/”uber-survivor”, so I don’t have a dedicated truck gun or a gas operated margarita blender... ;-)
I can just picture ‘em, holding onto to their smartphone for dear life, staring at it not knowing what to do next...
24hours without water is huge. I’ve had reduced fluids over two days maybe only a liter, and by that time dehydration effects are pretty evident.
Add in perspiration and the stress of survival and voila, overconfidence.
I’m sure there’s an app that will tell you what to do, at least till the battery dies...
OK he made it there, now lets put him in the Trinity river bottoms and see if he can survive the river rats cooking meth.
Do I get a book of matches?