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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YES, “A Country Boy CAN Survive”!
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.