Who Will Survive? Season 1, Round 1
Everyone (Players, Past and Present, and Viewers) can vote on the survival probability of each entry. The lowest rating is “1” and the highest rating is “5”. All entries below are written by the remaining participants in the game. One (1) participant will be eliminated this round. Voting for Round 1 will conclude on 1/17/2016. Results will be posted on 1/18/2016. All participants will receive their instructions by email during the week. Entries are decided on 50% by the popular vote and 50% by the insight of the selection committee.
Round 1 Scenario:
You are driving along a mountainside back road on the way to your great aunt’s house. You may or may not have gotten lost, depending on what you have convinced yourself of. It’s really hard to tell, in fact, due to the amount of snow on the ground and in the air. You round a corner and approach a stone bridge that has seen better years. The car looses traction and you skid right into the side of the bridge. Your car twists around and you find yourself falling backwards, stuck in the shallow ditch. You get out of the car and climb up the icy embankment and up to the road. You pull out your phone to call for help, but there is no signal. You are approximately 10 miles from your aunt’s house, according to the GPS, and about 20 miles to the nearest town center. Name five items that you should have in your car (if you were prepared) that can help in this type of emergency situation. Give us your reasoning behind each item. Your entry should be no more than 500 words.
Who Will Survive?
Entry 1 :
In my well prepared vehicle, I would have a backpack containing: a waterproof down sleeping bag, a waterproof lighter, a compass, a three days supply of M.R.E,s , and a sawyer squeeze.This does not include a knife which I have on my person at all times.
The sleeping bag I would have in the event of having to spend a night stuck in an overnight situation. It would be waterproof for obvious reasons. I prefer down because down it reflects heat very well and is lightweight.
A waterproof lighter in order to start fire, keep warm, cook food, dry clothes, and signal help.
A compass in the event that the GPS dies and I still need to find direction.
A three days supply of MADE, READY, TO EAT, MEALS. In the event of being in a survival situation wothout food for several days.
A sawyer squeeze to filter water, prevent dehydration and illness.
What I Would Do
First, I would shut off my phone and try to get cell phone reception by climbing a hill. If no reception is found I would then acquire the location of the city and my aunt’s house prior to my GPS battery diying, so that I can navigate there with a compass. I would then shut off the GPS and begin to make my way towards my aunt’s house by following the road if it leads in the direction of the house. I would use the Sawyer filter to take frequent drink breaks. If night were to come before reaching the house, I would try to find a fallen tree that stands at it highest point 3 feet above the ground, prior to dark. Then, I would begin piling pine branches, if available and other sticks creating an upside down V. After a large amount of branches and sticks have been added I would pile a 23 inch layer of snow on top to provide insulation. Next, I would clear out the inside of the shelter and place a layer of pine branches underneath. Then, using the lighter I would build a fire small fire 34 feet from the entrance which would provide heat during the night.Lastly, I would place a few more pine branches in the opening blocking all but a small 1 foot wide opening to allow the heat from the fire to seep in. Now that my shelter is prepared, I would settle in to eat an MRE and drink more filtered water. Once morning came, I would once again eat and drink and begin the trek to my aunt’s house, being careful to drink and prevent dehydration. I would turn on the GPS briefly to confirm direction so I could continue to navigate with my compass.
Poll Results For Alex B.
In this scenario, the main survival needs include warmth, protection, information, and transportation. For warmth, extremities should always be covered, so as a traveler in snow you would probably already have a hat and gloves and possibly boots. These would be standard, so they would not be an emergency preparedness provision. But to travel by foot through ten miles of disorienting snow would require additional warmth, so the survival kit should include additional wool socks (for feet or a double-use for hands when the typical socks and gloves become too wet after a few miles) and a wool scarf (for neck or as an additional head wrap under the hat or an emergency wrap around exposed or injured skin in case the accident ripped a coat sleeve, etc.). A large blanket would be necessary as an additional cloak or for shelter if you need to rest for a couple hours. The cloak may not be necessary while walking, as the exertion would generate heat, but if the winds are bad or if you need to stop for a while, the blanket would be very helpful. Ideally, the blanket could be light reflective or brightly colored so other drivers can easily see you. This also aids in protection because the bright, unnatural color will alert drivers and even some animals to avoid you. Fire-starter will also help significantly with warmth, communicating distress, and warning oncoming traffic if you are blinded in a sustained storm and need to stop to rest for more than an hour. Since the scenario includes GPS already, that will be considered standard and not an additional emergency tool, but it will provide vitally important information to direct you toward your aunt’s house. You need to know where to go rather than to blindly walk around without making progress. It will also help to walk near the road if possible, but not close enough to be hit, so you can find signs and landmarks as additional information to help you know where you are and where you’re going. The shoulder of the road is also typically easier to walk over than being deep in the woods, unless the shoulder is so narrow that you do need to be in the woods. Even then, periodically go back out to the road to look at signs and landmarks. Finally, without the car, you will be on foot, so you may need something to help you transport yourself in this situation. Snow shoes might be useful depending on the terrain and depth of snow, or alternatively a very nice walking stick will help. The walking stick is probably best overall, because it has multiple uses. The staff will help you walk with more stability, and ease your load by distributing weight. It can also be a weapon to ward off animals or dangerous people. It can be used as a tool to help cross streams and large rocks, or break up ice or low-hanging branches, or a support to help build a quick shelter, or even as fuel for fire in a truly desperate situation. Water, which is typically a must, is not as urgent in this situation since there is so much snow and it can be eaten for water any time, without the weight of carrying water. So in summary, my 5 most useful emergency items to help survive this scenario would be wool socks, wool scarf, bright or light-reflective blanket, fire starter, and a sturdy walking stick.
Poll Results For Michael R.
The first thing you need is a First Aid kit. This would be needed if you scratch, cut or injure yourself in the accident. The second thing you need is a blanket. This would be needed so you could keep warm if you were stranded order night. The third this you need is a flashlight. This would be needed so you could see at night and dusk. The fourth thing you need is a change of clothes. This would be needed in case you got wet. The fifth thing you need is some food. This would be needed so your body can function properly.
Poll Results For Benjamin S.
My items would be a flashlight, an energy bar, a coat, a gun, and a lighter. The flashlight is good for seeing where you’re going and to signal for help if you need to. I would pick a small flashlight but make sure its really bright. An energy bar would be great for giving you energy for walking 10 whole miles. A coat is essential in the cold weather; hypothermia can kill a person quicker than you might think. A gun, which I think is the most important, can help keep you safe from animals and dangerous people. Who knows what’s up in the woods, especially at night and so far away from people. Lastly I would bring a lighter if I needed to make a fire. It could heat up my hands too. These are my top items, and I’m going to put them in my car right now to make sure I’m always prepared.
Poll Results For Vincent J.
The five items that I have chosen are First Aid Kit, Filtered Water Bottle, Emergency Food Bars, Knife, and a flare/ fire starter.
The things you need for survival would be signaling, food, water, shelter, heat, first aid, and defense. In this case, the aunt’s house is only about 10 miles away, and you do have the GPS. You can conserve the battery if it is needed, but primarily I would follow the road. Seeing as 10 miles could be a few hours depending on the conditions or time of day, shelter was the least of my concerns. Though is this is true, I do think that the flare/fire starter could be used to start a fire for warmth, or to signal a car or rescue team. Next, the food and water are there for energy and to avoid dehydration, but luckily it should be no more than a day and a half. Lastly, the knife is the perfect all purpose tool that can be used for defense, fire fuel gathering and preparation, shelter construction, or any other purposes. All of this is assuming that I would have been properly dressed for the winter occasion and had on boots and winter clothes. If winter clothes were not a given, since the scenario did not specify, then they would be vital and better choice than the First Aid Kit.
Poll Results For Austin R.
I am stranded on a snowy road ten miles away from my great aunts house. My vehicle and my cell phone are both compromised; luckily I am not for I have come prepared! I may or may not be lost, but either way my car’s GPS will still lead me to my great aunts house no matter where I tell myself I’m at. Ten miles is not far, and I plan on walking there, but not today, not in this weather anyways. Getting trapped in a blizzard is only going to make things worse. So I plan on going back to my car, and staying overnight where it is warm and out of the wind. I know I can’t call my aunt, but when she sees I don’t show up or hears any contact from me, she will send someone to find me.
In my car I always keep some emergency supplies with me. First, a very simple object that could have numerous purposes: a thick wool blanket. This is mainly for warmth, though I could use it for making a shelter, hauling supplies, or even covering injuries and other medical use. Second, another very simple cheap tool: a metal cup. With all this snow around I have an abundance of water, and with this cup I now have a place to keep it and let it melt for drinking or cooking purposes. Next, my good’ol multi tool which includes a knife plus an assortment of other helpful little gadgets for any situation I run into. Another item I always keep with me is a box of matches. If I ever needed to leave my car for any reason a quick fire starter is always appreciated. Lastly, my personal favorite, emergency food! One never knows how long he will be stranded alone, and during winter warmth is a must. Some high fat and protein foods will keep me warm and energized for tomorrows ten mile hike!
Poll Results For Ben R.
Poll Results For Joseph R.
Poll Results For Amy R.
The five crucial things I would have with me in this scenario would be first be a fire starter. This option is crucial in case any of my clothes get wet, because during cold weather hypothermia can set in very quickly and be deadly if the body is not warmed back up. Another item I would have would be a flashlight or headlamp either one will help me see my surroundings and stay safe. Also a flashlight can be a good way to signal anyone passing by to hopefully get some help. One more item that would crucial here would we an insulated water bottle one that will keep the water from freezing, this item is important because during this journey I would need to stay hydrated. General map of the area and a compass would be my last items because they would help me stay on my path and make it to my destination. Also I would have a “nugget” or companion that would hopefully be myside so I don’t get lonely during the journey.
Poll Results For Olekisy P.
- Gloves- Gloves are essential in the winter time. Being able to use your hands is important if you can’t keep walking and need to hunker down. Also, having your hands get frostbite would lower morale.
- Flashlight- Not being able to see in the dark is a huge problem. Light helps you to see in front of you so that you don’t trip over something or fall into a hole. Its also great to help keep animals away.
- Knife- A knife is great for building a shelter, defending yourself, or just for cutting things.
- Emergency Blanket- An emergency blanket is essential for winter survival. Having an emergency blanket could mean the difference between hyperthermia if outside for a long time. It can also shield the wind, rain, and snow away.
- Water- Water is the most important, because without it, you cant survive more than a couple days. Staying hydrated will also help with making the walk easier.
These are my five items! I assume since its winter, you would have a coat and shoes in the car so I didn’t include these items!! May the best prepper win.