Who Will Survive? Season 1 Round 2
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 1/24/2016. 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 2 Scenario:
Now lets add a little complexity. In the previous scenario, we did not specify what the time of day was. Now you know: the sun is going down. Also, did we add that the car was more damaged that you initially thought? How can you tell? It’s on fire. Oh yeah, perhaps we forgot to mention that the weather is becoming poor again. What will you do now? At this point you only have your 5 chosen items. We would like to see your thoughts on the best course of action.
Poll Results For Amy R.
First, potential survivalists’ plans need to be focused, realistic, and workable. The goal is not to develop an exotic plan to live in the woods alone for a week in nine feet of snow, or to carry numerous supplies without even a pack. The goal is to actually survive, which often means you would do the simplest, surest thing to minimize your risks and maximize your opportunity to find where you’re going or to be found and rescued. In this scenario, with the car on fire, night approaching soon, and the weather starting to turn bad, you need to quickly take full advantage of the remaining daylight and passable weather to get back to the road and find or make a place to stay there safely and visibly to passing cars. This will be a challenge so you need to move quickly to find the right site before nightfall and before the weather worsens. I can use all five of my survival items to help me survive this ordeal. First, I need to build a fire for a signal to cars, and for warmth. It would be ideal to build 2 or more fires for even more attention and warmth. Since one of my five items was firestarter, I can achieve this goal. (Also, since the car is on fire, if there is a safe way to use that fire to light several branches as I am leaving, I can carry the fire uphill to the road to help build the fires around my survival site. I would not recommend anyone else do this, but personally I hate to waste that car fire if I can safely capture some of it!! But if there is the slightest doubt about this at the time or the slightest delay, then I will need to abandon that and just start a fire with the firestarter.) Second, I will clear an area near the road, perhaps next to the base of a large tree, and quickly construct a shelter using mounded snow walls and branches for a base and roof. I will use my brightly-colored or light-reflective blanket (item two) for an overlay roof or for personal warmth inside, depending on the temperature and how well I could make the roof with branches before the weather worsens. My walking stick (item three) can stand vertically inside to support the roof and be available if needed for defense. Once I settle into my shelter, with my fires built around outside, I can then wrap my neck and head with the fourth survival item — a wool scarf — under my hat, for extra warmth, and use my final item — extra wool socks — for hands or feet under my gloves or socks. As long as I can, I will continue to build the fires immediately outside my shelter entrance, so once the storm and night have fully come I can remain inside and rest while the fires linger, until rescued or until daylight, when I can begin to walk.
Poll Results For Michael R.
Poll Results For Joseph R.
The five crucial things I would have with me in this scenario would be a fire starter, flashlight or headlamp, insulated water bottle, map of the area and a compass, and the “nugget” or companion. I would make fire with the car to start it so that I can stay warm for the night. I would use the light to find sticks and branches to make a small shelter to sit in to not get cold. I have water to drink, warmth, and will use the map and compass in the morning if the road is overcome with snow. Companion, such as a dog or even cat, would keep me warm and protect me and give me someone to talk to for my journey.
Poll Results For Olekisy P.
The five items that I have chosen are First Aid Kit, Filtered Water Bottle, Emergency Food Bars, Knife, and a flare/ fire starter.
With the added complexity, I see two courses of action: hike through the bad weather to my aunt’s house in the dark, or shelter for the night. I think that sheltering would be a smarter thing to do. Also, I will shelter near the road and near my car (but not too close in case of a gas explosion), and then head to her house in the morning. Seeing as I have no immediate blanket, tarp, or other item, and since its getting dark fast, I would shelter in the ditch. Using my knife, I would gather sticks to construct walls and a ceiling to block the wind and snow. Preferably, I would use branches with leaves if I could find any, like coniferous trees, to further insulate the shelter. Finally, I would add snow as another layer of insulation to strengthen and seal the walls. While in the ditch, I would drink water and eat some food. I would have to wrap up in my coat and other clothes to stay warm. If I had time, or was freezing, then I could start a fire near the shelter and expose a hole in the wall. But I think I will be fine without it in this case- I may need the flare as a signal device.
Poll Results For Austin R.
Here were my items:
- 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.
I assume since its winter, you would have a coat and shoes in the car so I didn’t include these items!!
My goal is to shelter overnight. I will use the emergency blanket like a tarp and shelter from the wind and snow. I will drink some water to stay hydrated and will use the gloves to stay warm. Once it is day then I can hike there safely. The flashlight will be there for me to see to create the shelter, to fix it at night if it gets messed up, or to signal people if I hear a vehicle on the road. I think that I would shelter near the wreck somewhere, but not too close in case the car explodes.
Poll Results For Frank P.
My items would be a flashlight, an energy bar, a coat, a gun, and a lighter. I am going to hike straight to my aunt’s house. Even though it’s dark and cold, my coat will keep me warm and I can use my flashlight to see. If i become too cold I have the lighter to warm up my hands or to create a fire. My gun will be for protection along the way. It’s only ten miles. If I follow the road, it should be fine, even if it takes a few hours.
Poll Results For Vincent J.
My car is on fire! There goes my idea of staying in the car overnight. I quickly get me and my stuff far away from the car in case of a possible explosion. I am going to stay with my original idea: instead of hiking the ten miles in awful weather, I will stay put in close proximity of my burning car, not too close to be injured in an explosion, but close enough to receive help in case a person stops to take a gander at my burning vehicle. I plan on making a make-shift igloo by mounding piles of snow around me, but first I need a fire. I don’t need a flash light in this instance mainly for the purpose that I still have my phone which has a flashlight app built into it. I will use my matches, or even the flames from my car if it looks safe enough, plus some low hanging dry branches from all the trees around me. I can also use my knife to shave the branches into kindling to start the fire easier. Next, to stay hydrated I will scoop up some snow in my cup and let it melt near the fire, this will also keep me warm. All that is left to do is find a comfortable looking log to sit down on, wrap up in my wool blanket, put up the hood of my favorite winter coat, and snack on a Cliff bar to keep my energy levels up. It might be a cold night, but I will survive well enough for tomorrows hike to my great aunts house.
….I sure hope she sent a search party!
Poll Results For Ben R.
First, I would get all of my gear and myself out of the car and get away from it. Next, I would have to build a shelter since night is almost upon me, but first there are some things to consider such as the GIANT BALL OF FLAME that was my car. In this circumstance there are two things wich are important in the building of the shelter. First, is that giant balls of flame tend to turn other things around them into, giant balls of flame so the shelter should be at least 50 feeet away. Second, is that giant balls of flame create large amounts of smoke which may attract people to see what all the commotion is, so I would make a visible set of markers leading to the location of my shelter. Next I would 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 2 to 3 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 3 to 4 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 my sleeping bag, eat an MRE, and drink filtered water from the sawyer squeeze. 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 to confirm direction so I could continue to navigate with my compass.
Poll Results For Alex B.
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