Who Will Survive? Season 1 Round 3
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 3 Scenario:
You have successfully built a shelter, and must have fallen asleep. You woke up a few hours later and decided to check out your surroundings. There is about a foot of fresh snow on the ground and the blizzard that you poked your head into doesn’t seem to be stopping any time soon. One of the walls of your shelter has collapsed and your fire is out. For those of you who had food- well it’s gone. If you didn’t then you might be a bit hungry. What’s your next plan of action?
Well since the blizzard is still raging, you need to stay right where you are at. Trying to find your way in the dark and blinding conditions is not going to get you anywhere but lost! At this point, you need to assess the condition of your vehicle. I’m sure there are large pieces of it that you can now use as a shelter, or climb back into it depending on its status. By using the car, branches, and your blanket, this will be your makeshift shelter. The emergency metallic blanket from your first aid kit can be used for warmth and protection + it’s time to pull out some of those extra items from your first aid kit, such as the gloves, bandage wraps, and heat packs to help keep your hands and feet warm as needed. Adding extra warmth will boost your morale too. Your flashlight can keep you company off and on. Not worried about food. It hasn’t been that long since the accident, and your body can go a long while without detriment. You still have your water to prevent dehydration. Let’s hope that Auntie is wondering why you didn’t show up at her house, and someone will be out looking for you soon!
Poll Results For Amy R.
My five survival items are serving me well so far in this situation. Although a wall has collapsed in my shelter, the ceiling is still solid as further supported by my walking stick. I am warm inside my shelter, especially with the extra wool socks and wool scarf. The reflective blanket still serves well as a covering for my shelter, to trap heat in, and to reflect the light from the headlights of possible cars passing by, for my safety and as a signal to them of someone in distress. Snow is all around, so I can ingest it for water (but in limited amounts to avoid lowering body core temperature). I have plenty of remaining fire starter, so I need to rebuild fires. I am going to rebuild at least two fires, for warmth, light, and as a signal to oncoming cars. At night, in the snow storm, it may be challenging but with patient persistence the fires can be rebuilt, especially because when I built the original fires I had wisely brought the extra tinder, kindling, and fuel wood into my shelter to keep it dry and available to feed or rebuild the fires through the night. In any event, what else do I have to do? Activity and goals will keep my mind focused and generate body heat, so the building of the fires will serve many survival purposes. I am remaining near the road so when the storm subsides I can begin to hike along the road; it is the surest way to get to somewhere or to be rescued. Until then, I need to remain sheltered. So I will rebuild my collapsed wall with more snow and branches. The shelter does not need to be large, just enough for me and to trap warm air. Again, just the goal and activity of doing this will help, then the result will be a warm, protected place to rest again until the storm subsides and daylight returns. I’m not the slightest bit worried yet about food, because it’s only been a few hours so far, and once I can begin to hike I should be able to reach a destination (or be rescued) within 3 to 4 hours at my pace in the snow.
Poll Results For Michael R.
My plan of action would be to walk for about 3 hours and then to set up camp for the night. Due to the snow, it would be a very difficult 3 hours to walk and I would probably only cover 3-4 miles. I would rest so that I don’t get hyperthermia or walk the wrong direction. When I would rest, I would set up a shelter similar to my first one and build a fire. Due to my remote location, there would be an abundance of firewood, so I would make a massive fire that would keep me safe in the coldest of conditions. The fire would also keep predators away from me and signal a rescue if necessary. Also, a fire could dry out an wet clothes or shoes. Once the morning came again my plan of action is to do the same. This is because its best not to get lost or pass out due to exhaustion and the cold. In 2 or about 2.5 days I would reach the house. I only hope to plan, prepare, and survive the cold winter.
Poll Results For Frank P.
I awake to find the side of my shelter caved in, my food gone, and my fire out. The first thing to do would be to repair my shelter. I would use any sticks that I could salvage to rebuild the side of my shelter if needed finding a few sticks laying in the snow. Then after the skeleton of the shelter is repaired I would dig down under the snow and find some dry leafs and pile them on top. After the leaves have been piled on I would add another layer of snow that is about 2 to 3 inches thick.
Seeing as my fire is out I will need to start a new one but assuming that my last one was blown out by the snow I will need to construct a wind shelter. I will do this by piling snow to be about a foot tall, 3 feet from the entrance of my shelter. Next would be to find some dry weeds(using the light from my phone) and place them in the bottom of the wind shelter. Once that is done I will place some relatively dry sticks on top of the weeds. After that is done I would go to find some more dry tinder, my best bet would be the stalks of weeds sticking out of the snow. While looking for the tinder I would gather a large amount of sticks. Having collected the tinder and fuel would place the tinder on top of the sticks I had laid down earlier and light it with my lighter. Once alight I would feed the fire with small twigs and then move up to larger sticks. After the fire is sustained I would once again retire to my sleeping bag and drink some water, periodically adding wood to the fire.
(Photos By Alex B)
Poll Results For Alex B.
This seems like a snag along the path to me. First, I would need to rebuild my shelter by strengthening it with sticks that I had gathered. There is a lot of snow coming down, but that’s ok, it will be good insulation to have around my shelter walls. I might need to strengthen the roof as well so that it doesn’t collapse during the night.There is no need to panic, any food I had is inside my stomach now and all it has to do is get me through the night. Once the sun comes out I will be good to go in the morning- it will just be a cold night. There will not be any need to build a fire right now, I will just huddle in my newly insulated and strengthened shelter. If I literally begin to freeze, then I might need to build a fire, but for now it should be fine.
Poll Results For Austin R.
Well, I wake up and see that the weather has gotten worse, part of my shelter has fallen down, my fire is out, and my food is gone. This doesn’t look encouraging, but I can’t let this get me down. You need to stay positive in a survival situation, because it will only make things worse if you panic. Luckily I am not freezing because of my extra clothing, and i’m not really hungry because I had trail mix a few hours ago. I still need to have a shelter to keep this snow from piling up on me, so I have no choice but to fix my shelter. After doing so, I would once again go inside and seal of the door with some branches. I would then try to fall back asleep and pray that this blizzard stops soon. In the morning will try to hike to my aunts house.
Poll Results For Joe R.
My Shelter has collapsed on me, my fire is gone, and I’m all out of food. The snow is getting worse which I will use to my advantage. The next course of action is about the same as before. I will use the newly formed foot layer of snow, and simply dig a hole in the deepest pile I can find to hide myself in for protection against the wind; deep enough for my head to be covered. Snow is also a great insulator which will also keep me warm. I am not going to waste my time and energy to try to restart a fire only for it to go out again, unless the car is still on fire I will save time and use that to start it, instead I am going to sit in my hole, and wrap up in my wool blanket to keep warm. I am still going to try to wait out the storm, or at least wait for morning light to hike to my great aunts house.
Poll Results For Ben R.
I am woken up by my companion. It’s cold and wall has broken down. The first step is to fix the wall. After I have fixed the wall, I will take a drink and then sleep again. Luckily the heat from my companion keeps me warm through the night. In the morning I will journey to my aunt’s house.
Poll Results For Olekisy P.
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