Who Will Survive? Season 1 Round 6
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 6 will conclude on 2/21/2016. Results will be posted on 2/22/2016. 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.
NOTE: ROUND 7 IS THE GRAND FINALE!!!!!
Next week the top three will have their final showdown! This will be the final winter survival challenge that they must face. Popular vote is extremely important! Also, judges will examine popular vote throughout the competition and judges standings throughout. Only one will survive! This is a two part challenge, details to come! PART 1: The Final scenario. PART 2: The Final Challenge!
Round 6 Scenario:
You have survived the bear! It is halfway through the day and you decide to start the hike through the deep snow. You are over halfway there now. It is difficult to find the road at times, but you can find it based on the tree line. The wind has picked up and you near a clearing. You stop to admire the view into the valley on your right, but you hear a low rumble from behind. You turn and look up the mountain. Far, but traveling at a rapid pace, is a cloud of snow and debris rushing downwards. It’s an avalanche!
Well i’m enjoying the nice view, when I see this monstrous avalanche coming at me. I will surely be buried under the snow if I don’t do something, and quick. The only way to avoid being hit by the avalanche, is to be higher than it. So, I make a mad dash to one of the trees ahead of me. Upon reaching said tree, I climb up it as fast as I can. Luckily, the tree is relatively easy to climb, and it is thick so it should withstand the avalanche. I climb high enough as to not be hit by the snow, or any debris that it might be carrying. Then I wait as it passes praying that i’ll be safe, and I realize that being this close to an avalanche is pretty sweet! Once it passes and I make sure that no more snow will be kicked up into another one, I will safely, and carefully climb down the tree and continue my journey.
The bear is no longer chasing me, but I’m not out of harms way yet for here comes an avalanche. The first thing I do is quickly locate the nearest sturdy looking tree, if possible out of the way of the avalanche. Next, I will run to that tree. After reaching the tree, I will climb up it as far as I safely can, and then hold on for dear life. If the snow continues to an extent that it reaches me, I will either do one of two things: climb higher or hold tighter. If both of these fail I will keep crawling towards the avalanche while staying on top of the snow. Worst case scenario, there are no trees close by; I will find a large rock instead, hold that tight, and brace for impact.
I am enjoying a scenic view of a snowy valley when I hear a distasteful rumble in the distance behind me. So I take one last look a the beautiful valley pray to God for my safety, and start B lining it to the side of the avalanche trying to avoid it. If the avalanche is to close to me and I wont be able to get out of the area of effect I will find a large sturdy tree and grab on to the side facing away from the avalanche. I will also discarding my backpack but putting my filter,compass,phone, and lighter in inward pockets so I wont loose them. Next I will brace my self for the coming onslaught of snow by planting my feet firmly in the ground and hugging the tree.This might keep my from being swept away but if nothing else it will delay my time in the avalanche giving me a better chance of being buried shallow in the snow or not at all. If I am swept away from the tree it is vital to “swim” to keep myself on the top. It is also important that I keep one arm above my head this way when to avalanche stops if I am buried My hand will act as a flag signaling rescuers or a way to pull my self up. In the event that I am completely buried I will first, dig out the area in front of my face. And next, I will spit… (pause for undramatic affect) And watch which way the spit flows and dig in the opposite direction this will lead my to the surface. Once Im on the surface I will get somewhere safe build a large fire for warmth and to signal rescuers, and thank God for His saving grace. Two important things that I will need to remember throughout this is stay calm, and trust God.
The fastest and greatest quantity of snow in an avalanche is in the center of the flow, so the sooner I can run to the edge of the flow before it strikes, the better. There is no time to delay, or build any structure, or consider options. There is only time to run. Although the snow is deep and the wind high, the adrenaline will overcome these obstacles and drive my escape. I will immediately run as fast as possible in the direction I am already heading, using my faithful walking stick (one of my five original survival tools) to help keep me upright in the snow and wind. I will run toward a specific tree along the road that I select en route, for a goal to prevent meandering and so I can reach it and grab hold as the snow passes me downhill behind me. Hopefully, the tree will be just beyond the far edge of the avalanche flow, so that I will have missed the entire flow and be safe, but if not, then I can at least wrap my arms around the tree and hold on as the outer edge of the flow blows over me. Speed and purpose are the surest ways to survive this situation, but this strategy should prove successful.