Who Will Survive? Season 1 Round 7 The Grand Finale!-Part 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 7 will conclude on 2/29/2016. Results will be posted on 2/30/2016. 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! Note: There will be judges voting and popular voting like usual, but this will not be the only thing that determines your final ranking. Also, Part 2 will be taken into account. Finally, your overall performance from each round will be taken into account. Part 2 Details to come!
Part 1: The Final Scenario!
Part 1 :
You have handled basic winter car survival. You have discussed winter survival conditions. You have even covered stranger scenario complications such as bear attack and avalanche survival tips. You have proven your resourcefulness throughout the various scenarios, impressing the judges and general population with your writing style, knowledge, and innovation. You must now face your final writing challenge scenario…
You have survived the avalanche, and have to find the road again. Though you survived, you lost any of your gear that you were holding, save for what you were wearing, or an item that you could fit into your pocket (voting discretion). You have a few hours of light left and you are only a few miles form your aunt’s house. The winter conditions must be really bad since no one has attempted to rescue you yet- or even driven by! While you are hiking back towards the road the ground cracks and collapses beneath you. You feel the icy cold of water as you scramble to get out of the unseen creek. You are soaked from the waste down and its under 32 degrees (but above 10).
I’m walking through the snow when, WHAM I fall into a hidden creek. I quickly scramble out soaked from waist down what will I do. Well First is always pray, which I can do while on the move trying to find a place to build a fire preferably by a large rock which will reflect the heat. Assuming that the item I still have left in my pocket is my lighter if I was able to deter the bear before I used it, and even if so the flint and steal would still work on the lighter even if the rest was gone. Though my Aunts house is only a few hours away I won’t make it there before passing out from the latter stages of hypothermia. So I will need to make a BIG fire. First, I will start gathering small sticks and tinder. Once, I get a few handfuls of each I will lay some of the tinder on the ground 4 to 5 feet from the rock then build the fire on top of it and light it. After I have assured that the fire won’t go out while I am gone I will go gather as many sticks as I can in 5 to 6 minutes then return to the fire to building it as large and as I can. After I have added the sticks I brought back I will warm up for a few minutes then return to the search for more medium large sticks to add to the fire, but keeping my excursion short and warming up while adding more sticks to the fire. I will keep this up until I get light headed, have a large amount of sticks, or I start shivering uncontrollably. If this happens I need to return to the fire A.S.A.P and try to warm myself up by siting close to the rock but not against it till I stop shivering and my clothes are dry, also adding wood that I brought back to the fire. After a while more of gathering wood after warming up I will return to the fire and sit down on my coat by the boulder with the blazing fire in front me. Next, I will take off my pants and undergarments and put the underwear on a stick closer to the fire to dry after putting back on my pants. Once my underwear is done drying It is going to be nearing night so I am going to need some shelter. First, I will dress myself and go to find some long sticks and pine braches to make a leanto by piling up the sticks and pine branches up against the rock leaving a small opening for the fire to warm the shelter last I will lay a several pine branches on the ground and put my coat on top of me as a blanket along with more pine branches and go to sleep praying that God will keep me safe.
Water Scenario: There is not much worse than being suddenly soaked to the weary bone in unexpected 32 degree creek water outside in the deep snow miles from your aunt’s house after surviving an avalanche, bear attack, brutal blizzard, car fire, and auto accident — all in the past 24 hours. It’s been a pretty bad day. But we have a God-given drive to survive, so drive on!
As with previous challenges, the focus here is realistic, actual survival — not textbook recitations about survival theories, not relying on supplies you do not really have or cannot really carry or use, not mystically pausing natural events just long enough to assure all goes perfectly for you. These are not honest responses to real situations. The goal is to survive, in a realistic way, based on the scenario.
Here, frigid water saturation can be deadly, especially on the limbs since the body stores heat in the core during emergencies. Frostbite is one obvious & serious danger, but even something like blisters from soaked feet will make walking more difficult. The discomfort of being that wet & that cold could overwhelm someone after all he’s been through. Keeping in the theme of responding to the scenarios realistically, it is very likely that most people at this point would give up or at least would be so discouraged, fatigued, cold, and disoriented, that survival is improbable. So the first step after breaking through the creek and getting soaked is to get back out of the water fast, then focus & pray. You cannot let your mind splinter at this point, or you’re finished. So focus on solutions, and pray. You need to have the right mindset and God’s help to overcome and press on. Next, it is imperative to dry off & warm up immediately if possible. One of my original survival supplies was fire starter, which I was carrying in my coat pocket. Assuming I am still permitted by the scenario to have this from my pocket, I am going to immediately begin to build a fire with various sticks and limbs around. The effort to gather wood and start the fire will generate body heat too, which I desperately need. If permitted by the scenario to build a fire, then I will build a huge fire for warmth, drying, light, signal, and hope. Wet jeans take a very long time to dry, as do wet shoes, so I may need to pivot by that fire for a couple hours to be dry and warm enough to resume the grueling hike before the sun sets again! I also had another of my original survival supplies, extra wool socks, which I had not yet put on my feet since they were for emergencies and were in my coat. This is an emergency! I will take off my shoe and lay them open next to the fire for drying & warmth, and then remove my soaked socks. After drying and warming my feet by the fire, I will put on the extra wool socks and won’t put the shoes back on until the last possible minute so they are as dry & warm as possible. Wool is ideal in this situation since it is warm and also it wicks away moisture from the skin, preserving healthy feet. Once I am as warm & dry as realistically possible with remaining daylight, I will resume the hike. However, I need to watch for other houses along the way. If I find an occupied house along the way, I may ask permission to stay there for a while, to recover and call my aunt. If there is no one along the way, I will continue hiking along the road and pray a car will come by. If starting a fire is not permitted by the scenario (since supplies were lost in the avalanche except for pocket items and what we are wearing) then I will use any other remaining resources for warmth and begin hiking. At this point I cannot afford to lie down to rest, because I am too wet and cold and tired, and this would lead to frostbite, unconsciousness, and possibly even death. It’s not realistic to build another shelter or do other elaborate plans, because by now you’re exhausted, freezing, wet, hungry, and hurting from the cold and the injuries. The situation is desperate so I must desperately continue hiking at this point. I will hike along the road and will eventually see, or be seen by, a car or house somewhere. If not, then perhaps a rural gas station or something. If the wind is particularly sharp it might even freeze some of the water on my pants, then I can break off the ice and remove that much more moisture going forward. There are only a few more miles to go anyway, and even in this extreme situation I trust my pace to reach my aunt’s house in a couple more hours.
In summary, if permitted to build a fire, I will start with that to dry off & warm up first, and if not permitted to start a fire, then I can’t just crawl up in the snow or pretend I can implement elaborate plans — I now have to just keep moving until I can reach a car, house, or my aunt’s house. At this point, I’m no worse off trying to get there than I am to freeze to death by waiting. …. At least, this is the raw survival plan pending the second part of this last scenario being revealed!
I’m almost there! Only a few miles left; I’m guessing two or three. Thanks to a hidden frozen creek though, I am now soaked from the waste down, and it is freezing outside! Also because of the avalanche earlier I lost my wool blanket which would really come in handy right about now. The first thing I’ll do is take off my wet sock, and replace them with my gloves instead. It will feel a little weird and might not fit right, but it will keep my feet warm. Next, I will simply make one last effort to walk the last mile or so back to my aunts house. This will be a painfully cold walk, but it is not far, and after all I’ve been through I think I’ll make it. Plus I can’t afford to spend another night in this weather, especially since I am now soaked. If I simply can not go any further, I will stop and use my last couple matches to make a fire to keep warm.