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Old 09-29-2010, 04:12 PM   #1
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Default How long do you think you could survive out in the wilderness by yourself?

basically like a situation Survivorman or that couple survivor show does. you get a backpack and a means to make fire. but no other survivor tools. lets say this is the thickest woods near your house, and once you leave you fail.

how long could you survive before you gave up do you think?
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Old 09-29-2010, 04:14 PM   #2
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I would give up in less than a day, probably. I have the skills and knowledge to survive as long as need be, but if it were just an experiment I'd be like "Alright, my wankbank is running out of material - screw this" and go back home.
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Old 09-29-2010, 04:17 PM   #3
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basically like a situation Survivorman or that couple survivor show does. you get a backpack and a means to make fire. but no other survivor tools. lets say this is the thickest woods near your house, and once you leave you fail.

how long could you survive before you gave up do you think?

If surviving in the Wilderness was a matter of live and death, I think I'd do alright. As long as I had a female accompanying me, I'm sure we'd have no problem repopulating the human race.

If it was just for fun, a day or at most. Depends what was on offer for entertainment.
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huh, interesting. Depending on the environment and vegetative community, I could survive indefinitely.

Especially in th chihuahuan desert, but Im confident that I could outlast anyone else on this board anywhere in geographic north america.

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Old 09-29-2010, 04:18 PM   #5
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If surviving in the Wilderness was a matter of live and death, I think I'd do alright. As long as I had a female accompanying me, I'm sure we'd have no problem repopulating the human race.

If it was just for fun, a day or at most. Depends what was on offer for entertainment.
yeah, presumably there is some prize or something to make it worthwhile for you?
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Old 09-29-2010, 04:29 PM   #6
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huh, interesting. Depending on the environment and vegetative community, I could survive indefinitely.

Especially in th chihuahuan desert, but Im confident that I could outlast anyone else on this board anywhere in geographic north america.

avy bet?

just curious but would you eat plants, go after animals, or try to find a means to fish?

i'm a noob at survival, just love the shows, i'm sure i couldn't compete with anyone that has any experience doing it. i'd probably last 2 days at most but i always wonder this when i'm watching any of those survival shows.
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Old 09-29-2010, 04:30 PM   #7
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huh, interesting. Depending on the environment and vegetative community, I could survive indefinitely.

Especially in th chihuahuan desert, but Im confident that I could outlast anyone else on this board anywhere in geographic north america.

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Yeah, me too.
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Old 09-29-2010, 04:31 PM   #8
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just curious but would you eat plants, go after animals, or try to find a means to fish?

i'm a noob at survival, just love the shows, i'm sure i couldn't compete with anyone that has any experience doing it. i'd probably last 2 days at most but i always wonder this when i'm watching any of those survival shows.

plants and shrubberies at first since hunting will take a lot more energy assuming you have no other tools than firemaking ones.

Fishing is a good option tho.
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Old 09-29-2010, 04:35 PM   #9
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just curious but would you eat plants, go after animals, or try to find a means to fish?

i'm a noob at survival, just love the shows, i'm sure i couldn't compete with anyone that has any experience doing it. i'd probably last 2 days at most but i always wonder this when i'm watching any of those survival shows.
in most environments, plants form the bulk of hunter-gatherer diet. solo "prey encounter" hunting is generally energetically inefficient (though it does provide necc protein and fats). But yes, the bulk of my initial diet would be plants, mostly geophytes (underground storage organs - bulbs -tubers). I would also construct fishing weirs and other low energy hunting methods.

most wooded environments have very limited directly digestible, high calorie above ground plant components (other than seasonal shit like nuts and berries). Small seed resources and geophytes are your best bet, but both take a relatively high investment in cooking/processing.
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Old 09-29-2010, 05:42 PM   #10
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Depends on the location and weather. Put me somewhere up north in Michigan in the dead of winter and I'll make it about 3 hours at most.
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Old 09-29-2010, 05:46 PM   #11
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Really depends on where the wilderness is. I feel pretty confident that I could survive as long as I needed to in the pacific northwest wilderness, but I doubt I would hold up too well in the desert or stuck on a snowy mountain or something.
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Old 09-29-2010, 05:46 PM   #12
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Default Re: How long do you think you could survive out in the wilderness by yourself?

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in most environments, plants form the bulk of hunter-gatherer diet. solo "prey encounter" hunting is generally energetically inefficient (though it does provide necc protein and fats). But yes, the bulk of my initial diet would be plants, mostly geophytes (underground storage organs - bulbs -tubers). I would also construct fishing weirs and other low energy hunting methods.

most wooded environments have very limited directly digestible, high calorie above ground plant components (other than seasonal shit like nuts and berries). Small seed resources and geophytes are your best bet, but both take a relatively high investment in cooking/processing.

I'm pretty sure Booze wins this one.....

Although I'm down for the avy bet.
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Old 09-29-2010, 07:06 PM   #13
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I would own anyone east of the Mississippi.
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I unlike Duece Wally would eat game and fish.
I was in the woods today ...(How was your hike today DW??)

As for surviving - I have been in a couple pinch's in my life and the toughest aspect of surviving in my region is that I am in the snow belt range - - -
but I usually ice fish 3-4 times a week , so I would increase it to 6 days a week and let the population increase on the saventh.
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I was in the woods today ...(How was your hike today DW??)

As for surviving - I have been in a couple pinch's in my life and the toughest aspect of surviving in my region is that I am in the snow belt range - - -
but I usually ice fish 3-4 times a week , so I would increase it to 6 days a week and let the population increase on the saventh.

You make yourself look so ridiculous.
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