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post #61 of 79 Old 09-01-2017, 07:15 AM
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all you want or need is a simple tarp sleeping shelter, very small and portable, a raised wooden bed and a 7 ft high tarp awning in fron of your 3.5 ft high sleeping shelter. You should not bother with more, and keep it portable, so you can move it to where the squaw-wood is, not have to cut big wood and haul it to a permanent shelter! huge risk of injury and a waste of time and calories. There's no point in an elaborate shelter and lots of firewood, if you starve out in a month. As to the families, what would these wusses have done in WW2, when millions of men did not see their families for 4-5 YEARS? And daily saw brothers killed/maimed?
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I just lost an entire page of a post. I wont be back until you get the uploading fixed. YOu have way too much stuff hanging on this site, bro.
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SEASON 5

They're off to Mongolia. They, for this new season, are survivalists that didn't hold out long enough on Vancouver Island (B.C.) or in South America's Patagonia region. The prize is still $500k. Some didn't make it earlier because a family member in the paired-survivalist section had been injured, others missed their families, were forced out after periodic medical exams, or couldn't find enough food. One dude who's back, found sufficient food but hoarded it away as he became too thin. During the preview show Mongolia's deadly animals were shown of course, including one of three poisonous snakes, black bears, and snow leopards. Contestants are spread out along a river, with numerous fish, although access during winter months may require ice chopping. Many have brought bows to shoot game.-- John



























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They're already, after a few days in northern Mongolia, down to 9 participants, from 10. Disappointing how careless odd-ball events, like 30-year-old Carleigh Fairchild hooking her hand with a fishing hook, can take a contestant out. She applied a healing-plant paste to her tendon wound, but couldn't remove the hook by herself and tapped out. They worked in more mammal nasties such as grizzly bears and wolves. Carleigh awoke to a noise one night, but drawing her bow/arrows closer seemed a weak defense against Mongolian bears. One dude almost chased a viper into deep grass for food but decided to wait. Deer are off limits for hunting. Others are already gathering grasshoppers and ant larva for protean or fish bait. -- John

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The trouble with this show, is that it often documents many a humans descent into starvation mode, emotional breakdown and mentally cracking from being alone. I would imagine, inserting them all in Mongolia is going to be even more crippling for these poor saps, I mean survivalists.

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They're already, after a few days in northern Mongolia, down to 9 participanta, from 10. Disappointing how careless odd-ball events, like 30-year-old Carleigh Failchild hooking her hand with a fishing hook, can take a contestant out. She applied a healing-plant paste to her tendon wound, but couldn't remove the hook by herself and tapped out. They worked in more mammal nasties such as grizzly bears and wolves. Carleigh awoke to a noise one night, but drawing her bow/arrows closer seemed a weak defense against Mongolian bears. One dude almost chased a viper into deep grass for food but decided to wait. Deer are off limits for hunting. Others are already gathering grasshoppers and ant larva for protean or fish bait. -- John
I'm really surprised they don't get to bring more tools, like a leatherman. It would have been easy to remove that hook with some pliers.
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Yes, it was shocking how thin some in the South American season got. Carleigh was booted from there after 86 days for medical reasons (too light) . She'd only caught six fish. She tried to chop the thumb tendon hook lose with a big knife, but couldn't, and figured Mongolia wasn't worth messing up her hand. -- John
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I really like this show, it has zen quality to it at times. I've only seen the intro episode of this season so far and have to say Mongolia looks beautiful, I always just pictured desert before when I thought of Mongolia.
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Down to eight now. A guy who was removed from Vancouver Island when his brother injured himself tapped out. He couldn't find adequate food after six days and was 'rescued' from his site after a week. The Patagonia contestant medically removed after storing instead of eating preserved fish could't hook enough fish in the Mongolian river, so he shot a fat partridge with an arrow, chasing it into the river. Another survivalist worried about wolves yapping nearby. The accountant who left an earlier season to join his wife made a mistake not thinking about wolves. He'd caught six fish fly-fishing with a reel he'd packed. Then he stocked a shallow side pool with five of them, finding only scattered bones the next day. A woman survivor in Mongolia keeps commenting about strange sounds from a distant mountain ridge, hoping, forebodingly, it's not a bear.-- John

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Nicole, the second woman left after the first week, tapped out when her M.S. flared up. While at home she said herbs helped manage the disease, but in Mongolia she anguished that her inability to walk or run from animals was too dangerous. She was flown out after 9 days. Others struggled to find enough protein, including one survivalist who couldn't land anything with his self-crafted wire fishing hooks, set up lots of dead-falls for chipmunks but trapped a small bird instead. Another dude shot a partridge-like bird with an arrow. Several are expending lots of calories to build a cabin, anticipating the very cold weather. -- John

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Another tap our before the first month is up, leaving six. This time someone quenched his hunger by eating too much pine bark. While nourishing calorie-wise, the barely digestible soft inner tree bark clogged up his colon, becoming agonizing. Another survivalist apparently ate too many dandelions, a diuretic, leading to dehydration. He fell and hit his head from dizziness before changing his diet. Someone recorded the snorting and growling from a nearby bear. The ever-helpful History folks posted a note saying local brown bears can crush a skull with one bite. Despite an earlier note I saw saying deer kills weren't authorized, several folks are hunting them--despite the local deer species average 21-inch height. -- John
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Brooke Whipple, just short of a month, tapped out, leaving five behind. She'd survived 49 days with her husband on Vancouver Island. "Starving's no fun," she told the extraction team. She'd also complained the greenish 'psych-ward' tint in her shelter, from her green tarp, seemed to aggravate isolation and depression during a long rain spell. An on-screen note outlined 'seasonal disorders' arising from reduced winter lighting. Accountant Britt Ahart, while catching lots of fish, mentioned the lack of calories and fat was a problem and began building snare traps for larger game. After one night of horrendous noise from large nearby animals he discovered huge moose-like prints next to one destroyed trap, Final episode shot: One of the archer's determination to bag a deer. == John

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Brooke Whipple, just short of a month, tapped out, leaving five behind. She'd survived 49 days with her husband on Vancouver Island. "Starving's no fun," she told the extraction team. She'd also complained the greenish 'psych-ward' tint in her shelter, from her green tarp, seemed to aggravate isolation and depression during a long rain spell. An on-screen note outlined 'seasonal disorders' arising from reduced winter lighting. Accountant Britt Ahart, while catching lots of fish, mentioned the lack of calories and fat was a problem and began building snare traps for larger game. After one night of horrendous noise from large nearby animals he discovered huge moose-like prints next to one destroyed trap, Final episode shot: One of the archer's determination to bag a deer. == John
you just got thru saying deer were off limits. So which is it? Britt launched 3 arrows at a deer, across a river that he couldn't cross, from the look of it. Dumb. Lose 3 arrows. When you can't even hit it at ALL for one shot, what are the chances that you'll make a humane hit the next try? near zero, and you're in no position to trail the deer before nightfall and it get coyote salive and urine all over it.
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you have to eat the skin of the fish. You have to boil them and drink the broth. then you get the fat. You also need to boil the heads, if you dont need them as bait.

Take the 3 lb block of salt, the slingbow and 9 arrows, 6 of them being 4-tined fishing arrow heads. Take the 5 qt skillet with lid, a synthetic sleeping bag, as low temp as available, the duct tape, a modfied e-tool, with 8" of saw edge, a modified Signal multi tool, by swapping out the bit driver for a file blade. Take a hammock, the snare wire, the fishing kit (as 8 big treblehooks, to be set for big cats and canines, using salted fishheads hung 4 ft high, tied to drag logs.
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the entire 20x20 tarp can be cut into 1/8" wide strips and used to weave 4000 sq ft of 4" mesh. You can fold it over, tie it, making 2" mesh. or you can weave in splits of local vegetation and have 4000 sq ft of 2" mesh. They are on a small river, so they can't really utilize endless amounts of netting (as you can when you're on a big lake or seashore). Netting is where it's at, guys. Stretch a seine across the river at some narrow point. then walk up stream 100m or so, and use poles driven into the mud to help you move another net down to the first one. Thus, you;'ll catch every fish in that segment of the river. Then you rig the nets as baited weirs and go eat/preserve your catch, using the heads/guts as bait, for more fish, mammals, birds, crawdads.
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you just got thru saying deer were off limits. So which is it?
Yes, raised that earlier also but can't recall the source of the 'off-limits' comment. Great survival tips!-- John

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With the field down to five now, things are slowing down. At the end of this episode, Sam tried eating a few leeches and snails he'd trapped in the water. He had no luck fishing, even with a medium-size hand-held net he built. The determined archer from last week carved a spear-throwing device to hunt deer, along with a tree platform that drained his energy. Meanwhile, one guy that's seemingly gone berserk from the mice invading his shelter managed to trap some of them--while trying to keep them awake during the day. Accountant Briit discovered fishing isn't going well as colder weather sets in and worries about potential food. --- John

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They flashed a split-second shot of the yellow evacuation vehicle halfway though, a clue someone was tapping out. Larry , a mid-western electrician, bathed in the frigid river, then reduced the participants to four after about 35 days. He'd just had enough. Accountant Britt, while concerned about poor cold-weather fishing results, managed to catch a grayling, a fish less susceptible to reduced oxygen levels in cold water. One archer made an exhausting but unsuccessful hunting trip for deer he'd spotted. Several survivalists trap mice for miniscule nourishment. Snow is falling. -- John

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Alone's 5th season ended this Thursday with the usual group-summary show slated for next week. Two final 'dueling' participants, Sam and Britt, about 8 miles apart, didn't know how many remained after about 55 days. Several earlier survivalists left after saying they wanted everything they had at home (versus starving in bitter cold). The two finalists wanted the cash prize for their families, but the younger Sam stubbornly hung on until the team snunk his wife in to surprise him. He'd just built wood snowshoes to simplify gathering fire wood in deep snow, plus heavy deadfalls near animal trails. -- John
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