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#180493 - 08/26/09 02:30 PM Film-Maker Airlifted Dying of Starvation
Nicodemus Offline
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"Seven weeks after striding out into the rugged forests of western Canada armed with a rifle and a fishing rod, Mr Wardle had to be airlifted back to civilisation suffering from starvation." -Mail Online

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I'm baffled at how anyone can try this with little or no training and expect a different outcome. All anyone has to do is watch a couple episodes of Survivorman to see Les Stroud starve for a week. From watching it should be easy to see that even someone with training has a hard time surviving alone in a number of environments.

Even so, perhaps something can be learned from this.
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#180495 - 08/26/09 03:04 PM Re: Film-Maker Airlifted Dying of Starvation [Re: ]
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Wow, it never ceases to amaze me when I hear a news story is so badly mangled.

Thanks for the insight, Izzy. I'll take a trip over to your site to check out the footage.

Thanks!

I'll take this new bit of information with some crow and say then that I'm surprised that he did so well then. blush


Edited by Nicodemus (08/26/09 03:13 PM)
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#180501 - 08/26/09 04:20 PM Re: Film-Maker Airlifted Dying of Starvation [Re: ]
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I checked your site which is chock full of praise for the "daring explorer". Anybody that goes into the North American woods carrying a riot shotgun is not an expert in my book.

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#180503 - 08/26/09 04:32 PM Re: Film-Maker Airlifted Dying of Starvation [Re: GauchoViejo]
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Anybody that goes into the North American woods carrying a riot shotgun is not an expert in my book.


That was my first thought as well. I guess that shotgun just seemed way more visually attractive than a plain bolt action.

I can't help sounding cynical but this whole enterprise is just laughable. Survivorman knockoff minus Les with all his skills and experience.

Like one boxing coach would say, all show no go!

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#180505 - 08/26/09 04:36 PM Re: Film-Maker Airlifted Dying of Starvation [Re: Tom_L]
moab Offline
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I'm cynical about this type of programme. The film makers win either way, an interesting (if unsound concept)programme if the bloke makes it through or lots of "drama" if he doesn't and the related "breaking news" of his rescue from the wilderness.

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#180506 - 08/26/09 04:36 PM Re: Film-Maker Airlifted Dying of Starvation [Re: GauchoViejo]
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That is reality!
I sure hope they have the courage to show it.

There is a reason why so few natives lived in the north.
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#180507 - 08/26/09 04:42 PM Re: Film-Maker Airlifted Dying of Starvation [Re: scafool]
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This whole thing is just baffling to me.

I saw some photos and he apparently was lugging around a cast-iron dutch oven. Whaaaa?

One can understand I suppose when a hapless tourist or hiker gets lost or in over his or her head. That is unfortunate and preventable but understandable.

But when someone consciously outfits himself to head into the back country can makes such bone-headed decisions .... I just do not understand this at all.


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#180510 - 08/26/09 04:49 PM Re: Film-Maker Airlifted Dying of Starvation [Re: drahthaar]
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Better TV! Haha
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#180511 - 08/26/09 04:49 PM Re: Film-Maker Airlifted Dying of Starvation [Re: GauchoViejo]
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I've been watching the clips of "Alone in the Wild" that are available on Izzy's site, and from what I've seen every attempt is made to make it known that the host isn't an expert at all, in any aspect of survival.

From his laughter at seeing a porcupine in a tree to the lack of understanding why his canoe tipped and from his choice in equipment to openly reading from prepared materials on local plants it seems like Ed's ignorance on a lot of aspects of survival and the area he's chosen to survive in appears to be the show's hook.

I might actually enjoy this show. I must admit that after watching the videos I'm now intrigued.



Edited by Nicodemus (08/26/09 04:53 PM)
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#180519 - 08/26/09 06:00 PM Re: Film-Maker Airlifted Dying of Starvation [Re: Nicodemus]
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i hope this causes a lot of second thoughts among those who think that they can just go into the woods and survive in some post disaster situation,or that with some sort of "survival kit" they will survive being lost and or injured.it's all very iffy and like the man says about chance favoring the prepared,the word is "chance" and not "survive for sure".
another wake up call to get that PLB!!!

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