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#236803 - 12/04/11 08:55 AM Another guy narrowly misses the Darwin Award
Phaedrus Offline
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Registered: 04/28/10
Posts: 2004
Loc: Great Plains
Wow, not too bright. Standard disclaimers, we don't know the full story, blah blah...but careless. He says he normally carries survival gear but hey- why take it when you're exploring an unknown road in the winter...IN ALASKA! wink
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#236804 - 12/04/11 12:30 PM Re: Another guy narrowly misses the Darwin Award [Re: Phaedrus]
chaosmagnet Offline
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Registered: 12/03/09
Posts: 2797
Loc: USA
At least he stayed with his truck. He put himself in his predicament by being grossly underequipped, not leaving a trip plan, not obtaining local information and going in the first place. After all those mistakes, though, he saved his life by staying with his truck.

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#236805 - 12/04/11 12:34 PM Re: Another guy narrowly misses the Darwin Award [Re: Phaedrus]
Byrd_Huntr Offline
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Registered: 01/28/10
Posts: 1145
Loc: Land O' Lakes & Rivers - MN, U...
"His only provisions: Snow, and a few cans of Coors Light that had frozen solid in the cab. Vial ate the beers like cans of beans. "I cut the lids off and dug it out with a knife," he said."

I bet he learned a lesson and next time brings Leinenkugels beer.
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#236806 - 12/04/11 12:46 PM Re: Another guy narrowly misses the Darwin Award [Re: Byrd_Huntr]
hikermor Offline
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Registered: 08/26/06
Posts: 5999
Loc: southern Cal
Lost 16 pounds? Maybe I should try that......
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#236835 - 12/05/11 02:26 AM Re: Another guy narrowly misses the Darwin Award [Re: Phaedrus]
Susan Offline
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Registered: 01/21/04
Posts: 5163
Loc: W. WA
I'll bet his dogs are glad they didn't go along on this trip!

Sue

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#236838 - 12/05/11 03:04 AM Re: Another guy narrowly misses the Darwin Award [Re: Phaedrus]
Richlacal Offline
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Registered: 02/11/10
Posts: 778
Loc: Los Angeles, CA
Heck,If he had brought some Guiness instead of Sewers light,he probably would have gained some weight! grin

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#236839 - 12/05/11 03:37 AM Re: Another guy narrowly misses the Darwin Award [Re: Phaedrus]
Hikin_Jim Offline
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Registered: 10/12/07
Posts: 1804
Loc: Southern California
He is one lucky dude. Guess it just wasn't his time, 'cause he really shouldn't be alive.

HJ
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#236856 - 12/05/11 08:41 PM Re: Another guy narrowly misses the Darwin Award [Re: Hikin_Jim]
MostlyHarmless Offline
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Registered: 06/03/09
Posts: 982
Loc: Norway
OK, he deserves a bashing for driving randomly in Alaskan winter without survival gear.

But read the article again. Once stuck he really perfomed superbly. Making outmost of his local material he improved his insulation (paper in the socks and all that) as much as he could. Eating frozen beer - who would have thought of that? Ingenious. Strictly rationing the fuel reserves of his car - excellent.

To me, this is both a tale of stupidity (totally inadequate prepared) and of the survival mindset we need to develop.

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#236869 - 12/06/11 01:40 AM Re: Another guy narrowly misses the Darwin Award [Re: Phaedrus]
Hikin_Jim Offline
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Registered: 10/12/07
Posts: 1804
Loc: Southern California
Yeah, he done good. Using towels and paper as insulation was pretty clever.

HJ
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#236876 - 12/06/11 03:11 AM Re: Another guy narrowly misses the Darwin Award [Re: Phaedrus]
bacpacjac Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 05/05/07
Posts: 3572
Loc: Ontario, Canada
One of our 11 yo Scouts went on a private (i.e. non-Scouts Canada) week long survival course this summer. One day & night near the end of the week there were tornado warnings for the area, so one of the instructors took the minors back to the They had a weather radio, checked it regularly, and then ingored it, even though they had transportation and a safe structure to retreat to.

This guy seems to have the same "Hey, I wonder..." mentality. "Let's see how far I get, but, let's make it interesting. Let's leave the survival gear I usually carry at home."

I'll take my Scout, who left the course because he lost respect for the instructors after that, over those fools any day!
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