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A Real Test of Survival Skills

May 8, 2008

Yellowstone National Park, originally uploaded by Madison76.

A couple days ago J. and I caught the third installment of the Alaska Experiment on the Discovery Channel. I wasn’t a huge fan of the show after the first episode but I decided to give it another shot.

I was more impressed with this episode. In comparison to Frontier House it definitely shows how people struggle to survive in an austere environment. It also makes me think how the families in the Frontier House would have handled this true survival test. One of the men in the show constantly complained about not being able to hunt, but I wonder how he would have handled truly hunting for survival. Could he have survived a couple miles climb almost straight up a rocky, slippery slope to shoot a sheep? Could he have mimicked the call of a moose only to have it arrive pumped for battle? Somehow I don’t think so. I think it would have been a real wake up call for him that hunting isn’t romantic- it’s work. 

Fortunately for one couple on the Alaska Experiment they did manage to kill a goat and if they can keep the wolves from stealing their meat before they eat it they will be fairly well off protein wise heading into winter. Unfortunately the family of three that set out to kill a moose were not as fortunate. Although one of the girls was able to mimic the mating call of the moose she wasn’t able to hit the moose and kill it (although she certainly tried).

The show closed showing another group fending off birds of prey to scavenge meat from a bison they found dead in the woods. One can only wonder if they too will draw more predators to their doorstep by attempting to store the meat through the coming weeks. 


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