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Alone: Only 10 items to survive - what would you choose?

Postby LokoLobo » Thu Sep 22, 2016 8:46 am

Only 10 items to survive in the wilderness:

I was watching a show on HistoryChannel.com called “Alone”. It’s a survival show where they take 10 guys and drop them off alone in the Vancouver Island wilderness, the man that can last the longest wins a prize of $500,000.

From website:
“Ten men enter the Vancouver Island wilderness carrying only what they can fit in a small backpack. They are alone in harsh, unforgiving terrain with a single mission-stay alive as long as they can. These men must hunt, build shelters and fend off predators. They will endure extreme isolation and psychological distress as they plunge into the unknown and document the experience themselves. No camera crew. No producers. It is the ultimate test of man’s will.”
http://www.history.com/shows/alone/about

They are allowed 10 items, a small backpack, and the clothes they have on.
You can see the items they each chose if you go to their bio pages on the website.

I’m not sure if they knew what sort of environment they were going to, but other then that they knew it was going to be a prolonged survival experience.

Environment: Vancouver Islands , north of Washington State on west coast – Average daytime temps 30 to 40 degrees, densely wooded hilly terrain, wet rainy high humidity, predatory wild life (Bears, wolves, and mountain lions).

Two questions: if you got a spot on this show.
What 10 items would you bring? (items must fit backpack)
What clothing would you choose to wear?



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Re: Alone: Only 10 items to survive - what would you choose?

Postby LokoLobo » Thu Sep 22, 2016 9:05 am

Here are the list of items pertaining to the show of what is allowed outside of the 10 items, a list of items to choose your 10, and the things that are not allowed.

CLOTHING/APPAREL/PERSONAL EFFECTS
*These items do not count towards the 10 special items, but may not exceed the approved quota for each.
1. 1 pair high leg Hunting boots
2. 2 pairs of Outdoor Pants (can unzip into shorts)
3. 1 t-shirt
4. 2 fleece or wool shirts (hooded or unhooded)
5. 3 pairs wool socks
6. 1 hat (brimmed, wool or baseball)
7. 1 bandana or shemagh
8. 1 pair gloves
9. 1 light outdoor jacket
10. 2 pairs underwear
11. 1 rain jacket and rain trousers
12. 1 thermal underwear (long)
13. 1 pair of gaiters
14. 1 pair of Crocs, Teva sandals or Keen sandals
15. 1 toothbrush
16. 1 pair of prescription eye glasses
17. 1 personal photograph

WINTER PACKS
*These items were provided to each participant and did not count towards the 10 special items.
1. 1 wool sweater (heavy)
2. 1 pair of gloves (wool/Dachsteins)
3. 1 trapper’s hat with ear protection or toboggan

TRACKING/SAFETY
*We will provide the following items to each participant. These items do not count towards the 10 special items.
1. 2 safety tools (may consist of a canister of wild animal repellant, an air horn and/or 1 flare)
2. 1 rules and regulations guide
3. 1 backpack
4. 1 camera pack
5. Camera equipment
6. 1 emergency flare
7. 1 satellite phone
8. 1 emergency personal flotation device
9. 1 first aid kit (military type – tourniquet, wadding, ace bandage, alcohol, plastic bag, etc)
10. 1 small mirror
11. 1 20×20 canvas tarp
12. 1 10×10 tarp for protecting camera and equipment
13. 1 GPS tracking device
14. 1 head lamp
15. 1 emergency rations pack to include water and food

INDIVIDUAL
*Each participant must choose TEN total items from the following list. Selections are final. Once chosen, no items may be swapped out or replaced. These will be each participant’s unique tools used to survive in the wilderness on camera.

Shelter
1. 12×12 ground cloth/tarp (grommets approved)
2. 8 mm climbing rope – 10M
3. 550 parachord – 20m
4. 1 hatchet
5. 1 saw
6. 1 ax

Bedding
1. 1 multi-seasonal sleeping bag that fits within provided backpack
2. 1 bivy bag (Gore-Tex sleeping bag cover)
3. 1 sleeping pad
4. 1 hammock

Cooking
1. 1 large (no more than 2 quart) pot, includes lid
2. 1 steel frying pan
3. 1 flint or ferro rod set
4. 1 enamel bowl for eating
5. 1 spoon
6. 1 canteen or water bottle
7. 1 bear canister

Hygiene
1. 1 bar soap
2. 1 8 oz tube of toothpaste
3. 1 face flannel
4. 1 40 m roll of dental floss
5. 1 small bottle bio shower soap
6. 1 shaving razor (and 1 blade)
7. 1 towel (30” x 60”)
8. 1 comb

Hunting
1. 1 300-yard roll of nylon single filament fishing line and 25 assorted hooks (No lures)
2. 1 primitive bow with 6 Arrows (must be predominately made of wood)
3. 1 small gauge gill net (8 m x 2 m OR 1.5 m deep x 3.6 m long and 2” [50 mm] mesh)
4. 1 slingshot/Catapult
5. 1 net foraging bag
6. 1 3.5 lb roll of trapping wire

Food
1. 5 lbs of beef jerky (protein)
2. 5 lbs of dried pulses/legumes/lentils mix (starch and carbs)
3. 5 lbs of biltong (protein)
4. 5 lbs of hard tack military biscuits (carbs/sugars)
5. 5 lbs of chocolate (Simple/complex sugars)
6. 5 lbs of pemmican (traditional trail food made from fat and proteins)
7. 5 lbs of gorp (raisins, m&m’s and peanuts)
8. 5 lbs of flour (starch/carbs)
9. 2 lbs of rice or sugar and 1 lb of salt

Tools
1. 1 pocket knife
2. 1 hunting knife
3. 1 Leatherman multi-tool
4. 1 sharpening stone
5. 1 roll of duct tape or 1 roll of electrical tape
6. 1 small shovel
7. 1 small sewing kit
8. 1 carabineer
9. 1 LED flashlight
10. 1 pair of ice spikes

PROHIBITED ITEMS
*The following items are PROHIBITED. This list is not exhaustive. Any item not listed above is also prohibited.
1. Fuel or matches
2. Bug spray/mosquito repellant.
3. Sunscreen/chap stick
4. Sunglasses
5. Beauty products
6. Map (detailed topographical)
7. Compass
8. Unapproved technology (anything with a battery or an engine, eg. cell phones, computers, watches, etc.)
9. Professional snares
10. Firearms of any kind
11. Ammunition
12. Explosives or gunpowder
13. Animal poison
14. Professional fishing rods
15. Fishing lures, flies, bait kits
16. Fishing traps
17. Food or beverage (except the options from the selection list)
18. Decoys
19. Animal calls
20. Tree stands
21. Professional bows or crossbows
22. Scopes of any kind
23. Tents or shelters
24. Stoves, pressure cookers or other cooking appliances
25. Hydration packs
26. Fire pits
27. Electric or propane lanterns
28. Inflatable boats
29. Filtration, purification devices, iodine tablets
30. Coolers or food storage boxes (except optional bear canister)

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Re: Alone: Only 10 items to survive - what would you choose?

Postby LokoLobo » Thu Sep 22, 2016 9:39 am

Here are the 10 items I chose from the list and the reasons I chose these items.
I'll admit though, limiting my list to just 10 items wasn't completely easy.

1. 550 parachord – 20m/65.6ft (can be used to secure tarps for shelter, internals can be used for fishing line, and snares)
2. saw (a tool that helps build shelters, boats,etc.)
3. ax (#1 tool to process firewood, and large lumber for shelters, etc.)
4. multi-seasonal sleeping bag that fits within provided backpack (sort of a given to sleep well, especially when cold)
5. hammock (I know many will think this is a luxury, but being able to get off the ground, and possibly put myself up high enough to avoid wolves & bear, and the bonus of sleeping comfortably is a huge benifit to me)
6. large (no more than 2 quart) pot, includes lid (to boil/purify water & cook with)
7. flint or ferro rod set (a realiable sorce to start fires, even in wet conditions)
8. canteen or water bottle (Something to hold the water you purify)
9. hunting knife (I don't see this as an option, it's a must have to clean your fish/game, and to make many other tool/utensils)
10. small gauge gill net (8 m x 2 m OR 1.5 m deep x 3.6 m long and 2” [50 mm] mesh) (after watching the 2 seasons of the show, I believe this to be a valuable tool to get food, and a difficult one to make on my own)


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