This week the History Channel premiered it's new series, Alone. The basic premise is that they dump off ten men up in British Columbia, and the last man standing wins the prize. They took a page from Les Stroud's book, and have each individual filming his own narrative rather than faking it a la Naked and Afraid.
The first show is still being broadcast at odd hours on the History Channel if you missed the roll out. Strangely, one of the contestants is a man from North Georgia, from a county near my own. I'm rooting for him, naturally. I don't know where they found all these guys, since some of them are clearly out of their depth in the woods. One fellow from Ohio started out whining about how he's afraid of bears, and misses his wife and kids. He cries a lot. And this on first day. All in all, it might be an interesting series. But then, I said that about "Alaskan Bush People" and that was so bad it was embarrassing.
I've lived in the woods for 30+ years, and I'd not have signed on for this show. No rifle, no dogs. I'm out. The woods can be a very dangerous place and I think these islands in B.C. are more dangerous than our mountains. At least here starting a fire is no problem. Nor do we have gray wolves, or the numbers of mountain lions they have up there.
I put my money , in this order, on the Georgian, the Floridian (native ), and the North Carolinian. The others don't impress me.
If you haven't read Les Stroud's two books, you might enjoy them. I learned a lot about living out in the bush from them, though I fervently hope I never have to put any of it to use. I used to spend a lot of time exploring the forest here when my son was home, but those days are past for me now.
This particular book is largely a narrative of different survival situations people got themselves into.
Stroud writes about what they did right, what they did wrong, and how they could have avoided getting into trouble in the first place.
It's an interesting book and has some good common sense, practical tips for people going out in the bush.
Stroud is the survival guru I have the most faith in, and the most respect for. I admire Cody Lundin but he is second place because he has some strange personality traits that I think add to his colorful persona but may not be one hundred percent on track from a practical aspect.
The last Stroud series on American TV was his "Bigfoot" production, which I believe numbered seven one hour shows. He was careful not to take a position on the question of whether Big Foot does or does not exist, but he met some really interesting people and the show made entertaining viewing.
CC and I were talking about the sequel to One Second After coming out. That's a classic book about an EMP event, and I like it even more because it takes place about two hours north of where I live. The second book, One Year After, will be available in September.