and the NIH syndrome is very strong in both. One could not admit that it was dumb to situate his shelter 100m from his source of firewood. The other can't admit that it was stupid to not juice the kelp on Vancouver's shoreline. One claimed that he was finding so many crabs that he was doing fine. Well, I googled it, and crab meat only offers 400 calories per lb and only 1/4 of the crab's live weight is edible flesh. So he'd have had to be finding 40 lbs of crab per day, just scrambling over slimy boulders on the beaches, while the tide was out. So that never happened. He might have caught a few, but if he didn't lose any weight his last month, it was because the gillnet (woven out of rope that he lucked out and found) was feeding him. If that's so, imagine how much MORE fish hed have caught with the 3000 sq ft of 3" mesh netting that he could have woven in the first 2 weeks of his stay (ie, 2 months total) He didn't have sense enough to make a pontoon outrigger raft. None of them have had that much smarts. It can be done in a day, using gear that they are given, like the backpack, one set of clothing, the bear spray, the airhorn, the life vest, chunks of tarp, the pants of the rainsuit. Simply stuff them with force-dried debris and seal them with the duct tape. So, even if the local wood does not float, you can still have a stable craft, which cant be swamped or capsized. It lets you get out past the kelp beds, lets you roam up and down the coast, so you can set up at the optimal spot. it lets you get past the limitations of the tides, too. So you're pretty dumb to not have such a craft, when you live on a shoreline. Especially if the woods at the water's edge is so dense and the terrain is so steep as it is on Vancouver. That sort of eval is taught in every survival manual as being vital, to be done first thing. DUH.