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with a clear 1/4 mill $ riding on it, the entrants to the Alone show can't be bothered to research youtube channels about the Alone shore or read a single survival manual. Cause the latter ALL explain how to gut paracord, get at the 7 inner strands, and weave it into netting. The morons will take 20m hank of paracord, instead of a paracord hammock that is made of 1000 ft of paracord! That will weave into 60m of 5 ft wide, 3" mesh netting. They take a regular gillnet, when they COULD take one made of paracord, and weave it into another 60 m of that netting. 120m of netting will close off an entire cove, trapping every fish in it! move the net towards shore (easy, when there's 2 of you, until you've got all the fish penned in a deep hole (previously found and marked, at low tide)

then you'll be able to harvest each day's food easily, and have LOTS of bait to set out for bears, so you can arrow them from your tree platform/blind. They waste bait on hooks in the water! Hey, dummies, catching 3 oz trout instead of 3 lb gulls and ducks, and you can bait the birds with shredded, roasted cambium! More bait for the bears, possums, *****, coyotes, gulls and ducks.

they take a 2 qt pot, instead of a 5 qt skillet, when the main job is boiling water, over a wood fire! Sheesh. ONE day's research would prevent your embarrassing yourself (for life) on global TV and you dont do it? You're a moron! Season one was won without an axe. Season 3, a girl went 86 days without an axe. Obviously then, an axe is a wasted pick. Axes have taken 2 contestants out of the show, with injuries. When you're exhausted, dysenteric, freezing, dehydrated, starving, depressed, you dont use an axe. You break dead lower limbs off of pines with your bodyweight, or by swinging a big club. If they wont break, then you have to use your saw, but at least, you wont cut off your thumb! Very little wood needs to be split, or even cut to length, if you know to use the Siberian fire lay to feed a Dakota fire pit.

If you know to heat big flat rocks over a couple of "chimney" vents from the fire, you'll need a lot less firewood. If you know what sleepiing bag to take, and what to do with it, you wont need a fire at night. You dont WANT your fire inside of where you sleep! it's a fire hazard, it can kill you with CO while you sleep and you'll be constantly breathing smoke, which is a retarded thing to do. Have the fire under your work-awning, heating rocks. Have a raised bed under which to slide those rocks, when it's really cold. Stop wasting time and effort on chopping and hauling unneeded wood.

They build large, elaborate shelters, which is a stupid waste, and which REQUIRES you to cut and haul lots of wood long distances. On Vancouver, they are not supposed to cut living trees. So your shelter needs to be portable, so you can keep moving it to where there's lots of squaw wood.
 

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Melvin, did you apply for the show? Being limited to the kit you can bring is a huge disadvantage. It has been very obvious that the skill sets of the participants cover a very wide level of experience. Frankly, I think the man/woman team have got the best chance for long term. This show was filmed in the fall on the North End of Vancouver Island, the rain has already started, soon to be followed by snow. Only 1 couple is making the effort to survive the long term. By the way they have both an axe and saw and are proficient in the use of each.

Its been 40 years since I was on an exercise in that area of Vancouver Island, but my memories are still vivid, it is very harsh terrain. Please remind us of your experiences of survival in this sort of situation.
 
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