Did you guys see the episode where they were in the desert and the one guy made a slingshot?
I must interject here on Cody's behalf.Before I begin, let me say I in no way concider myself a survivalist expert. I was an enthusiast when I was in my teens, was involved in boy scouting, ran around in the swamps of Florida, and was infantry in the army. At the best I recieved very basic survivalist training. I also enjoy Dual Survival, I have even learned a couple of things from them.
Now, I can not honestly believe that either of these.........men are professional survivalists. Several times I have seen them make bone head mistakes that would kill anyone in thier situation if they didn't have a production crew standing by with food, water and medical professionals close by. I have also seen them walk right by edible plants that could have fed both of them for days, and not even considered them.
I reiterate, I am by no means an expert, and even I could teach these........okay, I'll say it.......idiots a few things.
MD, have you ever had to acquire your own water? Survival is not easy, expert or not.Last year I spent 7 months in Iraq serving as a medic with an infantry unit that was outside the wire 6 days a week, carrying 60 to 100 pounds of gear, wearing heavy, hot, constricting body armor. Out of the 30+ grunts in my care, I never had a single heat casualty. Yet Cody, who is supposed to be a desert survival expert became a heat casualty his first day in a desert? As a medic who has dealt with many heat casualties I can tell you once they start throwing up it will take days for them to get back on thier feet, and thats with the right medical care. In a survival situation, they would be dead.
Perhaps you are right and the mistakes are forced on them by the producers, which is a shame, the concept had so much to offer.
This is what I hate about the internet people read what you say and imagine the emotions involved.SM, for starters I do not think doing the survival thing is a cinch, if I did I would start my own school. From the beginning I did not claim to be an expert.
Now, when it come to heat casualties, I AM an expert. Water is not the only thing that plays a role in heat casualties, an expert in survival would know better than taking a hike in the desert during the hottest part of the day. Anyone with common sense realizes that, or they should. The bushs next to the beetle provided ready shade, Cody could have conserved his strength and rested until things cooled down a bit.
Also, basic survival 101. In the right order; #1 is shelter(from the elements, which includes the sun), #2 is fire, #3 is water, and #4 is food. Cody forgot #1, and even Dave admitted that it was wrong for them to seperate.
I just joined this forum, and I really didn't want to begin by starting a fight, I have stated my opinions honestly, and I believe my points are valid. I'm sorry if I have offended anyone.
It's not wise to use absolute terms like ALWAYS, NEVER, ALL, etc...SM, re-read my post. Fire always come before water.