Out of the Wild Venezuela

April 25th, 2011 . by Felix

Finished watching the last few episodes of Out of the Wild Venezuela, the Discovery Channel’s adventure/survival show. This was the 3rd season, the first two were in Alaska. Nine ordinary people are dropped off and have to survive off the land for 30 days while traveling back to 70 miles to civilization. This has been an interesting series. Really shows the downside of having to live off the land. These are ordinary individuals with varying outdoor experience, much like the general population who are not sure what to do in a crisis. The thing that becomes very clear very quickly is shelter, food and how mentally draining trying to survive can be. If you are hiking several mile each day over rough terrain you burn a lot of calories. The problem becomes trying to replace those calories. Eating bugs, grubs, berries and the occasional fish does not provide the nutrition you need. All three seasons the volunteers quickly lost weight. Without proper nutrition the body and mind are both affected. You can only last 3 days without water. Dehydration will kill you. In the last episode, the participants were having a difficult time functioning at all. One person passed out, couldn’t even stand up. Another left the show due to severe intestinal issues.

Intestinal problems can take down the strongest person. Upset stomach, vomiting, gas, diarrehea, constipation, these can all happen if you are trying to live on food you are not accustom to. Throw in a little Giardia from bad water and you’re a mess.

For those who are thinking they are going to bug out and go live in the woods and live off the land, you need to think that through very carefully. Even the most experienced hunter or fisherman can come up empty. If you plan on living off rice and beans for the next 6 months be sure to stock some Beano until your system gets use to your new diet.

Your preps should include every possible over the counter stomach and intestinal medication you can find. It should include everything from taking care of an upset stomach to hemorrhoids. You should plan for gas and diarrhea, stool softeners for constipation, tums and antacids for upset stomach. And if you have special needs talk to your doctor.

If you are already down for the count because of stomach problems, hypothermia will only compound the problems. Lack of shelter or warm clothes, can leave you chilled on a cold night or a constant rain. You need to plan for how you are going to make shelter, how you are going to stay dry and how you are going to make a fire. Hypothermia can kill very quickly, once it starts it can be very difficult to get warm without immediate treatment.

Watching shows such Out of the Wild can show you what can go wrong and how better to plan for it. The advantage these volunteers have is there is a crew and emergency personal standing by. In a survival situation you are not going to have that luxury.

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