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Daniel Boone and Davy Crockett

I've been watching a lot of bushcraft videos and sometimes I venture into the survival and prepper caps (no pun intended). But recently I watched some highlights from the History Channel show Alone. Joe Robinet "tapped out" as he put it. I happen to like his channel, presentation, and production values. I think I have a lot to learn just to make an effective fire for my Indian Princess group.

I feel bad for Joe. I have every intention to go back and watch the season so I can see for myself what happened. The clips I saw suggested that maybe the producers selected some odd characters for rating instead of guys with the right stuff. I would have bet money that Joe would have made it.

I can only imagine that this was meant to simulate a survival scenario instead of existence or subsistence. I look back on the many Alaska living shows and these people did more with less. The contestants were allowed to take 10 things. Once you get past the 5, 7, or 10 C's you have some harder choices to make. But if you think about it the pioneers had similar choices without having the advantage of modern technical advancements. (don't need an ax when a saw and knife will do.) One other thing about the pioneers is that while they started out as DRY travelers from the east coast the slowly migrated and adjusted to the wet of the northwest. 10 items might have been unreasonable and possibly the contestants should have been able to fabricate 24 hours before being dropped off.

Daniel Boone and Davy Crockett did it a lot longer and farther. The Native Indians did it. All of these guys should have been able to do it.


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