Post # 1
On the radio this morning they were talking about the 12 year old boy from Utah (I think? I’m too lazy to look up the story) who was lost in the woods overnight after being separated from his Boy Scout troop. The radio hosts were talking about how they thought they could make it days being lost in the woods alone. Fiance and I were discussing it and he feels that he could probably hold his own but I don’t know if I’d make it. I’m sure the survival skills would kick in when thrown into that situation but I honestly don’t know how far I’d get. Fiance joked that once I realized I couldn’t watch Jersey Shore I’d probably have an emotional breakdown, lol.
In all seriousness though, me and nature are not friends. I don’t like heat. I don’t like bugs. I don’t like wild animals. I don’t like nature in general. I can appreciate the “prettiness” of it but I’m not one of those people who enjoys being outdoors. That alone would give me anxiety but then being lost in the middle of the woods with little to no supplies and no way to contact anyone for help, I’d totally lose it. I could never bring myself to kill an animal for food and I couldn’t tell you the difference between a poisonous berry and one that’s found in my fruit cocktail. Let not even talk about fire. Unless I’m equipped with a lighter or matches, there’s no way I’m creating any kind of heat. I think its best that I never go camping or hiking again, lol.
What about you? Would you be able to survive being lost in the woods for an extended period of time? I think I could “deal” for 24 hours but after that… not so sure.
Post # 3
I couldn’t find food. Or start a fire. And I’d be too scared to drink water from a questionable source. So…I wouldn’t make it very long.
Post # 4
I think I’d fare better than most people I know. I spent most of my childhood outside, know what berries/leaves/trees are poisonous, can catch frogs like nobodies business, (tastes like chicken, right? haha). Three older brothers who were boyscouts, summer camp for 10 years… yeah, I think I’d be okay.
Post # 5
Yes, I think I definitely would be able to. I think the ability to survive in humans is pretty astounding. You would do things you never thought you were able to do.
That being said I am very comfortable outdoors. I prefer it than indoors. I love the heat and I enjoy camping. I adjust very quickly to my environments.
Post # 6
No, I wouldnt last long. I have an irrational fear of animals and I would probably just sit on the ground crying for days.
I think my Fiance would be ok for a couple days. He is very much an outdoors kinda guy.
Post # 7
Not at all! I might be able to make it through the day, but once it becomes dark, I’m done for!
Post # 9
Yeah, pretty sure I’d be able to survive. As long as I could find a water source, it wouldn’t be too difficult.
Of course, if I were going hiking anywhere other than a place I knew better than the back of my hand, I’d have a backpack with a compass, map of the area, snacks, blanket of some sort, lighter/matches, and water.
And… why in the hell would I leave my group?!?!? (I’d be a good mom and terrify my kids into refusing to leave their group if they ever decided to go into scouts. Fear, if done right, is a good thing. 🙂 )
Post # 10
I would be good…until I saw a snake
Post # 11
I would be perfectly fine. I’m an army brat, and my father took us camping and taught us about what we could and couldn’t eat in nature. I have been winter camping in 28 degree weather. I think I could live off of the land for a very long time if I had to.
Post # 12
Hell yeah I could! I even have a little memorized check-off list in case I get lost.
Well, at least in the south. I don’t know about surviving up north. I’ve seen snow like 3 times, so I’d have no idea how to handle that situation.
Post # 13
I might be ok, but being by myself, I don’t know how long I would survive. if I were with the hubs, I know we would fair much longer.
Post # 14
I dont think you have to know much about the outdoors, you just have to have a fighting spirit and not be someone that gives up easily. I think if forced to survive most of us would figure it out somehow.
Post # 15
heck no, I would die. I only poop in toilets so if I wasn’t mauled by an animal, Im sure I would die from holding my pee and poop in.
Post # 16
I could. Most of the time when we camp we take very little–just a blanket, dried fruit and jerky, fire stuff, water, not much else. We don’t go for long periods like that but I am used to going tentless and also would hunt an animal if I had to.
I’ve gotten lost in the woods, not alone, but had that feeling of “OH #^%# WHERE ARE WE?!” It is scary but you know what? Everyone has that innate survival mechanism deep down that kicks in. I agree with @adage, even if you freak out at first, your instincts do take over.