You guys are tough.
Letís not forget the old adventurerís motto Ďyou got yourself in so you have to get yourself out. No one else is going to help youí. This was in the days before technology and search and rescue but it is a motto many adventurers stand by to this day. This is survival. If you are fit and healthy, you have the knowledge and you can make the judgment to carry on then there is nothing to stop you pushing on to attempt a self rescue.
It is only in this day and age where people are taking survival advice literally. They sit down and think it is someone elseís responsibility to come and get them. Recently there was a story that someone rang S&R demanding a helicopter to pick them up because they were tired!
Survival is about having the knowledge to get yourself out of a situation using improvisation as well as knowing when to stop and dig in to wait for rescue. Unfortunately some of the comments I read on forums about TV programs really highlight the difference between the survival trained and the survival read.
All the survival shows that have been on TV have been excellent and can not really be knocked. But to watch two guys stay put and build a shelter, start fire, collect and clean water and try catching food would not make very good TV at all. You would be watching the same thing over and over again. It is easy to build a survival camp in any environment within 12 hours then survival starts to get very boring indeed. You would not see and skills being shown just normal camp routine.
In each of these programs it has been clear why they have kept moving. They are fit and healthy, they have the knowledge and judgment to make an educated decision to move and they are moving to the next important need in the survival process. Whether that is to water, away from harsh weather extremes or to more travelled area by the local population where there is a higher chance of being discovered; all very viable survival options.
From interviews from Dave it is not clear that they were both friends before this program but he has said that their styles are so different, that it took the first couple of programs for them to really get a good working relationship going. He also said the first 3 programs he took more of a lead because Cody had not had a great deal of experience in those environments but in later programs Dave takes the lead from Cody a lot more. This highlights how survival is about prior experience. Although the survival principles are the same, environment changes the approach to achieve each individual goal.
Both Cody and Dave have said they took local knowledge before each program and that they really wanted to show local skills and knowledge in each environment and not just follow the same old same old skills. This meant that they were both learning new skills for each location. This is how survival training should be; a collection of skills picked up from as wide an area as possible.
Dave has said he regrets his comment that he fights Mother Nature because he left himself open for the comment to be taken out of context. The fact is when the dodo is smeared on the rock; survival is a fight against Mother Nature. She is constantly trying to return you to the earth to break you down into nurturance for all of her other creatures and plants. She will try to rob you of your core body temperature, put terrain in your path to sap you of your energy and find ways to make you make mistakes. That is the fight we must have with her when we are in a situation. His comment did not mean he runs around just bludgeoning his way.
I am not sure why people are questioning whether they spent the night in the jungle. I am assuming they mean the night in the jungle shelter? What gave the impression they did not? Their shelter was a little complicated but it would have worked fine for keeping them dry. I would have happily used it.
I noticed Codyís green vomit too. Sometimes despite what ever situation you are in it is a good idea to force yourself to be sick to clear any poisons out before they have a chance to get into your system properly and cause more problems. I put the green vomit down to the cactus he was eating. Some cactus can be eaten fine in small quantities but can cause vomiting when eaten on a dehydrated stressed stomach. Knowing Cody he probably ate a form of cactus to help inducing vomit to clean his stomach out.
On the whole a great program, very entertaining. I canít criticize it for anything, as with all the survival programs there is a positive message to be taken from it. Although if I see Dave start another fire with a light reflector I will go over there snatch it off him and proceed to jump up and down all over it.
My only real disappointment is only being able to watch it on YouTube.