Monday, September 10, 2007

US Couple Survive Week In Northern MB !

Canoe Trip goes bad.... A pair of canoeists from Washington state survived six days lost in northern Manitoba by eating insects and plants before being found by rescuers last week.

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Good news story! For sure if you get lost on the Churchill River Between The Pas and Hudson's Bay you could be in a world of trouble and pain. It's a good thing they studied survival guides for the Canadian Wilderness.

"They were … surviving off of vegetation they could find, such as water lilies. They ate a water bug, they found different kinds of mushroom," Says Kevin Choy, of the Civil Air Search and Rescue Association (CASARA).

They had mosquito nets at least! Although that's more of a personal comfort thing IMO.... I wonder if they even had Moskol?

Now word however on how long they had planned for their expedition or what other equipment or precautions they had taken.

For One Thing - I'd be packing one of THESE ! with This ! for a backup! ( These alone would make it virtually impossible to get lost! )

* One of These !
( Which would make getting FOUND a virtual cinch! )

* At LEAST One of These ! ( Which would completely eliminate the food problem given the abundance of fish where they were ! )
* And Finally - One of These ! ( Which would make ANY threat of animal encounter into a Food Opportunity ! )

Now .... given that if these two people had been Properly equipped they would not have gotten lost in the first place. The fact that they were apparently unprepared kind of tells me that this was a case of Darwin's rules being narrowly skirted by someone who just avoided through luck ....becoming a statistic !

Because when you are properly prepared...... getting lost and being forced to eat bugs and weeds is not going to happen!

These people are just a couple of lucky idiots!

Who should have contacted one of These ! and used their guiding service ..... either that or stayed home.


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Blogger dmorris said...

Great list of survival stuff! if I ever decide to do a trip like that, I'm calling you for advice!

I always carry a Silva compass, but gotta admit that GPS gizmo is one good idea. The satellite phone's a bit steep, but for a once in a while trip, could be cheap lifesaver.
Well done. The Remington 870, mhmmm, yes.

9/10/2007 5:30 p.m.  
Blogger PGP said...

With the fishing pole and the gun you wont really care if you're lost eh?

9/10/2007 8:15 p.m.  
Blogger WomanHonorThyself said...

insects and plants oh my!..yum!..Heh

9/10/2007 11:00 p.m.  
Anonymous Shere Khan said...

It never ceases to amaze me how little respect for the wilderness city folks have. I grew up in that country, so I know first hand how unforgiving the bush can be.

With the fishing pole and the shotgun, I don't think I'd even wanna be found. Unless the Swedish bikini team was looking for me. Then we could all be um, 'lost' together!

9/11/2007 2:45 p.m.  
Blogger PGP said...

I just can't get over why these people would "prepare" by reading survival guides ..... and then apparently be unprepared for anything except eating bugs and weeds.....the mushroom thing is just stupid.

Those must be some survival guides! ;)

I wonder how the Swedish Bikini Team likes smoked fish??

9/11/2007 6:24 p.m.  
Anonymous ebt said...

The Churchill River is nowhere near The Pas, which is on the Saskatchewan River.

9/12/2007 2:32 p.m.  
Blogger PGP said...

Yep ... The Pas might be just a jumping off point.
OR the CBC didn't get their facts straight!!

I'm trying to find out more details of where they were!

9/12/2007 4:59 p.m.  

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