Sunday, November 13, 2011

A Viewer Shares a Survival Situation

Thought we'd share this e-mail from a viewer...thanks, Adam!

I'm going to get straight to the point and just say thank you. My fiancé and I are currently on a one year trip through New Zealand, and we ran into a bit of trouble around week three. The two of us were working on crossing a mountain ridge in the north island on a beautiful sunny day until the weather, as I guess it does on mountains and islands, turned really nasty really fast. The sun gave way to clouds, then a drizzle, then one of the worst hail storms I have ever been caught in. We were too far away from camp to make it back down without getting battered, and it became clear that we needed another option. We headed to a nearby tree-line but the cover was insufficient and even though the weather seemed to change in a minute it didn't seem like a good idea to wait for a nice spot, so we began to build a simple lean-to. A couple of smaller poles rested against a tree and some pine boughs later, we found ourselves out of the painful blasting from the hail. Although watching your show provided the knowledge for the lean-to, it was certain messages of yours that proved even more invaluable. Although it was not the worst situation imaginable, the constant reminders of staying cool under pressure, pushing forward, and carrying on in any situation kept entering my mind. The funny part was that as we were running for cover my fiancé, Beth, was the first to point out the comparison to your show. So thanks to Ruth as well. I had to make Beth watch the show the first time, but after that she was hooked by your interactions with each other and ability to work together to survive the wild. Well, thanks again and hopefully we don't run into any more trouble but if we do, we will have properly stocked packs and be well prepared for the worst. Great show, great books, take care.

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