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Old 11-10-2020, 02:06 PM   #1
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it's never once occurred to anyone on alone show

to cut the smallest piece off of that 20x20 tarp. They all 'think" that they want these HUGE shelters when all that does is dissipate their body heat and require them to have fire for heat, which of course means lots of time and energy wasted on firewood. They are forbidden to cut up the 10x10 tarp, but nothing is said about the 20x20 tarp. If they'd bring the 12x12 tarp and the duct tape, they could make a SEALED supershelter, 4x4x7 ft, out of 100 sq ft of the 12x12 tarp, half reflective and half clear tarp. This includes the double layer of clear material. Another 50 sq ft of the 20x20 tarp is needed later, for the double walls for the rear and sides of the shelter, stuffing debris between the layers. Given all the clothing that they can wear, with debris between the layers and up on a raised wooden bed, such a shelter requires no fire for heat and no sleeping bag, down to at least 0F. that would easily cover them until they get the 2 inches of snow needed to make an igloo.

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Old 11-10-2020, 02:13 PM   #2
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they have the option of making a poncho, leggings, etc, out of the remainder of the 12x12 tarp. wear one pair of socks and one set of longjohns under debris, under that tarp "clothing". Then have more debris between the poncho and the 10x10 tarp wrapped around them and tied. They are so scared of slipping and falling into the water. Well then, why not have a couple of trekking poles in your hands, and a rope tied to you and some tree or boulder, so that you CANT fall in, hmm? So what if the debris and tarp stuff get wet? there's more debris, or you can use hot rocks to dry out that debris and re-use it. Then all you have to dry out, in the way of clothing, is your socks, gloves, and longjohns. You'll have a shemagh to dry off your body and dry clothing to don. Have a fire going right there on the water's edge, or at least, hot rocks and buried hot coals (in the ashes) and an Altenative Swedish torch ready, so you can have flames in a minute flat. Then a slip and a dunking are just at most a couple of hours of inconvenience, as vs a challenge-ending disaster. These people dont know what a 12 year old kid ought to know.
 
Old 11-10-2020, 02:19 PM   #3
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because they are clueless about making netting and cordage out of the rope hammock, they "think" that they have to take the gillnet and the paracord. That's a wasted pick. Ditto 'thinking" that they HAVE to heat their shelters with fire. The axe and saw are a wasted pick, instead of taking the saw-edge E-tool. They dont now how to make a fire, so the ferrorod is deemed "essential" when there's 3 easy ways to make a fire. Because they dont know how to make pottery, they "think" that they MUST take the cookpot. So that's 2 more wasted picks. add the sleeping bag and that's 5 wasted picks. This lets you take the 12x12 "optional' tarp, the salt, the pemmican, the duct tape, the snarewire. Those items greatly increase your chances of staying warm and fed, saving you tons of wasted time and calories. They lay around their silly 'shelters' that are so inefficient that they need a fire in them, at a mere 20F, instead of making the netting, the pottery, the traps and the pontoon outrigger raft that would feed them.
 
 
Old 11-10-2020, 02:24 PM   #4
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nobody's made a raft. If it did nothing else, it would let you safely get out on the ice much sooner than everyone else. That's really important. You need to make the fishing holes and slits for the net when the ice is just 1-2" thick and then keep them open, by covering them with boughs and snow, and breaking the 1/2" thick layer of ice that forms every 3-4 hours. Using the pottery sieve-ladle, with the 5 ft long handle, you can remove the ice shards from the water's surface quickly, without getting wet. This slows down how fast the ice reforms, by an hour or more. Those baited hooks and baited net-pen are the secret between lasting 100 days and 200 days.
 
Old 11-10-2020, 02:29 PM   #5
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TWO guys have taken a hammock, out of 70 people and only one of them knew to take a ROPE hammock, but he didn't do anything with it in the way of breaking it down into cordage. Only 2-3 out of 70 have known to bring the 12x12 tarp and nobody's known to make a small tarp shelter, with insulation. Nobody's known to bring the big roll of duct tape, so that they could have air tight dry bags, bait bags, pontoons, etc. So they all just freeze and starve. One gal, season 7, had TWO chances at a moose, and both times, she had laid aside her bow, instead of having a slingbow in her belt. They dont seem to have brains enough to convert the camera case (30 lbs, which they have to take everywhere) into a backpack, to keep their hands free, so they can use trekking poles and not risk a disabling fall on the ice and snow.
 
Old 11-10-2020, 02:39 PM   #6
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Melvin, which season were you on the show again?
 
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