Alone In The Wild
It’s the day after Thanksgiving and I’m sitting on my ass watching TV and wasting time on the internet. While far from the most productive, it’s not the worst way to spend a day off.
While flipping around, I came across the show Alone In The Wild. It’s absolutely amazing. Here’s the basic idea:
Alone in the Wild follows the survival adventure of Ed Wardle as he treks across the Yukon territory for three months.
Short and sweet, right? On its surface, you’d think it sounds a bit like Man vs Wild or Survivorman, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. I’ve only seen 1 episode, but what an impact. Besides the constant struggle to find food and stress over things like bears, Ed’s biggest challenge may be simply being alone with nobody around and nobody to talk to. He frequently talks about how much he misses people and is frequently seen crying — either due to stress or loneliness.
It’s definitely not on the brighter end of “entertainment”.
Ultimately, Ed had to get airlifted out of the wilderness after 50 days because he was basically dying of starvation. While he didn’t meet his 90 day goal, I can’t imagine most people would fare much better.
This is a partial paraphrase of something Ed said earlier in the episode, but there’s a huge difference between living and surviving… and watching just one episode is a very sobering reminder of that.