Survivalist television has always been a double edge blade where entertainment meets some basic education. The mindset and philosophy promoted by various personalities can greatly influence how one perceives the outdoors and any survival situation. Men such as Bear Grylls promote a far more aggressive mentality that should never be recommended to anyone.
For Linda Gomez and Marilyn Ortega a very simple mistake on a weekend trip would cost them their lives. In three days two would die and one child would be the only survivor in the course of a routine run of the mill camping trip. Accidents happen on daily routines. A car runs a red light, a trip down the stairs, a slip coming out of the shower, these things are a common occurrence.
Many survival shows deal with how to acquire water when in the wild. Few deal with how to regulate its consumption by understanding how the body regulates its own internal supply. Concepts such as overhydration and knowing when not to ration are often overlooked. The human body is the best canteen that one can have.
Often when people imagine a scenario of being lost a vision enters their mind of search and rescue teams with helicopters and teams of men combing the wilderness in search of them. They imagine a dedicated individual who is in control with multiple agencies under their fingertips and the resources to get the job done and bring you home.
Becoming lost while in the wilderness whether hunting or trekking can be more common than people believe. The fact is that most people who become lost find their way back to their path within a few hours. It becomes a non event where no harm is done. Yet here is where things can go wrong. It is within our nature to find our way out of being lost.
Karen Klein's family had traveled from Pennsylvania for a vacation out west. While in Las Vegas they rented a car and were driving to the north rim of the Grand Canyon. Following their GPS on more remote roads caused them to drive down a closed forest road. Their vehicle became trapped and with no cell phone service they were forced to effect self rescue.
Geraldine Largay was a 66 year old woman who loved to hike. She began to prepare for her bucket list dream of hiking the Appalachian Trail two years before her adventure was to begin. She attended a hiking school in order to learn the finer points and skills that she would need for this adventure.