Making a case for (some) television
The Daily Mail is reporting that 14-year-old Jake Denham survived an overnight 10-hour stint on a mountain thanks to tips he learned from watching survival shows on TV.
You might want to take this one with a grain of salt, but if this story is true it makes a fairly compelling point for the value of watching survival shows.
Denham is a fan of Man vs. Wild, hosted by British survivalist Bear Grylls and once Denham was stranded (because of what he learned) dug a small cave or shelter in the snow to retain body heat during the night. Grylls's background is a bit mind-blowing: he is a former British Special Air Service soldier and was the youngest Briton to climb Mount Everest.
The teen’s ordeal started during a skiing trip on Mt. Bachelor in Oregon with his family. He lost one of his skis and decided to walk down the mountain, rather than try to catch up with his parents. Night fell, the temperature dropped to – 17 C.
“It started getting dark, and I saw the stars. I saw Venus — it was red and bigger than the North Star,” Denham told the Daily Mail.
“I dug a canal, and it went up a hill, so the wind would blow over it so the wind wouldn't hit me,” he said.
He also followed Grylls’s tip of following ski tracks down the mountain.
“I wanted to live my life and not go die,” he said. “So I got up, and I found some ski tracks, and I followed those."