I particularly enjoyed last weeks discussion about the effect the journey has on the destination. This week though, I'd like to ponder staged "wilderness survival" in the vein of Man vs. Wild and Suriviorman. Long before the popularity of these shows when I worked in a bookstore, I noted impractical survival books always sold better than practical backpacking books. There seems to be something romantic to those of us of the north american persuasion about going out and being self sufficient in the woods. Unlike hiking and backpacking though it seems to have less to do with a reverence for nature and more to do with the joy of self-reliance.
This past March a man died attempting to follow what he had seen on TV which raises many serious ethical questions on the subject of putting yourself in survival situations intentionally. Do people craving adventure in their lives put themselves in "survival situations" just to fill that void? What interest does "surviving" in the wilderness have to you?
This Week in the Backcountry