Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Bear Grylls Saves Lives

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We all know that Bear Grylls is a crazy, freaky bitch who does not comprehend the words "No" or "Gross" , but did you also know that he is a lifesaver? 9 year old Grayson Wynne was seperated from his family on a recent camping trip to the Utah's Ashley National Forest, but survived thanks to the safety tips he learned while watching "Man vs. Wild"!
After being lost for quite some time, little Grayson remembered Bear telling viewers that one good way to ensure your survival was to leave Hansel and Gretel type items trailing your tracks so that authorites will know where to find you. He then tore off several pieces of his yellow rain slicker and tied the rogue pieces to trees.
"I just used my hands," said Grayson, who was found safe Sunday after spending 18 hours lost in the forest. "I don't know how many times I tore the thing but quite a lot."
Grayson was among a party of about 15 family members that left Saturday from the Spirit Lake trailhead in Daggett County. The group stopped to tighten a saddle on a horse at some point, said Grayson's dad, Kynan Wynne. But Grayson didn't realize it and went ahead of the pack before diverting onto a smaller trail in the thick forest.
The boy spent the night in the woods creating shelter with a fallen tree. The following day he says he decided to follow a nearby lake, assuming it might eventually lead to a populated area. He dropped a granola bar wrapper and his backpach were spotted by rescue workers. Once Grayson heard the sounds of helicopters, he ran to an open field, but was immediately discovered by two searchers on horseback. "It was such a good feeling that I was going to be all right," said Grayson.
When he was reunited with his father, Grayson's first words were "Happy Father's Day." Paging Hallmark! Actually I'm sure the kid said it sarcastically. "Happy Father's Day. Thanks for leaving me to wander like Kevin Mcallister on Christmas morning. The only thing I was missing was a bucket of tar, two wacky escaped cons and some slapstick Three Stooges hijinx." You know, so he can be all:

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3 comments:

Keith said...

That's so cool about the boy. The next time somebody says that tv isn't constructive at all, I can throw this in their face. Television can save lives.

Dave said...

Actually the boy survived in spite of “advice” from Bear Grylls. If Grylls actually gave survival advice on his ridiculous show the boy would have know to stay right where he was and wait for rescue. If he had stayed put he would have been found sooner and possibly not have had to spend the night alone in the woods. Also tearing up his rain coat made him more vulnerable to hypothermia. The boy deserves credit for doing what he thought was the right thing and showing a lot of courage. But let’s be clear on one thing, following the so called “advice” given out by Bear Grylls will most likely get you into more trouble, this is a perfect example of that. Man v Wild is all about entertainment. Heck, even Bear Grylls can’t spend the night in the woods while filming his show so it shouldn’t be a surprise that the things he does aren’t exactly smart choices while in the backcountry.

Anonymous said...

i don't really agree with you dave. you don't know how hot utah summers are. it's afterall, dry out there like the desert. I used to live there, i know. it can get 110 degrees. at night it will cool down but no lower than about 60. I lived on a mountain side on wasatch fault so i'm pretty confident i can speak with some authority. So in this case not having the rain poncho wasn't gonna kill him. But in another situation it could certainly have lead to death. i agree with you on that.

However, the hansel and gretel tips as well as building a shelter and following water are classic survival tips. the smartest move he made was to go to a near by lake and walk around it.

If I was lost in the wilderness, my first inclination would be to walk along a stream. the stream will provide water, and in somecases food (crayfish... little fish, tadpoles, etc). it will eventually lead somewhere as well. creeks become rivers if you walk far enough and they always flow downstream.

 
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