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THIS ISN’T SURVIVING.
THIS IS JUST BEING TRAPPED.

I NEED TO FIND A WAY TO MAKE
A MOVE, GET OUT OF HERE.

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NORWAY —
BEAUTIFUL, YET FRIGID.

LUSH, YET RUGGED.
A LAND OF EXTREMES
IN BOTH CLIMATE AND TOPOGRAPHY.

YOU CAN GO FROM DEEP SNOW
DOWN TO GREEN FJORDS

WITHIN A DAY’S TREK.
THIS IS THE HARSH
AND INTENSE LAND

WHERE THE VIKINGS
STRUGGLED TO SURVIVE.

AND LIKE EVERYWHERE ELSE
IN THE WORLD,

MODERN ADVENTURERS
AND TRAVELERS

DRIVE OVER THOUSANDS OF MILES
OF SNOW-COVERED MOUNTAIN ROADS

AND THEN GET LOST AND STUCK
IN EXTREME SURVIVAL SITUATIONS.

HOW ANYONE SURVIVES IS ENTIRELY
UP TO THEIR OWN WILL TO LIVE

AND SENSE OF INGENUITY.
SO NOW IT’S MY TURN TO SHOW YOU
HOW A SIMPLE MOUNTAIN DRIVE
ON A SNOWY DAY

CAN TURN INTO A 10-DAY-LONG
STRUGGLE TO SURVIVE.

WASHINGTON, COLORADO,
NEVADA FOR SURE,
CANADA, NORWAY —
WHEREVER THERE ARE ROADS
THROUGH MOUNTAINS,
THERE ARE PEOPLE WILLING
TO TAKE THE CHANCE
TO TRY TO PUSH ON THROUGH
TO THEIR DESTINATION
ILL-PREPARED, IN BAD WEATHER
AND BAD ROAD CONDITIONS.
WAY TOO OFTEN, THE RESULT ARE
STRANDED VEHICLES, LOST PEOPLE,
AND SOMETIMES LOST LIVES.
WHY DON’T PEOPLE JUST WALK BACK
EXACTLY THE WAY
THEY CAME IMMEDIATELY?
OR WHAT TILL THE NEXT MORNING?
EVEN IF IT WAS 70 MILES BACK,
AT LEAST YOU KNOW
WHERE THAT ROAD LEADS.
FOR SOME REASON, PEOPLE
WOULD RATHER TAKE THE CHANCE
AND HIKE OVER SOME HILL
THAT THEY DON’T KNOW,
BECAUSE THEY THINK
IT’S A SHORTCUT TO SAFETY.
AND IN REALITY,
IT’S A ONE-WAY TICKET TO HELL.
[ ENGINE REVS ]
[ DINGING ]
SO NOW IT’S MY TURN,
STRANDED, FOR 10 DAYS,
SOMEWHERE IN NORWAY.
I’LL DO WHAT I KNOW IS WRONG
SO I CAN FIGURE OUT A WAY
TO MAKE IT RIGHT
AND, ULTIMATELY, SURVIVE.
IT’S GONNA BE A LONG 10 DAYS.
THE CREW HEADS BACK
DOWN THE ROADS, AND IN TRUTH,

I COULD JUST WALK OUT MYSELF IN
THE FREEZING RAIN AND WET SNOW,

BUT INSTEAD, I’M LEFT ALONE
TO ATTEMPT SURVIVAL
IN A SMALL CAR.

AS ADVANTAGEOUS AS THAT SOUNDS,
THERE ARE ONLY SIX HOURS
OF DAYLIGHT AT THIS LATITUDE,

SO I’VE GOT TO GET THINGS DONE
QUICKLY

BEFORE A LONG NIGHT OF SURVIVAL
FALLS ON THE COLD COCOON
OF THE CAR.

TIME TO WARM UP A BIT.
[ ENGINE TURNS OVER ]
HERE’S THE DEAL.
I’M STUCK IN A FEW FEET OF SNOW.
I’M NOT GOING FORWARD
OR BACKWARDS.
AND BY THE LOOKS OF THINGS,
I’M GETTING REALLY LOW ON GAS,
AS WELL.
LET ME SHOW YOU.
I THINK THERE’S TWO REASONS
WHY PEOPLE TEND TO STAY
WITH THEIR VEHICLES.
NUMBER ONE IS IT SEEMS
LIKE AN OLD CLICHé.
WE’RE ALWAYS TOLD
“STAY WITH YOUR VEHICLE.
NO MATTER WHAT,
STAY WITH THE VEHICLE.”
AND THAT’S NOT NECESSARILY
ALWAYS THE RIGHT THING TO DO.
NUMBER TWO, YOU’RE SURE
THAT COME MORNING TIME,
SUN’S SHINING, SNOW’S STOPPED,
PLOW’S GONNA COME ALONG,
SEE YOU, AND YOU’RE RESCUED.
BUT THAT CAN BE FATAL REASONING.
YOU HAVE NO IDEA OF KNOWING
HOW OFTEN THEY PLOW THE ROAD
THAT YOU’RE STUCK ON.
AND THE LONGER YOU WAIT,
THE MORE YOUR ENERGY RESERVES
GET DRAINED
AND DRAINED OUT OF YOU.
MY SURVIVAL INSTINCT
AND TRAINING TELLS ME

I SHOULD LEAVE FIRST THING
IN THE MORNING,

BUT LIKE A DOZEN
TRUE-LIFE SURVIVAL SITUATIONS,

I’LL WAIT WITH THE CAR
TO SEE IF A PLOW OR VEHICLE
COMES ALONG.

I’M NOT COMPLETELY
WITHOUT RESOURCES.
IT WAS A ROAD TRIP, AFTER ALL.
MANDARIN ORANGE,
AND THIS IS A BIT OF DEER JERKY.
AND A JAR OF PEANUT BUTTER.
I WISH I COULD SAY IT WAS FULL.
I’VE GOT ABOUT TWO TABLESPOONS
IN THERE ONLY.
STILL, BETTER THAN NOTHING.
AND ALSO, I GUESS
A LEFTOVER COFFEE CUP.
ACTUALLY, THERE’S TWO IN THERE.
THAT MIGHT COME
INTO SOME KIND OF USE.
AND I WASN’T SO STUPID THAT
I DIDN’T AT LEAST MAKE SURE
I BROUGHT ALONG A WINTER COAT
WITH ME.
AND EVEN SOME SNOW PANTS,
SO THAT’S GONNA MAKE
A BIG DIFFERENCE.
I’M GONNA HAVE TO PUT
ON THE SNOW PANTS
REALLY SOON, ACTUALLY,
‘CAUSE IF I DON’T KEEP THIS CAR
RUNNING,
THE HEAT GOING IN HERE,
IT GETS COLD FAST.
BUT THE STUPID THING
THAT I DID DO
WAS I HAVE NO WINTER BOOTS HERE.
ALL I HAVE ARE MY HIKERS,
AND THERE’S GOT TO BE 4 TO 2,
MAYBE 2½ FEET OF SNOW OUT THERE.
SO, SO FAR,
THIS IS SURVIVAL IN A CAR.
THAT’S A WHOLE DIFFERENT WAY
OF THINKING, AND IT’S TRICKY.
PLAYS ON YOUR MIND
BECAUSE A LOT OF ME WANTS
TO JUST STAY INSIDE THE CAR.
WHEN THAT WIND STARTS BLOWING
AND THAT SNOW
STARTS FALLING DOWN,
YOU JUST JUMP INTO THE CAR LIKE
IT’S YOUR OWN LITTLE COCOON.
IT DOESN’T MAKE ME
WANT TO BE PROACTIVE.
IT DOESN’T MAKE ME WANT TO GET
OUT AND AFFECT ANY SURVIVAL.
AND I’M EATING THROUGH MY FOOD
PRETTY FAST.
NO MATTER WHAT THE SITUATION,
RATIONING FOOD RIGHT
FROM THE START IS A GOOD IDEA.

I CAN’T BE SURE WHEN
THE NEXT MEAL IS COMING

OR HOW A SITUATION MIGHT WORSEN
OR GET BETTER.

IT TAKES DISCIPLINE
TO RATION FOOD,

BUT IT MEANS THAT
AFTER A FEW DAYS OF SURVIVAL,

I’LL STILL HAVE
SOME LITTLE MORSEL OF FOOD
TO LOOK FORWARD TO,

AND THAT’S VITAL FOR MOTIVATING
THE WILL TO LIVE.

FULL MOON.
IT’S REALLY NICE AND BRIGHT
OUT THERE.
YOU CAN SEE REALLY FAR.
UNFORTUNATELY, IT’S A WANING
MOON, NOT A WAXING MOON,
SO IT’S ONLY GONNA KEEP
GETTING DARKER.
OFTEN IN THE WINTERTIME,
THE MOST BEAUTIFUL NIGHTS
ARE THE MOST DEADLY.
IT’S WHEN THE NIGHTS
ARE CLEAREST

AND WITHOUT CLOUD COVER
THAT THE TEMPERATURES CAN DROP
TO THEIR LOWEST.

I FIND THAT I HAVE TO
TURN THE ENGINE OVER
ABOUT ONCE EVERY HOUR
AND A HALF, TWO HOURS
JUST TO TAKE THE CHILL
OUT OF THE INSIDE OF THE CAR
AND GET ANOTHER
HOUR AND A HALF SLEEP.
I’M SITTING IN HERE IN THE CAR,
AND IT’S BLOWING LIKE CRAZY
OUTSIDE.
THE WIND IS WHIPPING BY.
IT’S TURNED ALL GRAY AND CLOUDY,
AND THE SNOW IS BLOWING
OFF THE TREES.
MUCH BETTER OFF INSIDE THE CAR.
MY PROBLEM NOW
IS NOT THAT IT’S TOO COLD,

BUT RATHER THAT
IT’S NOT COLD ENOUGH,

MAKING THE SNOW OUTSIDE WET,
AND AS A RESULT,

MAKING HYPOTHERMIA
MUCH MORE LIKELY.

THE NIGHT WAS PRETTY MUCH
TURNING THE ENGINE OVER
MAYBE ONCE EVERY HOUR,
HOUR AND A HALF,
PUT A LITTLE BIT OF HEAT
INTO THE CAR
AND TRY TO SLEEP
A LITTLE BIT LONGER.
I THINK I GET IT NOW.
IF I WERE 60 MILES, 70 MILES,
OR A FEW HOURS’ DRIVE
INTO A ROAD LIKE THIS,
WITH THE WIND BLOWING THE WAY
IT IS AND THE SNOW
AND ONLY A PAIR OF HIKERS,
WHERE MY MIND IS THINKING,
“SOMEONE’S GONNA COME ALONG
AND PLOW THIS ROAD,”
I WOULDN’T WANT TO LEAVE
THE VEHICLE EITHER.
I CAN’T SURVIVE IN HERE FOREVER.
IT TAKES A LOT OF MOXIE
TO WALK AWAY FROM THE SECURE
SHELTER OF A CAR.

[ WIND HOWLING ]
JUST WANT TO CHECK OUT
WHERE I AM.
I’M GOING NOWHERE —
NOT WITH THAT CAR.
OH.
YEAH.
THIS WIND CHILL IS A BIT MUCH.
WOW.
SO, I’M UP ABOVE THE FJORD.
SEE IT WAY DOWN THERE?
THIS WHOLE AREA FROM UP ABOVE
ENDS IN CLIFFS,
SO I CAN’T GET DOWN
TO THE FJORD FROM HERE.
WOULDN’T MATTER
IF I COULD ANYWAY.
THIS TIME OF YEAR,
THERE’S REALLY NOBODY OUT THERE.
IT’S VERY IMPORTANT
THAT I AT LEAST
GET THE LAY OF THE LAND
AND FIGURE OUT WHAT’S AROUND ME.
CHECK THIS OUT.
A LITTLE BONUS HERE.
JUST SOME OLD TRAILER
LEFT OFF THE SIDE.
BUT, ACTUALLY, CHECK IT OUT.
THERE YOU GO.
‘CAUSE THAT, TO ME,
LOOKS LIKE FIRE STARTER.
THAT’S THE BEAUTY OF BEING
STRANDED BY A ROAD.
SOMETIMES THERE ARE BUILDINGS
AND WORKERS, EQUIPMENT,
THINGS LIKE THAT
YOU CAN TAKE ADVANTAGE OF.
OH.
OKAY.
THE KEY TO SURVIVING
A SITUATION LIKE THIS
IS THE SAME AS EVERY SITUATION.
YOU GOT TO ASSESS WHAT I LIKE —
I CALL IT THE THREE ZONES,
I GUESS.
ZONE NUMBER ONE IS WHAT YOU HAVE
IMMEDIATELY ON YOUR BODY,
AND I KNOW THAT I’VE GOT A BIT
OF FOOD,
AND I KNOW WHAT CLOTHING I HAVE.
ZONE NUMBER TWO IS WHAT YOU HAVE
IN YOUR IMMEDIATE SURROUNDINGS.
SO, IN THIS CASE,
IT’S GONNA BE THE CAR,
AND I STILL HAVE TO CHECK
THAT OUT.
AND THEN ZONE NUMBER THREE WOULD
BE IN YOUR EXTENDED SURROUNDINGS
AND WHAT GOES BEYOND THAT.
WHEN I HAVE THOSE THREE
ASSESSMENTS DONE, THEN —
AND I THINK ONLY THEN —
CAN I MAKE A PROPER
AND INFORMED DECISION
ON HOW TO SURVIVE A SITUATION
LIKE THIS.
ALL RIGHT, I HAVE LEFT IT
TILL THIS MORNING
TO TAKE A LOOK
AT THE SURVIVAL GEAR.
IT’S MY BELIEF
THAT EVERY SINGLE CAR
SHOULD HAVE A WELL-STOCKED
SURVIVAL KIT,
MAYBE SOME EXTRA CLOTHING.
BOOTS WOULD BE NICE,
WHICH I DON’T HAVE.
IT DOESN’T MATTER
WHERE YOU LIVE.
YOU FIND YOURSELF STUCK,
IT COULD MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE
TO HAVE A BASIC SURVIVAL KIT.
YOU DON’T EVEN HAVE TO CARRY IT.
YOU CAN JUST PACK IT AWAY,
PUT IT IN THE CAR OR TRUCK
OR VAN OR WHATEVER YOU HAVE,
AND FORGET IT’S THERE
TILL YOU ABSOLUTELY NEED IT.
SO, LET’S SEE WHAT I GOT.
STANDARD STUFF, OF COURSE —
JUMPER CABLES, SNOW SCRAPER,
SIX-PACK OF BEER,
SLEEPING BAG…
CAR SURVIVAL KIT.
LET’S SEE WHAT’S IN HERE,
THOUGH.
FIRST-AID TAPE.
DUCT TAPE.
A KNIFE.
A BEAUTIFUL KNIFE.
BALACLAVA TYPE HAT.
EMERGENCY REFLECTIVE VEST.
BRACELET THAT YOU CAN WEAR
BECOMES ROPE.
EXCELLENT — A LITTLE POT
FOR BOILING IN.
EMERGENCY BLANKET.
ORANGE GARBAGE BAG.
JUST A CLEAR PLASTIC TUBE.
YOU NEVER KNOW WHEN
THAT’S GONNA COME IN HANDY.
COUPLE OF FLARES.
SOME ROPE.
A COUPLE OF MATCHES.
ALSO GOT THIS LITTLE
MINI STOVE HERE.
ONE OF MY FAVORITES
IS A FOLDING SAW.
ONE CANDLE.
A WIND-UP FLASHLIGHT.
AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST,
A HATCHET.
THAT’S TERRIFIC.
SO, IT’S A PRETTY DECENTLY
STOCKED CAR SURVIVAL KIT.
I WOULDN’T SUGGEST
THAT EVERYTHING IS HERE
THAT I WOULD NEED,
BUT THERE SHOULD BE
SOME ADVANTAGES TO THIS.
OH, WOW.
IT’S BLOWING IN STRONG.
OKAY, I GOT TO GET INSIDE.
IT’S — SO MUCH FOR A LITTLE
BREAK IN THE WEATHER.
HERE COMES THE SNOW.
YOU KNOW THOSE TIMES
WHEN YOU GET IN YOUR CAR
WHEN IT’S A WINTER STORM
ON THE OUTSIDE
AND YOU JUST GO, “OH, FINALLY,”
AND YOU’RE INSIDE?
WELL, THAT’S TIMES 100 WHEN
YOU’RE IN A SITUATION LIKE THIS.
IT’S BLIZZARDING OUT THERE
AT THIS POINT.
IT’S A WHITE-OUT.
YOU CAN’T SEE ACROSS THE FJORD.
WIND’S BLOWING.
SNOW’S BLOWING,
AND IT’S A BIT OF A WET SNOW.
I’M NOT GOING TO KEEP STARTING
THE ENGINE.
I HAVEN’T STARTED IT
FOR QUITE A WHILE,
BECAUSE I’VE BEEN MOVING AROUND,
SO I’M WARMED UP.
THERE’S NO POINT IN TRYING TO BE
ALL COZY AND COMFORTABLE.
I’LL JUST START IT UP WHEN I
REALLY, REALLY DESPERATELY NEED
TO TAKE THE CHILL OUT
OF THE INSIDE.
AT LEAST NOW I KNOW WHAT I HAVE
IN TERMS OF SURVIVAL GEAR.
THE SLEEPING BAG IS HUGE.
IT’S AN OLD ONE, AND IT’S
SLIGHTLY WET ON ONE END,
BUT AT LEAST IT’S THERE,
AND I CAN MAKE USE OF IT.
ALTHOUGH,
THE SIX-PACK OF BEER —
NOW, THAT’S A NICE ADVANTAGE.
[ CAN CLICKS ]
CHEERS.
OH.
OH.
THAT’S BREAKFAST, LUNCH,
AND DINNER RIGHT THERE.
RECENTLY THERE WAS A STORY
OF A MAN WHO SURVIVED,
AND ALL HE HAD WITH HIM
WAS, I THINK, A SIX-PACK
OF BEER, FROZEN.
SO, SOME NUTRIENTS
ARE BETTER THAN NONE.
NOT EVEN TWO DAYS
INTO SURVIVING,

AND THE WET AND COLD WEATHER
OF NORWAY

HAS ALREADY STARTED
TO MAKE THE CAR FEEL CRAMPED
AND SMALL INSIDE.

I’M NOT SURE
WHEN I’LL GET UP THE NERVE

TO LEAVE THIS METAL COCOON.
IT’S STARTING TO FEEL
CLAUSTROPHOBIC STUCK IN HERE.
OKAY, I THINK I JUST MADE WHAT
MIGHT BE A BIT OF A MISTAKE.
FINDING THAT SLEEPING BAG,
WHICH BY THE WAY,
TURNS OUT TO BE ONLY
A SUMMER-WEIGHT SLEEPING BAG,
AND THAT BEER, AND WITH
THE STORM RAGING OUTSIDE,
I CLOSED MY EYES, AND I JUST
STARTED TO FALL ASLEEP.
DIDN’T SLEEP MUCH LAST NIGHT.
BUT I’VE JUST WOKEN UP.
IT’S 3:00.
SUN’S GOING DOWN ALREADY.
AND I’VE JUST LOST
SOME VALUABLE TIME —
TIME I COULD HAVE USED
TO BE PROACTIVE
AND TO GET SOME FIREWOOD
MAYBE TOGETHER
OR A LITTLE BIT CLEARER
UNDERSTANDING OF WHERE I AM.
BIG MISTAKE.
HOPEFULLY NOT TOO BIG.
WAITING TO SEE HOW THINGS
MIGHT TURN OUT IS ONE THING,

BUT PROCRASTINATION
IN A SURVIVAL SITUATION

IS ALWAYS A BAD THING,
AND I’M NO MORE IMMUNE TO IT
THAN ANYONE ELSE.

ALL OF THE BOOKS SAY
THAT YOU CAN TAKE THE EDGE OFF
OF THE COLD INSIDE OF A VEHICLE
IN THE WINTERTIME
BY HAVING A CANDLE LIT.
WELL, I HAVE TRIED THIS BEFORE.
NOW, TO BE HONEST,
IT WAS ABOUT MINUS 25,
MAYBE EVEN MINUS 30 DEGREES
CELSIUS.
IT WAS REALLY, REALLY COLD.
IT DIDN’T WORK AT ALL.
IT WAS JUST STILL COLD.
I MEAN, THE CANDLE FLAME
MADE NO DIFFERENCE WHATSOEVER.
IT’S NOT THAT COLD HERE NOW,
SO I’D SAY IT’S MAYBE ABOUT
MINUS 5 OR MINUS 10 TONIGHT.
IF I KEEP STARTING UP THE CAR
TO TURN ON THE HEAT,
WHICH I’VE BEEN DOING,
SOONER OR LATER,
THERE’S GONNA BE ZERO GAS LEFT.
ON THE OTHER HAND, IF I KEEP
USING UP THESE MATCHES,
THAT COULD BE DEADLY, TOO.
I WANT TO BE ABLE TO GET A FIRE
GOING IF I NEED TO.
THERE I GO.
ONE-CANDLE HEAT.
LET’S HOPE IT’S ENOUGH
TO TAKE THE EDGE OFF OF THE COLD
INSIDE THIS CAR.
I’M ALWAYS TRYING TO SAVE
SOMETHING FOR LATER

IN A SURVIVAL SITUATION.
IN THIS CASE, THE CANDLE
WILL HELP ME SAVE THE CAR GAS.

SURROUNDED BY THE PROTECTIVE
SHELL OF MY CAR

WITH WET AND COLD WIND
BLOWING OUTSIDE,

THE PSYCHOLOGICAL CHALLENGE
OF WHETHER OR NOT TO LEAVE

IS PROFOUND
AS MY STOMACH GROWLS.

OKAY, HERE’S THE DEAL
ON THE CANDLE.
I THINK IT MAYBE TAKES
A SLIGHT CHILL OUT OF THE AIR,
BUT I THINK THE BEST PART IS
JUST SIMPLY THAT I HAVE LIGHT
WHEN IT’S DARK HERE
FOR A VERY LONG TIME.
IT’S HARD TO TELL IF —
I MEAN, IT’S COLD IN HERE,
SO IT’S HARD TO TELL IF THE
CANDLE’S DOING ANYTHING AT ALL.
I CAN’T IMAGINE IT DOING MUCH
GOOD WHEN IT’S MINUS 30 CELSIUS
OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT
OR BRUTALLY COLD.
IT MIGHT BE HELPING TONIGHT,
THOUGH.
BUT IT’S STILL COLD.
AND THIS SUMMER SLEEPING BAG’S
HELPING A LOT, ACTUALLY —
A LOT MORE THAN I WAS EXPECTING
THAT IT WOULD, SO THAT’S GOOD.
BUT IT’S STILL — STILL EASY
TO BE CHILLED THROUGH THE NIGHT,
AND I DON’T WANT TO TURN
THE CAR BACK ON
AND RISK BURNING UP
ANY MORE GAS.
I’M TEMPORARILY SAFE
IN THE CAR,

BUT I DON’T KNOW
HOW MUCH LONGER

I CAN JUST BE STUCK HERE.
AFTER TWO DAYS,
NO ONE HAS COME BY.

I DON’T KNOW WHEN THE CAR
WILL RUN OUT OF GAS COMPLETELY,

BUT I DO KNOW WHAT TO EXPECT
ONCE I LEAVE THE SAFETY
OF THE CAR,

AND THAT’S THE PROBLEM.
FOR NOW, THE CAR STILL FEELS
LIKE A REFUGE.

IT STILL FEELS PROTECTIVE.
IN A SURVIVAL SITUATION, YOU’RE
EITHER DEALING WITH WEATHER
OR YOU’RE PREPARING FOR WEATHER,
ONE OR THE OTHER.
THERE’S NO IN BETWEEN.
THIS WEATHER IS THE WORST
KIND — COLD AND WET.

IT’S THE TYPE OF CHILL THAT
GETS RIGHT THROUGH TO MY BONES,

AND NOTHING WILL MAKE
MY CORE BODY TEMPERATURE

CHILL TO THE POINT
OF HYPOTHERMIA

FASTER THAN WET
AND WINDY WEATHER.

AND HYPOTHERMIA CAN KILL.
I KEEP THINKING
I CAN GET OUTSIDE.
IT STOPPED.
OH, GOOD.
IT JUST PICKS UP AGAIN.
IT’S A WAITING GAME.
AND IT’S A WAITING GAME WITH
POTENTIALLY DEADLY CONSEQUENCES

IF THE WRONG DECISION IS MADE
DUE TO IMPATIENCE.

WET SNOW IS TOUGHER SURVIVAL
THAN COLDER, DRY SNOW,

SO WHY LEAVE THE SAFETY
OF THIS CAR

TO VENTURE OUT
INTO THE FREEZING RAIN?

IT’S A DANGEROUS THING TO DO.
I’M BEGINNING TO UNDERSTAND
WHY PEOPLE STICK
WITH THEIR VEHICLES,

EVEN WHEN THEY KNOW
THE WAY OUT.

KEEPS COMING TO ME JUST HOW
REASONABLE IT SEEMS NOW
FOR PEOPLE TO JUST STAY
WITH THEIR VEHICLE.
WHO WANTS TO GO OUTSIDE
IN WICKED WEATHER
WHEN YOU’RE TIRED,
YOU’RE HUNGRY, YOU’RE COLD,
MAYBE YOU DON’T HAVE
PROPER SHOES OR A PROPER COAT.
THAT WOULD BE A TOUGH DECISION
TO MAKE —
TO LEAVE THE VEHICLE
UNDER CIRCUMSTANCES LIKE THIS.
YET WAITING TOO MANY DAYS
TO MAKE A MOVE

WHILE MY ENERGY RESERVES
IN MY BODY SLOWLY BURN UP

CAN BE A DANGEROUS THING
TO DO, TOO.

EVEN THOUGH THE CAR REPRESENTS
A SIGNIFICANT COCOON

AND PROTECTION
FROM THE ELEMENTS,

I’M NEARLY OUT OF FOOD,
AND IT DOESN’T TAKE LONG

TO BEGIN TO FEEL FRUSTRATED
BY A SMALL LIVING SPACE.

THIS ISN’T SURVIVING.
THIS IS JUST BEING TRAPPED.
I NEED TO FIND A WAY TO MAKE
A MOVE, GET OUT OF HERE.
[ RAIN FALLING ]
OR THEY’LL BE COMING
TO HAUL THIS CAR AWAY
WITH A SKELETON INSIDE OF IT
IN THE SPRING.
YET NO MATTER HOW MUCH
I WANT TO LEAVE,

THE CAR IS STILL MUCH BETTER
THAN HAVING TO SLEEP AT THE
BASE OF A TREE IN THE WET SNOW.

FOR THE MOMENT, THE ADVANTAGES
OUTWEIGH THE DISADVANTAGES

OF ABANDONING
MY READY-MADE SHELTER.

BUT I CAN’T STAY HERE FOREVER.
I THINK ONE OF THE MOST
UNDERESTIMATED PROBLEMS
OF SURVIVAL IS ACTUALLY BOREDOM.
[ SIGHS ]
BIGGEST THING FOR ME
TO STAVE OFF THAT BOREDOM SO FAR
HAS BEEN SLEEPING.
I THINK PEOPLE FORGET TO SLEEP.
THEY DO THE ALL-NIGHT PUSH.
THEY GO HARD.
THEY WANT TO SURVIVE.
AND THEY GET THEMSELVES
IN MORE TROUBLE,
AND NOW THEY HAVEN’T SLEPT
AT ALL,
AND NOW THEIR MIND’S
NOT THINKING CLEARLY.
THERE’S AN OLD SAYING
IN SURVIVAL —
IF YOU DON’T HAVE TO STAND UP,
SIT DOWN.
IF YOU DON’T HAVE TO SIT DOWN,
LIE DOWN.
IF YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE AWAKE,
SLEEP.
A LOT OF BAD DECISIONS ARE MADE
BY PEOPLE WHO HAVE NOT HAD
ENOUGH SLEEP.
SOMETIMES THOSE DECISIONS
CAN BE FATAL.
NOW, THE BEST WAY FOR ME
TO KILL BOREDOM —
WELL, THAT OPTION’S OFF
THE TABLE, BECAUSE I’M ALONE.
BUT AT LEAST I DO HAVE
MY HARMONICA —
ONE OF MY FAVORITE WAYS
TO KILL BOREDOM.
ALONG WITH HUMOR, ANY
DISTRACTION CAN BRING LEVITY

AND GET MY MIND THINKING
ON SOLUTIONS TO THE PROBLEM

OF SURVIVAL AND SELF-RESCUE.
[ “AMAZING GRACE” PLAYS ]
I’M DEFINITELY STARTING TO FEEL
LIKE A BIT OF A PRISONER
IN THIS CAR.
I THINK I’M GOING TO RIP
INTO IT,
SEE IF I CAN MAKE MYSELF
SOME KIND OF PORTABLE SHELTER.
I’M GONNA USE UP
SOME OF THE PRECIOUS CAR GAS
SO I CAN HAVE THE LIGHTS ON
SO I CAN WORK.
OTHERWISE,
IT’S TIME TO GET BUSY.
BEING SQUEAMISH
ABOUT WHETHER OR NOT

TO BREAK APART
AND DESTROY MY CAR

WOULDN’T GO HAND IN HAND
WITH EFFECTIVE SURVIVAL.

THAT’S JUST A BIG RUBBER STRAP.
GOOD TO USE AS A PULL-ALONG
RATHER THAN USE UP
ANY VALUABLE ROPE I MIGHT HAVE.
IT’S BEEN THREE DAYS
AND NO ONE’S COME ALONG,

SO I CAN’T BE SHY OR PASSIVE
WHEN IT COMES TO MAKING
MY LIFE BETTER

IN THIS SURVIVAL SITUATION.
I SEE SOME POTENTIAL
TO MAKE A SHELTER OUT
OF SOME OF THIS STUFF.
THE REST OF IT IS GONNA BE
TOO HEAVY OR TOO ODD-SHAPED.
IT’S ABOUT 3:00 IN THE MORNING
AND THE RAIN’S
STILL COMING DOWN —
RAIN AND SNOW, ACTUALLY.
SO, IT’S GOOD THAT
I’M STARTING TO GET PROACTIVE.
I WANT TO MAKE SURE
THAT I GET A TOBOGGAN MADE,
MAKE SURE I PROTECT MY FEET,
AND FIND SOME WAY OF MAKING
SOME SORT OF SHELTER.
NOT SURE
HOW I’M GONNA DO THAT YET.
I JUST KNOW I WANT
TO GET OUT OF THIS CAR.
FEELS LIKE BEING TRAPPED.
IT’S BEEN FOUR DAYS NOW TRAPPED
IN THIS CAR BY MOUNTAIN WEATHER.
STILL COMING DOWN.
ONE TIME I REMEMBER SURVIVING
IN A LIFE RAFT
FOR THE BETTER PART OF A WEEK,
AND THAT WAS BRUTAL.
AND THIS IS STARTING TO BORDER
ON THAT.
THIS SORT OF INACTIVITY
AND THE INABILITY TO MOVE ON
OR GET OUT OF THE SITUATION
IS PRETTY FRUSTRATING.
GOT TO REMEMBER ALL I’M REALLY
DOING HERE IS SIMULATING
WHAT A LOT OF PEOPLE DO
IN A SITUATION LIKE THIS —
THEY STAY PUT WITH THE VEHICLE
UNTIL THEY GET TO A POINT
WHERE I’M AT NOW,
WHERE I’M JUST ABOUT
COMPLETELY OUT OF FOOD.
SO I GOT TO KEEP FINDING WAYS
TO MAKE MYSELF MOBILE
SO I CAN TRAVEL LONG DISTANCES
THROUGH THE MOUNTAIN.
BREAKFAST.
THAT’S THE LAST
OF THE MANDARIN ORANGE.
FINALLY FREE FROM BAD WEATHER,
MY CHANCE TO GET OUT
OF MY CAR PRISON COMES.

I’VE HARDLY MOVED ABOUT
PHYSICALLY IN FOUR DAYS.

I’M ALMOST OUT OF GAS
FROM TURNING THE ENGINE OVER
TO STAY WARM.

SO IF I CAN GET A BIG FIRE
GOING NOW,

I CAN WARM UP AND MOVE AROUND
ENOUGH OUTSIDE

WHILE I KEEP WORKING ON A PLAN
TO GET OUT OF HERE.

I’M JUST GONNA SEE
WHAT I CAN GET DONE
BEFORE ANY BAD WEATHER COMES IN.
WHEN I CHECKED OUT
MY SURROUNDINGS EARLIER ON,
I DID SEE SOME FALLEN-DOWN TREES
THAT I CAN BRING BACK —
A LITTLE BIT MORE SUBSTANTIAL.
AND THAT’S THE BENEFIT
OF GOING OUT
AND ASSESSING THE AREA
ALL AROUND YOU,
INCLUDING SORT OF
YOUR EXPANDED AREA,
IS YOU SEE WHAT RESOURCES
ARE AROUND.
AND I’M GONNA MAKE USE OF THEM.
WITH A SHORT BREAK
IN THE BAD WEATHER,

IT FEELS GOOD
TO GET THE MUSCLES MOVING

AND THE BLOOD FLOWING AGAIN.
BUT IT COMES AT A PRICE.
THIS IS WHERE A COUPLE DAYS
WITHOUT FOOD —
THIS IS WHEN YOU START
TO FEEL IT.
SIMPLE MOVEMENT CAN MAKE ME
LIGHT-HEADED AND DIZZY

NOW THAT MY RESERVES OF ENERGY
IN MY BODY

ARE BEING UTILIZED
FOR SURVIVAL.

YOU SEE, EVEN IN THE WINTERTIME,
THERE’S ALWAYS TINDER SOMEWHERE.
YOU’VE GOT TO KEEP YOUR EYE OUT
FOR ANY ADVANTAGE TO SURVIVING,

AND FIRE PREPARATION IS VITAL.
ALL RIGHT, I GUESS I’LL PUT THIS
ABOUT HERE.
I WANT TO SORT OF BE ABLE
TO SIT IN THE CAR
IF I GOT A FIRE GOING,
GET A BIT OF HEAT.
THE GREATEST OBSTACLE TO FACE
WHEN GETTING A GOOD FIRE GOING

WHILE SURROUNDED BY WET SNOW
IS SIMPLY DILIGENT PREPARATION.

MAKING SURE I HAVE
EVERYTHING JUST RIGHT

AND ENOUGH OF ALL
OF MY SUPPLIES

BEFORE I TAKE
WHAT MIGHT BE MY ONLY CHANCE

AT GETTING A FIRE GOING.
JUST TRY TO CREATE SOME SORT
OF BASE TO PUT THE FIRE ON,
PROTECT IT FROM THE SNOW BELOW.
GOT TO ALWAYS STAND UP.
MY AX AND MY SAW BLADE.
IF I DON’T, SNOW LIKE THIS OR
EVEN BROWN LEAVES AND STUFF —
YOU’LL LOSE THEM REAL QUICKLY.
LOSING AN AX AND A SAW
IN A SITUATION LIKE THIS
WOULD JUST BITE.
IT’S REALLY VITAL
IN A SURVIVAL SITUATION
THAT YOU SLOW DOWN
AND YOU DON’T RUSH AROUND.
YOU CAN INJURE YOURSELF
AND MAKE THINGS A LOT TOUGHER
FOR YOURSELF.
NOW, IF YOU’RE ACTUALLY THE ONE
TRYING TO AFFECT SURVIVAL,
MAYBE GET A FIRE GOING,
BUILD A SHELTER, FIND FOOD,
AND YOU’RE LOOKING AFTER
SOME PEOPLE,
THEN I’VE GOT TO MAKE SURE
THAT I’M SAFE FIRST.
IF I START JUMPING
INTO A SITUATION
‘CAUSE I’M ALL PANICKY AND I
WANT TO GET A FIRE GOING BADLY,
I CAN THEN END UP
INJURING MYSELF,
AND THEN I’M NO GOOD TO THEM.
IT’S WHY FIREMEN HAVE THE
SAYING, “GAS, GLASS, OR WIRE.”
YOU’RE CHECKING FOR GAS SPILLED.
YOU’RE CHECKING
FOR BROKEN GLASS.
YOU’RE CHECKING
FOR ELECTROCUTION.
ALL OF THESE THINGS
YOU CHECK FOR FIRST
BEFORE YOU GO IN
TO SAVE SOMEONE ELSE
OR YOU JUST MAKE
A BAD SITUATION WORSE.
OKAY.
I’M JUST GONNA KEEP
BUILDING THIS UP
UNTIL I’VE GOT A NICE, BIG PILE.
AND THEN…I’M GONNA GO
SIPHON SOME GAS.
SO, HERE’S MY PLAN.
SIPHON A BIT OF GAS
OUT OF THE VEHICLE,
TAKE A SPARK FROM THE BATTERY
TO IGNITE IT.
JUST HAVE TO HOPE
THAT I’LL REACH DOWN.
ALL RIGHT, SO,
THE TRICK TO SIPHONING
IS NOT TO [INHALES] BREATHE IN,
BECAUSE, OBVIOUSLY, THAT’S GONNA
MAKE YOU VIOLENTLY SICK.
SO THE TRICK IS
JUST TO ONLY USE YOUR MOUTH.
[ SUCKING ]
IT’S LIKE USING IT LIKE A STRAW,
BUT YOU DON’T SUCK LIKE
YOU’VE GOT A STRAW.
THIS IS NOT CHOCOLATE MILKSHAKE
DOWN THERE.
I KNOW THIS IS NOTHING
FOR OLD-TIMERS,

AND IT’S JUST A NORMAL PART
OF RURAL LIVING,

BUT IT’S STILL PRETTY
UNPLEASANT

NO MATTER WHO YOU ARE.
[ SPITS ]
I RECOMMEND HIGHLY
THAT YOU NEVER DO THIS
UNLESS YOU REALLY KNOW
WHAT YOU’RE DOING
AND IT’S A REAL DIRE
SURVIVAL SITUATION,
BECAUSE THAT’S A HORRIBLE THING
TO DO.
JUST GONNA MAKE USE
OF THE CAR INSTRUCTION MANUAL.
THERE’S NOT THAT MUCH GAS IN THE
CAN, SO IT SHOULDN’T BE TOO BAD.
BUT I DON’T REALLY KNOW,
SO I’M GONNA WATCH MY EYES.
I’M GONNA WATCH EVERYTHING
AND GIVE IT A SHOT HERE.
FIRE-STARTING USING SPARKS
AND GASOLINE IS DUBIOUS

AT THE BEST OF TIMES, BUT WHEN
SURVIVAL DEPENDS UPON IT,

IT TAKES ON
A WHOLE NEW INTENSITY.

LET’S TRY THIS WAY, THEN.
THERE WE GO.
FINALLY, AFTER FOUR DAYS
STUCK IN THE CAR,

THIS FIRE WILL BE A HUGE BOOST
PSYCHOLOGICALLY.

DIDN’T QUITE GO AS PLANNED.
IN THIS DAMP SNOW,
I’VE GOT TO WORK EXTRA HARD
TO KEEP THIS GOING.

DILIGENCE IS ALWAYS REQUIRED
IF I WANT TO STAY WARM,

AND THE ADDED ADVANTAGE IS THAT
THE FIRE SERVES AS A SIGNAL

FOR POTENTIAL RESCUERS.
THEY’RE MORE LIKELY TO GO
TO INVESTIGATE

A CAR WITH FIRE BURNING
BEHIND IT

THAN SIMPLY A DARK CAR
SITTING IN THE SNOW.

YOU SEE, IN ALL THE PANIC,
I DIDN’T EVEN REMEMBER
TO USE THE TINDER I GATHERED.
WELL, I’LL USE IT NOW.
WELL, THIS INSTRUCTION MANUAL
CAME IN HANDY.
KEEPING A LARGE AMOUNT
OF READY-TO-GO TINDER

AND KINDLING FOR THE FIRE
IS VITAL TO SUCCESS.

BUT BATTLING THE ELEMENTS
IS ALWAYS A CHALLENGE
TO STAYING WARM.

[ SIGHS ]
STOPPED RAINING.
THE CLOUDS LOOK THICK
THAT ARE COMING MY WAY, AS WELL.
IT WORKED.
IT TOOK A WHILE TO GET
THAT SPARK TO TAKE.
I HAD TO POUR THE GAS OVER
ONTO THE PAPER
AND TRY TO SPREAD IT OUT.
I DON’T KNOW.
I THOUGHT IT WOULD HAVE GONE
BETTER INSIDE THE BEER CAN
WITH THE FUMES AND EVERYTHING,
BUT IT DIDN’T SEEM TO MAKE
ANY DIFFERENCE.
GOT IT TO TAKE.
RAN OVER HERE.
BUT THEN I NOTICED AFTER A WHILE
WHEN THE FIRE WAS BURNING
THAT IT WASN’T BURNING DOWN
INTO MY WOOD
BECAUSE THE POT LID
WAS STILL UNDERNEATH IT,
STOPPING THE FIRE
FROM GOING DOWN.
SO I HAD TO PULL
THE POT LID OUT,
WHICH CAUSED MORE TROUBLE
WITH THE FIRE.
SO I GRABBED A PIECE
OF THE INSIDE OF THE CAR —
IT WAS JUST LIKE COMPRESSED
BOARD SORT OF STUFF —
AND THREW IT UNDERNEATH,
AND IT’S BURNING,
AND THAT’S KEEPING
THE FIRE GOING.
NOW I CAN HEAT WATER UP
OVER TOP OF THE FIRE.
THAT’S ONE WAY TO SAVE A MATCH.
THE CAR HEATER WAS NICE,
BUT A FULL FIRE BEGINS
TO PUT MOTIVATION INTO ME

LIKE NOTHING ELSE CAN.
IF I REMEMBER CORRECTLY,
I THINK I SAW AN OLD PALLET SOME
WORKERS MUST HAVE LEFT BEHIND
IN THE ROAD HERE,
AND IF IT’S NOT TOO ROTTEN,
I’M GONNA BRING IT IN, ‘CAUSE
THAT’LL BURN UP WELL FOR ME.
A LITTLE BIT OF A HIKE BACK,
THOUGH.
ONCE AGAIN,
KEEPING AN EYE OUT FOR SURVIVAL
ADVANTAGES PAYS OFF.

IT SHOWS YOU WHENEVER YOU’RE
ANYWHERE NEAR CIVILIZATION,
THERE’S ALWAYS SOME JUNK LYING
AROUND YOU CAN MAKE USE OF.
NOW, IF THE WEATHER
COULD STAY LIKE THIS,
I COULD GET OUT OF HERE.
SO LONG AS THE PLASTIC
DOESN’T RIP ON ME,
THIS SHOULD WORK WELL.
THAT’S A SHARP KNIFE.
NOW I GOT A WAY
OF PULLING THIS THING.
IT’S NICE TO THINK
ABOUT MOVING ON.

SMOKE IN THE EYES.
THAT TOBOGGAN SHOULD WORK WELL,
I THINK.
NOW I WANT TO THINK ABOUT FORMS
OF SHELTER SO THAT I CAN TRAVEL
AND I CAN HAVE SOMETHING
TO COVER MYSELF UP WITH.
I HAVE NO IDEA OF KNOWING
HOW LONG I’M GONNA BE OUT
IN THAT BUSH,
SO IF I TAKE SOME SHELTER
WITH ME,
IT’S NOT GONNA BE SUCH A WORRY.
THIS IS A BETTER DAY,
BETTER AFTERNOON, ANYWAY.
MAYBE I CAN GET OUT OF HERE
TOMORROW AFTER ALL.
I’M STILL CONCERNED
ABOUT MY FEET
AND THEM GETTING SOAKING WET
AND GETTING FROSTBITE.
IT WOULD BE GOOD TO HAVE
A PAIR OF MUKLUKS.
I’M GONNA HAVE TO MAKE THEM OUT
OF THE CAR.
OKAY, WELL,
THAT’S GOT SOME PROMISE.
YOU KNOW, I CAN NEVER WORK
THESE SEAT THINGS IN THE BACK.
I CAN NEVER GET THEM
TO GO UP OR DOWN.
IT’S LIKE, “OKAY,
IS THERE SUPPOSED TO BE
A LATCH SOMEWHERE?”
I KNOW THEY HAVE ROOM TO MOVE.
[ SIGHS ]
THIS IS A WELL-BUILT CAR.
I THINK I’LL JUST CUT
AND SEE WHAT HAPPENS.
WITHOUT A KNIFE
IN THE SURVIVAL KIT,

THIS WOULD HAVE BEEN
NEARLY IMPOSSIBLE.

OKAY.
I’M INTO SOMETHING HERE.
OKAY.
WELL…THAT’S INSULATION.
THE WHOLE POINT OF THIS
IS THAT MY FEET ARE
MORE IMPORTANT THAN THE CAR.
MY TOES ARE MORE IMPORTANT
THAN THE CAR,
AND MY LIFE MORE IMPORTANT
THAN THE UPHOLSTERY.
FORTUNATELY, I ACTUALLY USED
TO MAKE MY OWN MUKLUKS
RUNNING DOG TEAMS,
SO I’VE GOT SOME IDEA
OF HOW IT SHOULD WORK.
BUT I’M NOT GONNA BE CUTTING OUT
ANY PATTERNS HERE.
IT’S LIKE SKINNING AN ANIMAL.
EXCEPT TOO BAD THIS WASN’T
A SLAB OF MEAT.
WON’T BE PRETTY, BUT IF IT SAVES
MY TOES, I DON’T CARE.
I WOULDN’T MIND USING
SOME OF THIS FOAM
FOR INSULATION INSIDE THEM.
ALMOST LOOKS LIKE THIS IS
A READY-MADE BOTTOM, SIDE, TOE.
A LITTLE BIT OF INGENUITY
IN A SURVIVAL SITUATION

GOES A LONG WAY.
FOUND THE STUFF SACK
FOR THE SLEEPING BAG.
WELL, MIGHT LOOK SILLY,
BUT SO WOULD MY FEET
WITH A FEW LESS TOES.
OH, YEAH.
OKAY. OKAY.
THAT’S FEELING BETTER.
IT’S FEELING LIKE
IT’S NOT GONNA COME OFF.
I LIKE IT.
IT’S A LITTLE UNORTHODOX…
BUT THAT’S GONNA WORK.
THE OTHER GOOD THING
ABOUT WALKING IN MUKLUKS
AS OPPOSED TO HARD-SOLED BOOTS
IS THAT YOUR FEET MOVE AROUND
A LOT MORE INSIDE,
SO THEY ACTUALLY TEND TO —
I FIND MINE ALWAYS TEND
TO STAY WARMER THAT WAY.
WE’LL SEE IF THE WEATHER
LETS ME TRAVEL TOMORROW.
IF NOT, I’M STUCK IN HERE AGAIN,
AND I’M OUT OF FOOD NOW.
WHAT I NEED IS COLD, HARD SNOW
TO MAKE THE WALKING EASIER.

IT’S TIME TO SEE WHAT HAPPENS
WHEN I LEAVE THE SAFETY
OF THE CAR

AND SEARCH FOR WAYS
TO FIND OR CATCH FOOD.

FOR NOW I ONLY FEEL TRAPPED.
OKAY, IT’S ANOTHER MORNING.
SKY IS VERY GRAY,
AND THERE’S BEEN FREEZING RAIN
FALLING ON THE CAR
FOR THE LAST LITTLE WHILE —
LAST HALF-HOUR OR SO.
IT’S STOPPED NOW
FOR ABOUT 15 MINUTES,
AND I’M GONNA WAIT AND SEE
IF I CAN GET A MOVE-ON
AND GET OUT OF THIS CAR
AND START TRYING TO BEELINE
SOMEWHERE, ANYWHERE.
DODGING IN AND OUT
OF THE BAD WEATHER

SEEMS TO BE
MY GREATEST CHALLENGE.

IT’S ACTUALLY GOTTEN MUCH
COLDER, WHICH IS A GOOD THING,
‘CAUSE ALL THAT WET WEATHER
IS A KILLER.
AT LEAST
WITH THIS COLD WEATHER NOW,
WITH THINGS FROZEN UP A BIT,
I CAN MAKE SOME TRACKS
AND START TRAVELING,
GET OUT OF THIS PRISON.
BUT BEFORE I DO,
I THINK WHAT I’D LIKE TO DO
IS BRING SOME GAS WITH ME.
I’VE GOT THAT LEFTOVER
PEANUT BUTTER JAR.
THERE’S NO REASON
NOT TO MAKE USE OF IT.
[ SPITS ]
OH, I HATE THAT.
IT’S POURING OUT GOOD NOW.
THERE WE GO.
IT’S PEANUT BUTTER GAS.
I WONDER WHAT HAPPENS
WHEN YOU PUT PEANUT BUTTER
AND GAS TOGETHER.
DON’T REALLY HAVE A CLUE
HOW YET, BUT SOMEHOW,
THIS MIGHT ALL MAKE UP
MY SHELTER.
I’M SORT OF IMPROVISING
AS I GO HERE.
THERE’S LOTS
OF DIFFERENT SIDE ROADS
GOING OFF OF THE MAIN ROAD.
NOW THAT THE GROUND
IS MOSTLY FROZEN,
IT’S MUCH BETTER FOR WALKING.
I JUST GOT TO HOPE
THAT THAT SLED HOLDS OUT
THAT I’LL PULL ALONG THE WAY.
I’VE GOT MY BACKPACK
FOR MY CAMERA GEAR.
I THINK I’VE GOT A CLEAR SKY
FOR AT LEAST A MOMENT, ANYWAY.
I WANT TO TRY AND FIND A WAY
WHERE I CAN SURVIVE
AND MAKE IT BACK TO SAFETY,
AND NOT, HOPEFULLY, END UP
WITH A MISERABLE NIGHT
OUT IN WET SNOW AND THE RAIN
IN THE BUSH.
BECAUSE IF I DO,
THEN THAT CAR IS GONNA START
LOOKING PRETTY NICE.
MY INITIAL HUGE ADVANTAGE
IS THAT I HAVE ROADS TO WALK,

BUT THIS WILL BE A GOOD
EXERCISE SURVIVING IN AREAS

WHERE I SHOULD BE ABLE
TO FIND PEOPLE BUT CAN’T.

WHATEVER I FACE NOW,
NEARLY FIVE DAYS TRAPPED
IN A CAR IS LONG ENOUGH.

IT’S TIME TO SELF-RESCUE
IN HOPES THAT WHAT’S OUT THERE

IS BETTER THAN
WHAT I’M LEAVING BEHIND.

THE BACKPACK HAS ALL
OF MY CAMERA GEAR
AND THAT SLEEPING BAG IN IT, SO
IT’S FORTUNATE THAT I HAD THIS.
THAT’S AWESOME.
THIS IS A LOT OF CAMERA BAGS
TO CARRY,
BUT IT ALSO KEEPS THE SLEEPING
BAG PROTECTED
IF IT DOES COME BACK
ONTO RAIN AND SNOW.
IT’S MIND-BOGGLING HOW MANY
SURVIVAL STORIES EXIST

WHERE PEOPLE HAD TO ENDURE
AN ORDEAL IN AREAS

WHERE THEY SHOULD HAVE BEEN
ABLE TO FIND HELP, YET DIDN’T.

AND SOMETIMES HUMAN TRACKS
CAN BE VERY MISLEADING

AND TAKE YOU OFF INTO PLACES
MORE DANGEROUS FOR SURVIVAL

THAN WHERE YOU CAME FROM.
IT’S THE INHERENT DANGER
OF MOVING FORWARD

INTO THE UNKNOWN
IN A SURVIVAL SITUATION.

AS YOU CAN SEE, THERE’S TIRE
IMPRESSIONS ON THIS ROAD —
FAIRLY FRESH, TOO.
SO THERE’S DEFINITELY
SOME PEOPLE OUT HERE SOMEWHERE.
I CAN TELL BY THE WAY
THE SNOW’S FALLING
THAT UNFORTUNATELY,
THEY LEAD UPHILL.
SO, THAT’S THE DIRECTION
I’M HEADING FOR NOW.
I’VE NO WAY OF KNOWING
HOW FAR THESE TIRE TRACKS GO.
THEY COULD GO ANOTHER 50 MILES
FOR ALL I KNOW.
IT’S REAL EASY TO GET HOT
AND SWEATY DOING THIS.
THAT’S A PROBLEM.
‘CAUSE IF YOU SWEAT, YOU DIE.
FORTUNATELY, THE TEMPERATURES
ARE ONLY ABOUT 10 DEGREES OR SO
BELOW FREEZING,

WHICH MEANS I STILL HAVE ACCESS
TO SOME FRESH-RUNNING STREAMS.

THOUGH I’VE NEVER HAD AN ISSUE
EATING SNOW,

SO LONG AS MY BODY IS WARM
DURING THE DAY,

IT’S A LOT BETTER TO BE ABLE
TO DRINK FREELY
FROM ALREADY-MELTED WATER.

AND IRONICALLY I NEED TO KEEP
MYSELF FROM OVERHEATING

AND SWEATING WHILE I HIKE UP
THESE MOUNTAIN ROADS.

STAYING HYDRATED IS JUST VITAL
IN THE WINTER BUSH.
IT’S HARD TO DO.
YOU DON’T THINK
ABOUT DRINKING WATER
BECAUSE YOU’RE AROUND
ALL THIS SNOW.
BUT DEHYDRATED OUT HERE
CAN LEAD TO HYPOTHERMIA.
I’M FOLLOWING HUMAN TRACKS,
BUT THEY JUST KEEP ON GOING.
NOTHING IN SIGHT YET,
SO I’M GONNA TAKE A BREAK.
NIGHT’S COMING SOON,
AND MY TOES ARE FROZEN.
I’M GONNA SWITCH
TO MY HOME-MADE MUKLUKS.
THE SNOW OFF THE SIDE
OF THE TRAIL IS SUPER DEEP.
I’M GONNA SETTLE IN HERE.
I GOT TO TAKE A BREAK.
IT’S A FRUSTRATING PARADOX.
YOU WANT TO MOVE
AS FAST AS YOU CAN
TO GET TO WHERE YOU WANT TO BE,
TO GET TO SAFETY.
THE QUICKER YOU MOVE,
THE HOTTER YOU GET,
THE MORE SWEATIER YOU GET, THE
MORE DANGEROUS IT ALL BECOMES.
IT’S ONE THING TO GET SWEATY
OUT IN THE WINTER WILDERNESS
AND KNOW YOU’RE GOING HOME
TO A WARM BED AND A HOT SHOWER.
IT’S QUITE SOMETHING ELSE
WHEN YOU DON’T KNOW
WHERE YOU’RE GONNA END UP.
THESE POOR OLD HIKERS
ARE GREAT BOOTS,
BUT THEY’RE NOT KEEPING ME WARM
IN THIS TEMPERATURE.
NOW IS WHEN THE DECISION
TO SACRIFICE
THE INSIDES OF THE CAR
UPHOLSTERY PAYS OFF
AND PROTECTS MY FEET.
HUH.
ALREADY FEELS WARMER.
OKAY.
NOT NECESSARILY
A FASHION STATEMENT,
BUT I’D RATHER KEEP MY TOES.
HUH.
ALL RIGHT, THESE BOOTS ARE
KIND OF ACTING LIKE SNOWSHOES.
IT’S A BONUS.
THERE’S A LITTLE BIT OF A HOLE
DOWN THERE.
IF THERE’S ONE PET PEEVE I HAVE
IN SURVIVAL INSTRUCTION,
IT’S THAT PICTURE
IN EVERY CLASSIC TEXTBOOK
OF THE PERFECT TREE
WITH THE PERFECT HOLE UNDERNEATH
CREATED BY THE BOUGHS
AND THE BRANCHES,
AND YOU CAN GET IN
AND HAVE THREE FEET OR FOUR FEET
OF SNOW
ALL AROUND YOU FOR INSULATION.
I’VE SEEN ONE IN MANY,
MANY, MANY, MANY YEARS
OF BEING OUT IN THE WINTER BUSH.
THEY’RE JUST FEW
AND FAR BETWEEN.
YOU CAN’T COUNT ON THEM.
BUT THIS IS A GOOD START HERE.
I THINK THIS IS WHERE
I’LL WORK MY SHELTER.
WITH RATIONS LONG GONE
AND TWO FULL DAYS
WITHOUT ANY FOOD AT ALL,

EVERY EFFORTFUL ACTIVITY TAKES
ITS TOLL ON MY ENERGY RESERVES.

THIS DOESN’T LOOK
ALL THAT ARDUOUS.
BEAR IN MIND I THINK IT’S BEEN,
WHAT IS IT, TWO DAYS NOW
WITHOUT FOOD?
TWO OR ONE.
I CAN’T EVEN REMEMBER ANYMORE.
I’M GONNA GO GET SOME OF THAT
READY-MADE SHELTER MATERIAL,
COURTESY OF THE CAR.
INSULATION FROM THE GROUND
IS EVERYTHING.
THE CONDUCTION
IF YOU’RE TOUCHING THE GROUND
AND GETTING COLD THAT WAY
IS PRETTY POWERFUL.
NOT SEEMING LIKE SO MUCH
OF A STUPID IDEA NOW.
IF I HAD TO MAKE THIS SHELTER
OUT OF BRANCHES,
IT WOULD EXHAUST ME
IN NO TIME FLAT.
I’VE HAD BETTER SHELTERS,
BUT THIS ONE’S PRETTY SOLID,
AND I’M UP OFF THE SNOW.
THAT’S THE MAIN THING.
BIG PROBLEM IS
THAT I DON’T HAVE A ROOF.
SO IT’S MORE OF A PROTECTION
FROM WIND AND A PLACE FOR ME
TO TRY TO CURL UP INTO A BALL,
I GUESS.
BEATS CURLING UP IN THE SNOW.
MY SIX HOURS OF DAYLIGHT
IN THE NORWEGIAN WILDERNESS

ARE OVER
AS THE NIGHT MOVES IN FAST.

ALL RIGHT, THIS IS IT.
THIS IS MY SPOT FOR THE NIGHT.
FULL MOON’S FINISHED NOW,
SO IT GETS VERY DARK EARLY.
I’M WEARING PRETTY MUCH
EVERYTHING THAT I HAVE.
EVERY SCRAP I COULD FIND I’M
WEARING OR WRAPPED AROUND ME.
SLEEPING BAG WRAPPED UP
AROUND ME AND UNDERNEATH ME.
I’M ON A SOLID WOOD PLATFORM
BETWEEN ME AND THE SNOW.
IT MAKES SUCH A HUGE DIFFERENCE.
[ SNIFFS ]
I CAN’T THINK ANYMORE.
I NEED SOME FOOD.
BEING ABLE TO THINK CLEARLY
IN ANY SURVIVAL SITUATION

IS VITAL,
AND THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE
TO THAT IS LACK OF SLEEP.

I HAVE A FEELING THIS
IS GONNA BE A LONG NIGHT.
AND I HAVE A SECOND FEELING THAT
I’M NOT GONNA BE SLEEPING MUCH.
RIGHT NOW, THAT CAR
IS LOOKING PRETTY GOOD.
I’M ONLY HALFWAY TO SURVIVING
A FULL 10 DAYS.

SURVIVAL VICTIMS HAVE WALKED
ROADS FOR DAYS AND EVEN WEEKS

ONLY TO PERISH IN THE END.
THERE ARE THOUSANDS OF MILES
OF SNOW-COVERED ROADS
ON THIS PLANET,

AND NOT ALL OF THEM
LEAD TO SAFETY.

YET THEY COMPEL YOU
TO KEEP MOVING.

THEY ALWAYS OFFER THE ILLUSION
OF THE WAY HOME.

AND FAR DOWN BELOW IS WHERE
MY FINAL DESTINATION LAY —

THE EDGE OF THE OCEAN,
WHERE RESCUERS WILL LOOK FOR ME
AFTER A FULL 10 DAYS.

BUT NOT YET.
NOT FOR ANOTHER FIVE DAYS
WITHOUT FOOD, WITHOUT SAFETY.

THERE ARE ABANDONED CABINS.
THERE ARE ALSO AREAS OF CLIFFS
SEEMINGLY IMPOSSIBLE
TO HIKE AROUND

SHOULD I DECIDE TO LEAVE
THE ROAD

AND MAKE A BEELINE
FOR THE FJORD DOWN BELOW.

IT WOULD BE A STEEP AND
SLIPPERY CLIMB DOWN,

AND LANDING AT THE TOP
OF A CLIFF WOULD BE DISASTROUS.

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