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Man: OUR SUBJECT THAT
WE’RE LOOKING FOR IS LES STROUD.
HE DOESN’T KNOW THE AREA.
It would be
within a mile.
HE’S A WHITE MALE ADULT.
HAIR’S LIGHT BROWN.
EYES ARE HAZEL.
[ WHISTLE BLOWS ]
LES!
HE WAS GONNA SPEND A DAY
UP AND DOWN WILLOW CREEK
AND WAS SUPPOSED TO COME OUT
THIS MORNING.
HE DIDN’T SHOW UP.
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THESE ARE THE SIERRA NEVADAS,
AND IT’S CLASSIC
BACKPACKING COUNTRY.
EVERY YEAR,
HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE
TAKE TO THE HILLS FOR
SOME BLOOD-PUMPING “R” AND “R,”
A CHANCE TO COMMUNE WITH NATURE,
BREATHE THE FRESH AIR
AND FEEL ALIVE.
BUT EVERY YEAR,
PEOPLE PUSH IT TOO FAR,
OR THEY JUST DON’T
PAY ATTENTION.
AND THEIR CHANCE
TO COMMUNE WITH NATURE
BECOMES A STRUGGLE TO SURVIVE.
I’M ON A BEAUTIFUL,
WELL-ESTABLISHED HIKING TRAIL,
AND I’VE GOT ENOUGH
BACKPACKING SUPPLIES
FOR A SIMPLE OVERNIGHT
IN THE WOODS,
BUT THAT’S WHERE
THE SIMPLICITY ENDS
AND WHERE MY CAMERA CREW
LEAVES ME.
I’LL SPEND THE NEXT SEVEN DAYS
OUT HERE ALONE
WITHOUT FOOD, WATER,
SURVIVAL GEAR, OR A CAMERA CREW
IN THE SIERRA NEVADA.
THE SIERRA NEVADA
MOUNTAIN RANGE

IS IN THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA,
AND IT STRETCHES 400 MILES.

EVERY YEAR,
HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF HIKERS

ARE DRAWN TO THE BEAUTY
OF ITS PEAKS AND WATERWAYS.

MANY OF THEM
NEVER MAKE IT OUT ALIVE.

THEY FIND THEMSELVES
GETTING LOST, TURNED AROUND,

AND CONFUSED,
SUCCUMBING TO FATIGUE

AND HUNGER
AND SOME TO THE BITTER COLD

OF THE SIERRA NEVADA’S DARK,
UNFORGIVING NIGHTS.

IT DOESN’T GET
ANY BETTER THAN THIS.
THIS IS LIKE PARKLAND —
BEAUTIFUL.
THE WILDERNESS
DOESN’T CARE WHETHER YOU LIVE

OR WHETHER YOU DIE.
IT ALMOST SEEMS BENEVOLENT
AT TIMES LIKE THIS,

BUT I CAN NEVER FORGET
THAT I’M THE MASTER
OF MY OWN FATE OUT HERE.

BECOMING COMPLACENT
CAN LEAD TO SOMETHING
THAT TURNS UGLY REAL QUICK.

AND SO ENDS A PRETTY TYPICAL DAY
OF BACKPACKING —
BEAUTIFUL TRAILS TO FOLLOW,
CROSS A FEW CREEKS,
CHECK OUT SOME WILDFLOWERS,
MAYBE A FEW ANIMAL TRACKS.
[ BREATHING HEAVILY ]
NATURE AT ITS BEST —
WHAT COULD GO WRONG?
EVERY ONCE IN A WHILE, YOU KIND
OF GOT TO PAUSE AND LOOK AROUND,
WONDER IF SOMETHING’S
WATCHING YOU —
BIG CAT, BLACK BEAR.
MOSQUITOS ARE COMING OUT…
MORE THAN I WANT TO SEE,
ACTUALLY.
HMM.
[ CHUCKLES ]
BY FAR, THE BEST SURVIVAL
SHELTER I’VE EVER MADE.
SO I’VE DECIDED TO BE IN HERE
AS A VERY CLASSIC BACKPACKER —
JUST COME OUT FOR ONE
QUICK OVERNIGHT, RIGHT?
SLEEPING BAG, TENT,
AND A BIT OF FOOD.
I’VE GOT DINNER TONIGHT,
BREAKFAST TOMORROW.
THAT’S IT.
I WASN’T PLANNING ON A FIRE,
SO I’M NOT SET UP WITH POTS
AND THINGS LIKE THAT.
GONE TOTAL HIGH-TECH, I HAVE.
IT’S ACTUALLY STARTING
TO COOL DOWN QUITE A BIT.
UP HERE IN THE SIERRA NEVADAS,
I’M NOT UP THAT HIGH,
BUT I’M NOT DOWN THAT LOW,
EITHER,
AND IT CAN GET DOWN TO BELOW
FREEZING HERE FOR SURE AT NIGHT.
YOU CAN STILL GET SNOW
THIS TIME OF YEAR.
THIS SHOULD BE A GOOD DAY.
WELL,
THE BEAUTY OF HIGH-TECH CAMPING
IS THAT IT’S LIGHTWEIGHT
AND IT’S CONVENIENT.
[ COUGHS ]
I’M JUST NOT SO SURE THAT I CAN
GET USED TO THIS CAMPING
WITHOUT A CAMPFIRE
FIRST THING IN THE MORNING.
BUT HERE WE GO.
IN GOES MY BREAKFAST.
SPEED AND EFFICIENCY ARE THE
ADVANTAGES OF HIGH-TECH GEAR,

BUT THE DOWNSIDE IS THE
SACRIFICE OF SELF-RELIANCE.

NOTHING LIKE HAVING
TO FIDDLE WITH MICROPHONES
WHILE YOU’RE TRYING TO BE
OUT IN THE WILDERNESS.
OKAY, TIME TO HIKE OUT OF HERE.
I CAME PREPARED
FOR ONE NIGHT OF BACKPACKING.
I HAD MY NIGHT,
AND IT’S TIME TO GO.
BUT I THINK I’LL TAKE
THE SCENIC ROUTE.
THIS IS EASY HIKING NOW.
GETTING LOST IS NOT SOMETHING
THAT HAPPENS ALL OF A SUDDEN.

THAT MAY BE HOW YOU REALIZE IT,
BUT IN FACT, THE SEEDS OF YOUR
MISADVENTURE ARE USUALLY SEWN

HOURS BEFORE YOU GIVE IN TO
THE REALITY OF YOUR SITUATION.

THEN YOUR HEART
STARTS TO QUICKEN,

YOUR PACE PICKS UP,
SWEAT BEADS ON YOUR FOREHEAD.

YOU STOP NOTICING
WHAT’S AROUND YOU.

OVER AND OVER IN YOUR HEAD,
YOU HEAR THE WORDS,

“IT’S GOT TO BE JUST UP THERE,”
BUT IT NEVER IS.

SO, THIS IS THE WORST PART.
YOU THINK YOU
SHOULD BE THERE,
SHOULD HAVE BEEN
AROUND THAT NEXT CORNER,
OVER THAT BEND,
AND YOU START TO PANIC.
AND, UNFORTUNATELY, WHEN YOU
PANIC, YOU START MOVING FASTER.
PEOPLE GET TURNED AROUND
SIMPLY WALKING 200 YARDS
TO RELIEVE THEMSELVES AND CAN
GET LOST FOR DAYS AFTER THAT.
YOU GET ALL FRUSTRATED.
YOU’RE SURE IT’S GOT TO BE
AROUND HERE SOMEWHERE.
PRETTY SURE YOU SHOULD HAVE
BEEN THERE BY NOW,
AND INSTEAD OF MOVING CAUTIOUSLY
AND CAREFULLY,
YOU KIND OF GET IN A PANIC.
PEOPLE WHO’VE BEEN
THROUGH THIS BEFORE
DESCRIBE IT LIKE
THERE’S SOMETHING CHASING YOU,
PUSHING YOU ONWARD AND ONWARD.
I CALL IT BUSH PANIC.
THE ONLY WAY TO COMBAT PANIC
IS TO ASSESS THE SITUATION.

ONCE YOU SLOW DOWN
AND FIGURE OUT WHAT YOU HAVE
AND WHAT YOUR SITUATION IS,

THAT KNOWLEDGE WILL GIVE YOU
CONFIDENCE AND CALMNESS.

OKAY, FIRST OF ALL, I KNOW
I’VE GOT BASIC BACKPACKING GEAR.
SO I’VE GOT A TENT
AND A SLEEPING BAG.
GOOD.
SHELTER AND WARMTH —
DONE, COVERED.
I’VE GOT — I’M OUT OF FOOD.
I ONLY HAD ENOUGH FOOD
FOR ONE NIGHT OVERNIGHT,
WITH THE EXCEPTION OF THE LAST
OF MY LITTLE SNACKS,
WHICH WAS ONE PEANUT BUTTER CUP
AND A SMALL BLOCK OF CHEESE.
NOW I HAVE TO DECIDE
WHETHER OR NOT I’M GOING TO EAT
THE FOOD ALL AT ONCE,
RATION IT FOR AS LONG
AS I’M OUT HERE,
OR USE IT AS BAIT
TO CATCH SOMETHING BIGGER.
I’M STUCK OUT HERE.
THE SUN’S GOING DOWN,
SO DARKNESS WILL BE HERE SOON.
TIME TO SETTLE IN.
IN MOST CASES, LOST HIKERS PUSH
THE FIRST DAY TO THE MAX

AND ONLY STOP AND SET UP CAMP
WHEN THEY’VE
RELUCTANTLY ACCEPTED

THAT THEY’RE NOT GOING HOME.
THERE’S ALL KINDS OF…
FUR AND FLUFF HERE.
SOMETHING WAS KILLED
AND EATEN HERE, LIKELY A DEER.
THE ONLY THING THAT’S GOING
TO EAT A DEER HERE…
WOULD BE A MOUNTAIN LION.
[ SOFT GUITAR MUSIC PLAYING ]
IT MAY BE A SMALL COMFORT,
BUT PLAYING GUITAR
OR EVEN READING A BOOK

CAN OFFER A HUGE ADVANTAGE
AT CALMING THE SOUL

IN AN OTHERWISE
PANICKY SITUATION.

WELL, IT’S MORNING
OF THE THIRD DAY.
IT’S ONLY BEEN A DAY AND A HALF
WITHOUT FOOD,
BUT I FORGOT JUST HOW VIVID
YOUR DREAMS BECOME
WHEN YOU AREN’T EATING.
I ALSO FORGOT TO MENTION
THAT THE TREES
UP AND BEHIND THE TENT THERE
ARE THE MANZANITA TREES,
AND THAT’S WHERE — IF YOU’RE
GOING TO GET TICKS AT ALL,
THAT’S WHERE THE TICKS
LIKE TO HANG OUT.
AND THE TICKS IN THIS AREA
DO CARRY LYME DISEASE.
SO I’VE GOT TO BE REAL CAREFUL
ABOUT THAT,
MAKE SURE THAT I BRUSH OFF
EVERY NIGHT BEFORE I CLIMB IN.
OKAY.
I NEED SOME WATER,
AND I NEED SOME FOOD.
THE ONLY WAY TO KNOW FOR SURE
IF I’M PICKING
AN EDIBLE WILD PLANT

IS TO SPEND TIME IN THE FIELD
WITH A TEACHER

WHO KNOWS THEIR STUFF.
THE DANGER IS TOO GREAT,
OTHERWISE.

EVEN REFERENCING BOOKS, THOUGH
A GREAT START, IS NOT ENOUGH.

JUST TOUCHING THE WRONG PLANT
CAN LEAD TO WEEKS OF MISERY
AND PAIN.

AND WHEN IT COMES
TO ACTUALLY EATING SOMETHING,

WELL, I COULD KILL MYSELF
BY EATING JUST A TEASPOON
OF THE WRONG PLANT.

THIS IS WHAT I’M TALKING ABOUT.
THIS IS ALL MINER’S LETTUCE.
YOU JUST PICK IT…
AND EAT IT,
AND IT’S DELICIOUS.
MMM.
IT’S JUICY, TOO.
I NEED TO GET SOME WATER
INTO MY SYSTEM.
RIGHT FROM THE OUTSET, ANY
NOURISHMENT I CAN GET INTO ME

WILL HELP KEEP MY ENERGY LEVELS
UP.

NOW, I NEED TO WATCH OUT FOR
TICKS ON THE MANZANITA TREES,
BUT THESE FLOWERS
ARE SUCCULENT AND TASTY.
THEY’RE ALMOST LIKE —
LIKE HONEYSUCKLE.
THE STEM IS A BIT BITTER, SO YOU
JUST EAT THE LITTLE FLOWERS.
MMM.
I CAN EAT THEM THIS WAY
AS I GO ALONG,
AND THERE’S A FEW TREES
IN BEHIND MY TENT.
OR I CAN JUST GATHER
A WHOLE BUNCH OF THIS
AND THEN SOAK IT IN SOME
COOL WATER FOR ABOUT 24 HOURS.
I’LL HAVE A BEAUTIFUL,
HEALTHFUL,
SWEET, FLAVORFUL DRINK.
AND HERE’S A GREAT SCORE
ALL AROUND ME HERE.
CHECK THIS OUT.
[ SNIFFS ]
OH, I CAN SMELL THE ONION
ALREADY.
YEAH.
OH, HANG ON.
ALL RIGHT, SO NOW
THERE’S ANOTHER PLANT HERE
THAT LOOKS ALMOST THE SAME —
NO SMELL.
CAN’T SMELL ONION AT ALL,
BUT IT LOOKS VERY MUCH LIKE IT
AND HAS A BULB LIKE IT,
WHICH COULD BE DEATH CAMAS.
IT MIGHT NOT BE,
BUT IT COULD BE.
THE FACT IS,
THEY’RE SIDE BY SIDE HERE.
WE’VE GOT TO BE REALLY CERTAIN.
LET’S PULL
ONE OF THESE ONIONS OUT.
BON APPéTIT.
DEATH CAMAS
IS EXTREMELY POISONOUS.

OH, WOW, THAT’S GOOD.
EVEN WHILE GATHERING
WILD EDIBLES,

THE NEED TO REMAIN CAUTIOUS
IN MY TRAVELS REMAINS.

ONE SLIP
COULD CHANGE EVERYTHING.

WE’VE GOT THE MANZANITA FLOWERS
ON TOP.
THEY’RE GONNA GO INTO MY WATER,
AS WELL AS THE PINE NEEDLES.
I’VE GOT SOME MINER’S LETTUCE —
OOPS — AND ALL THOSE ONIONS.
I STILL HAVE A LEFTOVER POUCH
FROM THE BOIL-IN-A-BAG MEALS.
I’M GONNA PUT
THE PINE NEEDLES IN IT.
BUT IN THIS DRINK,
I’M ALSO GOING TO PUT
THE MANZANITA FLOWERS
TO GIVE A NICE SWEET FLAVOR
TO THE WATER.
MMM.
SOME GOOD OLD MINER’S LETTUCE.
IT’S ENOUGH TO AT LEAST
GET SOME NUTRITION INTO ME.
DON’T KNOW THAT
IT’S GONNA GIVE ME ENOUGH ENERGY
TO DO A LOT OF BUSHWHACKING, BUT
IT’S WAY BETTER THAN NOTHING.
THIS IS ALL REALLY GOOD.
MY LITTLE BUSH MEAL
ON MY GUITAR PLATE.
MY NEED FOR FIRE
IN A SURVIVAL SITUATION,

AS ALWAYS, LOOMS HEAVY.
IT CAN GIVE ME
A HUGE PSYCHOLOGICAL ADVANTAGE,

BUT THIS AREA
IS AS DRY AS IT GETS,

AND THE LAST THING I WANT
IS TO START A FOREST FIRE.

BUT WITHOUT MATCHES, ALL I HAVE
IS A SMALL L.E.D. HEAD LAMP.

LET’S SEE
IF I CAN GET A FIRE GOING.
SINCE THIS HAS BEEN
A DAY OF HARVESTING,
I’M GONNA HARVEST THE POWER
FROM THE BATTERIES —
THREE DOUBLE A’s —
TO SEE IF I CAN MAKE A FIRE.
THAT’S WHERE THE BULB WOULD GO,
AND I’M GONNA JUST TAKE
THE WIRES RIGHT OFF
OF THIS PIECE HERE.
THEORETICALLY, I SHOULD BE ABLE
TO ATTACH THOSE TWO WIRES
AND PERHAPS CREATE A HOT ENOUGH
BIT OF WIRE TO MAKE FIRE.
NOW, THE THING IS,
I HAD A LITTLE TINY BACKPACKER’S
FIRST-AID KID,
AND IN IT WAS SOME COTTON.
SO WE’RE GONNA GIVE THIS A SHOT.
HERE GOES NOTHING.
ONE PIECE OF COTTON BATTEN
DOWN ON THE PILE.
HERE COMES THE LUCKY BATTERY.
NOT SURE
IF THAT’S GONNA WORK OR NOT.
THAT’S REALLY HOT.
GETTING SOME SMOKE.
I’M GONNA LET THAT SIT.
IT’S VERY HOT.
OHH.
THERE WE GO.
I DIDN’T THINK
THAT WAS GONNA WORK,
BUT I CAN’T BELIEVE IT WORKS —
AN L.E.D. FLASHLIGHT —
TAKING THE BACK OFF, ATTACHING
THE WIRES TO EACH OTHER,
AND THEN SIMPLY TURNING IT ON.
AND IT WAS HOT ENOUGH TO GET
THAT COTTON BATTEN TO IGNITE.
AND I’VE GOT FIRE NOW.
ANY FIRE CREATED THIS WAY
IS BOUND TO HAVE TOXIC FUMES

WITH THE BATTERIES AND THE
PLASTIC CAUGHT IN THE FLAMES.

THIS CAN’T BE ATTEMPTED INSIDE,
AND I CAN’T ALLOW MYSELF
TO BREATHE IN

ANY OF THE CHEMICAL SMOKE.
WELL, I CALL THAT A GOOD DAY
OF SURVIVAL —
WILD EDIBLES AND FIRE.
WHO’D HAVE THOUGHT FIRE FROM
A FLASHLIGHT WITH AN L.E.D. BULB
AND A BIT OF COTTON BATTEN?
BUT IT WORKS.
A FEW WILD EDIBLES AND A FIRE
DRASTICALLY IMPROVE
MY SITUATION,

BUT REAL NOURISHMENT
IS NEEDED FOR SURVIVAL.

AND IN THE END,
I’D RATHER BE SAFE AT HOME.

[ UPBEAT GUITAR MUSIC PLAYS ]
GOOD NIGHT.
[ YAWNS ]
OKAY. IT’S DAY FOUR.
TIME TO GET SOME FOOD
INTO MY SYSTEM.
I’M STARTING TO GET
A LITTLE LETHARGIC
WITHOUT THE FOOD ENERGY.
AND I HAVEN’T SEEN MUCH AROUND,
YOU KNOW?
YOU — YOU CAN WALK THROUGH
THE FOREST ALL YOU LIKE.
YOU DON’T ACTUALLY SEE
THAT MUCH.
YOU THINK THERE’S LOTS
OF ANIMALS OUT THERE
UNTIL YOU WANT TO CATCH ONE.
BUT I’VE SEEN SOME SIGNS
OF SQUIRREL.
SO I’M GONNA GO AFTER SOME GAME,
TRY AND GET SOME FOOD
INTO THIS BELLY.
ALL RIGHT, THIS IS GOOD.
THIS IS A NICE FIND.
THIS OLD CUT STUMP HERE IS
ACTUALLY THE HOME OF A SQUIRREL.
IT SEEMS FAIRLY ACTIVE.
NOW, THERE’S A LOT OF FLAT ROCKS
AROUND HERE.
SO I THINK I’LL SACRIFICE
SOME OF THE LAST BIT OF CHEESE
I HAVE AND THE PEANUT BUTTER CUP
AND SEE IF I CAN CATCH MYSELF
SOMETHING BIGGER.
ORDINARY PARACHUTE CORD, RIGHT?
WHAT I WANT TO DO
IS SOMEHOW MAKE IT THINNER.
PEEL BACK FROM THE CUT.
HERE WE GO.
THERE’S THE CENTER CORD.
NICE THIN STRAND OF LINE
THAT’S GONNA BE PERFECT
FOR MAKING TRAPS.
NOW I NEED ONE OF YOU.
I THINK WHAT I’LL DO
IS A CLOVE HITCH.
THAT’S MY FAVORITE, USUALLY,
IS TO DO A CLOVE HITCH
‘CAUSE IT STAYS ON
REALLY WELL —
ONE LITTLE LOOP,
ANOTHER LITTLE LOOP,
AND THEN THE SECOND LOOP
GOES IN BEHIND.
THAT’S WHAT’S GONNA GO ON
MY SNARE,
AND GO AROUND LIKE THAT,
AND THEN THE STICK
THAT GOES OUT.
NOW I HAVE TO SET IT UP.
THE HARDEST PART ABOUT TRAPS
AND DEADFALLS
IS THE HARDER IT IS FOR THEM
TO SET UP —
THE MORE OF A HAIR TRIGGER
THEY HAVE,
THE BETTER THEY ARE AT WORKING.
OW!
OHH.
I’VE BEEN HERE BEFORE.
THAT MIGHT BE THE TICKET
RIGHT THERE.
OKAY, I’M GONNA MAKE THIS
SHORT THEN.
NOW THAT I THINK [BLOWS]
I’VE GOT IT TO SIZE,
I’M GONNA PUT THE BAIT ON IT.
NOW, THERE’S A TRICK
TO PUTTING BAIT ON THESE THINGS.
SMEAR THE BAIT ON THERE SO
IT’S ACTUALLY PART OF THE WOOD,
AND THAT WAY, THE SQUIRREL
OR THE MOUSE HAS TO WORK HARD
TO GET WHAT IT THINKS
IS THE FOOD
AND WILL HOPEFULLY
DISLODGE THE TRIGGER.
I’VE GOT A LITTLE BIT
OF THE “QUICKLY TURNING
HORRIBLY HARD” BLOCK OF CHEESE.
THERE’S MY BAIT
ALL SQUISHED ON THERE.
[ INHALES DEEPLY ]
WHEW!
ALL RIGHT.
THERE WE GO —
CLASSIC PAIUTE DEADFALL.
ALL I WANT THAT SQUIRREL TO DO
IS TO COME IN HERE,
TOUCH ON THIS BAIT RIGHT HERE.
IF HE GOES FOR THAT BAIT,
THE WHOLE THING SHOULD GO DOWN,
AND I SHOULD HAVE MYSELF DINNER.
OKAY, THAT’S ONE.
I’M GONNA SET UP THREE
OR FOUR MORE OF THESE.
THE GREAT WEATHER
HAS MADE ME FORGETFUL OF
HOW QUICKLY THINGS CAN CHANGE.

OKAY, IT IS COMING ON TO RAIN.
SO, I SHOULD HAVE PREPARED
FOR THIS BEFORE.
I’M GONNA SHOVE
SOME DRY MATERIAL
UNDERNEATH THE TENT HERE
JUST TO PROTECT IT.
OUCH!
BIG, PUNKY PIECES OF WOOD
RIGHT BY THE FIRE,
READY TO PUT ON TOP OF IT IF
IT DOES COME ON TO RAIN A LOT.
I DON’T WANT TO PUT IT ON
TILL IT’S REALLY RAINING
BECAUSE IF I PUT IT ON NOW,
EVERYTHING IS STILL WAY TO DRY
ANYWAY,
AND I’LL JUST HAVE AN INFERNO
ON MY HANDS
AND PROBABLY START
A FOREST FIRE.
FOOLISHLY, I’VE BEEN LULLED IN
BY THE GOOD WEATHER,

AND I’M NOW PAYING THE PRICE,
AS I’M NOT PREPARED
FOR THE APPROACH OF RAIN.

ONE THING’S FOR SURE, THOUGH —
IN A POURING RAIN,
THE BIGGER THE FIRE YOU HAVE,
THE MORE LIKELY
IT’S GONNA STAY GOING,
EVEN IN A HARD DOWNPOUR.
I’VE USED IT MANY TIMES.
I HAD A SIX-FOOT FIRE GOING
TO KEEP ME WARM IN THE WINTER —
WET SNOW, FREEZING RAIN,
BLIZZARDS.
AND I GET A BIGGER FIRE GOING,
IT STAYS GOING
THROUGH THE STORM.
HERE IT’S TRICKY BECAUSE
THERE’S SO MUCH PINE-NEEDLE DUFF
ALL AROUND ME HERE
THAT ONE EMBER
COULD SHOOT THIS WHOLE FOREST
UP INTO A BIG FOREST FIRE.
SO, AS MUCH AS I WANT TO KEEP
MY FIRE GOING,
I’VE GOT TO BE CAREFUL, UNTIL
IT REALLY COMES ON TO RAIN.
THEN I’M —
THEN I’LL BE A LOT SAFER,
BUT RIGHT NOW
EVERYTHING’S STILL DRY.
[ THUNDER RUMBLES ]
ALL RIGHT, HERE IT COMES,
STARTING TO COME DOWN.
I PUT THE LOG ON.
IT’S GETTING REAL WINDY, TOO.
HOPEFULLY NO HEAVY BRANCHES
WILL COME DOWN ON ME.
THAT COULD BE BAD.
[ RAIN POUNDING ]
I GOT TO WAIT FOR MORNING,
I GUESS.
[ EXHALES DEEPLY ]
WELL, IT DIDN’T RAIN ALL NIGHT,
AND IT DIDN’T POUR HARD.
SO I CHECKED THE FIRE
A COUPLE OF TIMES,
AND THAT TRICK
WORKED FANTASTICALLY.
THE PUNKY LOG KEPT IT GOING
ALL NIGHT,
AND THE SUN IS SHINING,
SO…I BETTER GET UP.
JUST GONNA DO
A LITTLE FIRE PREPARATION HERE.
MAKE MYSELF WHAT’S CALLED
AN APACHE MATCH.
I’M GONNA SHRED THIS UP
SO IT’S GOOD AND FLUFFY.
ESSENTIALLY, AN APACHE MATCH
IS A FIRE BUNDLE,
A WAY OF TRANSPORTING
A COAL OVER LONG DISTANCES
OR HAVING A COAL SMOLDER
OVER A LONG PERIOD OF TIME.
SO THIS IS JUST SOME SLABS
OF CEDAR BARK.
THE NEXT LAYER I’VE BROKEN UP
A BIT, BUT NOT A LOT.
I WANTED IT TO BE
SORT OF FIBERY.
IN THE MIDDLE OF ALL OF THAT IS
ALL OF MY FINE POWDERED STUFF.
SO THIS GOES ON TOP.
I JUST GOT TO TIE IT UP.
CREATE A LITTLE HOLE THERE
AND SHOVE IN ALL THE REST OF MY
FINE, FINE, FINE SHREDDED BARK.
HOW WELL THIS THING BURNS
DEPENDS ON HOW TIGHT
YOU HAVE THE STRING.
YOU HAVE TO LOOSEN IT SOMETIMES
SO THAT — OR PULL IT BACK A BIT
SO THAT THE COAL
WILL KEEP SMOLDERING IN THERE.
OKAY.
THERE WE GO.
MY BIG APACHE CIGAR.
I’LL CALL IT THE APACHE CIGAR.
IT’S TIME TO HEAD BACK
ACROSS THE STREAM

AND SEE IF MY TRAPS
HAVE BEEN WORKING FOR ME.

NO LUCK HERE AT THIS ONE.
I’LL COME BACK.
ONE THING I HAVEN’T DONE YET
IS I’LL DROP A LITTLE BIT
OF THAT PEANUT-BUTTER BAIT
ALL AROUND HERE,
JUST TO ENTICE THEM IN.
AW. THAT’S A REAL SHAME.
OHH, AND I SHOULD KNOW BETTER.
LOOK AT THAT.
THE TRAP HAS ACTUALLY BEEN SET.
SEE? THAT’S JUST DANGLING.
HERE’S THE BAIT STICK
WITH NO BAIT ON IT.
BUT YOU CAN SEE THE STICK
WAS JUST UNDERNEATH THE ROCK
TOO MUCH,
AND SO WHEN THE ROCK WENT —
WHEN THAT STICK
WAS PULLED OUT —
THIS MAIN STICK HERE
STOPPED THE ROCK FROM
FLATTENING DOWN ON THE ANIMAL.
SO, GOOD SIGN, THOUGH,
THAT THERE’S AN ANIMAL HERE
AND THAT HE TOOK THE BAIT.
[ SIGHS ]
I’M GONNA HAVE TO COME BACK
AND RESET THAT TRAP,
PUT SOME MORE BAIT ON IT
AND SPREAD SOME BAIT AROUND.
BUT SOMETHING’S IN THE AREA,
OBVIOUSLY.
SOMETHING CAME IN
AND WENT FOR IT, GOT MY BAIT.
Stroud:
WELL, I’M GONNA TRY SOMETHING
THAT YOU DEFINITELY
WON’T FIND IN THE BOOKS.
I’M GONNA SEE IF I CAN MAKE
A DIFFERENT KIND OF TRAP…
USING MY GUITAR.
ALL RIGHT, SO, I ALSO HAVE,
LEFT OVER FROM THAT FIRST NIGHT
OF CAMPING, SOME DUCT TAPE…
…ACTUALLY, IT CAME
WITH THE CAMERA EQUIPMENT —
AND A LITTLE BIT LEFT
OF THAT FLATTENED
AND MELTED PEANUT BUTTER CUP.
[ CLEARS THROAT ]
LET’S SEE WHAT CAN HAPPEN HERE.
IF I PUT THIS LIKE THIS
AND I CAN GET THE ANIMAL
TO GO DOWN INTO THIS TUBE,
THEN HOPEFULLY THE SQUIRREL
OR THE MOUSE
WILL NOT BE ABLE TO JUMP OUT.
OKAY.
WHAT DO YOU THINK?
MOUSE GOES IN, CAN’T COME OUT.
I DOUBT THAT A SQUIRREL
WOULD GET SUCK IN THIS TRAP,

BUT IT IS LIKELY
THAT A FEW MICE

WILL MAKE THEIR WAY IN
AND NOT OUT.

ALL THAT’S NEEDED RIGHT NOW
IS SOME BAIT AROUND HERE
AND THE BAIT DOWN
INTO THE GUITAR,
AND FOR THAT, I’M GOING TO USE
THAT PEANUT BUTTER CUP
OR WHAT’S LEFT OF IT.
A FEW LITTLE DROPS HERE
AND THERE,
AND THEN THE REST GOES DOWN
IN THE HOLE.
THERE WE GO.
I GOT TO SAY, THIS IS A FIRST.
I DON’T THINK ANYONE’S
EVER MADE A GUITAR TRAP BEFORE.
ADAPTABILITY AND INGENUITY.
CHANGING HOW YOU LOOK
AT SOMETHING

CAN MAKE THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN
SURVIVING OR NOT SURVIVING.

THIS LOG HAS BEEN KEPT FLAT
OVER THE YEARS.
IT’S GREAT.
IT MAKES IT EASY TO CROSS
THIS CREEK EVERY SINGLE DAY.
ONCE MY TRAPS ARE SET,
I HAVE TO TAKE THE TIME
TO GET OUT AND CHECK THEM

AS OFTEN AS POSSIBLE.
IF SOMETHING GETS CAUGHT
AND I’M NOT THERE TO TAKE IT,

THEN A LARGE PREDATOR
CAN EASILY TAKE IT OUT

FROM UNDER THE TRAP
AND HAVE THEMSELVES A MEAL.

AAH! NOTHING THERE, EITHER.
NOTHING’S EVEN BEEN MOVED.
ALL RIGHT,
THIS BEAUTIFUL AREA HERE
IS A PLACE CALLED WILLOW CREEK,
AND I’M AT THE TOP OF AN AREA
CALLED DEVIL’S SLIDE.
INSTEAD OF WALKING OUT
ON DAY SEVEN,
I’M GONNA BRING IN
THE LOCAL SEARCH AND RESCUE,
AND THEY’VE GOT
TO TRY AND FIND ME
BECAUSE I’M GONNA TAKE
A 24-HOUR HEAD START RIGHT NOW,
AND I’M HEADING THAT WAY,
IN THE THICK OF THE BUSH.
THE DIRECTION
I’VE DECIDED TO HEAD
IS UPHILL ALL THE WAY,
AT LEAST FOR TODAY.
NOW, I KNOW THERE’S BEEN
RECENT MOUNTAIN LION SIGHTINGS
IN THIS AREA, AND, NOT ALL THAT
FAR AWAY, THERE WAS AN ATTACK.
SO, YOU KNOW, I’M A LONE PERSON
WALKING IN THE BUSH.
I’LL KEEP MY EYES OPEN.
BUT FOR THE MOST PART,
ESPECIALLY WITH ME
TALKING TO YOU,
THAT NOISE
IS GONNA SCARE THEM AWAY,
AS WELL AS BLACK BEARS
OR ANYTHING LIKE THAT.
SO, IT’S ABOUT WALKING
WITH CONFIDENCE.
I’VE GOT A FULL BACKPACK ON
AND A HEAVY WALK.
SO THAT SHOULD BE FINE.
ALL RIGHT, UPHILL WE ARE.
I’VE LEFT BEHIND EVERYTHING
BUT ONE CAMERA, TRIPOD,
AND MY JACKET.

MOVING LOCATIONS AND TAKING
MY LIFE INTO MY OWN HANDS —

ONE SLIP, ONE POKE IN THE EYE,
OR AN ENCOUNTER
WITH A DANGEROUS ANIMAL,

AND MY CHANCES OF SURVIVAL
ARE RADICALLY REDUCED.

THERE’S NO SAFETY NET
AT THIS POINT.

COMMUNICATION IS OFTEN CUT OFF
BY AREAS OF THICK BUSH.

OHH, IT’S GETTING THICK.
SHOOT.
OKAY, THIS WAY DOWN,
ON MY HANDS AND KNEES, CRAWLING.
I TOOK THE — THE FIRE BUNDLE.
I FOUND A WAY TO STRAP IT
ONTO MY PACK
SO THAT IT’LL KEEP SMOLDERING,
I HOPE.
NORMALLY, I DO MY SEVEN DAYS,
AND I SURVIVE IN JUNGLES AND
DESERTS AND ALL OVER THE PLACE,
AND I GET OUT OF THERE.
BUT THIS TIME,
THEY REALLY HAVE TO FIND ME
BECAUSE I’M INTENTIONALLY
GETTING LOST WAY OUT HERE.
VERY STEEP.
[ BREATHING HEAVILY ]
[ BREATHING HEAVILY ]
SHADY SPOT TO SIT DOWN.
OKAY. OH, BOY.
I’M PROBABLY NOT EVEN
MAYBE HALFWAY.
THERE’S THE VIEW ACROSS.
YOU SEE THAT?
SO, I’M PROBABLY ABOUT HERE.
I STILL GOT TO GO UP THERE, BUT
IN THIS DIRECTION BEHIND YOU.
NOW, IF ANYTHING GOES WRONG
HERE NOW,
MY SAFETY NET’S
JUST BEEN DROPPED.
I’VE GOT
A COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEM,
BUT IT’S HARD TO REACH ANYBODY
OUT OF THIS THICK BUSH.
AND IF I SNAP AN ANKLE,
WHICH YOU CAN SEE IS EASY TO DO,
CLIMBING LIKE THIS,
IF I GOT ATTACKED
BY A MOUNTAIN LION,
IF I HAD A —
AN APPENDICITIS ATTACK,
I’M IN SOME SERIOUS TROUBLE
HERE.
IT’S MORE THAN JUST A TV SHOW
AT THIS MOMENT.
I’M ABLE TO CLIMB
SO VIGOROUSLY,

I THINK,
NOW ONLY DUE TO THE FACT

THAT I HAVE AN ADRENALINE RUSH,
KNOWING THAT
THE SEARCH-AND-RESCUE CREW

WILL BE LOOKING FOR ME TODAY.
Stroud: OKAY, I’VE MADE IT
TO PRETTY HIGH UP NOW.
I CAN SEE THE BIG BALD FACE
FROM HERE, TOO.
THERE ARE GOING TO BE
AT LEAST 35 S.A.R. PERSONNEL

LOOKING FOR ME,
BUT IT’S IN AN AREA
4,000 SQUARE HECTARES IN SIZE.

[ GRUNTS ]
I’M ACTUALLY CRAWLING
ON MY BELLY.
I GOT TO PAY A LITTLE MORE
ATTENTION TO WATCHING OUT
FOR RATTLESNAKES NOW THAT
I’M UP IN THE ROCKS HERE.
ESPECIALLY IN THE HEAT
OF THE DAY,
THEY’LL BE JUST UNDERNEATH
THE SHADE OF THE ROCK.
I’LL WATCH WHERE I START PUTTING
MY HANDS AND FEET.
OH, BUT, MY GOD,
IS THIS BEAUTIFUL.
THIS IS WHY PEOPLE CLIMB —
VIEWS LIKE THIS.
UNBELIEVABLE.
OKAY, I’M JUST GONNA WALK AROUND
AND ENJOY THE SITES
AND GET MY SWEAT TO DRY OFF.
IT’S BEAUTIFUL UP HERE.
BECOMING HYPOTHERMIC
ON THE TOP OF A MOUNTAIN

WOULD MAKE
FOR A MISERABLE NIGHT.

I HAVE A FEELING IT’S GONNA BE
CHILLY UP HERE TONIGHT.
[ BLOWING ]
OH, YEAH.
THAT WORKED LIKE A CHARM.
THREE OR FOUR HOURS LATER,
AND MY LITTLE FIRE CIGAR HERE
WORKED OUT PERFECT.
MY APACHE CIGAR.
SO, THAT’S IT.
THIS IS NIGHT NUMBER SIX,
AND TOMORROW SEARCH AND RESCUE
TRIES TO FIND ME
SOMEWHERE OUT THERE.
I’M JUST GONNA START HIKING.
SIERRA NEVADA —
A PRETTY INTENSE
AND BEAUTIFUL PLACE.
[ SOFT HARMONICA MUSIC PLAYING ]
THAT OUGHT TO KEEP AWAY
THE MOUNTAIN LIONS.
BY THE TIME OF THINGS,
I BELIEVE THAT A SEARCH
HAS PROBABLY ALREADY STARTED
FOR ME.
SO I’M GONNA TAKE MYSELF OFF
OF THIS TOP EXPOSED VISTA HERE
AND GET DOWN
INTO THE THICK OF IT.
SEE IF THEY’RE ABLE TO FIND ME
DOWN LOW AND IN THE THICK BUSH.
ALL RIGHT,
SO, HERE’S THE SITUATION.
IN THE MORNING,
THE CALL WILL GO OUT,
AND THE SEARCHERS
WILL ALL MEET AT THE BASE CAMP.
THEY’LL BE GIVEN INFORMATION —
HOW MANY PEOPLE
THEY’RE LOOKING FOR,
STATE OF HEALTH, MY AGE,
WHAT CONDITION I’M IN.
AT THAT POINT,
THE FIRST THING THAT HAPPENS
IS THE HASTY CREW GOES OUT.
AND THEY’LL DO A VERY FAST
SEARCH OF THE LKP —
THE LAST KNOWN POSITION —
TO SEE IF THERE’S ANY SIGN
OF ME AT ALL,
TO SEE IF THE LOST HIKER
IS DOWN AND INJURED,
BECAUSE A LOT OF TIMES THEY’RE
NOT FAR AT ALL FROM THEIR LKP.
THERE’LL BE TEAMS
ON HORSEBACK…
…ATV.
TEAMS WITH DOGS.
TEAMS IN JEEPS.
THERE’LL BE TEAMS ON FOOT.
AND THEN, LASTLY,
WE’VE GOT A CHOPPER IN THE AIR.
NOW, THE CHOPPER IN THE AIR
IS GOING TO TRY AND FILM
THE WHOLE SITUATION.
THIS MIGHT BE A SPECIAL
EXERCISE, WITH ME IN MIND,
THAT I’VE DONE TO SEE WHAT ELSE
WE CAN THROW INTO THE REALITY
OF BEING LOST OUT HERE,
BUT THE SEARCH-AND-RESCUE CREW
TAKE IT VERY SERIOUSLY
BECAUSE THE NEXT TIME
COULD BE FOR REAL.
IT COULD BE A LOST CHILD
OUT HERE,
LOST HUSBAND,
LOST WIFE, ANYBODY.
IT COULD BE AN INJURED PERSON.
AND THEY’VE GOT A
LOT OF SITUATION THEY
HAVE TO DEAL WITH.
WHAT IF — IT COULD BE
AN AUTISTIC CHILD
THAT REFUSES TO ANSWER CALLS.
IT COULD BE SOMEONE
WHO’S ON THE RUN,
LIKE A TEENAGER
WHO’S ON A RUNAWAY.
IT’S NOT ALWAYS THE CLASSIC
HIKER WHO WANTS TO BE FOUND.
BEAR IN MIND, WE HAD
A FATALITY APRIL OF LAST YEAR
AT ANGEL FALLS.
THIS IS DANGEROUS COUNTRY.
I’LL TELL YOU —
MY HAT’S OFF TO THEM
IF THEY CAN FIND ME OUT HERE.
Man: A LION WAS SPOTTED
OVER OFF OF SKY RANCH ROAD.
YOU GUYS WITH THE DOGS, BE
COGNIZANT OF THAT, ESPECIALLY.
WE CAN’T HELP HIM
IF WE GET HURT.
I’M A HIKER OUT
FOR AN OVERNIGHT.
I SEE THE VISTA
IN THE DISTANCE.
“WHAT A NICE CLIMB
THAT WOULD MAKE.”
CLIMB UP TO THE TOP —
“I’LL SPEND MY NIGHT UP HERE.”
SPEND THE NIGHT UP ON THE VISTA.
NEXT DAY, HEADING OUT —
“OH, LET’S GO OUT
A DIFFERENT DIRECTION.”
THEN I’M GONNA GET STUCK.
SNAP AN ANKLE —
THAT’S ALL IT WOULD TAKE.
THEN YOU’RE STUCK IN A PLACE
WHERE YOU WEREN’T
PLANNING ON GOING ORIGINALLY
AND NOBODY KNEW
YOU WERE GOING ORIGINALLY.
AND THAT’S WHERE SEARCH
AND RESCUE HAS TO COME IN.
GUYS, WE’RE GONNA BE WORKING
AROUND WILLOW CREEK
AND OUT FROM THERE.
A LOT OF YOU HAVE WORKED DOWN
IN THAT AREA.
YOU KNOW
IT’S PRETTY RUGGED COUNTRY.
IT’S PRETTY DANGEROUS STUFF
DOWN THERE.
IT CAN BE VERY PANICKY,
YOU KNOW, WHEN YOU’RE IN SPOTS
THAT ARE REAL THICK
AND YOU’RE GETTING SCRATCHED
AND YOUR FACE
IS GETTING SCRATCHED
AND YOUR ARMS
ARE GETTING CHEWED UP.
WHEN YOU COME TO AN OPENING,
IT’S JUST LIKE THIS “AHH.”
IT’S A BREATH OF FRESH AIR —
“OKAY” —
AND YOU GET THIS LITTLE MOMENT
OF SAFETY, OF SANITY,
WHERE YOU’VE GOT SOME CLEARING.
YOU CAN SEE THE SKY AGAIN,
AND YOU DON’T FEEL
SO CLAUSTROPHOBIC, SO CLOSED IN.
SO…THEY HELP.
IT’S AMAZING WHAT LITTLE THINGS
HELP YOU PSYCHOLOGICALLY
IN VERY BIG WAYS
WHEN YOU’RE LOST.
THE OBSTACLES
TO A LOST HIKER ARE MANY,

AND NONE OF THEM
SHOULD BE TAKEN LIGHTLY

OR UNDERESTIMATED.
WELL, I DON’T WANT
TO UNDERSTATE THIS.
THIS IS SLICK-ROCK COUNTRY.
AND WHEN THAT ROCK GETS WET,
YOU FALL, YOU SLIP VERY EASILY.
PEOPLE DIE HERE
EVERY SINGLE YEAR
IN THIS AREA ON THESE CREEKS.
I KNOW IT DOESN’T LOOK LIKE MUCH
ON YOUR TV SCREEN,
BUT LET ME TELL YOU —
WHEN YOU’RE COMPLETELY ALONE
OUT HERE,
IT’S STILL A CHANCE TO TAKE.
ALL IT WOULD TAKE WOULD BE
A LITTLE SLIP OF THE FOOT.
YOU ONLY NEED A FEW INCHES
OF WATER
TO KNOCK DOWN A FULL-GROWN MAN
IF IT’S SLIPPERY UNDERNEATH
AND THE CURRENT’S STRONG ENOUGH.
SO I’VE GOT TO BE REAL CAREFUL
GOING ACROSS HERE,
AND I THINK I’M GONNA
KEEP WALKING UPSTREAM
UNTIL I FIND SOMETHING
A LITTLE SAFER.
IT’S FUNNY.
LES!
IT’S BEEN PROBABLY A
FEW HOURS SINCE THE
SEARCH HAS BEEN UNDER WAY,
AND I HAVEN’T EVEN HEARD
THE CHOPPER, NOT ONCE.
[ INDISTINCT TALKING
OVER RADIO ]
FINDING A LOST HIKER OUT HERE
HAS ALWAYS BEEN DESCRIBED
AS BEING

LIKE FINDING A NEEDLE
IN A HAYSTACK FOR GOOD REASON.

[ HELICOPTER BLADES WHIRRING ]
WHOA! I HEAR THE CHOPPER.
OKAY.
HOW CAN I GET OUT TO WHERE —
OKAY, SEE, NOW I’M ON
THE WRONG SIDE OF THE STREAM.
I’M IN A DARK SPOT HERE.
BUT NOW THIS IS A BAD THING
BECAUSE THIS MEANS I’M RUSHING.
OKAY, REGARDLESS OF THE PANIC
OF THE HELICOPTER,
YOU GOT TO SLOW DOWN,
GET TO YOUR ZEN STATE,
AND DO SOMETHING LIKE THIS
PROPERLY, CAREFULLY.
OKAY. I GOT MYSELF A POLE.
YEP, ROCKS ARE SLIPPERY.
OKAY.
THAT TAKES ME PART OF THE WAY.
LOOKING FOR THE SHALLOW SPOTS.
GOT TO LEAN UPSTREAM,
INTO THE WATER — FACE UPSTREAM.
OHH, THAT’S COLD.
YEAH,
IT’S IN THE NETHER REGIONS.
ALL RIGHT.
SOAKING WET NOW,
BUT THAT’S ONE STREAM CROSSED,
IN A VERY SAFE LOCATION,
REALLY.
NO ISSUES GETTING ACROSS THERE
AT ALL,
OTHER THAN THE FACT
THAT IT WAS REALLY COLD
AND NOW I’M SOAKING WET
AND I’VE MISSED THE CHOPPER.
I’M GONNA GO AND TRY
TO GET INTO THAT OPEN AREA,
SEE IF I CAN SIGNAL HIM IN.
HOPEFULLY HE’LL COME BACK OVER.
WHEN YOU’RE IN
A SURVIVAL SITUATION,
YOU’VE GOT TO BE AS CAUTIOUS
AS POSSIBLE.
TAKE THE SAFE ROUTE ALWAYS,
DON’T RUN.
DON’T JUMP.
DON’T TAKE CHANCES.
ALL RIGHT, I’M OVER
THE WORST OF THE STREAMS.
I GOT A SMALL ONE
I THINK I STILL HAVE TO CROSS.
AND I’M OUT IN THE OPEN.
SO WITH ANY LUCK AT ALL, THE
CHOPPER WILL FIND ME OUT HERE.
[ HELICOPTER BLADES WHIRRING ]
I HEAR THE CHOPPER AGAIN.
GET THE — I CAN GET
THE MIRROR OUT REAL QUICK HERE.
OKAY, I’M FLASHING HIM.
I’M AIMING THIS FLASH
RIGHT ON THAT CHOPPER.
ALL RIGHT,
WELL, I DON’T THINK HE SAW ME.
I FLASHED IT RIGHT ON HIM.
I FLASHED HIM GOOD.
SEE, WHAT HAPPENS IS,
WHEN A PLANE OR A CHOPPER
IS DIRECTLY OVERHEAD OF YOU,
THE PILOT —
HE CAN’T LOOK OUT HIS WINDOW
AND SEE STRAIGHT DOWN.
THEY’RE LOOKING OFF ON AN ANGLE.
AND SO WHAT’S
RIGHT UNDERNEATH THEM
IS OFTEN THE HARDEST FOR THEM
TO FIND.
[ HELICOPTER BLADES WHIRRING ]
OKAY, HERE THEY COME AGAIN.
OH, THERE HE IS.
THIS SHOULD BE A GOOD ANGLE.
OKAY, I’M FLASHING HIM.
I’M FLASHING
THE HECK OUT OF HIM.
OKAY, WIDE IN THE OPEN,
THERE WE GO.
FLASH. FLASH. FLASH. FLASH.
UP AND DOWN.
I CAN SEE THEM CLEARLY.
THEY’RE IN A BIG,
OPEN PATCH FOR ME.
WE GOT HIM.
THIS IS GOOD.
I THINK THEY SPOTTED ME.
[ INDISTINCT TALKING
OVER RADIO ]
WHOO!
EXCELLENT.
RESCUE.
THERE YOU GO.
THAT’S PERFECT.
BUT, AGAIN, HE CAN’T
COME DOWN HERE TO GET ME.
SO NOW WHAT’S GOT TO HAPPEN
IS THE GROUND CREW
HAS TO GET TO ME, EITHER MOUNTED
OR CANINE OR ON FOOT.
AND IT’S STILL
VERY ROUGH TERRAIN.
I COULD BE LAYING HERE WITH
A BROKEN LEG OR A BROKEN BACK.
WHO KNOWS?
THEY DON’T KNOW WHAT TO EXPECT
UNTIL THEY GET ON THE GROUND
AND THEY GET TO ME.
QUITE AN OPERATION.
[ HELICOPTER BLADES WHIRRING ]
OKAY, WHAT’S IMPORTANT NOW
IS THAT I STAY PUT.
I DON’T WANT TO START THINKING,
“OKAY, I’M GONNA TRY AND MAKE IT
FOR THAT LITTLE TRAIL
“THAT I’M SURE
WAS JUST AROUND THE CORNER
“‘CAUSE THEY’VE SPOTTED ME.
THAT MEANS THEY KNOW I’M HERE.
I CAN START MOVING AGAIN.”
THAT’S COMPLETELY THE WRONG
THING. THAT’S A BIG MISTAKE.
NOW’S THE TIME FOR ME
TO STAY PUT
AND WAIT FOR THE GROUND CREW
TO GET HERE.
THEY’VE SPOTTED ME.
THEY’VE NOTIFIED ME
FROM THE AIR.
THEY’VE LET ME KNOW, “OKAY,
WE SEE YOU. WE’VE GOT YOU.”
THEY RADIO THOSE —
THIS LOCATION IN,
AND THE GROUND CREW
WILL MAKE ITS WAY HERE.
IF I MOVE FROM HERE, I JUST MAKE
IT HARDER FOR EVERYBODY.
SO I’LL STAY PUT
AND WAIT FOR THEM TO COME.
Man: We’re now 5/10 of a mile
from the subject.
The road is not passable
by vehicle,
so we’re gonna start walking
down the road
towards the subject.
LES!
LES!
LES!
HO!
HO HO!
HO HO!
HERE THEY COME.
THAT’S GREAT.
THAT’S GREAT.
MAN, IMAGINE — IMAGINE
BEING TOTALLY LOST OUT HERE,
AND THAT’S WHAT YOU HEAR.
YOU HEAR THAT VOICE IN
THE DISTANCE OF SOMEBODY GOING,
“HO!”
EVEN —
I MEAN, I’M DOING THIS —
I’M MAKING THIS HAPPEN,
AND I FEEL EXCITED
THAT THEY FOUND ME.
THAT WAS FAST.
THAT IS GOOD SEARCH AND RESCUE.
WHEW.
ATTAGIRL!
YOU SHOW ME.
EVEN WITH THIS MUCH CONTROL
OF THE SITUATION,

EVEN WITH THIS MANY TRAINED
INDIVIDUALS INVOLVED,

A SEARCH-AND-RESCUE OPERATION
CAN GO HORRIBLY WRONG
WITH A SIMPLE TWIST OF FATE.

THAT WAS FAST.
NICE TO MEET YOU.
NICE TO MEET YOU, TOO.
ALL RIGHT, GENTLEMEN,
LET’S GO EAT.
THE WAY TO SURVIVAL,
WHETHER YOU’RE THE VICTIM
OR THE RESCUER,

IS THROUGH THE PATH
OF METHODICAL CAUTION,

A CALMING OF
THE SPIRIT AND MIND,

AND CAREFUL PLANNING
OF YOUR EVERY MOVE.

COURAGE IS FACING THE CHALLENGE
WITH A HEALTHY FEAR,

NOT BEING FEARLESS.
MORE THAN ANYTHING ELSE,
MAKING IT THROUGH
A HORRENDOUS ORDEAL

REQUIRES THE WILL TO LIVE
IF YOU EXPECT TO SURVIVE.

[ INDISTINCT SHOUTING ]
WOW, YOUR CREW’S AWESOME.
THAT WAS FAST.
THAT WAS GOOD.
I THINK — I MEAN, I WENT IN.
I WENT IN THICK.
I STAYED.
I PAID NO MERCY TO IT.
SO, I WENT INTO VISTA
ON THE FIRST NIGHT
AND THEN JUST THOUGHT,
“WELL, I’M GONNA GO DOWN
INTO THE CREEK,
WHERE IT’S THICKEST
THE SECOND TIME.”
AND I WAS COUNTING THINGS.
AND I DON’T KNOW WHEN YOU GUYS
STARTED, BUT THE CHOPPER…

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