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That "Best Survivor" question with a poll

Discussion in 'Other Chatter' started by Steve M, Jan 17, 2013.

  1. Steve M

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    Here you can find a poll with an almost complete list of survival personalities with that age old question of who would last the longest or get out first.

    http://www.facebook.com/questions/515018281863025


    Currently, Dave Canterbury is leading with Ray Mears and Lofty jostling for second place.

    Personally, I think Les Stroud should be in the running.
     
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    The question... "Which of these do you think would, today, survive longest or get out quickest if placed on their own in a random, realistic survival situation with bare bones kit?"

    is totally random... No indication of scenario, location, etc.. etc..

    In other words, "Who is your favourite 'Survivalist' ?? ....

    IMO.... Cobblers...
     
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    You need a situation to judge from really. I went for Ray Mears though because he at least has done a bit of everything. It is schoolboy poll though.
     
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    I can't even look at the poll lol I don't have face book lol
     
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    I see cookie monster has a vote!
     
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    c'mon Cody!
     
  7. Steve M

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    Or maybe, "who is the most versatile survivor?"
     
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    Anyone alive today hasproven themselves to be able to survive all that life has thrown at them - so no-one is the "best" survivor....
    And I cannot see a poll...
     
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    There can be only one...

    John Thomas Rourke




    :)
     
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    Shambling Shaman Bushcrafter (boy, I've got a lot to say!)

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    Agreed, Les is one of my favourites.
     
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    For those not on Facebook, the list is currently:

    Ray Mears
    Dave Canterbury (Pathfinder)
    John 'Lofty' Wiseman
    Sir Ranulph Fiennes
    Les Stroud
    Cookie Monster
    The man with the most luck on his side
    Bear Grylls
    Mors Kochanski
    Cody Lundin
    Steve m off of bcuk. (Which I think is really funny) [​IMG]
    Lars Monsen
    Bear Grylls' Cameraman
    Bruce Parry
    Ben Fogle
     
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    I love that list. I'm off to go vote for Steve :)
     
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    I'd stick with this guy:

    Teruo Nakamura. He was a Japanese Soldier who was sent to Lubang Island in the Philippines on December 26, 1944, where he stayed, living off the land and 'Leaving No Trace' until his final surrender on December 18, 1974. Although he lasted 9 months longer than Hiroo Onada, he is largely forgotten.

    It's a great story to Google. He lived for 30 years in the wild, maintaining his kit and health, whilst evading capture. Now THAT'S skill!
     
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    ^ read about him. he thought the war was going on the hole time didnt he
     
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    That's right. It must have been both frightening and confusing, yet he and a couple of others (he lasted the longest) maintained their self discipline and self reliance for 3 decades. Now that's 'Bushcraft'! Looking at some of my lads kit after a 24 hour exercise you certainly appreciate what they did; with less kit and less training! Hiroo Onada's (second from last to surrender) rifle was still in full working order, with 500 rounds of ammunition remaining. He only surrendered when authorities found his original Commanding Officer (from the War) and he personally ordered his soldier to lay down his weapon.

    I don't doubt for one minute that the other guys in the list could survive an indefinite period of time in the wilderness, but add on the shear mental capacity these guys must have had to maintain 'stealth camping' whilst keeping healthy for all those years, in constant/sustained fear for their lives and keeping to their original mission objectives, is nothing short of incredible.

    That's why my vote goes to the last man standing, Teruo Nakamura.
     
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    Hate to burst your bubble chaps, but he's dead and doesn't fit the "today" part of the question. However, I must admit that he is likely to be the best proven survivor for a long time to come.
     
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    I've got two now. This is a little silly :)
     
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