Often, we wonder, what would have happened had I chosen differently? Normally, the choices we make don’t affect our immediate mortality. However, when you are alone in the wild, one wrong decision can be the death of you. If you are a fan of ‘Man vs Wild’, then you have nothing to fear while going into this series. But if you don’t have a prior survival experience, either in real life or on TV, then Netflix’s ‘You vs Wild’ presents a great opportunity for you to test yourself. Left alone in the wilderness, how will you survive? Bear Grylls, the master of survival, will accompany you. Though, he, too, will be at the mercy of your choices. For every decision you make, it can only end two ways. Either you move forward and complete your mission. Or you fail and call for an evacuation. There is no other alternate ending in this show, just like there’s no other ending in the wilderness. You either survive or you don’t.
A lot of choices appear for you along the road. The choice of weapon, the choice of exploring a possibility or letting it go, the choice of going left or right, and even, the choice of making Bear eat a worm or a bark. Discussing each and every option available will be too exhaustive for my liking, and yours. Our objective in this article is to discuss the most important choices and to conclude the best course of action for every scenario, and most importantly, the lessons we learnt from our mistakes. But before we delve into that, if you haven’t yet seen the show, then this will give you a whole world of spoilers. If you really want to test your chances in the wilderness, you better not try to cheat! You can come back once you have actually assessed yourself.
Operation Jungle Rescue Part I
The Mission: This adventure calls upon you to save a Spanish doctor who is stranded in the jungle. She was trying to get malaria medicines to a village that is deep inside the forest, but she met some trouble on her way, and now she needs your help. The mission is to help Bear find her and get her to safety. She is somewhere in the middle of the forest and to get to that point you have two choices- either take the long way through the jungle or try the shortcut through the river.
Before you make a choice on your route, you will have to choose the one thing that Bear can carry with the rest of his items. It is either a grappling hook or a slingshot. Both of these things can make a great difference in your survival in the surroundings. This is one of the critical decisions. A grappling hook comes handy when you need to rappel (which is what will happen quite often in this series), especially when you are stuck in a chasm or a pit and need to find your way up. A slingshot, on the other hand, can help you scare off, if not fight, the predators lurking in these territories. The wrong choice here can result in mission failure later.
The next choice is between the forest and the river. As Bear says, “choose your battles in the jungle”, you have to make a very smart choice here. Would you rather take your chances in a river full of crocodiles, or bushwhack your way through a dense forest full of god knows what animals? Once you have chosen your path, you have to commit to it.