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Discussion in 'Survival Reading Room' started by tract, Aug 24, 2014.

  1. tract

    tract On Hiatus Banned

    Not sure about this topic thread stuff. :) I read the book about the dumb kid who died in Alaska. He was starving, killed a moose, didn't know how to jerk the meat. He did it with a .22lr rifle, I assume it was a calf and a head shot at 10 yds, but dunno. He put wild potato tubers in plastic bags, and they poisoned him.

    Another great read, FAR more likely to mean something to you someday, is John Ross's UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES..
  2. kckndrgn

    kckndrgn Moderator Moderator Founding Member

    There is also a movie, based on the book, Into the Wild.

    I have neither read the book, nor watched the movie.

    Maybe a dumb question, by why would putting wild tubers into a plastic bag poison you? Did they mold and he ate the mold?
  3. tract

    tract On Hiatus Banned

    The author (and maybe the M. examiner were not sure). I've read that sun-exposed (green) potatoes are poisonous, tho.
  4. kellory

    kellory An unemployed Jester, is nobody's fool. Banned

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  5. Brokor

    Brokor Live Free or Cry Moderator Site Supporter+++ Founding Member

    Unintended Consequences
    Unintended Consequences, by John Ross 1996

    Into the Wild (related)
    Looking for Help

    Alone in the Wild (Documentary)

    Sarge Testing Out The Wilderness Survival Concept (excellent video on testing the process in stages)

    Alone in the Wilderness (Dick Proenneke)

    The Last Trapper (movie - documentary style)
  6. BTPost

    BTPost Old Fart Snow Monkey Moderator

    "Into the Wild" is the Classic Text, on how NOT to head into the Alaskan Bush, and expect to survive....
  7. DarkLight

    DarkLight I self identify as a Blackhawk Attack Helicopter! Site Supporter

    Alone in the wilderness, however, is freakin' AMAZING!
  8. tacmotusn

    tacmotusn Mosquito Sailor

    Welcome to the tree "tract", look around, there's lot to learn and explore. BTW, I would hazard a guess that 9 out of 10 regular posters here have read "Unintended Consequences, by John Ross."
  9. tract

    tract On Hiatus Banned

    Bet you're grossly off on that estimate. Probably less than half of them have read it.
  10. ghrit

    ghrit Ambulatory anachronism Administrator Founding Member

    I think more likely 67. 385%. What will you wager on an opinion?
  11. melbo

    melbo Hunter Gatherer Administrator Founding Member

    @ghrit, i'd offer that greater than 67% have a signed copy and have shaken John's hand at KCR
  12. Airtime

    Airtime Monkey+++ Site Supporter

    I read the original story in Outside magazine 20+ years ago written by Jon Krakauer. My vague recollection is it was thought a toxic potato but that was discounted and then specuated a wild pea or mold. I recall not long ago reading that was probably not the cause of death either and it might have been a toxin in some seeds or too much protein from very lean meat and not enough fat or carbs.

    Krakauer has written some very interesting and sometimes controversial stuff. "Into Thin Air" was a gripping story of an Everest expedition he was on that went terribly wrong. Also wrote a good read about Pat Tillman.

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  13. BTPost

    BTPost Old Fart Snow Monkey Moderator

    Don't believe everything that Krakauer wrote in "Into thin Air" Much of that was very self-serving..... There are other accounts, that dispute some of the incidents, and recollections.....
  14. VisuTrac

    VisuTrac Ваша мать носит военные ботинки Site Supporter+++

    I wish gunkid would go into the wild bush like the guy in the story.
  15. Airtime

    Airtime Monkey+++ Site Supporter

    Yep... that was my controversial reference, several of the other Everest survivors disputed significant events in that book. I haven't heard of similar complaints with his Tillman story but wouldn't surprise me. Still, fiction can be gripping; I used to love Alistair MacLean's books. ;-)
  16. BTPost

    BTPost Old Fart Snow Monkey Moderator

    My BIL's Youngest Brother (First American to summit Everest, without Oxygen) was on that Expedition, and tell quite a different story.....
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