5 Of The Greatest Stories Of Wilderness Survival In History

  • In real life you may not have any tools except your own two hands. If you were stranded in the wilderness would you end up a survivor? blog.theclymb.com shares the stories of 5 of the greatest wilderness survivals in history.

    Human beings are capable of incredible things, especially when under the pressures to survive. Eat­ing leeches? Build­ing Ice caves? Cut­ting off your own toes? Read on, my sur­vival enthused friends.

    RICKY MEGEE
    The last place on earth you would want to wake up alone is in the Aus­tralian Out­back. Well, it became real­ity for one man after he claimed he was left for dead in the infa­mous desert with no clue of how he got there in the first place.

    On Jan­u­ary 24, 2006 Ricky Megee was cruis­ing down an iso­lated road when he believes his car was high jacked by three abo­rig­i­nal men who then drugged and dumped his body in the mid­dle of the out­back. He woke up unaware and con­fused to din­gos’ scratch­ing at him in his shal­low grave. And so began Megee’s 70 day strug­gle to make it out alive.

    Sur­viv­ing on a diet of frogs, leeches, lizards, and cock­roaches, Megee found a dam and was able to stay well hydrated until he was found by “jacka­roos” or farm hands on April 6. By then, he was a walk­ing skele­ton and deeply tanned from the extreme desert sun, but he was alive. MeGee’s car and the mys­te­ri­ous abo­rig­i­nal men were never found.

    JOE SIMP­SON AND SIMON YATES
    It was a beau­ti­ful day for climb­ing in 1985, as Joe Simp­son and Simon Yates attempted to ascend the then unclimbed west face of Siula Grande in the Peru­vian Andes.

    Siula Grande

    But the chal­leng­ing trip quickly took a bone crunch­ing turn.

    Simp­son broke his leg dur­ing the ascent, putting Yates in the posi­tion to get them both down to safety in the frigid tem­per­a­tures. Mat­ters con­tin­ued to get worse as a storm hit mak­ing vis­i­bil­ity dif­fi­cult and the ascent even more dan­ger­ous. Badly frost­bit­ten and and unsure if Simp­son was alive or dead, Yates found him­self in a des­per­ate sit­u­a­tion and he cut the rope.

    Well, turns out Simp­son sur­vived the 150 ft fall, and dug him­self an ice cave to ride out the storm. After­wards, he bat­tled three days with­out food and water, and though he was severely injured, man­aged to crawl back to base camp for help.

     

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