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Surviving The Wild Torrent

To Brave Alaska is a 1996 American made-for-TV adventure film directed by Bruce Pittman. Based on a true story, the film stars Alyssa Milano and Cameron Bancroft as a young couple who attempt to survive in the rough Alaskan wilderness.

Surviving The Wild Torrent

Set in 1979, the film focuses on a Seattleite couple, police officer and former park ranger Roger Lewis (Bancroft), and 22-year-old waitress Denise Harris (Milano). They are invited by businessman Wylie Bennett (Fraser) to Alaska to head out to the fictional wilderness of Surprise Bay and find a goldmine. If they are successful in retrieving gold, they are awarded 10% of the profit. Denise is hesitant to travel into the wilderness, though blindly follows her boyfriend, who regards the exploring as a great adventure. They are flown to the location, roughly 75 miles away from the nearest 'civilization', with just a dog and a radio with bad reception. There, they are set up in a cabin, where they spend their first couple of weeks. When they realize that their food supply is running out and that nobody is coming to help them, they become afraid. Roger considers shooting a deer, but Denise opposes such due to her vegetarianism.

Even though sometime later they find their first gold, they realize that it will not buy them dinner in the wilderness. With winter coming, they decide that they must head back to civilization. They gather supplies and their gold and take the canoe, considering it is their only form of transportation. By day three, a storm throws Denise in the water and swamps the canoe. By day five, Bill DeCreeft (Rekert), the aviator who flew them to their Surprise Bay destination, finds out that nobody flew out to the couple for a food supply, and starts a search for them. Roger and Denise, meanwhile, have set out a camp near the river in hope of a boat sailing by. When they realize that they are all alone, they know that they have to travel inland, despite the dangers, and they are forced to turn their weaknesses into strengths in order to survive.

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Aired in early 2021, this series focuses on the natural forces which shape our planet, and enable life to flourish here: the sun, volcanoes, oceans, and weather. In addition, the programme takes a look at how humans have impacted the planet and its environments and wildlife.

After the mind-bending achievements of wildlife filmmakers in recent years, it has become ever more challenging to push the boundaries and provide a new slant on the traditional nature documentary. Despite this, Night on Earth manages to present an eye-opening new perspective.

This one-of-a-kind documentary film tells the moving story of a South African naturalist, Craig Foster, and the octopus he develops a relationship with while free-diving in an underwater kelp forest. It is a story of the incredible bonds that can be formed between humans and wild animals, and the lessons that we can learn from spending time in nature.

Think nature documentary and instantly the soothing tones of David Attenborough come to mind. Now in his nineties, Attenborough, spent over 25 years creating acclaimed and award-winning series with the BBC Natural History Unit and is something of a deity in the wildlife world.

This incredible wildlife documentary follows the survival and mating ritual of Antarctica's emperor penguins. Momentous at the time of release, this film has now reached iconic status (so much so that it has even been parodied). This is likely in part due to the glorious narration by Morgan Freeman. The film received overwhelmingly positive reviews and critical acclaim, even winning the 2006 Oscar for Best Documentary Feature. Well worth a watch if you have managed to not see it yet!

Take a journey across 204 locations in 62 countries in this fascinating nature documentary narrated by David Attenborough. Each of the 11 episodes focuses on a different biome or habitat, from mountains to caves, to the deep ocean. Each episode is also followed by a really illuminating 'behind the scenes' segment which highlights some of the not-inconsiderable challenges of filming in such remote and wild locations.

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Priority number one in any wilderness survival or emergency situation is maintaining a positive mental attitude. This principle is echoed by every survival expert and applies to every predicament you could find yourself in no matter the setting.

Building a fire becomes more difficult without a spark, but not impossible if you know what you are doing. A fire by friction using the bow drill technique will produce a flame, but without practice your chances of pulling it off are greatly diminished in a stressful situation. Knowledge and practice are the only things to fall back on when out in the wilderness, so get plenty of both in regards to fire making.

Water is all around us in the Appalachians, but water in the wild suitable for human consumption is hard, if not impossible, to come by. Rain water and snow are as clean as the air they fall through and surfaces they touch. Drinking untreated water from even the most seemingly pristine mountain stream is still an invitation to an army of bacteria, viruses, parasites, and protozoa, any of which can do you harm. Boiling water for 10 minutes will make it suitable to drink, but lucky for us there is a great water treatment arms race going on currently in the outdoor industry. Fueled by the ultra light hiking movement, companies are bending over backwards to come up with the latest, greatest, lightest water purification treatment system on the market. This means tossing a filter or some chlorine tablets in your pack is much easier than even a couple of years ago.

Food is fairly low on the totem pole when it comes to survival since the body can manage without it for weeks if necessary. That being said, a full or even partially full belly will go a long way to maintaining a positive mental attitude. Edible plants and animals are abundant in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic, but so are poisonous ones, and it can take a lifetime of study to know them all. Hub Knott is the founder and director of the Living Earth School, and says a great way to begin building a knowledge bank of edible wild plants is to start with a fatal flora process of elimination.

When lost or injured in the wilderness, conventional wisdom says it is better to stay where you are and hunker down to await rescue. More often than not, trying to self-rescue only makes the situation worse, says Bennett.

In gathering food, it helps to learn about wild edible plants. Your studies about plants that are safe to eat should start well before you go out. Learn both the toxic and edible species of your area. Even if you are not foraging for survival, learning to key out local plants makes a great trailside hobby.

It helps to start by learning to identify and prepare common wild edible plants at home. These could include stinging nettle, miners lettuces, acorns, and cattail. You can also gather certain pine needles to steep in tea, providing useful vitamins and nutrients. Along with flavor that contributes to that important psychological uplift. Research safe and sustainable harvesting and processing for each individual plant. Stewardship should be foremost in your studies, you should never over harvest.

Survival in the wild and overcoming dangers, exhaustion and hunger. Extraction of resources and food. Extended culinary system with different types of food. Hunting, catching and taming of wild animals. Riding on any big animal!

Cinematographer Jeff Hogan has filmed many animals all over the world, but, to him, nothing compares to filming busy and beautiful beavers in his hometown of Jackson, Wyoming. He's been filming beavers for over 30 years and has perfected capturing these creatures at work. See how he does it and how important beavers are to the local ecosystem and surrounding wildlife in this episode.


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