Ok... this is not really about ultralight backpacking... or even about backpacking specifically... but I didn't know where else to post it.
I was just wondering if anyone here had seen the TV show "Survivorman". It's on OLN in Canada. I just checked the show website and it's on the Science Channel in the US. I just discovered it and have started DVRing in. It's pretty facinating. The concept is that every episode, this guy, Les, get's dropped off at some inhospitable location with no food, shelter, water, sleeping bag, etc. and has to survive for 7 days. He has no crew... he films everything himself.
I've only seen 2 episodes so far, but I think the idea is to create a scenario... so the gear he has varies from one scenario to the next. For instance, in "Lost As Sea"... he has a rubber dingy, a life raft and whatever supplies came with the life raft... and nothing else... just whatever clothing someone lost at sea might be wearing and his leatherman... and 60 pounds of video gear.
Anyway, it may be of interest to the readership here. I find it just facincating. It really shows you how, when worse comes to worse, you can still find ways to survive for some time just by being smart and working with whatever you have available to you in the environment. I don't know how he can handle 7 days with basically no food... but the name of the show *IS* Survivorman... not completely outfitted and prepared man :P
The last episode I watched, he was dropped off on the summit of a mountain in the Rockies. For 7 days, the only food he had was a few berries and a mushroom. It made me think... you know... I know a lot about backpacking I think... but to be honest... I'm no boyscout!!!! I depend on my gear and on my food supply. If I were to lose my food out there, I would have NO IDEA what mushrooms, roots and berries, etc... are safe to eat.