I have to admit, I'm a big fan of Bear Grylls, a former member of the Brittish Special Forces and host of "Man vs. Wild."
With that in mind, I got to thinking: Weather in South Texas is warming. More people will head outdoors. What if they get lost in the scrubby brush? What are the tools they'd need to survive?
I plan to 'get lost' for a few days somewhere in South Texas and implement the skills necessary to survive in this unique landscape. I'll bring a photographer who will also shoot video.
I'm in the preliminary planning stages of this project and received approval at one level. Plans and approval, as always, can change.
Before I'd set out on this trip, I want to interview a survival expert: someone who can teach me how to build a shelter, find edible plants and avoid the dangerous ones, and other skills necessary to survive out in the bush.
Once I learn how most people in South Texas get lost -- and what they typically carry -- I'll know where to go and what to bring. I'll have little more than a knife, I assume.
Being from Montana, I grew up in the country, hiked and camped all the time. I've never been in a survival situation, though. I'm not an expert. But I hope to learn skills that can help you out of a jamb, should you ever find yourself in one.
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Thanks for your help,
Gabe Semenza / Advocate public service editor
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