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The Beginning of Survival School
Aug 12, 2007, 3:04p - Life
For people who visit this blog in a web browser and want to read my survival school journal from the beginning (instead of in reverse), here's a quick link: Day 0 of Survival School. Enjoy.
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Survival School: Day 28
Aug 11, 2007, 10:41p - Life
Final Day

Woke up early, only ~5 hours of sleep. Steve came, & rushed us into the van. No idea where we were going. No sign yet of 2nd 28-day group [there were 2 separate troops who did variants of the 28-day course @ the same time - I was expecting to see them back at BOSS HQ too]. Drove ... more »

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Survival School: Day 27
Aug 10, 2007, 9:27p - Life
6th day of student ex

1 more night left! Jeff caught a scorpion in a bag, I killed it to take back to Jyoti, Aki's sister. She said she wanted one before I left. Should be easy hike today, all along not dense riverbed. ~6 miles.

Scorpion Hill, our second-to-last night out here

Self-portrait on day 27, on Scorpion Hill ...
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Survival School: Day 26
Aug 9, 2007, 11:08p - Life
5th day of Student Ex

2 more nights left!!! Can't wait to get out - 2 more hot days of hiking. Can't wait to call Becca & Mom & Pops & Tin. Hope cell works @ BOSS - had bars before we left. Skin is really, dark dark. I can't wait for this to be over - we're so freakin' ... more »

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Survival School: Day 25
Aug 8, 2007, 11:11p - Life
4th day of Student Ex

Only 3 more nights left! Today was a ridiculous, hardcore day, one of the toughest so far. Woke up early, ate a delicious hot oatmeal w/ a tad of milk, lots of sugar, & a smidge of cinnamon - full cup, the best breakfast so far. So much better than dinner. (Been writing over the ... more »

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Survival School: Day 24
Aug 7, 2007, 10:15p - Life
3rd day of Student Ex

More hot porridge this morning - best meal (outside lamb) of the whole trip. Full, piping hot bowl - very full, and not on water. Just oats & water, w/ lots of sugar & cinnamon added @ the end (so it doesn't dissolve & evaporate).

Tree I slept under last night

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Survival School: Day 23
Aug 6, 2007, 8:47p - Life
2nd Day of STUDENT EX

Got up wicked early, when the sky started turning blue. Hot food in the morning! HOT oats w/ milk, sugar, & cinnamon - so damn good, so much better than dinner. I'm so loving the hot oatmeal in the morning - it's really a boost bright & early.

The tree Hannes & I slept under ...
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Survival School: Day 22
Aug 5, 2007, 11:19p - Life

Self-portrait on day 22, after 4.5 days of being entirely alone

Goodbye, lonely home

6th day of SOLO -> 1st day of Student Ex

Last day of solo! Woke up, mostly overcast. Packed up my stuff, got my last meal going. Bandanas on top & bottom to try to keep it warm, but it didn't do much.

Last breakfast alone, ...
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Survival School: Day 21
Aug 4, 2007, 8:10p - Life
Day 5 of SOLO

Now this is beginning to feel like solitary confinement. I'm out of stuff to chew on (ate all my GORP yesterday), so time is passing really slowly. Also, it's probably knowing that this is the last full day before this solo thing is over. I'm ready for it to be over. Funny how I've had enough ... more »

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Survival School: Day 20
Aug 3, 2007, 11:48p - Life
Day 4 of SOLO

Super-clear day today - finally, I can just bake in the sun. Feel like a lizard. Not doing much - just lazying around my home, not really exploring. Didn't even try to make fire today - it'll come when it comes, you know.

Self-portrait on day 20, after 2.5 days of (virtually) no human contact

Clear ...
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Survival School: Day 19
Aug 2, 2007, 8:03p - Life
Day 3 of SOLO

Rainy in the morning, overcast, no direct sun. Yesterday I saw a deer near my camp, we just stared @ each other. Also, 2 or 3 ground chipmunks & a flying squirrel live near my home. Also, Abe stumbled into my camp yesterday - I had to shoe him away. Boundaries are difficult to see when ... more »

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Survival School: Day 18
Aug 1, 2007, 11:56p - Life
Day 2 of SOLO

Woke up this morning & really had to take a dump. Gathered some sticks & sagebrush, but each step made me need to go a little more. Finally, couldn't handle it, no time to dig a trench, so just dropped my pants. 5th time this trip, avg. once every 3.6 days. Shit is yellow & soft ... more »

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