Bear has arrived in the Arizona Dessert where there is an abundance of rattlesnakes which sometimes comes in handy when other meat is scarce. However it is best to keep out of their way and do not startle them. He is situated in 100,000 square miles of dessert. One good thing is that the dessert air is so dry that it dramatically slows rusting. The Highest the temperature gets during the day is 128 degrees and the lowest minus 40 at night.
Bear targets his landing zone with a special “wing suit” that transforms him into high speed glider of over 120 mph where he can get deep into the terrain. Bear tells us that the experience is almost like flying like a bird and then landing in a dry oven.
Should he move on or stay?
Bear stresses that normally your best bet for getting rescued is to stay right where you are but in this case it is more important to find water. Before he hikes to find water, Bear makes a large triangle in the sand which is the international stress sign. He then takes whatever he can from the parachute and hikes to a mountain range where it is 25 degrees cooler. You can live for three minutes without air, 3 days without water, but, in the dessert you must make water a priority. Greenery does not always mean water. The further you can get below the surface the better your chances of finding water. He finds a slot canyon and abandoned mine at least 10 degrees cooler and can dig for water. Bear found no water in the first slot canyon his investigated.
Bear finds water:
Next he looks for a line where a river might run. When the ground is baked and dry like chocolate this could mean moisture. Clay retains water around 100 times better than sand. Sun bakes all the surface sand but soon as you start digging below the surface, the clay becomes cooler and there is more moisture. It is a challenge getting moisture out of sand. After digging Bear finds water and uses the method of filling his sock with wet sand and ringing it out to get the water out. You can also suck water through the rock. Once it gets over 100 degrees we need two pints of water an hour which is not easy to get in the dessert.
Dune Buggy wreckage
Beer heads near the Sky Guy Mountains for cooler air. He comes across wreckage of a dune buggy. In the wreckage he finds a frame that he ties together to sit on with his parachute attached pulling him along the dessert sand. He mentions that drug traffickers try to cross the dessert using light air craft and that is where this wreckage might have come from. The wind catches the parachute and he gets a ride across the dry lake bed in his ultra light air craft. The wind helps cool him down until the rig flips over and the axel gets bent. At least he got most of the way across.
Will he eat the scorpion?
He comes across a scorpion and takes the stinger off and you guessed it. After he bites the pincers off first, he then eats the scorpion. Wow! I don’t know it I could do that! He then looks into the rocky areas where springs are most likely to crop up near geological fault lines. He sees flash flood debris and comes across a rattlesnake, and stays out of its way!
A pool to cool off in at last
Bear then finds stagnant water and takes a dunk. After he gets his body cool he filters the water by putting grass and charcoal in the tubing from the ultra light air craft. Bear then sucks up water through metal tubing. Charcoal also kills bacteria. He fills up his canteen too.
Climbing the Arizona Mountains:
Bear reaches the Arizona Mountains which are much cooler than the surrounding dessert but the terrain is very rugged. Bear also uses metal tubing from the ultra light to extend his reach while climbing. Uses cord from parachute rope called a pendulum. Using this technique he can make way sideways but the cord can break after much usage. He is up out of the dessert but the mountains throw a bigger set of challenges.
The Sky Island Mountains
These mountains offer opportunities for food, water and shelter and you can pass through 6 different environments. Now he needs to make a fire by using two tubes from the ultra light… one piece small enough to fit into another and hit it to make a spark. Wow! That wreckage is really coming in handy now! It works like a bicycle pump and it is a very fast technique! Now he needs to find food. He finds part of a wild pig left by a mountain lion that he takes back to the fire to cook.
Bear spots bear pooh.
He cannot camp at the same place where he cooks his dinner because the bear will be looking for the food. He chars it on the outside because the hide is so tough but on the inside it is nicely cooked. After eating he moves to another spot to camp and fills his parachute with grasses to keep warm.
A hanging bivouac
Bear used the remains of his parachute to make a hanging bed suspended 50 feet high off the side of a sheer mountain base. The hanging bivouac can also mess with your mind because you are up so high and every noise makes you wonder what is out there. Bear says that you must watch out for mental games and realize you need sleep so just put everything out of your mind. Wow! That does not sound easy! Bear says that nothing can get to you when you are up so high and off of a sheer mountain that no animal can climb. Sure!
In the morning he walks through the thick brush but needs to make something to keep his shins from getting shredded. Geronimo and Cochise successfully held out against the US cavalry in these mountains for years. He sees an open area and lines a piece of metal up with the sun to make a signal mirror. The flash can be seen for miles. Bear states that someone was rescued using the metal insignia on their credit card. Glad those credit cards are good for something!!
He uses his parachute chord and willow to make a bow. Binding several branches together keeps the strength as well as keeping the flexibility. He uses the bow to shoot his rope to the other rock/mountain so that he can get across the opening between the two rocks that he must cross to get back down to the ground. He also used the tubing to anchor his rope. Finally he is spotted by a helicopter and rescued!
Source: The Discovery Channel
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