Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Joy on Sugarloaf - Survivor Ski Episode #1
Here is my ski blog on Joy's ordeal including skiing out of bounds, without meaning too - which is pretty easy to do on a big mountain like the Loaf. While Joy's trail choice after seperating from his dad was not the best decision ever, going off the vast West Side of Sugarloaf beyond the trails, he then employed a series of good tactical survival skills - he built a snowcave, drank water from a nearby stream and melted snow, and he obviously provided some self sustaining mantra on the cold dark mountainside to keep his spirits and body temperature up.
I can imagine some of the 80+ search and rescue ski patrol, border patrol, Maine Game Wardens and even Navy Seals were becoming more dubious of a positive outcome as the precious clock ticked on into day two of Joy's disappearance. Ironic that a fellow Mass guy (a firefighter from Warwick Mass.) on a snowmobile, but not part of the official search team, found Joy.
Nicholas Joy clearly outwitted, outlasted and outplayed the harsh winter elements! Whether his reference and resource was Man versus Wild or Survivor, I propose he should be one of the first winter castaways in my Survivor Alpine - The Winter Edition. The 17-year-old skier has mad mountain skills, or at least core conviction to stay alive in the cold. So I dust off my TV show propsal to Jeff Probst, and I only have 15 more contestants to clear for this edgy new snow Survivor season. I need skiers and snowboarders- so send me your ski auditions videos!