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Message started by Dan_Bollinger on Feb 16th, 2004 at 5:46pm

Title: Survivor Sling Challenge
Post by Dan_Bollinger on Feb 16th, 2004 at 5:46pm
OK, I'll admit it, I'm a Survivor television show freak.  Awhile back I wrote up a challenge using slings and sent it to the Survivor group. I even sent them a sling. They seriously considered it, but late rejected it. The boomerang challenge didn't work well and they feared the same thing would happen with the sling. However, they did take my sling on location and play with it!  

Title: Re: Survivor Sling Challenge
Post by Yurek on Feb 16th, 2004 at 6:05pm

Quote:
... The boomerang challenge didn't work well and they feared the same thing would happen with the sling....


They simply don't know what is the best, still ;)

Jurek

Title: Re: Survivor Sling Challenge
Post by Chris on Feb 16th, 2004 at 6:06pm
Who knows, they might use it yet.  It's definitely got the survivor vibe.  If not this season, maybe next (if there is one, which I'm beginning to doubt).

Chris

Title: Re: Survivor Sling Challenge
Post by Traveler on Feb 19th, 2004 at 9:55am
In which season can I see it ???

Title: Re: Survivor Sling Challenge
Post by Dan_Bollinger on Feb 19th, 2004 at 10:10am
Traveller, the boomerang challenge was in Survivor: Australia (S2).  They considered the sling challenge for Survivor: Africa (S3), but didn't use it.  Dan

Title: Re: Survivor Sling Challenge
Post by justbarak on Feb 19th, 2004 at 2:05pm
I have friends who are survivor show freaks.  I grew up in Papua New Guinea with some of the last stoneage people left on the planet as well as lived with village tribes in West Africa.  I always poke fun at my friends that only America could take a way of life, which more than 75% of the world's population have no choice but to live in, and turn it into a million dollar game show ;D  They give me pointed glares and go back to enjoying their show.  

National geographic hosted this amazing challenge (I believe it was NG), of a hundred some mile hike across one of Australia's northern deserts.  The challenge was between three guys; an American national champion survivalist in his late 20's who had won scores of survival competitions world-wide, a German in his mid 40's who was an extreme survivalist, and a 70 year old Aboriginal man who lived there.  The American guy was outfitted with all the techno gear, titanium cookware, powerbars, ultralight tent etc etc, the German guy was all about old style gear and had a blanket and mosquito net, ate bugs, and rubbed campfire ash and grease all over his skin to keep away the hords of bugs at night.  The 70 year old Aboriginal had shoes with holes in them, and a satchel over his shoulder in which he carried his blanket and a few essentials in.  It was an amazing show.  The american guy kicked butt the first week, but after seven days was laid up with fever and heat stroke.  The German guy was urinating blood and horrid shape.  And the Aboriginal guy was just plugging slowly along, hiking in the early morning, evening and early night and sleeping through the heat of the day.  The american guy ended up getting it together and beat the Aboriginal guy buy a few hours with the 70 year old man a few hours behind and the German guy nearly a day behind that.  The American guy was in awe of the 70 year old aboriginal.  It was like a three week trek.  I don't remember all the particulars but it was pretty cool.

Anyway, that was a random digression.  Native people's though are just fantastically amazing.  My Papua New Guinean friends could move through the jungle for days like you wouldn't believe.

I have a cool book on boomerangs.  I gave JeffH the title.  It shows how to build all kinds of boomerangs, some of them reliable enough to do on stage and throw them out over an audience.  I've never actually built any of them though.


anyway...
Barak

Title: Re: Survivor Sling Challenge
Post by Dan_Bollinger on Feb 19th, 2004 at 3:46pm
Barak,  You'll be pleased to know that Papau New Guinea was scouted for the NEXT Survivor show. If you know anyone there that could verify this, let me know! I have a Survivor website, too.  Dan

http://www.claycritters.com/maps/survivormaps.htm

Title: Re: Survivor Sling Challenge
Post by justbarak on Feb 19th, 2004 at 11:00pm
WOOOHOOO SIGN ME UP!!!  I'd probably fail misurably.  I'd do fantastic at the actual survival stuff, but I'd be horrible at the intrigue required to not get voted off the team.  I'd love to go "home" though.  It's not cheap to fly there, that's for sure.

Barak

Title: Re: Survivor Sling Challenge
Post by Ulrica on Feb 20th, 2004 at 10:34am
Are you talking about the "robinson"-show that started with swedish people many years ago, because no other country wanted to believe in the idea?

Here the show was called "robinson". But last weekend it was the very final "vote" and the last winner was crown. A voman this time; Emma.

It was proabably the last "Robinson" ever here, unless a new sender take over the broadcasting..
Does it look familiar:
http://svt.se/svt/jsp/Crosslink.jsp?d=8898

/Ulrica


Title: Re: Survivor Sling Challenge
Post by Dan_Bollinger on Feb 20th, 2004 at 11:24am
Ulrica, You are right, the original show was Expedition Robinson. Mark Burnett, the Eco-Challenge producer, did all the competition challenges for it. Later, he moved to LA and bought the rights to do the show in the USA and renamed it Survivor. Many countries now have a Survivor show. The seem to borrow ideas from each other. It was Mark Burnett's Survivor that I sent the sling challenge to. I suggested they throw oranges, not rocks.  :)  

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