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Man Wants to Live Like Bear Grylls for a Year, Dies in Less Than a Month

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Nature has always been about the ‘survival of the fittest’, but sometimes even the fittest cannot survive its harsh conditions. What happened with David Austin is a classic example of how merciless the outdoors can truly be. He had embarked upon a year-long survival challenge in the Scottish wilderness, but was found dead within a month.

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The 29-year-old from Derby was on a mission inspired by English adventurer Bear Grylls. Sadly however, his body was discovered on December 31st by a track worker in a remote mountain hut located in Corrour, Highland Perthshire. The condition in which the body was found suggests that it had been lying there for several weeks, unnoticed. According to post mortem reports, the most plausible cause for death was hypothermia.
Austin is said to have known what he was getting into. Apparently, he had taken a few courses on bushcraft skills and outdoor survival for the past two years. It was always his dream to rough it out for a whole year, and he had taken time off of work to accomplish this. He wanted to be at the mercy of the harsh winter so badly that he did not even carry a mobile phone with him. Last November, he had informed his family that he would be heading north on a survival mission and now the news of his death has left them dumbfounded. Austin’s mother was unable to contain her grief when she spoke of her son. “He loved his survival, climbing, that sort of training. I knew what he was going to do but I did not expect this. I’m distraught, I can’t believe it. You don’t expect this and I don’t know how to deal with it.”
Although Austin’s trail remains unknown, it is speculated that he headed to Glasgow from Derby and then went on to Corrour, UK’s highest mainline station. The first heavy snow fall of the season occurred during this time. As he was heading towards the next railway station at Rannoch, he may have started facing difficulties. He might have taken shelter at the hut during this time, but what happened after that remains a mystery.
People say that he was well equipped, and yet fell prey to the extreme weather conditions. Even survival school instructors say that the chances of anyone surviving a Highland winter outdoors and living off the land are pretty slim. It seems that Austin had the courage to take on the rough conditions, but courage is hardly what’s needed to survive the cold. It sure is tragic the way he died, all by himself.

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Re: Man Wants to Live Like Bear Grylls for a Year, Dies in Less Than a Month

the #1 thing that's going to do you in, is hypothermia
...if you don't know what you're doing, stay out of the bush!

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Re: Man Wants to Live Like Bear Grylls for a Year, Dies in Less Than a Month


what an idiot

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Re: Man Wants to Live Like Bear Grylls for a Year, Dies in Less Than a Month

It should've occured to him that Scotland in the winter is FUCKING COLD!!

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^ um im sure he was aware of this.

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Re: Man Wants to Live Like Bear Grylls for a Year, Dies in Less Than a Month

Sorry the guy lost his life but you have to question his mentality. Bear was part of an elite military unit and trained for years to survive. Taking a few courses hardly counts as sufficient training.

Not to mention Bear always has staff with him while filming. Even Survivor Man who does go solo have a way to contact help if an emergency arises.

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Sorry the guy lost his life but you have to question his mentality. Bear was part of an elite military unit and trained for years to survive. Taking a few courses hardly counts as sufficient training.

Not to mention Bear always has staff with him while filming. Even Survivor Man who does go solo have a way to contact help if an emergency arises.
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Re: Man Wants to Live Like Bear Grylls for a Year, Dies in Less Than a Month

dude must not have been paying close attention to Bear

Seriously, there's a disclaimer before the show...stating that he gets help from experts if needed.

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Re: Man Wants to Live Like Bear Grylls for a Year, Dies in Less Than a Month

He didnt last long Scotland of all places, lol.

He wouldn't manage even 1 day in harsher places of the globe.

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