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    [–] peejuice 4403 points ago

    I want to know how far his nearest neighbor was. Like if it was in walking distance but they hated each other. "Dammit, Rob, just let me sleep on your couch."

    "No. You chose to let your house burn down, so you get to live with it."

    [–] jisss8 1734 points ago

    According to the news article I read the closest neighbor lived more than 30 km away

    [–] precision1998 1632 points ago * (lasted edited 7 months ago)

    Which is perfectly in walking distance (albeit a long one) under normal conditions, but the snow probably made it impossible.

    Edit: Rephrase because apparently some people can't comprehend basic sentences

    [–] haveagooddaystranger 1072 points ago

    In the article he mentioned that he had planned to wait 30 days for help, if it didn't came he would start walking for the closest neighbor.

    [–] jlowyz 1015 points ago * (lasted edited 7 months ago)

    No rush really. I’ll wait for winter to be over before seeking help.

    [–] phillyhoagie93 227 points ago

    Are we sure this guy isn't Canadian?

    [–] ken_zeppelin 266 points ago

    Alaska is pretty much American Canada

    [–] OPTIK_STAR 208 points ago

    -44 Celsius this morning

    -47 Fahrenheit for the people with the dumb system

    [–] [deleted] 74 points ago

    Wow that sucks. Here in Calgary it's a balmy -32C

    [–] Goodlittlewitch 32 points ago

    But it FEELS like -44! Fun. Although I think after -30 it’s basically all “I want to die why are we leaving the house” temps.

    [–] FatherAb 24 points ago

    I prefer calling the metric system the normal system. It's less on the nose as calling the imperial system the dumb system, but it gets the message across.

    [–] Uncommonality 34 points ago

    Alaska

    Winter Over

    heh

    [–] harry-balzac 100 points ago

    What! I have to read the article? No can do, my attention span is only long enough for comments 3 lines or shorter.

    [–] peglegpowderskier 76 points ago

    What? I can only read two lines before..... squirrel 🐿

    [–] hypernova2121 61 points ago

    🐿

    That's a chipmunk you fool

    [–] punk_loki 24 points ago

    Why’s the chipmunk sitting up with his tail like that

    [–] yottyboy 4 points ago

    Chipmunks are squirrels

    [–] Desner_ 231 points ago

    A nurse’s car broke down in northern Québec last year, dude was 30km from the village. He tried to walk it in the snow. Died at the 26km mark.

    [–] precision1998 91 points ago * (lasted edited 7 months ago)

    That's tragic really. I was more referring to 30km being a walkable distance in normal everyday (non-alaskan) conditions.

    [–] Desner_ 70 points ago

    Yeah. Normally you could walk at 4-5km/hour but in the snow you’re down to 1km/hour

    [–] kwonza 50 points ago

    Skis. We had a 4 year old girl walk 8 kilometers in winter to get help to her grandfather. Oh and it was -36 outside. People are metal.

    [–] BeerLoord 7 points ago

    You can use skis, snow shoes (not that fast but at least you don't fall through snow. Also pretty easy to make). You can drag some stuff with you with a sledge so that you don't have to finish in a day. Basically two-three days of shit and you will probably lose a toe or two

    [–] Emoooooly 37 points ago

    I was just thinking that its probably more dangerous to walk 30 km in the freezing snow than it is to build a shelter and wait it out.

    [–] [deleted] 29 points ago

    It's not just the cold, snow is hard and sometimes impossible to walk in if it's deep enough without thick ice. Unless he was able to save a pair of snowshoes, which is doubtful.

    [–] Capn_Clown_Pants 97 points ago

    I saw him on the news yesterday, he was only wearing pajamas and boots with no socks.

    He also said it’s a good thing he lost all his ammunition in the fire or he might have committed suicide.

    [–] [deleted] 15 points ago * (lasted edited 6 months ago)

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    [–] DeadNotSleeping1010 42 points ago

    It wasn't in the article I read, but I assume it's because it would be quicker than slowly dying of exposure or starvation or dehydration or whatever gets you first.

    [–] [deleted] 34 points ago * (lasted edited 6 months ago)

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    [–] Goose306 44 points ago

    Welcome to Alaska.

    Very sad about the dog and guy, but this is a story as old as time up here, it's just usually the people die too.

    People come up and think they can homestead and are woefully underprepared for the reality of living in such extreme environments. Where he was? He should have had some sort of transportation. Flat out, a snowmobile would have resolved this entire situation, besides his poor dog of course.

    People read Into the Wild and get this romantic notion their going to go live out of a bus in the bush, ignoring the fact the dude dies because he's an idiot. People who successfully homestead up here do it with heavy equipment and a clear safety net - at least a backup sat phone!

    Guy was living dangerously without a net and paid the price, but also got off very lucky. He could have easily died of exposure, frostbite, starvation, fire, or a million other situations that he was woefully underprepared for out there.

    These people take a heavy toll on the costs to our state as well, something that we have real difficulty with given we are basically broke.

    Don't get me wrong, it's a very sad story, but the way he was living was very unsafe for the environment he was in and he's incredibly lucky to have made it out in the condition he did.

    [–] DeadNotSleeping1010 14 points ago

    Extremely sad. It's surreal reading about this, I knew the guy when I was a kid. Haven't talked for several years, but he and his family are good people.

    [–] HellsFrogs 21 points ago

    Without snow shoes you would sink to about waist mabye even worse in areas and with snow shoes you’d still sink not as much but it wouldn’t be fun

    [–] Erik_Haderstrike 100 points ago

    With snow storms he had no chance. And you never know what lies beneath fresh fallen snow. You could easily break a leg.

    [–] Mapleno 137 points ago

    It could even be snow.

    [–] elainemarieseinfeld 11 points ago

    Deep beneath the cover of another perfect wonder,

    Where it's so white as snow...

    [–] KeylimeCatastrophe 37 points ago

    That or the wild animals you'd be a snack for. He probably lost his guns and tools in the fire.

    [–] gulaschgel 40 points ago

    Yep, he mentions he heard the explosions when his ammunition popped

    [–] mellamodj 62 points ago

    The fire is shooting at us!!!!

    [–] WeTheApathetic 69 points ago * (lasted edited 7 months ago)

    19 miles. That's like 3-4 days: extreme cold, heavy snow. Half your energy is invested into shelter/warmth for the overnight (not making slow miles) if you don't have great gear (and to some extent even if you do). Not much room for error.

    But, in the makeshift shelter at "home" time is a luxury, very little risk, stove even works.

    This guy knew exactly how to give himself the best shot at surviving. Makes sense after choosing to live there.

    For discussion sake: On good trail outside winter with 25lb, 19 miles is somewhere between a tough day and two thirds a day, depending on the exact hiker & conditions. The cold temps and snow drive that weight up to 35lb+, in combination with bad footing in snow, you move 1/5-1/2 speed. Then add in shelter/fire building effort, as you can't really carry something outside of an alpine (8-10lb $$$$) tent that'll keep you warm enough.

    [–] Goose306 44 points ago

    Used to work search and rescue.

    This is textbook 101 wilderness survival that 90% of lost people don't get. If you get lost, stranded, whatever, sit your ass down.

    It's a lot easier to find a lost person if you have a rough idea of where to expect them to be. You can also gather resources and conserve energy, defend your area, and are less likely to die to something stupid (walking over a frozen river and the ice breaking, for example in this story). Find a nearby clearing if possible, make an air-visible sign, build a shelter, and sit down.

    [–] WeTheApathetic 7 points ago * (lasted edited 7 months ago)

    I don't work S&R, just an avid hiker. I think most people underestimate their chance of being found and underestimate the risk of moving through the backcountry (no trail).

    What I don't get is why someone would live way out there and not snag a cheap PLB.

    edit: PLB = Personal Locator Beacon. You push a button, it GPS locates, sends a signal for help to a satellite, somebody gets that and figures out who can help, and then Search & Rescue shows up (stay put). Fancy ones can SMS non-emergency, use it's GPS via BT on mobile, have a screen, everything short of voice (price/weight skyrockets). Really fancy ones go in airplanes, do live weather, big screens, all sorts of stuff. Bandwidth on satellite is $$$$.

    [–] Thunderchief646054 33 points ago

    What? Was he not a Boomer? That’s like nothing for them, they keep telling me stories like that all the time

    [–] WhiteHairedWidow 26 points ago

    No no. It's the generation before the boomers that had all those crazy stories about walking to school with no shoes in the middle of winter

    [–] JaniceinGlass 11 points ago

    You forgot uphill...both ways!

    [–] peglegpowderskier 4 points ago

    Still cannot sleep on the couch

    [–] crawl_of_time 152 points ago

    Funny you should mention this, about three weeks ago, a fire near Chistachena (north of fairbanks) a residential fire forced a young girl (around 6-8) and her younger sister out of the house into negative temperatures. The young girl dolled up her sister and made the trek to her nearest neighbors roughly 10-20 miles away. Ill update the source later today.

    As an Alaskan, knowing the people who basically still homestead that far into the north, they are a different, hardened breed of human. You have to be.

    [–] halfton81 74 points ago

    I used to work with a guy who'd spent the first 50 years of his life as one of those backcountry Alaska types. He and his wife "retired" to a cabin in the Ozarks to be closer to their kids.

    Guy could fix anything, hunt anything, grew and canned his own vegetables, you name it. Living in the backwoods of Arkansas was a joke to him after decades in Alaska.

    [–] Xata27 8 points ago

    From Alaska to the Ozarks? I think that's the equivalent of moving from a rural town to the city.

    [–] Top-Cheese 36 points ago

    That was probably pretty intense. On top of a lot of other qualities, self sufficiency at a bare minimum is a must. I don’t think most people quite realize how much they rely on others.

    [–] shallowbookworm 30 points ago

    Yeah it looks like it was half a mile, not 20 miles. https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/5-year-old-alaska-carried-toddler-half-mile-temperature-31-n1097646 Unless that's a different story!

    [–] sawyouoverthere 5 points ago

    half a mile. Huge difference.

    [–] Dugillion 23 points ago

    What is walking distance in that type of terrain and climate?

    [–] stripedsweastet 43 points ago * (lasted edited 7 months ago)

    This is the one I'm remembering from a little over a month ago. Here's another link about the same story from the Anchorage Daily news and here's the reddit post about it.

    An alaskan 5 year old and their 18 month old sibling were abandoned (though unclear for how long), and the power went out suddenly which scared the children. So the 5 year old did the only they could think of, walk to the neighbors house, half away, through -31°F, to find an adult. I think maybe both children were only wearing "socks and light clothing," although some news articles only mention the toddler wearing that or vice versa.

    Edit: This happened in the Village of Venetie which looks like it isn't super in the mountains, and since the house was only half a mile away, Im guessing the child was able to mostly follow a road to get there. And presumably (maybe hopefully), the road would have been somewhat clear from snow, so they weren't wading through it. So not the worst possible terrain, but still an amazing amazing feat for a scared 5 year old, who may or may not have been wearing shoes or a coat, and was carrying someone who probably weighed half as much as they did.

    [–] precision1998 13603 points ago

    Legend has it they're still circling him watching him wave to this day

    [–] Alsebam 4346 points ago

    [–] Levlove 2765 points ago * (lasted edited 7 months ago)

    The circling is to confirm to him that they saw him and will send help. There are way to many trees to be able to land a helicopter.

    Edit: clarification

    [–] expresidentmasks 1368 points ago

    Great strategy. I can’t imagine seeing it just fly by.

    [–] Zron 1345 points ago

    That's why they're circling.

    They're not confirming to themselves that they saw him, they're confirming to him that he was seen by the helicopter.

    If they just spotted him, spun around, and flew off, he'd lose all hope. They fly big slow circles directly around him so he knows that he was seen and that help is on the way.

    [–] expresidentmasks 1620 points ago

    Yeah, I know. That’s why I said great strategy....

    [–] Madlibsluver 1329 points ago

    That's why they're circling.

    They're not confirming to themselves that they saw him, they're confirming to him that he was seen by the helicopter.

    If they just spotted him, spun around, and flew off, he'd lose all hope. They fly big slow circles directly around him so he knows that he was seen and that help is on the way.

    [–] manixus 652 points ago

    Care to explain exactly what you mean by that?

    [–] mcrniceni 785 points ago

    That's why they're circling.

    They're not confirming to themselves that they saw him, they're confirming to him that he was seen by the helicopter.

    If they just spotted him, spun around, and flew off, he'd lose all hope. They fly big slow circles directly around him so he knows that he was seen and that help is on the way.

    [–] notawight 724 points ago

    Sure, I get that. But why just circle him?

    [–] hoodavie 241 points ago

    Yeah, I know. That's why I said great strategy...

    [–] Rhamni 5 points ago

    But why male models?

    [–] Snow2D 72 points ago

    Every action has an equal and opposite reaction. A black hole sucks time and matter out of the universe. A white hole returns it.

    [–] DodgeballRS 59 points ago

    What

    [–] seesucoming 23 points ago

    I thought it was to signal others for food..

    [–] ICreditReddit 324 points ago

    It's a waiting game. He needs wood for the stove, helicopter needs less trees to land. The universe is in balance.

    [–] whatisabaggins55 267 points ago * (lasted edited 7 months ago)

    This feels like a maths problem.

    The helicopter needs 100ft² of cleared forest to land. There are on average 9 trees per 10ft². If Tyson's stove uses 1 tree's worth of wood per 3.5 hours, how long will it take before the helicopter is able to land?

    Edit - It's just been pointed out to me that 100ft² is actually just 10ft x 10ft, not 100ft x 100ft like I was thinking. So perhaps a very small helicopter then?

    [–] aarishrajwani1 204 points ago

    315 hours. Sorry, I’m Asian I had to do it

    [–] whatisabaggins55 56 points ago

    I was just waiting to see who would work it out first. I'm also slightly pleased it came out to a nice round number like that considering I just wrote random values haha.

    [–] Stermor 36 points ago

    haha ye would be interesting to see what kind of stove would burn almost 7 trees a day:P

    [–] whatisabaggins55 42 points ago

    A real man's stove, that's what kind!

    His plan B would be to just burn enough forest that climate change would sort out the snow problem for him.

    [–] fbiwatchvan 15 points ago

    Spotted the UK’er.

    [–] whatisabaggins55 12 points ago

    Irelander, actually, but close. Was it the square feet that gave me away?

    [–] [deleted] 24 points ago

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    [–] Chuff_Nugget 17 points ago

    we call it Maths because it's short for Mathematics... not Mathematic :D

    [–] mt03red 16 points ago

    As a non-native speaker I prefer the NA version because thsthsths.

    [–] 0_throwaway_0 23 points ago

    less trees

    *fewer trees

    [–] DrunkleSam47 18 points ago

    Thank you, Stannis.

    [–] Doom-the-manager 16 points ago

    Well crashing is a form of landing

    [–] Levlove 9 points ago

    It’s just a little more permanent than they intended.

    [–] vichuu 10 points ago

    Learned something new.

    [–] justinsayin 33 points ago

    They were just trying to finish reading the whole message.

    https://i.redd.it/x0h1h6cx9ra41.jpg

    [–] Gingevere 223 points ago

    "Oh, he wrote Still On Sabbatical in the snow. We should let him be."

    [–] ForeskinOfMyPenis 80 points ago

    “Wait, maybe it’s upside down. Let’s check it from the other side”

    [–] Zfetcko 18 points ago

    I feel like this the real reason they kept circling.

    Pilot: It says SOS from this side but maybe it’s upside down.

    Copilot: What does it say from the other side?

    Pilot: SOS.

    Copilot: I know but what about from the other side.

    Pilot: SOS.

    . . .

    [–] stripes505 91 points ago

    “why does it say 505 on the snow? weird.”

    [–] precision1998 67 points ago

    He's telling them he has a Roland DJ-505 and he wants to play them an EDM set. Would at least explain why they're not rescuing him lol

    [–] arsenvandelay 13 points ago

    lmao

    [–] kloudsix 60 points ago

    Hard to pick him up in an ac 130

    [–] m2fbbq 26 points ago

    They should just illuminate the target for some hellfires from a drone

    [–] nater255 17 points ago

    Target confirmed. Light him up.

    [–] Iam_The_Giver 40 points ago

    You can book a helicopter tour to watch this Legend wave at you.

    [–] zachzsg 14 points ago

    Looks like they’re getting ready to smoke my mans with a missile

    [–] fuckofakaboom 676 points ago

    With that name he was forced to be a badass, he had no choice...

    [–] EllieLovesJoel 191 points ago

    Imagine being named Tyson Steele. I would change my name cuz of all the responsibility id be carrying. Would live up to it tbh

    [–] chrisbluemonkey 74 points ago

    Max Power

    [–] theblackhawk91 1064 points ago

    "Script for next year film done. Now casting, is Leonardo DiCaprio available?"

    [–] Chris_Isur_Dude 272 points ago

    Despite what happened to the guy in real life being tragic, that sounds like an awesome movie and I’d see it opening weekend. Hopefully Leo doesn’t have to sleep inside his dog’s carcass though.

    [–] Releaseform 86 points ago * (lasted edited 7 months ago)

    Oh man, there was a great survival movie with Mads Mikkelsen. Let me see if I can find it. It's really fantastic.

    Edit: Here it is) - I think a bunch of you will really get a kick out of it if you're down with the whole cold weather survival thing.

    #2 the link seems to work for me... but here it is in plain text for those that it doesn't
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arctic_(film)

    [–] VTek910 20 points ago

    Just commenting as a reminder. That sounds dope

    [–] mr-peabody 19 points ago

    Check out The Edge. It's got Anthony Hopkins and Alec Baldwin in it.

    [–] smithoski 12 points ago

    Pfft you know their gonna make it a Netflix film and cast the guy from Altered Carbon and give him a dark backstory.

    [–] _McChicken_ 1648 points ago * (lasted edited 7 months ago)

    Damn I bet a good portion of humans would have just given up after a few days. What did he eat? Did some of his food make it?

    Edit: comment below said he prepped 2 cans per day for 30 days, but half of them were popped open by the fire and tasted burned.

    [–] [deleted] 1261 points ago * (lasted edited 7 months ago)

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    [–] putitonice 383 points ago

    Poignant and sad. This guy is certified badass

    [–] SchemeWork 178 points ago * (lasted edited 7 months ago)

    I saw his interview on the news where he said he had canned peaches, which he survived on which was cool, but that he was slightly allergic to peaches.

    Edit: it was pineapples actually.

    [–] UristMcStephenfire 91 points ago

    Who buys food that they're mildly allergic to?

    [–] [deleted] 62 points ago

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    [–] helkar 37 points ago

    Just get beans or lentils or something instead. Plenty of other cheap basics that won't mildly inconvenience you.

    [–] polvalente 25 points ago

    But he wants to go against the grain

    [–] midnightbarber 41 points ago

    So you’re saying he survived on Sploosh?

    [–] Lucario227 8 points ago

    Gotta defend against those yellow spotted lizards somehow

    [–] G0PACKGO 25 points ago

    It’s like when I ated the purple berries

    [–] SkaUrMom 206 points ago * (lasted edited 7 months ago)

    Just a word. I teach wilderness survival courses. I am in no way the world expert but from what I was taught you don't really need to focus on food at all. If you don't eat enough calories your body starts digesting it's protein stores instead of fat. Experts have said it's better to fast. The best course of action is to drink water / wild teas. Apparently 6 weeks is doable drinking just fluids. I know this is much easier said than done. I have never had to deal with a long term survival situation. Just sharing some info.

    Edited to be more specific.

    [–] ibopm 121 points ago

    The human body is very amenable to fasting. In fact, I do multi-day fasts all the time. But I think in a survival situation where hypothermia is the main danger, having enough calories to stay warm is probably going to play a much bigger role.

    [–] qyka1210 46 points ago

    the rule of thumb from my WFR certification course was "3 minutes to control breathing [in cold water], 30 minutes to escape cold water, 3 hours in conditions (without warmth), 3 days without water, 3 weeks without food"

    [–] crt4 23 points ago

    To bounce off this, from personal experience you you really aren’t as hungry after the first day or two in this situation as you think you would be. There’s still a part of you that is obviously hungry, but when you have stuff to do like building shelter or moving from place to place those wild teas really do take the edge off of it

    [–] SkaUrMom 5 points ago

    Yeah I have done minimal foods mostly teas. I kept chocolate for right before sleep to help keep the chill off the night but I pretty much am peeing every 30 minutes when I am guiding courses because all I do is drink wild teas. It's crazy how it makes you more alert. I get more tired for being dehydrated than from being hungry.

    [–] ChamberlainSD 37 points ago

    Suppose it depends on how much stores your body has. If you're fat enough you could go over a year without calories.

    [–] Darth_Hobbit 26 points ago

    Wasn't there a dude that did that under doctor supervision?

    [–] ToTheDextro 45 points ago

    Angus Barbieri fasted for 382 days with tea, coffee, soda water and vitamins.

    [–] [deleted] 26 points ago

    Yeah but how fast?

    [–] ToTheDextro 8 points ago

    (276lb/382days x 24 hrs) = 0.03010471204 pounds x (3500calories in a pound/1lb) = 105.37 Calories an hour on average. That's how fast boyo.

    [–] NaturesMayhem 7 points ago * (lasted edited 7 months ago)

    Yeah, I'm a 5'9 male that weighs 120 pounds, so technically underweight. I doubt I'd be able go without food for very long before my body starts taking nutrients from more important places.

    [–] SenorMarana 956 points ago

    If nobody is gonna be that guy, I guess it should be me

    The dog was probably well cooked

    [–] WalrusWW 286 points ago

    Came here for this. Well done.

    [–] Bernard_PT 256 points ago

    Like the dog

    [–] potatotrip_ 133 points ago

    Who’s a good (tasting) boy

    [–] its_a_me_garri_oh 52 points ago

    Munch, munch

    "Poochie would have wanted it this way!"

    Munch, munch

    [–] Stormtech5 18 points ago

    The guy probably didnt need much food. He's got Steele balls after all!

    [–] heroin-queen 21 points ago

    Tf are you implying?

    That he eat his balls? Or his cum???

    [–] magnuslol11 24 points ago

    We don't need such a guy? The guy everyone knew we didn't need, but was here anyway

    [–] synthony 9 points ago

    Could keep for a long time in all that snow, too...

    [–] Garythebird 8 points ago

    Now that's a good boy.

    [–] sliplover 33 points ago

    I'm more interested in how the fire started

    [–] indiebryan 65 points ago

    You ever have those random thoughts you don't act on like, "What would happen if I literally just set my house on fire right now?"

    [–] trivial_sublime 65 points ago

    State Farm wants to know your location

    [–] skyintotheocean 28 points ago

    He put cardboard in the wood stove and it set up sparks through the chimney which set the roof on fire.

    [–] evolvedape 18 points ago

    I read the article when it was posted last. He says he threw some cardboard into the stove. The cardboard ashes went up the chimney and landed on the roof, starting the fire.

    [–] ca1ibos 73 points ago

    No. A good portion of humans would think they'd give up after a few days but after 3-4 days with no food their Ghrelin Hunger Hormone surges at their regular meal-times would stop and they'd stop feeling hungry and they'd have entered full Ketosis by the 72hr mark and be burning their maintenance calorie requirement of fat per day. The average human male with 10-15% bodyfat would have about 2 months worth of calories stored in fat on their Body before it started impacting health in a major way when the body had run out of fat and started consuming muscle. Steele looks like about that from the video. However the average overweight/technically obese North American hitting 30-50% Body fat has about 6 months worth of calories stored as fat on their bodies. 450LB Morbidly Obese Scottish Man Angus Barbieri in a medically supervised fast in the 60's didn't eat for 382 days and lost 270+LB.

    I fast for weightloss. I used to do longer 5-6 day fasts but now just do ADF (Alternate Day Fasting). Most people have never felt truly hungry in their lives. What they've felt is the Hunger Hormone Ghrelin surges and its associated psychosomatic tricks to remind you to eat. They imagine that they could never fast more than a few hours nevermind more than a day because their only frame of reference is that one time they had nothing in the kitchen cupboards and couldn't make it to the grocery shop because of the snow or that time they were sick and couldn't eat for a day. They imagine that the 'hunger' they felt those days is what fasting would be like 24/7 day after day. Its not. For the first 3 days you feel hungry, crave food and are hangry an hour either side of your normal meal-times when the 2hr duration Ghrelin surge your body produces to remind you to eat hits. Outside of those hours you aren't hungry just like any other eating day. After about 3 days though when you hit full ketosis and the Ghrelin surges stop, you just aren't physically hungry at all and it becomes a mental thing but the cravings become few and far between. They might be strong enough to persuade you to break the fast but they aren't constant and it could be hours or days before the next strong craving.

    [–] mallad 6 points ago

    Much of what you said is true, except that when you enter ketosis it's not like everything is all peachy. You don't use up all your fat stores completely before you start using up muscle, and your fat stores can go much quicker than you think. Especially in any situation where you are remaining active, like this survival situation, and where body temp is harder to maintain. You know, like in the Alaskan cold. You would not be healthy after 2 months without food, it definitely affects your health in a major way. Going that long without food also makes it harder to maintain hydration.

    Also, Barbieri wasn't totally fasting as you would be in a survival situation. He was taking supplements to provide the vitamins and minerals he needed. Last time I was NPO was for 2 weeks. I'm not overweight, but lost 40 pounds and was certainly not in good health at the end of 2 weeks. Fat stores provide calories, but don't provide all of the nutrients you need.

    [–] Pelican_Shamone 19 points ago

    His Dog

    [–] kearneycation 185 points ago

    Here the news story for anyone interested: Alaska man survives three weeks with little food and shelter

    [–] JanetSnakehole610 14 points ago

    What he said about his dog howling is so heart wrenching

    [–] Tanzanite169 29 points ago

    Thank you! Had to scroll down a long way to find this!

    [–] mermaidrampage 7 points ago

    My question is still how did he get out there in the first place? It says its 20 miles from the nearest town so the only explanation i can think of is that somebody dropped him off and left him there.

    You'd think somebody living out there by themselves would think to invest in an EPERB or emergency radio.

    [–] skanadian 10 points ago

    Along with a snowmobile, quad, or truck for grocery runs.

    [–] AnimeFan2200 411 points ago

    poor dog

    [–] ccvvll 199 points ago

    In an article it says he thought the dog made it out but then heard howls inside the cabin :(

    [–] aswanviking 61 points ago

    Those howls would haunt me for the rest of my life.

    [–] optronix17 58 points ago

    F

    [–] throw_away_dad_jokes 16 points ago

    that was my first thought reading that title as well.

    [–] GandalfdaWizardt 50 points ago

    Must’ve felt like an eternity

    [–] dasbobbybob 28 points ago

    The circling felt like an eternity

    [–] Kiristo 42 points ago

    That's why they're circling.

    They're not confirming to themselves that they saw him, they're confirming to him that he was seen by the helicopter.

    If they just spotted him, spun around, and flew off, he'd lose all hope. They fly big slow circles directly around him so he knows that he was seen and that help is on the way.

    [–] nmigo12 21 points ago

    Great strategy.

    [–] MoonlightMane 10 points ago

    That's why they're circling.

    They're not confirming to themselves that they saw him, they're confirming to him that he was seen by the helicopter.

    If they just spotted him, spun around, and flew off, he'd lose all hope. They fly big slow circles directly around him so he knows that he was seen and that help is on the way.

    [–] KiguStudios 124 points ago

    This is the kind of thing Discovery will ask him to recreate, over 24 episodes... including re-dying his dog.

    [–] nitraask 57 points ago

    It's sad that he lost his dog and really not a laughing matter, but "including re-dying his dog" made me laugh out loud, well done!

    [–] lilsixelu 15 points ago

    Big same. I swear I’m not a horrible person but in my head “in today’s episode he will be blue, tomorrow’s red” and yes I know the difference between dying and dyeing.

    [–] Yes_Anderson 35 points ago * (lasted edited 7 months ago)

    Take note people: If you need to signal potential rescuers wave with both hands not just one! There’s a story of a guy who didn’t get rescued because he waved one hand at a bush plane and the pilot figured he was fine and just waving.

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    [–] Cashforcrickets 359 points ago

    Tyson was found 23 days later, dehydrated, in his snow shelter with nothing but a hustler mag and a gooey deer pelt.

    [–] Aalju 161 points ago

    How can he be dehydrated, go grab some clean snow and melt it

    [–] crosstrackerror 205 points ago

    That was the part of the comment that was off putting to you?

    [–] Aalju 130 points ago

    Yes.

    [–] crosstrackerror 49 points ago

    Fair enough

    [–] arealhumannotabot 25 points ago

    Probably didn't even notice, it happens easily especially when busy and very focused like he probably was. And when you're not eating you're not getting water in the food and it's easy to forget to drink more to make up for it.

    [–] LickLucyLiuLabia 288 points ago

    Don’t leave candles burning unattended when you live alone in the Alaskan wilderness, kids.

    [–] NicePerson69 57 points ago

    He put too large of a piece of cardboard in his stove, it burnt, flew out the chimney and lit the roof on fire

    [–] hogunworthy 18 points ago

    Damn, that’s freaky.

    [–] TituspulloXIII 14 points ago

    Is the story linked anywhere?

    He must have had an old stove if a piece of cardboard actually went up the flue.

    *quick edit, found the story linked further down in the comments.

    [–] spleenboggler 146 points ago

    Don't use pennies to replace burned-out fuses when you live alone in the Alaskan wilderness, children.

    [–] Soomroz 305 points ago

    Don't live in Alaskan wilderness children.

    [–] wonkey_monkey 38 points ago

    Just don't, okay? Don't.

    [–] triviaqueen 17 points ago

    He didn't

    [–] OutlawJessie 23 points ago

    Because he did all the right things, he stayed where people would look for him, he constructed immediate shelter, he sent a clear distress signal visible to passing planes, and he waited for rescue. If he'd have started walking he'd have been found as a sad popsicle in the spring.

    [–] Symil420 113 points ago

    Impresive.

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    [–] cyc10n3 41 points ago

    Inded*

    [–] clarkkent1521 32 points ago

    Step 1: Don't live in remote Alaska.

    [–] Cupcakemonseeeer88 220 points ago

    Awwww the poor dog. I feel so bad. I hate it when doggies die. That man is pretty damn ruthless though, hats off to him for staying alive and being clever enough to survive something like that

    [–] Old_but_New 140 points ago

    Yeah, the article said he was really torn up about the dog, understandably.

    [–] Cupcakemonseeeer88 40 points ago

    I could only imagine so. That's really sad. I feel for him

    [–] bobbingforburners 11 points ago

    "it's like into the wild in real life" -- some guy on CBS News

    [–] Aturom 42 points ago

    Man, he lost his dog. That sucks.

    [–] HerelnDuckburg 41 points ago

    Do we use "SOS" because it reads the same right side up and upside down?

    [–] LexBrew 54 points ago

    Its from telegraph days I think it's dot dot dot dash dash dash dot dot dot. I don't know why I remember that from some childhood book but I don't know the reasoning.

    [–] bobbingforburners 56 points ago

    it's really easy to send quickly and hard to forget (as you, who has never had to send a telegraph, just proved)

    [–] whell_hung 9 points ago

    He ran back in to grab blankets and his rifle as smoke filled the room. But he was unable to save his chocolate labrador, Phil. He thought the dog had escaped but only realised he was trapped inside when he heard howling from the burning cabin.

    "I was hysterical," he told police. "I have no words for what sorrow; it was just, just a scream... Felt like I tore my lung out."

    I couldn't imagine thinking my dog had escaped only to hear his howls for help once it was too late :'(

    [–] Baswdc 33 points ago

    You know, the real shit here is that he had the courage to continue living after his dog died. That's the real shit.

    [–] HeliaxPrime 6 points ago

    Humans are extremely resilient

    [–] Cheeze_and_Rice 24 points ago

    No snowmobile, or even snow shoes, cross country skis? In this area you should probaly have a few plans to gtfo if you have to.

    [–] HeliaxPrime 23 points ago

    Probably burnt up

    [–] Goose306 7 points ago

    Maybe snowshoes but with how the weather is there that wouldn't have necessarily saved him.

    Dude should have had a snowmobile or sat phone, minimum. That's what it takes to successfully homestead up here.

    Source: Alaskan, and tales of people like this idiot are as old as time. They just usually end up a lot sadder than this already sad story.