You and your companions have just survived the crash of a small plane. Both the pilot and co-pilot were killed in the crash. It is mid-January , and you are in Northern Canada. The daily temperature is 25 below zero, and the night time temperature is 40 below zero. There is snow on the ground, and the countryside is wooded with with several creeks criss-crossing the area. The nearest town is 20 miles away. You are all dressed in city clothes appropriate for a business meeting. Your group of survivors managed to salvage the following items:A ball of steel woolA small axA loaded .45-caliber pistolCan of Crisco shorteningNewspapers (one per person)Cigarette lighter (without fluid)Extra shirt and pants for each survivor20 x 20 ft. piece of heavy-duty canvasA sectional air map made of plasticOne quart of 100-proof whiskeyA compassFamily-size chocolate bars (one per person)Your task as a group is to list the above 12 items in order of importance for your survival. List the uses for each. You MUST come to agreement as a group.
How many survivors? I am going to assume six, just to have a number to work with. ( until told otherwise.)Also, to keep it simple, the wreckage is now unreachable, otherwise there is a lot of usable stuff not mentioned.Twenty miles through rough terrain would be unwise to hike, but not bad for signaling, especially if you have a sectional (aviation map) and a compass to maximize the effectiveness of your signals.There is lots of winter left, and if there are two bodies available, they should be stored in a way that will be protected from scavengers. But storage can wait. other things need to happen first, and right now.#1) Shirt and pants#2) NewspapersEverybody needs to put on the extra shirt and pants, and stuff them with their newspapers. Maybe make hoods out of the newspapers as well. #3) 20 x20 Canvas tarpPitch the canvas into some kind of shelter.#4) Can of CriscoDig a hole in the snow and dump the crisco out of the can and into the snow hole to collect later. Some of the crisco can be rubbed on hands and faces to add a little insulation and to help prevent chapping.#5) Pour a small amount of whiskey into the can. ( Some of the twigs can soak in the whiskey so they will burn longer and more efficiently.) Pour some more into the lighter#6) Lighter#7) A small Axe.Hopefully, some in the group have been collecting firewood and twigs for tinder. An axe will help as hands are going to be painfull and less able to be used to pick dry wood from trees.#8) Steel wool Try this as your starter tinder, in conjunction with the alcohol soaked twigs.You have a rudimentary shelter, and heat.#9) MapOrient yourself, figure out how far away not only towns are, but other features that might be very close that could aid in your rescue. Power lines, water towers, major roads that are used as flight references are shown on Sectionals. It might not be best to travel to, but if it does come to that, it is good to know where they are. They might be close enough to signal from or even used as a shelter.#10) CompassGet oriented more accurately.#11) Squares of Chocolate.I am not sure how big a family bar of chocolate is. But Chocolate could be portioned out at regular intervals to boost moral.#12) Loaded PistolAt first, as protection from large animals it will give people a sense of security. It could be used as a signaling device as well, or for damaging power or phone lines or transformers so repair crews will come to fix them. There are a lot of holes to fill here, like adding insulation to the canvas shelter, and what the best signals are and when to use them, or even using business ties for cordage. It will be interesting to see what some of the other list orders are and how we work together to come up with the best order for our group.
If you could use the plane wreckage for shelter you could survive a long time under these conditions. I would keep a fire going 24/7 and have some material handy that would make a lot of smoke in a hurry.
I think the implication is the plane is not accessable. thus the list is finite.There might be some variables because of some of the specifics, such as two of the survivors might have smaller feet that the pilot and co- pilot, so they might be able to wrap neckties around their feet for added insulation and stick them in the larger shoes. Ties can be used for mittens as well, or earmuffs.Did I understand correctly we are to list and explain the twelve items, ot did I overthink the objective?