2 men, 2 knives, 13 days in the wilderness
Mother Nature bests Manitoba pair on month-long adventure
Two Manitoba men have failed in their quest to last a month in the wilds of northern Manitoba with only the clothes on their backs and a pair of knives.
Brad Adrian and Sean Diamond said their goal was "not only to survive for 30 days, but also to be able to live relatively comfortably."
But the pair lasted just 13 days before both were kicked off their homegrown version of Survivor.
Diamond, a 40-year-old painter from Morris, Man.,and Adrian, 38, a manufacturing company manager from Roland, started out in the wilderness of northern Manitoba Oct. 5.They didn't want to reveal where they entered the woods, but said it was a remote area they had scouted out about seven hours' drive north of Winnipeg.
The two meneach brought a knife and the clothes on their back— no water, tent, matches, camping equipment or other supplies.
'Too much time shivering'
"Not even 10 minutes after we got into the bush it started to rain quite heavily," Diamond told CBC News on Friday."The next few days were actually like that, and we ended up actually getting a couple of inches of snow."
Both men were soaked to the skin, and it all went downhill from there, they said.
"We spent way too much time shivering at night and trying to build a shelter, and stay warm anddry, and still fighting with the weather,"Diamond said.
"For the first couple of days, it wouldn't let up. Mother Nature just wouldn't give us a break that we needed to do things like start hunting right away and start collecting berries."
Getting a fire started in the rain was no picnic, either.
"I think we spent hours huddled together, smacking a rock against the back of a knife and just saying back and forth to each other, 'We got to keep going, buddy. I know your arms are tired,'" Diamond said.
That was Day Two.
Minnows, rosehips, frogs for dinner
In the days to come,foul weather left the men wet and cold and they had little luck hunting.
"We were hoping to trap small animals like squirrels and rabbits and maybe make an efficient enough weapon to eventually hunt a deer," Diamond said.
"But what we ended up eating, for the most part, was minnows that we had caught in a little creek."
The minnows left a "putrid" taste in their mouths and did not provide enough nutrition.The pair also nibbled on cattail roots and rosehips; their best meal, Diamond said, was a frog they caught one day.
"We actually roasted it in the fire … and then we pulled the pieces off and ate it," Diamond said. "I can honestly say it tasted good."
'We didn't want to ask for help'
They packed it in when they felt they no longer had the energy to find food for themselves.
"The day before we left, a grouse landed about 20 feet in front of me, and I got up to try and go get it and I blacked out, so I knew that there was just no way we'd be able to collect food in the shape we were in," Adrian said.
"We knew that maybe we had another day in us before we wouldn't be able to get out on our own, and so I guess that was kind of our decision: We didn't want to ask for help to get out of the bush."
Adrian said he survived the excursion without any ill effects; Diamond suffered some nerve damage in his feet.Still, they're both determined to try it again, possibly next year.
"It didn't work out as well as it could have, but I think we were smart with the way we did things," Adrian said."I enjoyed it even though it was hard."
The two men hired a cameraman from Winnipeg to document their experience but he wasn't allowed to help them— or eat near them.
They've posted the daily highlights of their attempt on a website and are charging users to view them.