Nature can be very tricky and really violent at times. Thank God if you haven’t been trapped in by one nature’s vicious traps. Imagine a bright sunny day after a lot of rain and you decide to take a short trip or a hike. You find a nice spot, you got your songs with you, you got a nice picnic packet. You have fun and suddenly you realize that the sun is setting and you should probably get going when you fall off a cliff, break your foot and get trapped. You got no network to call for help, and it’s no one is really around to hear you scream for help. What would you do in such a situation? I am sure it is sounding a little familiar to you. Read on to find out about other stories that involve the horrors of nature.
10. YOSSI GHINSBERG
‘The toughest moment was after a few days, when I realized that I was completely alone’.
Three other people along with this guy went to the Amazon jungle. They found a hidden tribe. Tensions built up and the group broke up. They came across a waterfall and while one his friend made it to shore, Ghinsberg floated downstream. The next 19 days were torture. He had to survive a jaguar and swarms of termites. He had fruit in the jungle and raw eggs from bird’s nests that kept him going. He was almost drowned by a flood. He was found by one of his friends finally. The other two, Marcus and Karl, were never found.
9. STEVEN CALLAHAN
‘At sea I am reminded of my insignificance – of all men’s insignificance. It is a wonder feeling to be so humbled’.
He sailed out from Canary Islands. Six days later, the boat sank because it collided with an unknown object at night. He escaped onto a life raft that measured about six feet. He managed to survive for 76 days; that’s when he was rescued. He had to face sharks, sunburn, physical deterioration and mental agony. He speared fish and birds for food.
8. COLBY COOMBS
‘I just had to keep my eyes open and ignore the pain’.
He, along with his two friends, was climbing Alaska’s Mount Foraker. It happens to be 17,240 feet. That’s when an avalanche struck. They were forced down 800 feet. They crashed into a river of snow. His friends died. Coombs suffered a concussion and fractured his ankle. He also fractured his vertebrae and broke his shoulder blade. He walked down five miles in the next six days and reached camp. He still climbs.
7. ERIC LE MARQUE
“I remember falling back into the snow, looking at my feet and going, ‘You’re going to lose your feet.’”
Poor guy was lost in the Sierra Nevada for seven days. He was boarding at the Mammoth Mountain when a blizzard threw him off. He failed to find his way back and spent the night in the woods. Unfortunately because of all the snow his feet were frostbitten. He used his MP3 player to find a radio signal which he used as a compass to get the hell out of there. His legs were amputated.
6. TAMI OLDHAM ASHCRAFT
‘When the wind’s howling that hard, it’s picking up spray right off the top of the water. There’s so much spray, you can hardly see anything. It’s like being in a blizzard’.
She was on 44-foot sailboat with her boyfriend in 1983. They came across a category four hurricane; the waves were as high as fifty feet and the winds as fast as 160 mph. the boat was capsized and Tami lost consciousness. She had lost her boyfriend when she woke up. She used celestial navigation to get back to the coast 1,500 miles away in 41 days.
5. RICKY MEGEE
‘If you have to [drink urine], I suggest you let it cool down first. It doesn’t taste very nice’.
The poor guy stopped to help a couple. Their car had broken down. Next thing he knew was that he was waking up next to rocks with dirt all around. He was drugged and robbed by the couple. He suffered from exposure to sun and malnutrition for the next two months. He ate leeches, lizards, insects, frogs and snakes to keep him alive. He had to drink his own urine. He was 105 pounds at the time of his rescue.
4. ARON RALSTON
‘Judging by my degradation in the last 24 hours, I’ll be surprised if I make it to Tuesday’.
You guys should know all about this story. An entire movie was made based in this true incident. The movie was called ‘127 hours’. I still can’t believe he found the courage to actually cut his own arm off and to imagine that the process took an hour. That must have been one long and painful hour.
3. BETHANY HAMILTON
‘Courage, sacrifice, determination, commitment, toughness, heart, talent, guts. That’s what little girls are made of; the heck with sugar and spice.’
She went to surf when she was thirteen years old back in November in the year 2003. She went to the Makau Beach in Hawaii. Her arms were dangling in the water and she was lying on her surf board. That’s when a something like a fifteen foot tiger shark attacked her. Her left arm was ripped off totally from the shoulder. She was able to paddle all the way to safety with only one arm to her friends.
2. JAMES MORROW
‘I think my head was so far down his throat that I touched his taste buds’.
He was 45 years old when his head was inside an alligator’s throat. He was a snorkeling in Jupiter Run. He was only adjusting his snorkel and that’s when an alligator grabbed hold of him by the throat and started shaking him violently for a period of around twenty seconds. His chest was punctured and one his lungs damaged serious. Dents are still clear on his head from where the alligator held him. The snorkeling mask saved his life really otherwise God knows what would have become of his face.
1. KOOTOO SHAW
‘I thought I was going to die. I thought I was going to be gone’.
He worked as a hunting guide and he was helping a group of hunters from Wisconsin. Three days had passed since they had been on the hunt. Shaw was sleeping in a tent when at four in the morning a polar bear attacked him. The bear was killed by another hunter and the injuries that Shaw suffered resulted in him getting 300 stitches. Shaw recalls, ‘He had his claws under my neck for a while, I could hear his breathing, then he let his claws off and he was till jumping on top of me, up and down four times.’