Friday, April 17, 2015

The role of good luck and decisions

The Role of luck and good decisions
By: Allen Macartney
Rating: ***
Article #3
The Role of luck and good decisions is a very exciting story about close to impossible survival and how little decisions can decide your fate.

The Role of luck and good decisions Talks about a Swedish man named Allen Macartney.  Allen, who was in his 40s managed to survive for two months, with almost no food or water, in the Arctic circle, after his car had slid off the road. It tells us about the good decisions he makes including, Finding shelter, Allen used his car as shelter to keep him warm in extremely cold conditions. He also managed to find a sleeping bag in his car and he used it to keep him warm throughout the two months. He melted snow to use as water, although doctors are confused as to how he survived so long without food. It also talks about the poor decisions he made. He did not tell anyone where he was going, so no one knew that he was lost. He also did not have many of the essentials, like a phone, a shovel, some blankets, candles or something to signal he needed help, for example, a flair.

This article affects me because know i will always make sure to bring the things needed in case of an emergency when i go on a trip. Also i will always tell someone i am going on a trip. It makes me think about the upcoming outdoor ed trip and the things i should do to avoid being in an emergency and what to do incase there is an emergency. It has inspired me in the way that it shows there is always a way to get out of a situation even though you might not think there is. It will change my behaviour when i go on trips and i will be more aware of my surroundings.

Overall I think this article is good for anyone who likes storys of unlikely survival and it is also good if you are going on a trip and don't know what to bring.

Macartney, Allen. The Role of luck and good decisions. Ottawa: Outdoors 2015 print

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