Basically I just watched I, caveman on discovery a few minutes ago and it was awesome. Looking for someone to talk to about their experience and just get excited over the fact that robb wolf killed an elk with an atlatl. I mean come on, how cool is that?!
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on February 17, 2016
at 09:39 PM
I watched it on Amazon Streaming Video (I paid $4 for the two episodes, well worth it). I mainly watched it because of Billy Berger, a primitive survivalist who has done other shows on Discovery (Naked & Afraid). Only ten days, though. I wish they had the budget to go for 30-40 days, and really show how it works. The participants were a mixed bunch. Most of them, aside from Billy and one or two others, knew very little about survival. Two of the less knowledgeable ones were rather boastful at the beginning, and they ended up dropping out. The other eight made it to the finish line, helped by the amazing elk hunt in which Rob managed to down a bull with an atl-atl. Hunger definitely brings out the best and worst in us. Some of the folks clearly had very little experience handling a low-calorie situation where you might go for a week without eating anything but grubs and insects. The real paleolithic people obviously were able to fast for several days at a stretch while they lined up their next meal. Today, we can't skip a meal without getting grouchy. Best prep for a ten day retreat like this would be to fast one day a week, maybe built up to two days, in order to get used to the idea.
on November 10, 2013
at 01:27 AM
It was an awesome show. I heard Robb talk about it at PrimalCon Lake Tahoe this year and he said the experience almost killed him.
Very interesting situation to be put in. I can\t imagine what it would have been like.
on November 09, 2013
at 11:09 PM
I loved the show! The elk kill really hit home about how important any type of "harvest" impacted the community. I think the show did point out how much information we missed growing up in that society when they dropped modern man into a Paleolithic time period. Children would have grown up socialized with basic knowledge about food sources, water safety, hunting skills,etc.
Kim Stanley Robinson's Shaman is also another well researched book that sheds light on the past life of humans. It does include information about how important fat was to the diet.