A buddy turned me onto the Creek Stewart survivalist show called Fat Guys In The Woods on the Weather Channel. It’s not exciting, it’s not fancy, it’s not high drama but it is a great show to learn about bushcraft and the woosification of American men.
Each episode revolves around three couch potatoes who are stuck in a rut of some form and need to make a change in their life. Creek’s goal is to help his rotund padawans build self confidence to move forward in their lives outside the woods. Creek’s approach is similar to that used by Outward Bound but revolves primarily around primitive wilderness skills. The guys enter the woods and Stewart walks them through shelter building, food acquisition as well as water acquisition and purification. By the end of their week in the woods the fat guys have developed some basic bushcraft skills which they get to put to the test by striking out on their own for the final day and night.
The show seems to go out of their way to pick guys that haven’t spent a lot of time outside or in primitive environments and most of the fat guys seem to rise to the occasion and learn important life lessons but what amazes me is how many of these grown men fall to pieces when it comes time to kill game to eat. Whatever happened to Dad and Grandpa taking their young men into the woods and teaching them where their food really comes from?
Before your steak hits the grill it had a face and that’s OK…that’s the way the food chain works, the way God intended it and it is a very good thing to be at the top of the chain. There’s no reason to be squeamish about taking a more active part in dispatching and butchering game and livestock…in my opinion it’s not just a good set of skills (dispatching & butchering animals) to have but is also is a more honest approach than believing that your protein comes from cellophane and Styrofoam. Preparedness goals aside…shying away from taking part in the acquisition and preparation of one’s protein is just another symptom of the woosification of American men.
That said, check out Fat Guys In The Woods, it’s a much better show than the majority of what passes for entertainment these days…oh and check out the incredible bug out vehicle that Creek pulls up in at the beginning of most episodes…a lot of us followed him making this truck on his Willow Haven Outdoor website over the past couple of years.