Thirty Days to Survival

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“In the Summer of 1969, Michael Wadleigh, Charles Grosbeck and Fred Underhill filmed an entire 30-day NOLS wilderness expedition in Wyoming’s Wind River Range. The film Thirty Days to Survival, featuring NOLS founder Paul Petzoldt and other early instructors, aired nationally on the Alcoa Hour, on January 20, 1970. Due largely to the film’s success and visibility, NOLS’ enrollment more than doubled in the summer of 1970 and tripled again in 1971.”



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One Response to Thirty Days to Survival

  1. the Outage October 20, 2013 at 10:31 am #

    Love this, especially the segment starting at the 34-minute mark. Although the instructors send them out to live off the land, the students accidentally bring along several satchels of food. As they grow hungrier, they’re more and more tempted to tear into those contraband supplies.

    Eventually, they have a sort of “group council” and decide together how to handle their ethical dilemma.

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