I'm so glad this show is back, and with it, this great forum! I'm a lifelong camper and hiker, but I wouldn't last a day (well, a NIGHT) out there alone....no how no way ;) It really surprises me, especially with this being the second season, that some of these people don't seem to be prepared in some areas. If I were going, I'd make darn sure I knew every way there was to fish, that I could start a fire in my sleep, that I'd hold on to my ferro rod, etc. Of course, this is all armchair quarterbacking from the comfort of my own living room, which only adds to the pleasure of watching....though the first episode of the first season made me so anxious I had to switch it off! Couldn't resist coming back to it, though.
Three weeks ago my friend and I were at the end of a four hour hike and about 100 yards away from our cars when we saw it -- a LARGE black bear browsing away maybe 25 feet off to our left. We'd been talking and laughing and making noise as we went, so it must have heard us long before we saw him but aside from looking up at us once, it went right on eating and ignored us. Our choice was either to go WAY back deeper into the woods the way we came (which we really didn't want to do...we were tired) or skirt around him (not something I really wanted to do either!) but knowing we were so close to the road and people and parking, we gave him as wide a berth as possible and got back to the cars. We then spent the next 15 minutes looking at each other, saucer-eyed, repeating "We saw a bear! We saw a BEAR! A BIG bear!!" :-D