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Alright, so last night’s episode was Tsunamigeddon apparently. We met three preppers in two segments, two from Alaska and one from Hawaii. Despite being in drastically differing climates both sets of preppers managed to drive me up the freaking wall.
Don Kubley is his partner and the designer of “The Dome”, which you will learn about later.
So Craig and his 16 year old daughter live in one part of Alaska while his wife and older daughter are in school somewhere else receiving some type of medical training. During this time of separation Craig and his youngest are still preparing to bug out at the first signs of trouble, even without the wife and other daughter. So Craig spends upwards of 5 hours a day watching the news to spot trouble.
To test his daughter’s readiness Craig decides to “bug out” in the middle of the night. This starts with a 4 mile hike which I thought I heard them say took 90 minutes. That’s a brisk pace for hiking through the woods at night, especially when the daughter was using up all her oxygen complaining and asking him to slow down.
Once the hike is completed we get to the fun part, the jet boat. Craig designed the boat to quickly bug out in shallow water rivers. We see them get to the boat, uncover it and then attach wheels to it and roll it down the launching ramp. Craig starts the boat and they zoom off into the night for their 4 hour trip to their BOL.
So here are some issues with this so far….
Craig and his daughter had to take time to pack their bug out bags before leaving. This is poor planning and I believe even amateurs know not to make this mistake.
Neither is wearing any cold weather gear, and there are no visible flotation devices when they are on the boat. I understand it may not have been “cold enough” but if you fall in that water and don’t have anything to change into or dry off with you might as well just drown. Also, the flotation devices are just a smart move.
The boat didn’t look real secure when they got there and they didn’t come in tactically, they just ran up to the boat and said “Let’s go!”
The boat appeared to be blacked out with no running lights. Again, this is a safety issue and if you can’t see you are taking an unnecessary risk.
During the travel through the winding rivers Craig manages to get stuck on a shallow gravel area. This works to his advantage as now he can show off the fact that his boat is made for JUST this event! Man I love it when things work out perfectly like this without any forethought or planning. I mean, it’s not like he intentionally did it to further promote his sales or anything…
Shortly after getting unstuck Craig stops in the river and explains that one way to keep people from following them is to blow up trees and make them fall into the water to barricade the river. We find out that Craig has “pre-staged” some trees by cutting wedges into them and then loading them with explosives and wrapping a yellow ribbon around them.
Okay, I have a problem with all of this. First you can tell the cuts were made within just a few days because there was no weathering of the internal wood. The ribbons were also quite clean and bright. Second, here we go with explosives again. You are stating that you placed explosives in a tree that is most likely on someone’s property on the edge of a river that may very well be quite popular with other people. Someone curious may see a yellow ribbon and investigate. Thirdly to blow up the explosives his daughter fires at it with a high powered rifle from an unstable platform, i.e. a boat on water. This is exceedingly dangerous and bad judgment. Lastly what right does this guy have to block that river? Destroy someone else’s tree? This was completely absurd.
Realistically I think he’s a liar and this was done purely for sensationalism, but that’s a different rant.
Finally the dad and daughter team reaches their debarkation point. Suddenly this becomes a tactical operation and they have to quietly approach their BOL. Never mind that they just ripped up 90 miles of river on a jet boat, fired a rifle twice from the same position in the open and blew up a tree laden with explosives…now it’s quiet time.
They spot a dented up (but still extremely shiny and clean) metal garbage can and immediately start searching for bears. Obviously people can’t dent these garbage cans and no one would be smart enough to make it look like it was a bear to throw off suspicions that it was people. Oh wait; they just did, didn’t they?
At this point we finally understand why Craig has been referencing “the dome” every time the camera fixed on him since bugging out. Their BOL is a dome shaped building painted a dull green color.
The dome has some issues. I didn’t see any surveillance equipment but the dome also had no windows. Obviously windows are a weak spot, but not knowing what the hell is standing outside the door could be a problem too. Also they claim the dome is fireproof, bulletproof, earthquake proof and bear proof (I am sure there were more proofs in there). I call bullshit on this claim. Set that dome on fire and keep it burning and sooner or later their oxygen runs out or the heat gets too intense to live in there. Earthquake proof? Only if it sits on the ground without being fixed in place. Domes are strong from the top down, not when pushed in from the sides. If that dome is buried in the ground and the two sides pinch in during a quake it is going to snap or crack. Open a plastic egg and squeeze the sides together for an example. I am not saying it WILL happen, I am only saying it could, therefore it isn’t “earthquake proof”. I think it’s a great little BOL, don’t get me wrong, but there are certainly some ways to improve it and we need to back off these ridiculous claims.
Now we get to meet Don Kubley, the designer, builder and apparently retailer of the dome BOL.
Don gets introduced and we see him riding his ATV to join Craig and daughter at the dome. Craig decides to surprise Don, who isn’t a young sprite anymore, by dropping a net on him and then body tackling him as he approaches the dome. I think this was honestly the only part that may not have been completely scripted because Don did NOT look happy.
Craig and Don stroke each other’s ego for a bit, talk about how smart they are and then go hunting for food since they have none stocked at “the dome”.
What follows could be written about for hours. Craig basically poaches a Moose that is in the river, not on the bank. I would guess he broke several laws in the process but the number of things he did not only illegally but dangerously is amazing. Suffice it to say I didn’t like that segment.
All in all Craig and Don scored in the 80’s, although with no stored food, no source of heat, no water filtration, no security, poor planning, half the family missing and a single route to the BOL that is probably impassable half the year I would have thought low 60’s was a high score.
Segment two starts and we meet one of those people that I really dislike in real life. This is a guy that loves to talk about Mother Nature and about how he communes with her and thanks her for giving him things and asks permission to eat from her gifts….what a joke.
Enter David Lakota from Hawaii. There are some claims made about this guy’s credentials being in search and rescue and also an “Alaska Airborne Ranger”, but those are pretty dubious claims after watching the segment.
David “lives off the grid” and survives by using what nature provides. Basically I think that means he is homeless or something. He lives in Hawaii but fears a tsunami coming and wiping him out.
Hawaii Tsunami Survival Rule #1 – Get the fuck out of Hawaii
David also thinks that when the tsunami is coming he will be alerted by Mother Nature. On the surface this gives you the idea he thinks he is going to hear a voice say “Bug out, bitch! It’s a comin’!” but I think he’s saying he’ll see the reaction of animals on the island or other natural warnings…at least I hope so.
So David says when the tsunami comes he’ll jump into his kayak and paddle over to an isolated beach and climb a 4000 foot cliff. Now, mind you he is doing this with no supplies, no clothes, no climbing gear and no shoes. Not surprisingly he gets out of the kayak and stabs himself in the foot with a stick.
Luckily his girlfriend is there with some plant that he can chew and then put in the wound to make things better. He talks about nature and how he would have probably died if not for the plant, even though it’s only been about 2 minutes and we don’t even know if the plant is doing anything.
After a bit David and his girlfriend climb the mountain. When they stop they are thirsty and didn’t bring any water, so David promptly produces a plastic bottle (empty) and pees into it. He then drinks the pee and offers a review, then offers the bottle to the girlfriend, who politely declines while on her face you can see that she wishes she was anywhere else in the world.
Thirst quenched, David and the girlfriend start looking for something to eat. They didn’t bring anything with them so they begin picking through the local plant life looking for something good to eat. David shares with us his “methodology” for testing the safety of eating a plant by eating a small amount and waiting 20 minutes, then deeming it safe to consume if he isn’t violently ill.
At the end of the segment we all know one thing for sure; David is probably going to die soon.
First, I am amazed this was aired on Doomsday Preppers. Aside from being scared of a tsunami there was absolutely nothing “prepper” about this segment. He isn’t preparing for anything! He’s basically winging it in nature and talking about Mother Nature…that’s it!
Problems with the segment? Oh my god, where to begin……
Lack of a plan is a good start. He has no supplies, no clothing and no destination aside from “up there”. He thinks he is going to somehow “know” a tsunami is coming with enough warning to kayak his ass to the other side of the island, when in reality he will probably only know it’s coming when he sees people fleeing.
If by chance he did get up the mountain he would still have to survive, which is problematic if you are eating plants you don’t recognize and drinking your own urine. On the show he ate red berries, probably one of the worst things you can arbitrarily choose to eat aside from mushrooms.
Basic edible plant rule: if it is red, avoid it
Mother Nature has a way of color coding most things and red is generally a bad color in nature for food. Yes, there are exceptions, I understand this. But in the vast numbers of red budding plants growing in nature very few are edible to humans.
He drank his own urine. Not only is this disgusting, it is stupid. You are literally BEGGING for kidney and renal failure if you do this. When urine comes out of your system it is already depleted of any nutrients and has nothing but waste products in it. Now you want to reintroduce those to your system? Is it water? Yes, but there are MUCH better ways to find water to drink ON HAWAII! You aren’t in the freaking Sahara desert, dude, you are on a tropical island COVERED IN FRESH WATER STREAMS AND RIVERS. Not only that, with very little ingenuity you can easily filter and purify water to drink so there’s really no reason he should be drinking piss in his situation!
At the end of the episode we find out he has gone “Full bug out” and his girlfriend has apparently moved on, so he got a dog. I guess maybe he’ll bottle and drink its urine too.
Practical Preppers gave this dude a score near 45. That is absolutely ridiculous. The only possible reason is that you get 40 points just for signing up to do the show.