It’s Back to the Basics | Survive This

This week on Live Free or Die,” our favorite primitives rush to secure their supplies before time runs out. In the wild, water and food is necessary to survive, but living without the luxuries of the modern world means having to go out, hunt, and gather resources themselves.

Check out some highlights from this week in the wild. How do you think you’d deal with a day in the life?

Can you survive this?

Primitive nomad Tobias is deep in his desert journey when supplies begin to be exhausted. First things first; he needs to secure his water supply and fast. Desperate, he begins digging into a dried creek nearby but only gathers enough for a few sips. Will he locate enough to keep him going?

The key to Tobias’s survival is optimism. 

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Despite the severity of the situation, he moves forward with an impressive calm. Tobias knows that the challenges of the journey will only make him stronger and is determined that it’ll all work out in the end. He keeps his eyes open for any potential water sources and luckily, he finally finds a big enough pool to provide water for not only drinking but also cooking and cleaning. What more could he ask for?! 

What about this?

Drinking water is also a worry in the Colorado mountains. With the help of his mule Scout, Derik travels to a nearby town to gather water from the well and haul it back to camp. However, Scout isn’t used to the hustle of the highways and gets spooked, stepping on broken glass and throwing Derik into a tree.

The key to Derik’s survival is invention.

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Unable to continue making trips up and down the mountain alone, Derik must find an alternative way to gather water until his mule heals. He uses his engineering skills to build a makeshift dam in a stream nearby and uses some natural resources and creativity to construct a homemade filter.

and this?

It’s turkey season in the Blue Ridge Mountains and homesteaders Tony and Amelia are looking forward to a feast. However, with no prior hunting experience the duo pays a visit to Amelia’s father Marc for a much needed lesson.

The key to Tony and Amelia’s survival is giving it their best shot.

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After passing Marc’s improvised hunting course, Tony and Amelia head out. These first-timers know that they need to give their all and try their best, no matter the uncertainties. A couple hours in, they spot a flock and Tony takes a shot. Much to their excitement, the homestead hopefuls get a successful hit and head home with a hard earned meal and new found skill.

…or this?

In the Georgia swamp, frontiersman Colbert knows the secret to his success is balance. Though he’s living out his dream in nature, the hard work and stress adds up overtime if he doesn’t give himself time to relax and refresh. This week, he welcomes his old friend Steve to the Georgia swamp. It’s been over 20 years since they’ve last seen each other, before Colbert left his business to live off the grid. And though he’s never looked back, Colbert definitely misses the company of his co-workers and is excited to give his special guest a taste of the wild.

The key to Colbert’s survival is the company he keeps.

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It’s not easy living alone, especially with the hard demands that come with an off-the-grid life. Even Colbert, who is living out his dream, knows how important it is to have some fun and reconnect with friends.

Do you think you have what it takes to live free? How would you survive in the wild? What is your key to life? Comment below! We’d love to hear from you!

Be sure to catch the next episode of Live Free or Die: Out for Blood, Tuesday 9/8c on National Geographic Channel.


  1. Dell Colson
    San Antonio, Texas
    October 7, 2015, 9:23 pm

    Did the mule get medical attention from a vet?? Worried sick here!

  2. Robet
    Sugarloaf, PA
    October 19, 2015, 11:14 pm

    Just really enjoying the direction season 2 has taken. It’s like inviting old friends into my living room!