Ever wondered what being lost in the Amazon Jungle would be like? What challenges you may face, what you might find, well our Deadly Jungle Survival Feature is just that, throwing our Writers into a wild situation, dumped in the Jungle and they have no idea what there is or what could happen.
The feature is written in two ways, the Narrative, provided by GWC as an over view of what happened in the Jungle over a period of time, then we have the Diary Entries, the Story, told from the Survivors point of view, written by the Authors.
This dynamic back and forth story telling creates a vast amount of scope for the Author to work with while remaining prompted to certain plot points. How this unfolds is yet to be determined, as this is the Second feature we have done in this format, and our First was very well enjoyed.
Your flight to Rio De Janeiro, went without a problem, the airport was as busy as you would expect at the start of the summer. With your suitcase in band and your rucksack on your back, you flag down a local taxi and climb in. Promptly you give the driver the name of the hotel where you are staying and are on the move seconds later. The city is beautiful, and your excitement builds as this trip is for a study year into the jungle to track and record endangered animals with other students, locals and conservationists.
Once at the hotel, you don’t unpack, as it is only a one-night stop gap, in the morning you will be picked up and taken to a campsite within the edge of the Amazon where you will meet the others on this project. After an hour there is a light tap on the door, and as you answer it you are quickly thrown into darkness as a thick bag is thrown over your head and you feel yourself being dragged from the room. You feel a small pinch on your arm, and you begin to feel light-headed, your legs go weak, and your arms are too heavy to fight back with, then nothing.
You feel your hands in something soft and wet as you begin to wake, you are cold from being wet, but warm from the sun upon your back. As your eyes adjust to the light, there is nothing but green plants and mud around you. It takes a moment for you to remember what happened, and you silently recall the kidnapping. But now where are you. Getting up, you realise you are in the jungle, wet through with only a backpack nearby. Your watch is missing and so is your wallet, when you search the bag you find four matches in an open box of matches, some string, which you measure out at three full arms length. There is also a pencil case full of drawing and colouring pencils and a blank day per page diary.
The sounds of the Jungle close in as the realisation sets in, that you are stranded alone in the deadly Amazon, with barely anything to help you, and you are going to have to survive somehow and try to make it out alive.
The weather remains dry all day, and the ground slowly dries up as the rain from the night before disappears. There is a lot of birds everywhere you may travel during the day, although during the night its not advised to be out in the open. As you get on with surviving, you notice plenty of spider species, insects of many kinds and some large animals eating the lower level plants. There has been some distant growls and cries from large cats and the occasional hoot and scream from unseen monkeys. Your understanding of the area warns you there are still other dangers to consider as you move around.
Recalling your Survival 101 classes remind you that water and shelter are the first important thing to establish, but you also have not eaten in some time and your stomach hurts slightly. Your knowledge of some of the wildlife and plants should be enough to keep you going, but it is one thing seeing it all in a textbook and dealing with it in real survival situation.