The final science exam for 8th grade students in Ketchikan Alaska is a 2 night survival trip on an uninhabited island.
Richard Proenneke left his career as a heavy equipment operator, flew to a remote Alaskan lake, built a log cabin by hand, and lived alone for 30 years.
A 51 year old man spent 30 years completely alone in the Alaskan wilderness. Richard Proenneke built a cabin entirely by himself featuring a fireplace, cache, and working door locks.
Christopher McCandless (Into the Wild) could have saved his own life if he had known about the hand-operated tram that crossed the otherwise impassable river.