The Human Race

The Human Race video below popped up on an internet forum earlier this week.  Many years ago I had seen this documentary about three gentlemen with different backgrounds making a 300+ mile race by foot across the Australian Outback with what they can carry.  Specifically, a German Survivalist in his early 60’s, an American marathon runner in his mid 30’s, and a true local in 70’s.

I actually watched the whole thing again and found it interesting how much my perspective has changed over the years.  Very similar to re-reading books on survival years later — something I highly recommend as they are usually much better the second time.  I will admit to reading some text five or six times, always getting more and more.  Will have to save that discussion for another article.  Enjoy the documentary…


Jack Jugarie from The Human Race (Photo: Halls Creek Tourism, link in article)

Jack Jugarie from The Human Race (Photo: Halls Creek Tourism, link in article)

SPOILER ALERT: According to Jack Jugarie’s grand daughter:

…my Grandfather was the first one to make it to the marsh flats in my home town Wyndham, but the producers made it so the young American was the first over the line and that they crossed together – but in actual fact, he was already there a day before the other two made it to the flats.


About Christian Noble

Chris Noble is the founder of and Woodsmoke Camping Company. A Master Naturalist, he holds a Bachelor of Science in Forestry and has worked as a Registered Forester and Certified Burn Manager in several states. Chris is also a Wilderness First Responder and since the late 90’s has been “practicing primitive” skills and taking lessons from numerous Master Woodsmen throughout North America. An advocate for Conservation, teacher of Wilderness Living Skills, and happily married, he enjoys passing what he has learned thus far to others, especially his 2 children, Emerson and Duncan.

2 Responses to The Human Race

    Chuck September 2, 2013 at 6:57 pm #

    Thanks for sharing. I wonder what made the producers think their ending would be more inspiring then the masterwoodsman finishing ahead. Skills and knowledge do the job every time.


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