Meet Megan Hine: the woman behind Bear Grylls survival tactics

16 February 2016, 12:20 PM

She is the woman who has been attacked by lions, chased through the woods and knows how to light fire using tampons. Yes! This is Megan Hine, a survivor, an expedition guide and one of Bear Grylls’ (the hero of tactics) survival consultants.

She is good at a number of things, she knows how to abseil, climb, which bugs to eat, also she can catch fish with her bare hands. There have been times when she and her companion were about to be attacked by a lion, “it was the weirdest feeling”, Megan told to an English newspaper. “I was just watching these creatures and my senses, my muscles, were so tight. I was ready to fight for my life.”

Hine met Grylls in 2007 when she had moved to the Swiss Alps to run an outdoor programme for a school. There she had been running survival expeditions during school holidays and it was then she got in touch with Grylls and his team.

Since childhood Hine had a penchant for outdoors as her father was a geologist and the family holidays were spent holidaying in hiking, climbing mountains and exploring forests.

From her travel diary, Hine also shared some of her experiences enlisting the cultural differences of the places she visited.  Some places are women-friendly, people are hardly bothered by a foreign presence but there have been times when being a woman guide, expeditionist is a real challenge.

This is not all about her that can compile her story, Grylls once also said she was stronger than 99% of the men he knew.

Megan Hine- the survivor guide

As they had been living in a desert and surviving on lizards and a just a handful of berries, they didn’t have much energy to fight or save themselves. Their stockpile of wood was the only thing that kept the lions from attacking them. As Well, you can call it dint of luck or say they were brave enough to face the situation. As Megan puts it this way, “Make it safe but make it epic.”

Worms aren't nice but maggots can be tasty

According to Hine, the worst thing she’s ever eaten in the wild is when Grylls found and boiled some fertilised eggs. For her worms aren’t nice, maggots can be tasty, some of them are quite cheesy, she said. Hine knows a plethora of survival tactics and her immense knowledge of the wild is what keeps her alive in the harsher situations.
First Published: Tuesday, February 16, 2016 12:12 [IST]
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