Vol. 01: MakeShift

Imagine this: Your car battery is dead, and you’re stuck in the woods. Your mission: Get home before you freeze to death. For the winning entries, see MakeShift 01: Analysis, Commentary, and Winners.



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The Scenario

After a relaxing night of camping in the deep woods, you return to your car to find that it will not start. The battery is dead. "Someone" left the parking lights on overnight. You are 50 miles from the nearest road and have limited food and water. You try to call for help, but your cellphone is out of power and out of range. Snowy weather is scheduled to set in by late evening. The situation is serious.

The Challenge

Create a makeshift solution to recharge the battery and start the car. Tools and materials at your disposal include the objects on the supply list below (as well as the car and its components). You have 10 hours. By the way, the car has an automatic transmission--push-starting won't work.

Supply List

  • 1 Tent
  • 2 Sleeping bags
  • Sterno (stove and fuel)
  • First-aid kit (Aspirin, adhesive bandages, hydrogen peroxide)
  • 2 Pencils
  • 6 Pack of cola
  • 1 Dozen limes
  • 2 apples
  • 1 Banana
  • 1 Large bag of potato chips
  • 2 Liters of bottled water
  • 1 Cellular phone
  • 2 Road flares
  • A variety of tools (screwdrivers, wrenches, pliers, Swiss Army knife
  • Matches
  • Jumper cables

We have winners!

Thanks for all the amazing entries! Our winners for MakeShift 01 have been selected! Read MakeShift 01: Analysis, Commentary, and Winners. Congratulations!

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