It's a good thing the Scoutmaster from Troop 44 wasn't critiquing Natalya Manko over the last few days. It's true she was lost in the Cascade Mountains during a snowstorm with no water and little food for three days and nights, surviving, she says, on snow she ate for moisture. But according to the Boy Scouts of America she was doing it all wrong.
Eating snow in a survival situation, according to not only the BSA, but seemingly every other survival expert, is ill advised as whatever moisture the water from the snow replaces is offset by the calories needed to reheat the body. In short, it may quench your thirst but when you die of hypothermia that won't really matter.
What she should have done apparently is to melt the snow first before drinking it. There are many ways to melt snow in the wild, but most require either a fire or a container of some kind.
But it was wet and snowy which makes fire starting that much harder.
So if she had a container like a plastic bag, she could have put the snow in it, put the bag between her layers of clothing, and waited until it melted.
She did follow one of the key rules in wilderness survival which is to stay positive, telling KING 5 News that "I had many things to finish, I can't allow me to die."
And in the end, a rescue helicopter found her thanks to her bright red poncho and she walked out of there A-OK. So maybe the Boy Scouts ain't got shit on Natalya Manko. Maybe Natalya Manko should be writing the wilderness survival guides.