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How much gold would you attempt to carry back to civilization?

Asked by Hypocrisy_Central (26798points) July 27th, 2010

How much gold do you try to take if any? You wake up to find you are in the middle of nowhere. A man in a suit tells you the deal is simple in the other room is 300lb of gold coins, you can take as little or as much as you want then walk back to civilization. To do that you would have to walk almost a whole day across a desert, then ford a river and climb over some steep foot hills. He tosses you 2 32oz canteens of water and a sack with one 12oz bag of chips, 3 power bars and an apple and tell you that you have to go, you can sit outside or walk to civilization but you can’t stay there. If you chose to take some of the coins before you left would the sheer weight of carrying the coins or the cash to weight ratio of the coins dictate how many you would try to take?

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Frenchfry's avatar

As many as I could fit in my pockets. I am not that greedy.

ragingloli's avatar

What is oz?

BoBo1946's avatar

Loll.. @Hypocrisy_Central do you stay awake at night thinking of all these good questions!

Would not take any, what is money if you die!

ragingloli's avatar

Anyway, I would eat the apple, take the power bars and the water and then fill the rest of my pocket capacity with coins, but not as much as to become a burden, or to drag me down in the river.
I would leave the chips, because they would just increase my thirst and cause me to deplete my water supply faster, especially in the desert.

NaturallyMe's avatar

I would take as much as i could possibly carry. If at some point any of it becomes too heavy, i’ll drop what i need to on the way.

ragingloli's avatar

Or here is plan b:
I pretend to leave but instead hide and wait for the mystery-guy’s pickup to arrive.
I would then proceed to strangle the bloke with my pianowire (that I always carry with me for situations like this), take his suit as an attempt to disguise, use it to get close enough to the driver and kill that one, too. Then I would load all of the gold on the vehicle (whatever that may be), and off I go!

Hypocrisy_Central's avatar

@ragingloli Oz is short for ounces, and how much or how little would be a burden? 15kg, 3 kilos 40kg?

ragingloli's avatar

A kg would already be too much.

Hypocrisy_Central's avatar

@ragingloli You would kill the bloke for gold???? Me thinks I see a side of you I never imagined Har har.

ragingloli's avatar

No. I would kill the bloke to have a guaranteed way of extraction, for retaliation for putting me in this situation in the first place and as a preventive measure to make sure I am the last one that guy ever abducted.
The gold is just a bonus.
(That and I played a lot of Hitman Blood Money recently, so assassinating the guy seemed reasonable.)

Hypocrisy_Central's avatar

@ragingloli Should the plan work and you not end up walking with no gold or water you’d donate the gold to charity?? <brow raised>

ragingloli's avatar

Most of it, yes. Of course that depends on whether I succeed in exchanging it for actual money. I would keep some of the cash as compensation for my trouble.

Cruiser's avatar

42.6 pounds would get me what I want and not be for too bad of a lug and carry.

El_Cadejo's avatar

40–60 pounds. Its only a day hike through the desert, you have a half gallon of water with plenty of food and dont have to worry about camping in said desert over night. More water can be found at the river you have to cross so thats not a big issue at all and id imagine near this river there would be some sort of tree coverage or vegetation so shelter can be made there for the night. Rest, cross the river in the morning and make it back to civilization by the next night depending on how much foot hillage there is going on. Either way, it doesn’t sound to hard especially for what you’d be getting out of it.

soarwing11's avatar

I would make the man in the suit go with me, carrying as much gold as he could. When he could no longer continue, I’d leave him in the middle of nowhere with a bit of water and food and then press on with what gold I could carry.

Austinlad's avatar

Watch “The Treasure of Sierra Madre” and see the disadvantages of carrying any gold back to civilization. ;-)

Seek's avatar

I don’t have enough information. How deep is the river? how wide?

For someone who is short and doesn’t swim well, these are important questions.

BoBo1946's avatar

Greedy lawyer!

A lawyer died and arrived at the Pearly Gates. Saint Peter asked him, “What have you done to merit entrance into Heaven?”

The lawyer thought a moment, then said, “A week ago, I gave a quarter to a homeless person on the street.”

Saint Peter asked Gabriel to check this out in the records, and after a moment Gabriel affirmed that it was true. Saint Peter said, “Well, that’s fine, but it’s not really quite enough to get you into Heaven.”

The Lawyer said, “Wait, wait! There’s more! Three years ago, I also gave a homeless person a quarter.”

Saint Peter nodded to Gabriel, who, after a moment, nodded back to affirm that it was true.

Saint Peter then whispered to Gabriel, “Well, what do you suggest we do with this fellow?”

Gabriel gave the lawyer a sidelong glance, then said to Saint Peter, “Let’s give him back his 50 cents and tell him to go to Hell.”

filmfann's avatar

The gold isn’t mine, so I wouldn’t take any.
My wealth is not monetary.
I would be pissed that I was suddenly in the desert.

wundayatta's avatar

I’d radio for air support and let my buddies take out the bad guys. We’d carry out the gold on our blackhawk, sell it, buy million dollar annuities for all of us, and then go back to work.

No wait. I’d get in my time machine, transport the gold to the future, sell it for a lot more than it is worth now, and come back home and live a life of luxury and dissipation.

Hang on. I think I’d use my magnifying glass to melt the gold using the sun’s rays, pour the molten gold on my captor, take the keys for his mode of transportation and carry the gold home. If anyone got in my way, I’d threaten them with my trusty magnifying glass. I call it “Bert.”

graynett's avatar

A good man was wealthy? He asked God to allow him to bring his gold with him when he died. God OKed the deal and so on his deathbed he converted all his assets to gold.He asked his funeral director to bury it with him when he departed. On arrival at the pearly gates St.Peter asked him what he had in his bags. With pride he opened his bag and showed his gold to St Peter. St Peter was overjoyed when he seen the road paving because he had a pot-hole just outside his home.

CMaz's avatar

I would kill the guy. Take his supplies and all the Gold.

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

Just one golden ring…one ring to rule them all….whaaa haahaaaaaaaaa….

downtide's avatar

The river will be the killer. You might be strong enough to carry several kilos of it but if you’re out of your depth in water it’ll drag you down and you’ll drown. Unless I am to read your description “Ford a river” literally, meaning that it is shallow enough to walk the whole way across.

How much weight could I carry and still walk a day in desert heat? Also not forgetting those two water canteens are going to weigh at least a kilo each. And I’m not exactly in peak fitness. I probably wouldn’t attempt to carry more than 3 kilos of gold, if the river is truly fordable. And no more than a kilo if I have to swim..

@lucillelucillelucille I wouldn’t touch that ring with a ten foot pole.

pokopenguin's avatar

I would take about as many as I could fnd

El_Cadejo's avatar

Well I keep thinking of the river thing, and generally there are trees around rivers, so one could just make a rope with the tree bark. Leave the gold on one side of the river, swim across tie the rope to a tree on the other side, an use the rope as a guide to safely cross said river.

Now, this would take a considerable amount of time, but wouldnt you stay out there for a couple days doing it for 40–60 pounds of gold?

Hypocrisy_Central's avatar

@uberbatman ” Rest, cross the river in the morning and make it back to civilization by the next night depending on how much foot hillage there is going on.” Even if you were to rest you still just hiked across a desert with a heavy load, your muscles might feel the same as if you over did it at the gym and climbing even smallish hills or those 18 deg and shallower will be a bear.

@soarwing11 ” I would make the man in the suit go with me, carrying as much gold as he could.” Interesting concept. Unless you borrowed @ragingloli piano wire how do you expect to get the man to capitulate? How do you know he is alone and there are not enforcers you don’t see? Are you assuming he is unarmed because he has not brandished a weapon? You can think on that too @ChazMaz

@Seek_Kolinahr If the river can be forded it has to have spots where you can wade over to the other side. However, that could mean those spots could be ankle deep, waist deep, chest deep etc. The footing under the water could be treacherous or the current swift. Things to think about when you think the river is no biggie. :-)

@wundayatta ” I’d radio for air support and let my buddies take out the bad guys. We’d carry out the gold on our blackhawk, sell it, buy million dollar annuities for all of us, and then go back to work.” You lost me, where would you find or have a radio unless you sleep with one or have it implanted under the skin? Even if you were in range of your buddies how would you know where to direct them to if you do not know your location, the radio you will somehow have will have GPS? And if you did manage to do that and they hear the choppers coming what will keep them from killing you and high tailing it out of there after rigging the building to blow the gold and anyone in it?

El_Cadejo's avatar

@Hypocrisy_Central never said it would be easy. But rest is essential on a hike like that.

wundayatta's avatar

@Hypocrisy_Central Use your imagination!

Seek's avatar


Exactly. If the water goes above my center of gravity, there’s a good chance I’m going with it, if I have to carry a heavy burden. I wonder if it’d be narrow enough that I could fill a canteen with gold, and hammerthrow it across. ^_^

downtide's avatar

@Seek_Kolinahr If you can put the gold in a bag and tie it with string or something round your waist, so it’s long enough to reach the bottom, you could drag it across without risk of being pulled under.

Afos22's avatar

Well, no one mentioned this but It was my first thought. “Wouldn’t someone try to rob me if they happened to find me walking along with a ton of gold?” So, I would take as much gold as I could easily conceal. Time to break out the lube.

BoBo1946's avatar

did anyone make it back alive? just asking!

Seek's avatar

Ooh, good idea, @downtide. I’ll tie one end of the canteen belt to my waist. That’ll do it.

Hypocrisy_Central's avatar

@BoBo1946 Violet did (rumored though) by sewing the gold in the lining if her closthes to balance out the weight

BoBo1946's avatar

@Hypocrisy_Central loll…glad someone did!

pokopenguin's avatar

10000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000 golds in my pocket

Seek's avatar


Where’d she get the needle and thread? and the extra food and water for the time it took her to do that?

Hypocrisy_Central's avatar

@Seek_Kolinahr Rumor has it she unraveled half the sleeves of her blouse, and with a paperclip straighten and sharpend on a stone fashioned a crude needle. Since it was not fine sewing it took maybe 40 extra minutes. ;-)

talljasperman's avatar

1 for proof so I can show others to help me retrieve it.. or I would just take the story and make a map and sell it on E-bay…but I think this guy is lying so I won’t go for any of it.

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