Hi William, welcome on board!
Survival/prep is interesting because I believe the true face of human nature is revealed in hardship and suffering. As is the character of an individual.
You are absolutely right. Going on a bit more stressful hiking trip that can be uncomfortable at times, can show what you and others in your group are made of. At least it can give you an idea how people might react when things get a bit tougher.
Alea iacta est ("The die has been cast")