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Les Stroud vs Bear Grylls

Published by Jon under General

If you are into survival types shows as much as I am, you know about Les Stroud’s Survivor Man and Bear Grylls’ Man Vs Wild. Both are captivating shows that keep our interest and keep us coming back for more in a quest to see just how these men are able to survive against insurmountable obstacles. Both shows are about real survival stories and teaching us how to get ourselves out of tough situations that may face us down. The real question is just who is the better of the two at surviving in the wild.

I think Bear Grylls is all flash. He’s got a pretty face, he talks and he’s full of energy. It seems like he is always running from one thing to another with no breaks in between. It’s like he is trying to shove as much into a single episode as possible. His episodes start with him getting dropped into a location and then trying to make his way back into civilization with no food and very few supplies. It’s about survival, or so we are made to think.

Les Stroud is different. He may not be all flash, but he is into real survival. He tells it like it is and demonstrates how we can survive in a place using the things that are naturally around us. It’s not about running an obstacle course or trying to rush from point A to point B. It’s about showing how ordinary people can survive in a very inhospitable place. It’s not about fake scenarios. Survivor Man has more plausible scenarios than does Man Vs Wild.

Another thing about Bear Grylls and Man vs Wild is that Bear always has a cameraman and crew nearby to help him, if he’s in a life or death situation. It’s nice to think that Bear is doing everything himself, but sometimes it just doesn’t make sense. Remember that episode where he was crossing the big ice crevasse and we were made to believe he was in the middle of nowhere? Look closely and you can see he was next to a highway.

You don’t see that sort of thing with Les Stroud. He’s a real survivor man. All of the Survivor Man episodes are filmed by himself. It’s just Les and the camera when he is surviving in a new place. It makes for a more authentic survival learning experience. In fact, just watch any of the Survivor Man DVDs and you can see just how much it’s about authentic survival living without any of the flash you see from Man vs Wild. Les Stroud and Survivor Man beats out Bear Grylls and Man Vs Wild by a long shot. It’s the kind of show that I enjoy time and time again. I can’t wait to have a DVD for Season 3 because it’s always fun and exciting to watch and there isn’t the scripted shenanigans as found in Man vs Wild.

No Comments » Posted on January 23rd, 2009
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What I Love About Survivorman

Published by Jon under Survivorman

I think we’ve all had the dream of being a survivor man. There is something alluring about spending time in the wild and experiencing nature up close and personal. There is something that compels us to fight against the odds and conquer the unknown. This is what draws us to men like Survivor Man, Les Stroud. Les Stroud has brought a huge amount of realism to the reality of surviving in the wild. Thinking about what kind of activities we’d like to see him get involved in a popular pastime here on

For example, I’d love to see Survivor Man head to the jungles of southeast Asia. It could a real survivor quest that is unlike the typical Rambo shoot them up that is so common with tough men who make the trip to the jungles. While wintering in places like Alaska and northern Canada are quite challenging, an entirely different set of challenges exist in the jungles. There are an entirely different group of predators, an entirely different type of climate, and even the needs of lodging and finding water are quite different.

Seeing how Les Stroud could take on a uniquely challenging environment is exactly why we love watching him. I guess that’s just one place I’d like to see him go. I know he went to the Amazon rainforest when during the Ecuador episode. That was a great episode, but it wasn’t nothing like what I think he’d experience in the jungles of Thailand. Speaking about that, what about an episode of Survivor Man in Laos or Cambodia? Dodging the land mines in a place like that is survival enough. All of the other challenges are much more intense combined with the fact that your life or limb could be in peril at any moment. It’d be exciting, but we all know that Les Stroud is a true Survivor Man and would easily make it out in one piece.

Maybe that’s why I really enjoy watching the episodes time and time again and why I have both Season 1 and Season 2 on DVD at home. I just can’t get enough of Survivor Man. Every time you watch an episode, you see something new. You also start thinking about how you would handle the situation. What’s really fun is that how you would handle a situation changes every time you watch an episode. You begin to use your brain on how you could deal with a particular situation if you were there. You begin to come up with your own ideas of how to be a Survivor Man.

Maybe during this season, we will find even more chances to be a Survivor Man. Maybe they can make an episode where he brings in somebody like me and see how I can actually manage in a tough survival situation and then get pointers from him on what I am doing right and what I am doing miserably wrong. Who knows? All I know is that I enjoy watching Survivor Man Les Stroud and his book Survive! is the must read book of the year.

No Comments » Posted on January 18th, 2009