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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.

4 Comments » Posted on January 18th, 2009
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Comment by Rob Mason
2009-11-27 00:43:21

Les is THE TOP SURVIVORMAN no one could touch bear carries a crew with him so not cool, les has all the genuine makings of a real lost hiker/camper . he actully takes the time to teach you step by step how to survive , for uneducated persons this is great i’ve learned so much from him an he taught me to always carry items on my person that are perfect to help you survive. i would just like to give thanks to les for opening my eyes to better prepare myself for the unexpected…
Rob mason,, Alton MO

Comment by Jessie Monsen
2010-03-30 19:00:02

Hi! This is my first time on your blog. Got some good info here. I am trying to track down a rumor I keep running into. I have read the Chinese government had a hidden clinic near Banlung. They were supposedly testing some hallucinogenic drug like acid that made you think you were having an out of body experience. Anyone have any info about it?

Comment by Myles
2011-10-03 13:06:13

So I used to think Survivorman was awesome but I would like someone to explain what looks like a green screen being used in the Mountain episode in season 1. He just appears out of nowhere and look super-imposed.

Comment by leo
2012-02-04 12:29:22

He is totally the coolest in survival situations. Rock on bud!!

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