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    Living off the land takes on a new meaning when wilderness survival expert and filmmaker Les "Survivorman" Stroud spends nine harrowing weeks alone in a variety of survival simulations.

    Stroud's idea of a nature outing is probably a little different from yours and mine: he takes off alone and heads to a punishing corner in the back of beyond with nothing but a few cameras to document his (often miserable) experiences. From the frozen Arctic pack ice to the fetid jungles of Central America, Survivorman highlights Stroud's extraordinary self-reliance and survival skills. In each episode he is set down in a deserted wilderness and left to fend entirely for himself with no food, no fresh water, no shelter and no matches.

    Stoud started his film career in the 1980s as a music video producer for MuchMusic, a Canadian music video channel. As he stared out the window of an office into an urban alleyway, Stroud itched to escape to the wilderness.

    In 1987 he made a break for it and spent the next seven years traveling Canada as a canoe guide and wilderness instructor. He developed his own outdoor company called Wilderness Voice (still in operation) and paddled numerous Canadian rivers as a whitewater guide for Black Feather Wilderness Adventures.

    After Stroud met his partner in life, Sue Jamison, also an outdoor enthusiast and photographer, the two spent an entire year living in the remote boreal forest of northern Ontario. They lived as if it were 500 years ago — no matches, no metal and no tent — just a stone axe and their knowledge of traditional bush survival.

    Stroud filmed the entire adventure, eventually releasing the odyssey as a one-hour documentary called Snowshoes and Solitude. In addition to being an award-winning filmmaker, Stroud is also a recording and touring musician.

    With custom camera rigs and plenty of black humor, Stroud will spend nine weeks documenting his battle to survive in nine separate locations for Survivorman. Whether marooned on a tropical shoreline or deposited onto searing desert sands, Les Stroud takes living off the land to the extreme.
    I realize that this show has been on the air for some time now but my son and just recently got hooked. I came here to the links to see what others were saying and found there was no thread. Heck this place can always use another thread right? So here's the VHL Survivorman thread.

    I remember twenty plus years ago, at summer camp, preparing for my night alone for the Wilderness Survival merit badge. I hiked five miles into the New England wilderness with a first aid kit and half-pound of uncooked ground beef. I made it thru the night with no problems, rthen again it was only one night.

    When that joke of a show "Survivor" first came out I was bummed to learn it was a popularity contest and not one like Les Stroud produces. Imagine how long that fat-naked Richard Hatch would last alone in the Canadian Artic. LMAO that'd be really funny seeing a polar bear gnawing on his lily white ass.

    Anyhow here's a thread not only dedicated to all things Les Stroud but to all the "survivor" stories of fellow linkers.



    http://www.lesstroudonline.com
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Survivorman
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    OK, I am intrigued. What channel, day and time would I find this show?

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    Discovery on Fridays I think. Good show.
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    You can watch already aired episodes here:

    http://tv-links.co.uk/listings/1/6432

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    Looks cool. I'll have to check this one out.

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    bear from man vs. wild kicks this guys ass while taking a nap.

    -interrupted by 'bear is fake' accusations'-

    nope, bear is not fake. his crew is aided. he's much more experienced and intriguing than this dude who, by the way, reminds me of a retired porn star.

    discuss now!

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    Nope.....Bear's a fraud...see for yourself.

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    Every episode of Man vs. Wild has a different expert listed in the credits. While he's probably a hard ass and may survive a lot of difficult circumstances should he encounter them without his entourage, I don't think he's quite as tough or knowledgeable. Survivorman does all of the camera work for his show.
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    Been watching Survivorman for a long time now....Great show!

    "Off the Grid" was a good episode too....

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    Great show!!!

    Educational and fun to watch.
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    Man vs. Wild and Survivorman both have their merits. I don't care that it's not 100% real on Man vs. Wild. He still tells valuable information (valuable to me, anyway, because I'm an avid backcountry camper and have lost my bearings more than once) no matter what expert it comes from. It's also more entertaining in the way it's shot, if merely because there is a camera crew.

    Survivorman is great, as well. I think he brings the survival situations way more down-to-earth. He fails a lot, which is more realistic, whereas Bear always makes it look easy (maybe because it's partially fake). I imagine it is also twice as hard for Les Stroud since he has to lug the camera stuff around.

 

 

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