Man vs. Wild

Anyone here a fan of "Man Vs. Wild " on the Discovery Channel? I'm a big fan and I especially like when "Bear" bites the fish while its still alive.
He gets dropped in the most remote places on earth and shows us what to do to survive "incase" WE get lost there. Ya.. ok. I love when he says that.
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I've watched a few episodes of this and have come to the conclusion that he's clearly insane.
Especially after watching the Amazon episode where he explains he's reasonably sure that the stream water is ok to drink. Then he spends the entire night violently suffering all manner of digestive ailments.
I read an interview where he said his film crew gets choppered out to someplace cozy each night and leaves him with a small video camera to film himself. They probably wonder if they'll find him alive the next morning. Roll Eyes
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Especially after watching the Amazon episode where he explains he's reasonably sure that the stream water is ok to drink. Then he spends the entire night violently suffering all manner of digestive ailments.


The man drank his own urine last episode. Difficult not to be entertained by that. Eek
My favorite line from that show is from the episode where he's dropped into the a north American forest and is strolling along a rather gentle slope.

All he can come up with is: "Even though the terrain appears very gentle, I could slip and break an ankle at any moment."

I'm still waiting for the episode where he's dropped into Burgundy and makes wine using only local yeast.

Other episodes I'd like:

1) Drop him into Central Park or Golden Gate Park with no I.D. and no cash and he has to survive a week in an "urban wilderness" or has to make his way to a certain ATM two counties/states over.

2) Give him a 24 hour head start as he tries to escape New York City and make his way to Washington D.C. - and then the cops start trying to hunt him down.
This show is awesome and I have seen every epidose multiple times.

My favorite two lines are

1. From the latest (Australia) episode, under the waterfall filling his canteen, "All I have had to drink today is piss."

2. After fleeing his 'bed' in the middle of the night to avoid a bear, he sees a pile of dropping from the bear the next day, sticks his face up to it, and says, "This is bear crap."

Brilliant.
I do watch from time to time but, while it's quite entertaining, he has a penchant for the dramatic. I know, I know, it makes for good TV, but I think he tries a little bit too hard sometimes to make a situation seem more "dangerous" or "hazardous" than they need to be.

One great scene, though, was when he was in the Gobi Desert and cooled himself off by pissing on his shirt and wrapping it around his face and head. "This really smells quite bad, but *ah* it's so nice and cool."

I actually really enjoy the show, "Survivorman." It's some Canadian guy (Les Stroud) and he, IMO, really battles it out. IIRC, it's just him and no camera crew, too.
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I actually really enjoy the show, "Survivorman." It's some Canadian guy (Les Stroud) and he, IMO, really battles it out. IIRC, it's just him and no camera crew, too.


C'mon, you can't pick Survivorman over Man v. Wild. It's a no-brainer!

Survivorman can NEVER find food, he cries like a little weenie when it rains, and he never makes any progress. He just camps out for 5 days then gets picked up. He also is pretty awful at making fire.

Bear Grylls finds food, makes fire ten different ways, finds water in remote places, covers miles and miles and miles, hunts wild animals successfully with sticks, and pretty much is THE man. Cool
From a pure survival standpoint, I agree that Survivorman is a better show. Les has no one with him and does all his own work. I think he gives solid advice and you don't have to dig through bad advice to get to the good.

Bear shows what you really shouldn't do in a survival situation. He takes too many unnecessary risks, has a camera crew with him at all times, was caught wearing a life jacket under his clothing in one episode, etc. My wife does enjoy the show though: He seems to regularly find a reason to take off his shirt (or more) and do pushups.

Put me in a survival situation with my choice and I would still follow Bear. Put the cameras away, and the guy's background is incredibly impressive and I doubt he'd take the chances without needing to entertain viewers. He climbed Everest and Ama Dablam at a very young age after breaking his back in the military. (Also broke a bone on the way up Everest but kept climbing).
Let's not forget that Les Stroud doesn't really go anywhere. He hikes around for half a day, spends the other half trying to make fire, then complains for four days while sitting in the rain in his 'tent.' Then he gets picked up via helicopter.

Bear's camera crew in no way interacts with him. The only time they even speak is if they are in danger. They actually leave every night and come back to film him the next day. Then he travels for miles and miles until he finds random people.

Bear is a stud, who shows how to do anything to survive.

Les Stroud is a total candyass.

No contest IMO.
Les will get you killed if you follow his advice. He spends most of his time trying to make a fire when fire making is way down the list of "things to do" when in a survival situation.

Shelter first, my man. (Survival 101.)

Yet, there he is trying to make a fire and then as it is getting dark, he's trying to come up with his shelter plan. Dumb.
Love both shows, but I do agree Bear is more entertaining, but you have to like the fact that Lee doesn't have any assistance and there's a possiblity that he could get into serious trouble, which provides some entertainment on its own. There have been episodes where his GPS phone hasn't worked, and he was in some serious crap. But other than that I'll watch Man vs Wild over survivorman anytime.

I love the episode where Bear showed the audience how to get out of a freezing lake in case you walk over thin ice and fall in. Could be very useful to some people, I think he's crazy as hell for doing it. I don't think you can prevent cardiac arrest, and I'm sure he was seriously risking his life by doing that.
Loved the one where Bear jumped from the plane in the Rockies or Sierra Nevada's, and the next thing you see is him hanging from a tree! LOL!

Dude's crazy.

Runner up: The 50 foot jump from the cliff into the river to escape the bear that was tracking him. His advice for making the leap -- keep you legs together...and clench your butt cheeks. Yep...
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Originally posted by mneeley490:
Does anyone know what this guys' real name is? He just seems like a "Nigel" to me.


I think I heard once that his given name is Theodore, and when a small kid they called him "teddy" and from Teddy they moved to "Bear".
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Originally posted by Dom'n'Vin'sDad:
Okay, so the first episode I see, they drop him in the Australian Outback, and literally seven minutes into the show he is talking about drinking his own urine. Boy, what have I been missing?!?!?!?!!? Eek Roll Eyes Big Grin


You gotta love any show that features a menu of piss as an aperitif, raw spider as an appetizer, and snake as the main course.

Getting hungry just thinking about it. Eek
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Originally posted by Board-O:
You ever watch Rogue Nature? There was some guy provoking lions on foot carrying only a wooden pole, but I'm sure there was an army nearby.


Yeah, that guy is intense. The best is when he is passing through the lions saying "Good lions. Good lions" (or something to that effect) repeatedly.
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Originally posted by mneeley490:
I read an interview where he said his film crew gets choppered out to someplace cozy each night and leaves him with a small video camera to film himself. They probably wonder if they'll find him alive the next morning. Roll Eyes


This past May the wife and I were hiking in the Ansel Adams wilderness area (adjacent Yosemite) with a guide. Guide mentioned that in the Sierra Nevada episode the crew AND BEAR were spotted at the Bass Lake lodge. The crew was waiting for Bear to shake off the hanger he had from a rough night of drinking so they could put him back out in the wild to continue the shoot! Eek

That said, I too think the show is great. They can't really fake the drinking urine and eating recently killed (and still fresh frozen!) moose, elk, deer....or can they?! Wink
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i watch the show and after numerous episodes, i don't buy it. i think its staged and the above post about him staying in a lodge and getting loaded, proves it.



Scuttlebutt! Hey, I heard theres a bridge for sale in Brooklyn, N.Y. are you interested? I'll make you a sweet deal!
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Originally posted by ppierce:
i watch the show and after numerous episodes, i don't buy it. i think its staged and the above post about him staying in a lodge and getting loaded, proves it.


Yep, that convinces me, too. Even though I find the show to be extremely entertaining (and fascinating), it is probably staged. That's probably why Bear Grylls would want to jump out of planes into barren wastelands so he can drink piss and eat maggots...while we're at it, the moon landing was probably staged, too. I heard a guide tell me once that the footage was shot in a studio Cool

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