Like so many others I've become a huge fan of Man vs. Wild and Survivorman on the Discovery Channel. Bear and Les do some amazing things and who is to say which is more hardcore. Bear with his nearly superhuman physicality or Les traveling totally alone for a week.
Both of these guys use tools. Les has a SAK and a multi-tool if I remember correctly. Bear uses a largish folding knife with serrations.
The question is what knives are these guys using? I'd be willing to bet they are using excellent examples of what's out there.
For the record, I hope both of these shows go many more seasons. Also a friend suggested that they should team up. Now that would be awesome!
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July 23, 2007, 03:02 AM
Bear is using but if he could trade it for an ounce or two of brains I think he should go for it. If you're really interested in the mindset, skillset and equipment necessary to survive in the Alaskan wilderness turn off the tube and find someone in your area to learn from and train with. Neither of those two nitwits on the Discovery channel has enough sense to be let out of the house alone and some of the stuff Bear does is downright stupid. Somebody is going to get killed trying some of the stuff he advocates and I sincerely hope it isn't you, my friend. As for the hardware necessary for wilderness trekking a lot depends on your circumstances: 1) Are you a hunter who's gotten lost or separated from his base camp by injury or bad weather but is otherwise well equipped? 2) Are you the sole survivor of a commercial airliner crashed in rugged terrain without so much as a nail clipper in your pocket? In any event, the knowledge and the skills you possess along with your attitude regarding your own survival will make a lot more difference than any knife that's ever been made. There are dozens of websites and blogs out there that can help you find what works well for you in your situation but the "survival" shows on the Discovery channel are about on par with Mythbusters as far as any serious discussion of the topic.
July 23, 2007, 03:24 AM
Bear's idea of wilderness survival seems to involve running down scree slopes, jumping over waterfalls and climbing up steep cliffs--all for no apparent reason other than looking good on TV. "Survivorman" has actually included some useful tidbits, and Les Stroud's approach is far more sound. He seems to use a Leatherman of some sort, but I don't remember seeing it in detail.
July 23, 2007, 05:21 AM
Oh, I guess we can sit here and judge both of these guys, but the fact is that both these shows are for entertainment. How else are they supposed to show survival on TV? Look, you can't learn how to build a chopper from watching American Chopper, you can't learn how to fly from watching "Top Gun", and you can't become a mall ninja simply by watching "Diehard"... Well, maybe that last one will help, but the other examples are pretty accurate! Anyway, I would tend to agree that Bear takes a lot of chances, but I have learned some interesting things from watching him, and more to the point, it is about 2 orders of magnitude better than watching "Survivor". Besides, Bear is just playing to his strengths, which happen to include an extensive backround in rock climbing and mountaineering. So for him, he isn't taking any chances that he isn't prepared for or unfamiliar with.
Jeez, I sound like a Bear Gryls groupie......
July 23, 2007, 05:23 AM
I take the programs for their intended purpose: entertainment, plan and simple.
July 23, 2007, 05:27 AM
Also, in an effort to keep this thread on topic, here is the knife that Bear Grylls endorses on his website...
Again, I sound like a Bear Grylls groupie...
July 23, 2007, 07:37 AM
I believe that Bear usually uses a half-serrated Gerber Gator.
July 23, 2007, 09:01 AM
Serrated knives have little usefulness in the woods, and half serrated even less. I don't know why Bear carries one; the only reason i can think of would be habit from his SF days.
The Leatherman that Les Schroude carries is far more useful, but still not as useful as a good 4-6" fixed blade with no serrations.
July 23, 2007, 09:08 AM
Glad that's over with!
July 23, 2007, 09:10 AM
I thoroughly enjoy all the interesting tidbits of information that these guys bring to tv. It is a tv program after all....
The information is useful in real life, however. Dehydration causes deminsia, feelings of hunger can be lessened by eating non-nutritous grass (or a rice cake). The longest a person can hold their breath is 4 minutes, but in cold water it's not near as long.
I disagree that with a few posts on this thread. Has anyone seen the Iceland episode in Man v. Wild? Saw it yesterday. He dropped 30 feet in a freezing river (just off a glacier even) and swam across. The only reason he did this was because he could see hot springs across the river and knew that if he could get there quickly he could heat back up. When he got there, the water was too hot (boiling) so he had to improvise by damming up a small stream coming off the hot spring and it took a bit longer. He stayed calm the entire time, which I think is a lesson that we all should learn.... sometimes things aren't what they seem, if you stay calm you'll make it work out.
July 23, 2007, 09:37 AM
Wow, we seem to have a lot of 'tude on the survivor thing. Both of these shows are GREAT entertainment and have something to offer in the way of edible plants of an area, medicinal plants and such. Yeah, it's mostly BS. When Les gives a dissertation on how a Javelina will attack you on sight and pronounces it "JAV ah lean", I wonder what reference book he skimmed over before taping. ROFLMAO He should have spent more time on that one. And, yeah, right, he doesn't have a film crew, gimme a break! But, it's good entertainment and I'm kinda hooked. Bear is my favorite, but no, I ain't climbin' no bare cliffs, never would, never will. I'll find another way down or up that's safer for an old man. And, I like partial serrated blades for cutting through sternum, small limbs, and such.
All that survival stuff is fun to watch, but you ain't catchin' me on my dirt bike in the middle of the aridzona desert without an accurate handgun, some survival gear (including a canteen), and a GPS. There's really no reason to be that lost in the modern age. I ain't McGiver, I need more'n a knife. And, my survival gunbelt has disposable lighters on it and a metal match. Making fire with a bow and drill is just so unnecessary, like shooting fish with a home made bow or rabbit hunting with a throwing stick, ROFLMAO!
I think what I like about Bear is he actually catches or kills something to eat once in a while other than bugs. I do draw the line at eating scorpions. ICH! I might could stomach a maggot if I was desperate, but I HATE SCORPIONS! But, even if you don't like the story line, the scenery in these shows is AWESOME!
July 23, 2007, 12:56 PM
He dropped 30 feet in a freezing river (just off a glacier even) and swam across
Yeah... not exactly the brightest thing to do. In the real world, the LAST thing you should be doing in a survival situation is jumping into freezing rivers. Bear's a tough guy, and has a crew ready to help him off screen. But it's incredibly easy to die in that kind of water. Even if you don't break something going in, the shock of the cold can actually kill you and the current can drown you. I remember when I first came up here I thought it would be refreshing to take a dip in a little pool in the chugach coming out of the glaciers. Mistake! It hurts like scalding water. And keep in mind I like to swim in the ocean around Juneau so my tolerance for cold water is higher than most.
Bear's habit of eating insects and raw meat is also pretty foolish. Food is far less important than water, and if you don't go diving off cliffs or climbing rockfaces like a tough guy you won't burn so much energy. Go gently, slowly and carefully. Never, ever charge around. And never eat anything unless you're 100% sure it's safe. To look extra tough he likes to bite into raw fish, too. Unless your system is used to it a big wad of bone and raw fish meat is going to make you upchuck, losing vital fluids. It's easy enough to rig a simple smoker to cure the meat, which also lets you keep some for a day or two as a snack.
By the same token, Bear is weirdly afraid of drinking any water. I remember one episode where he decided to climb down into a desert canyon and swim in a pool at the bottom. There was a dead squirrel in the water, which made him decide not to drink any of it. Yet of course he was swimming in it and drank plenty of water in the process without knowing it. You may get a nasty bug from water like that, though frankly you're in far greater danger from certain flowing waters with beaver dung and sewage discharge in them. Either way, you'll be dead in two days without water in that kind of heat anyway so who cares if you pick up some ailment? Water, particularly in the hot parts of the globe, is absolutely vital and the need for it overrules all other considerations.
Both of them camp up the fear of local wildlife. Les in particular seems paranoid about it. He was worried about a moose getting him in one episode while he camped out in northern Canada. I kept wondering why he thought a moose would attack his camp. To eat him? Bear goes the other direction, and doesn't seem worried enough. I remember one episode where Bear dives off his Robinson Crusoe style raft and nearly lands on a very real, very large tiger shark. He didn't seem to realize they had come to what seemed to be a pile of storm debris in the hope that some drowned meat would be wrapped up in it. Tigers are no fools. He's lucky he didn't get munched.
July 23, 2007, 01:10 PM
they do make for good TV, and in a real survivor situation one wouldn't need to climb a tree while balancing a camera in one hand and narrating the whole experiance to boot.
picking apart a TV show for realism is an exercise in futility, as our good friends the trekkies have showed us on numorious occassions.:rolleyes:
July 23, 2007, 01:15 PM
I don't know about Survivorman, but MvW has a survivor consultant on each episode. I don't think Bear is much more than a stuntman, although I'm sure his previous training provided him with a foundation of survival skills. I gather the specifics to surviving in each locale are provided by the specialist.
July 23, 2007, 01:48 PM
Anyone seen Bear Grylls' UK series on joining the French Foreign Legion? It was on Channel 4 originally and the Military or History Channel here, but doesn't seem to have ever made it to DVD.
July 23, 2007, 01:58 PM
It's entertainment and not a NOVA series so I wouldn't take any of it as gospel and that includes the knives.
Now here's a survival expert (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vMpsMq0-m2U) we can all appreciate!
As to the knives, well, there are plenty of good knives to choose from and I wouldn't put a lot of stock in what a TV performer carries. I've seen a Gerber Gator, SAK, Leatherman and Buck carried on the two shows. I've also seen some horrible knife handling as well.
Look at Falkniven and Bark River Knive and Tool for knives you'd be well advised to purchase. Also look at a simple Frosts Mora.
July 23, 2007, 02:08 PM
nothing like posting about how I believe some of the stuff on tv is useful for everyone to jump in as survival experts.
Start a tv show, I'll watch.
July 23, 2007, 02:53 PM
By the same token, Bear is weirdly afraid of drinking any water. I remember one episode where he decided to climb down into a desert canyon and swim in a pool at the bottom. There was a dead squirrel in the water, which made him decide not to drink any of it. Yet of course he was swimming in it and drank plenty of water in the process without knowing it. You may get a nasty bug from water like that
Yeah, I saw that one and thought the same thing. LOL Hey, one more thing I have on my belt is water purification tablets in a pouch on the canteen pouch. I've used 'em often, too, while hunting in hot weather At least I know treated river water in the eastern part of Texas won't hurt you, LOL. In one of the episodes, to Bear's credit, he mentions you should never hike without purification tablets in wild country. They go sans about any gear just to simulate something like an airplane crash in the wilderness. Me, I won't be out there unless I intend to be. I used to do a lot of hiking and some hunting out west. That's when I made up my belt with little goodies in it I might need like compass, fire making stuff, multi-tool, etc, etc. Heck, I never got in a fix like that because I'd always hiked in from a highway and knew if I went the opposite compass direction I'd find that road eventually. I have gotten quite lost for a while, but figured it out in short order.
I know it ain't real and any info offered and techniques might be questionable, but hey, what else is on TV now days? Sitcoms? Please, I'm so tired of laugh tracks! Between history, science, discovery, outdoor, speedTV (motorcycle races), and military channel, that's about all there is anymore. MTV anymore, I call it the "teen sex channel". Sickening. If I ain't watchin' one of discovery's channels, I'm watching a news network, usually Fox. And, you know there's nothin' on if you find me mesmerized by the weather channel, but some of those weather babes are hot! :D
Now, what was the question? Oh, Bear's knife. I don't know, looks like a regular ol' pocket knife to me. LOL! He had a good sized knife in the one where he was in the Amazon. Beat it up pretty good choppin' down a balsa tree with it.
July 23, 2007, 02:57 PM
I can't find the other link I saw last night about how Bear spends nights in hotels when he's "in the wild". :D
Here's the link: http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/tv_and_radio/article2116195.ece
July 23, 2007, 03:12 PM
Wow, 350 lbs sterling. OUCH. That looks like the one he was beating senselessly with a rock chopping down that balsa tree. Either it's tough or, of course, it costs him nothing.
Sleepin' in a hotel? ROFL! Heck, neither one of 'em has pulled any wool over me! Ever notice how when he's shimmying up one of those cracks in the rock, the camera is right there in his face with him? How do you reckon they do that? I figure they have to be pretty close to some kind of road to get all that elevated camera platform equipment into places like that, LOL! That don't keep me from watchin', though, skeptical old goat that I might be. LOL
July 23, 2007, 03:34 PM
Tell ya what, I'll sell you this knife for half the price of that wimpy thing Bear carries, and I'll even sign "MCGunner" on the blade for you!:D
July 23, 2007, 03:36 PM
McGunner....you couldn't give that knife to me :p
July 23, 2007, 03:51 PM
Bwaaaa, ha, ha! Yeah, I bought it from a guy at work who'd gotten a bunch of blades on ebay and was hawkin' 'em. Sorta reminds me of something you'd win at the county fair for popping 3 ballons with darts or something. Gave him 10 bucks just to shut him up. LOL! It's an okay camping ulitility knife I guess. Hate to have to haul that thing around on my belt!
But, mine's bigger'n Bears! :D And, I mean, if you're going to beat a knife through a tree with a rock, I'd rather do it with a 10 dollar knife. LOL!
July 23, 2007, 04:23 PM
I just saw the episode where Bear jumps into the glacier-fed river in Iceland. Simply stupid. Don't care if he sees hot springs activity on the other side. The shock of the cold water can shut down your system to the point where you won't be able to swim or pull yourself out of the riverbank.
This is the reason why we hear/read about well-seasoned outdoorspeople who die in their natural elements. People sometimes think that they can beat nature and are proven wrong time and time again.
July 23, 2007, 04:25 PM
I saw last night about how Bear spends nights in hotels when he's "in the wild".
LOL I always suspected it! I still trust Les, though. The quality of his filming is poor enough I can't believe a crew is involved. Plus he constantly complains about having to haul the camera equipment back and forth. There are long segments of the show with him just walking back to get the camera. Anyway I know which one I'd rather be stuck in the woods with.
July 23, 2007, 04:33 PM
Your survivor clip (YouTube) was simply the best. It's tough for us city slickers to relate to Wes and Bear. I do enjoy, however, watching those shows, but I believe Wes has it the toughest. I think we all agree, Bear has some assistance from his crew. He has to have a medic and an armed shooter standing nearby. I'd love to see his outtakes.
July 23, 2007, 04:54 PM
My favorite Survivorman to date is the one in the Okefenokee swamp. That one he eats a turtle and a rattle snake, two animals I've had, myself. Rattler is good, and, yes, it tastes like chicken! The turtle I've eaten I didn't care too much for, though, was sorta muddy tasting, but over a camp fire, everything has a way of tasting better. My mom and aunt cooked the turtle after my grandpa caught it, BIG snapper, on rod and real.
The first time I ate rattler was at a Wildlife Biology Asso annual game dinner at Texas A&M. (They don't do this at Berkley!) The department head herpetologist was seated directly across from me. I grabbed a couple of pieces, was deep fried, tasted like chicken. He asks "how do you like it". I says, "It's good, but sure has some strange bones in it. What kinda bird has bones like that?!" He rolled laughing and told me it was rattle snake. I have killed large rattlers, cleaned, and fried 'em since. Excellent fried, but I've never cooked one over a camp fire.
July 23, 2007, 05:40 PM
Tell ya what, I'll sell you this knife for half the price of that wimpy thing Bear carries, and I'll even sign "MCGunner" on the blade for you!
It's likely that I would pay the 150 pounds just for your autograph. The knife would just be gravy....:neener:
July 23, 2007, 06:16 PM
Bear eats dead Zebra meat that was fly infested and baking in the sun... and squeezed the juice out of elephant crap... the man deserves to sleep at a Comfort Inn.
July 23, 2007, 06:57 PM
Just the opinion from a couch potato.
Bear should team up with the wyldboyz and jackass crew as he eats and drinks some pretty nasty stuff more power to him. The man carries a flynt rock, the episode when he was is the rockies and flowing feet first down the Colorado River when he first starts getting out of the river his shirt is stuck to him and you can see that he is wearing a life jacket under his shirt.
What type of turtle did Les eat? Was that really a species that you would find in the swamps or was it planted there?
It is all entertainment take it for that and nothing more. I enjoyed I shouldn't be alive as they were true stories and would inform you of what the body was doing as for as injuries and shutting down.
Why are serrated knives do good in the wild?
July 23, 2007, 08:27 PM
Why are serrated knives do good in the wild?
They don't for the post part. Your better off packing a Swiss Army Knife or Leatherman that has a saw along with a stout fixed blade without serrations.
The serrations, particularly in the 50/50 blades, simply get in th way. They're located on an extremely inconvenient spot on the blade, right up near the hilt where you would do delicate carving work. Not good.
July 23, 2007, 08:53 PM
Eating the maggots from under a decomposing deer in the Alps is the one that got me UNTIL he squeezed the elephant patty for water. That guy is knutz. I find both programs entertaining, and Les Stroud's more informational.
July 23, 2007, 08:55 PM
Well, if you're going to carve an indian head, the serrated blades may not be great, but I like 'em on hunting knives. The serrations are great and in just the right spot for rippin' the sternum of a deer while field dressing, works better than a plain blade, yet the forward part of the blade is curved for skinning and delicate work. Might not be the blade to have for survival, don't know, but for field dressing game, I sure like my Gator Serrater. All I use it for is field dressing and skinning, though. It's not my all around field blade. I do have a Leatherman supertool I carry all the time that is general duty field tool. Use it a lot in the shop, too. I don't know how I lived without one. LOL My Gerber resides in the pocket of my hunting coat. I don't carry it daily like the supertool.
Eating the maggots from under a decomposing deer in the Alps
Actually, it was a chamois, a sheep that lives in the high alps. But, that was pretty sick, not as bad to me, though, as Les Stroud eating that friggin' scorpion. YUK! He did go ice fishing with maggots for bait, though. And, I've always heard maggots were a clean source of protein, just think I'd use 'em for bait, maybe, thanks. And, when I caught the friggin' fish, I'd COOK IT!
July 23, 2007, 09:04 PM
First, I believe Les Stroud is by himself, notice he doesn't take the risks that Bear does.
Second, Bear takes those risks as an expert with expert advice and a safety and camera crew. His "reality show" take on survival is at odds with Les' realist version but is very fun and can be informative. Take what Bear does with a grain of salt but don't think that he isn't taking real risks.
Back to knives, That Gerber Gator looks like a decent blade. Also he often showcases just how much utility one can get from a blade through methods such as batoning. MvsW has caused me to once again re-evaluate the need for a SRK or Bowie type fixed blade.
July 24, 2007, 12:04 AM
Ok folks, I'm gonna put my Mod hat on and ask that we get back to the original question of knives. It's more fun to trash or love on the MvW or SurMan shows, but acting like a bunch of TV critics is out of scope (I'd love to hate on the things I know to be irresponsible depicted in both myself) here.
Sorry to be the party pooper, but back to your originally scheduled knife babble.:D
Don't forget the knife (http://www.raymears.com/shop_item_desc.cfm?id=72&itemType=Cutting%20Tools) Ray Mears, the predecessor to these two, uses (then go buy the falkniven or BRKT or ... at a fraction of the price).
July 24, 2007, 03:43 AM
you're such a wet blanket ( albeit a knowledgeable one. . . ). A couple more pages and we'd have had the whole thing hashed out - again. :D I still stand by my original post though - your survival in a wilderness scenario is not going to come down to which knife you buy. True for me, true for you and true for those two chuckleheads on the Discovery channel. You may find the discussion entertaining but it's about as useful as arguing which Victoria's Secret model is the best looking.
July 24, 2007, 04:25 AM
Here is the thing: I literally can't remember the last time I carried a fixed blade knife. They are big, bulky and for the weight, I just think I would be better off with a quality multi-tool. It seems to me that any truly realistic survival scenarios would include the use of such a knife, as I think it is substantially more common for mountaineers, hikers and backwoods adventureres to carry a multi-tool, or a folder, into the woods. Even when I was in the USMC, I eventually stopped carrying a large knife because I realized that I was just way better off with a folder for my knife tasks. Frankly, if Leathermans would have been available, I would have carried one of those instead of a small folder and a pair of pliers.
I like the look and feel of a fixed blade knife, and they certainly are superior in many situations, but it just seems like a multi-tool or good folder is more versatile, and thus the better choice for an "out and about" type of knife...
July 24, 2007, 08:41 AM
From Bear's blog:
I have had so many enquiries about what knife I consider best for all round performance blade.
Well, I have tried so many different ones during the filming of these 'Man Vs Wild''s & 'Born Survivor's', and if I am honest, none of them were quite right, (although in their defence. I did give them all a bit of a beating!)
So instead I have teamed up with Bayley knives and together have designed what I believe to be the most versatile, tough and practical knife available anywhere today.
Ironically, it has turned out very similar to ones we used in the SAS...but that is a beside...in conclusion, it is the knife I am currently using in any new episodes."
July 24, 2007, 10:27 AM
Somebody mentioned Bear staying in hotels and stuff; here's (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/6911748.stm) the story.
Channel 4 is to investigate a claim that it misled viewers in a survival series, in the latest allegation of reality being manipulated on a TV show.
Born Survivor featured British adventurer Bear Grylls dealing with "perilous situations" in the wild.
But a crew member told the Sunday Times some nights were spent in hotels.
Channel 4 insisted Grylls was never billed as working entirely unaided, but promised to raise the matter with the production company that made the show.
American survival consultant Mark Weinert, who was recruited by Diverse Productions, told the paper Grylls claimed to be stranded on a desert island on one occasion.
However, he was actually in Hawaii and spent some of his time there in a motel, Mr Weinert alleged.
Another time, he added, Grylls was filmed building a raft by himself, whereas the crew had actually put it together and dismantled it beforehand, to ensure that it worked.
And in a further episode, supposedly "wild" horses rounded up by Grylls had come from a local trekking facility, he claimed.
Channel 4 said in a statement that Born Survivor was "not an observational documentary series, but a 'how-to' guide to basic survival techniques in extreme environments".
"The programme explicitly does not claim that presenter Bear Grylls' experience is one of unaided solo survival.
"For example, he often directly addresses the production team, including the cameraman, making it clear he is receiving an element of back-up."
The broadcaster said Grylls carried out his own stunts and did place himself in perilous situations, "though he does so within clearly-observed health and safety guidelines required on productions of this kind".
"However, we take any allegations of misleading our audiences seriously and will be looking into this further with Diverse over the next few days."
The series was originally made for the Discovery Channel in the US and was acquired for UK transmission by Channel 4.
Diverse Productions declined to elaborate on Channel 4's statement, while Grylls's agent was unavailable for comment.
July 24, 2007, 11:44 AM
At the risk of being chastised, Bear often does something like jump off a crevasse of a glacier, to demonstrate how something would work if you fell in. He's not acting as if he actually fell, he's telling you "this is how it works", how his safety gear works that is, in that case was a knotted rope pulling his pack full of snow for a weight.
Now, back to the knife thing, I think I'll keep packin' my multitools. They're just too handy for more than just cutting. And, I ain't payin' no 350 UK Pounds for a KNIFE, not one I'm actually going to use. Now, where can you get that SAS knife Bear says his knife is very similar to? I don't need him to sign the blade. I might buy an SAS knife if the price was reasonable and I liked it, but not for survival, probably just use it hunting/butchering or something. I have a leatherman supertool I carry every day on my belt, won't put on my pants without it, and I have a small Buck multitool on my "survivor" gun belt that I carry in the field. The blades on that leatherman are pretty pathetic, but the one on the buck has a good edge and is a lot better blade that holds a better edge. You could actually use the buck to clean game, wouldn't wanna have to clean anything bigger'n a rabbit with a leatherman blade, but it's better'n nothing. I use it more for shop duties and such. I've been tempted by the Gerber tool, but don't know what the blade is like in that one. The way it opens is pretty novel, though.
I agree with TimboKhan on fixed blade knives, heavy, bulky, and I never carry one. I might have one in camp for butchering chores, but I carry a folder, my Gerber, when I'm hunting. It's super light and a strong folder. I've had it a couple of decades, but haven't carried it except for hunting, but the blade is as tight in that thing as when new. I really need nothing else. That 6" fixed blade Case my ol' man gave me weighs a ton. If I'm on a hunting trip I'll take it along to help butchering chores, but when I'm hunting around here, it stays home. It's got a quality blade on it, but it's awfully big and bulky.
Ya know, after the talk of falling out of a stand and hanging by your safety rope, I got to thinkin', I have never been in a tree stand! ROFL! I hunt out of tripods. There ain't a tree on my place I could use a tree stand, all gnarled up scrub oaks. East Texas is tree stand country, but I rarely go up there for hunting and I never used a stand up there, usually there for the squirrel hunting anyway.
I mean, I can open my Gerber with one hand, but I'll never need that skill anyway.
July 24, 2007, 12:03 PM
One of the things about producing a show like Man VS Wild... Insurance. No one (of the producers) wants to see Bear get drowned or eaten or fall off something and have to show how to deal with compound spiral fractures.
They probably require Bear to take rests, the production crews probably require it too. I'm sure Bear would love to roll it all hard core and make it more real. The guy was an SF Operator.
July 24, 2007, 02:41 PM
It seems to me that any truly realistic survival scenarios would include the use of such a knife
You could say that about most things on the show - why would someone coming off a mountain in skis not carry hiking boots for when he gets out of the snow? as in one ep - but the show is imagined to be a 'worst-case scenario' rather than realistic hiking/survival.
July 24, 2007, 02:43 PM
The only thing that bothers me about assistance/hotel claims (it is, after all, entertainment) is that Grylls has repeatedly stated in interviews (Conan, Kimmel, Oprah) that he stuck it out in the wild with no assistance. There was no need to lie about that to puff up his book sales or image.
July 24, 2007, 02:51 PM
Survivorman has a survival consultant also.
One thing that Les does which is stupid but at the same time cool is that he is out there alone. [At least in the earlier seasons he claimed he as] On more then one occasion he comments about doing things twice once to set up the camera shot and then another to take the camera down.
I am sure that he has a safety crew with a chopper or something close enough that he can get them on the VHF if something hits the fan.
As a Eagle Scout and Scoutmaster. I have watch both shows and thought from time to time, "that doesn't seem like a smart thing to do"
July 24, 2007, 04:57 PM
Since most folks seem to interested in gossip and not discussing knives and have ignored my gentle suggestion we get back on topic we're done with this one.
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