Les is more and Bears don’t sleep in the woods

I have often espoused the virtues of Les Stroud.  Les writes, directs, produces, and stars in a show called "Survivorman" seen on the Discovery Channel in the US and the Outdoor Life Network in Canada.  The premise of the show is explained in the blurb from the official site:

"No food, no shelter, no fresh water, no tools… no camera crew. One man – alone in the wild for seven days with only his wits and stamina to sustain him."

So, the deal with Survivorman is Les does it all.  He gets dumped into some remote locale with a load of camera gear and has to survive and film.  The quoted blurb above is a little misleading.  During each episode, Les is usually equipped with SOME provisions.  This has included at various times: a multi-tool, emergency blanket, swiss army knife, minor foodstuffs, etc.  And, he always has some sort of way to contact a production team in his general vicinity in the event of an emergency situation.

In the interest of full disclosure, I am a big Les Stroud fan.  The newest season of Survivorman starts August 10, 2007 on Discovery.  I enjoy this show because Les is (probably correctly) portrayed as an "Average Joe".  He's not going to win a modeling contract, he's not a prime physical specimen, he's  just a guy who knows survival techniques and how to effectively produce entertaining television.  He is a small, Canadian god of a man.

The Discovery Channel also has a show called Man VS. Wild .  This show stars Bear Grylls an is positioned as having basically the same premise as Survivorman.  It is a survival themed show.  BUT, Bear is a FORMER MEMBER OF THE BRITISH SPECIAL FORCES, Bear CLIMBED MOUNT EVEREST, Bear is a BEEFCAKE!  LOOK LADIES!  See Bear take his shirt off!

Bear Grylls is a FRAUD

An initial review of Man VS. Wild brings some interesting things to light.  Bear always travels with a camera crew.  He even shows his proper British manners by directing them around dangerous obstacles like alligators, venomous snakes, and toothbrushes.  Bear also ALWAYS has a flint (fire starting tool) and a water bottle inside of an unmentioned metal carrying case often used to boil water.  Bear also likes to climb up and down things.  Things like cliffs, trees, and waterfalls.  Yes, waterfalls.  But, Bear is qualified to do all of these things because he CLIMBED MOUNT EVEREST.  Of course all of the risks he takes and all of the geographical obstacles he overcomes are central to the excitement of the plot.  They are also most often things that untrained and sane people should never attempt.  If you're lost on a mountain without food or shelter should you really be spending time and energy climbing sheer rock faces?

What I'm trying to convey is that BEAR doesn't appear to be all he's cracked up to be. 

And now, some interesting information has come to light regarding Man VS. Wild and the exploits of fair Bear.  The full details can be read in this ABC News article (The story was first run by British TV4).  Details from the article include:

"Channel 4 confirmed that Grylls had spent the night indoors on at least two occasions when the series had led viewers to believe he was spending the night in the wild."


"…is an episode supposedly set on a deserted island (actually Hawaii) that shows him building a raft, which was actually constructed and then disassembled by show consultants so that the host could easily put it together."

Wow, what a fraud.

Discovery is working fast to spin the news.  Here's an excerpt from their response: "Moving forward, the program will be 100 percent transparent, and all elements of the filming will be explained upfront to our viewers".

I think they should change the name of the show to Limey VS. Marginal Outdoor Discomfort

I can't wait for the new season of Survivorman. 

11 thoughts on “Les is more and Bears don’t sleep in the woods

  1. julian

    hey matt if u think that bears a fraud then your a fraud yourself because id like to c u do all of the things that he has done i bet u havnt even climbed mt everest or caught gutted and ate animals in place where u would die if u didnt do this have u been in the air forces 4 three years he broke his back in 3 places and 2 years later still managed to climb everest

  2. miles

    Apparently you’re only out for some attention. If you’ve ever watched the show, it clearly states twice each episode that Bear is accompanied by production staff who assist when needed. You’re man crush on Les is fine, but don’t disrespect something and someone you’ve not truly researched yourself. Moron.

  3. chris b

    I have to agree with miles. i have just finished reading bears book on climbing everest. He is a man to be admired along with all who have achieved such a great fete. The fact that he has help in his tv series is not that important. He still gets his view of how to cope across.

  4. danny

    Julian, is right on target. all these people talk major shit about bear because their jealous, when he’s the second coming of jesus christ

  5. Laura

    Bear is amazing hes incredibly fit and obviously willing to try everything and anything eg drinking his own pee, eating a dead uncooked zebra and eating skunk!plus many more obv….so i think hes GREAT! and also georgeous. I LOVE YOU BEAR!

  6. Deny

    Yes i totally agree, it’s very easy to kick your feet up in your chair and say it’s an easy job. But still i d like to see you do it, don’t disrespect others when you havent accomplished anything like that yourself. There are ALWAYS rumours about those shows but your oh-so-manly les stroud gave up a few times when the rescue teams came to search for him.

  7. Emily

    Look, you can’t slam someone you don’t know!
    Like DENY said, there’s obviously rumors about this! There are rumors about everything, but that doesn’t mean you have to believe them. I’d like to see you put your life at steak by being surrounded by alligators, or maybe eating a snake on a stick. I watch this show whenever I can. I LOVE IT!!!

    (p.s. remember The Crocodile Hunter? He took risks just like Bear. I LOVE YOU BEAR!

  8. Les Straud

    Bear did not break his back as bad as he claims.. there was no operation in africa. Read some more articals yah wankas. Even his fellow soldiers say he lied about some things.
    Makes for a good story though eh?

  9. Bear

    you’re stupid cause bear is so hot and you’re just jealous that you don’t have a body like his. SUCK IT!!!!!!!! p.s. green day rocks and tre cool is hot

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