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Man Vs Wild Versus Survivorman  
User currently offlineDragon-wings From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 3998 posts, RR: 0
Posted (7 years 3 months 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 1510 times:

Yesterday I watch a few episodes of Survivorman and tonight I am watching Man vs Wild. After watching both shows I think Man vs Wild is better. With Bear Gryils he actually tries to get out of the place he is dropped off at. With Les Stroud all he basically does is camp in one spot for seven days then either hikes to were the crew is or the crew comes and picks him up.

What do you think? Which show do you think is better?


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User currently offlineArmitageShanks From UK - England, joined exactly 11 years ago today! , 3649 posts, RR: 15
Reply 1, posted (7 years 3 months 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 1506 times:

Survivorman has a higer change of getting out of his challenge. He stays put for the most part, and that's the best thing you can do if you're lost or in a survival situation.

Secondly he films everything himself and is alone, which makes it much harder. Bear has a crew and has been rumored to take breaks between filming.

I'd go with survivorman if I were in a plane crash, that's for sure.


User currently offlineDragon-wings From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 3998 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (7 years 3 months 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 1500 times:

Quoting ArmitageShanks (Reply 1):
Bear has a crew and has been rumored to take breaks between filming.

I didn't know/never heard about that. I always thought that Bear never knew where he was dopped off and the crew never makes contact with him during the day and they get picked up and leave Bear alone durning the night.



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User currently offlineLAXspotter From India, joined Jan 2007, 3650 posts, RR: 5
Reply 3, posted (7 years 3 months 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 1496 times:

Quoting ArmitageShanks (Reply 1):
He stays put for the most part, and that's the best thing you can do if you're lost or in a survival situation.

well depends on the situation

Both have a different approach to survival, and there are both negatives and positives.

Bear Grylls is an outstanding person in terms of physical capacity, skills and knowledge of survival, he is after all a member of the British special forces. He shows a rugged, no nonsense head on approach to survival, and instead of staying put, he believes in actively going out to find a way back to civilization, that is after all the goal of his show, most of the things that Grylls does cannot be done by regular people, I sure as hell cannot scale cliffs like him, climb up those rocks and get out of quicksand like him.

Stroud on the other hand is faced with a different challenge that Grylls, that is to survive in the wilderness for seven days instead of trying to get back to civilization. Les seems to take his time, and act rather slowly compared to Bear, and is not as physically capable as Bear but has a good amount of knowledge of survival, and although his techniques are different, I'm quite sure they're just as effective/

My Preference: Once again, its a question of perspectives, most people will be attracted to Bear because his show is more intersting due to the presence of crew, and essentially it's a directed show. Whereas Les is more of a self-depiction and rather slow portrayal of his survival saga. I watch both of them, and I feel that they both give good tips for survival.



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User currently offlineFreshlove1 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (7 years 3 months 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 1434 times:

Yeah Bear shacks up in a hotel during the night then goes back to where he left off the day before and starts. If you look at Bear at the end of his journey he has no facial hair growth. Your telling me he shaves in the wild every day? Come on, I bet he does that in the hotel every night. I like both shows so either one is fine with me, personally I could care less if they do go to a hotel for the night. No way in hell I would eat half the stuff either one of them comes across during their trips. Grubs anyone?

User currently offlineStuckInCA From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 2000 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (7 years 3 months 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 1417 times:

Well... Man vs Wild is much more entertaining in my opinion. Since both shows should only be viewed as enteretainment, I wouldn't use too many other criteria in comparing them.

User currently offlineFutureUALpilot From United States of America, joined May 2000, 2608 posts, RR: 8
Reply 6, posted (7 years 3 months 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 1409 times:

Quoting Freshlove1 (Reply 4):
Yeah Bear shacks up in a hotel during the night then goes back to where he left off the day before and starts.

Proof? AFAIK its still just rumors.

Quoting Freshlove1 (Reply 4):
If you look at Bear at the end of his journey he has no facial hair growth.

I can go a week without any facial hair growth. It usually takes me a good 2-3 weeks to get anything noticeable in, I'm just not the furry type, whereas my brother (same hair color, same genes, etc) could probably knock out a full beard in about a week without trying.


That said, I think Man vs. Wild is far more entertaining, but I do appreciate Survivorman's take on things, and his stay calm mentality. Bear gets a bit excited at times, but it keeps it interesting.



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User currently offlineCorey07850 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2528 posts, RR: 5
Reply 7, posted (7 years 3 months 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 1376 times:

Quoting FutureUALpilot (Reply 6):
Proof? AFAIK its still just rumors.

No that's been confirmed...

Either way, I think Man V. Wild is a much more entertaining show. Regardless if he 'cheats', he makes the show more interesting to watch. Most people say Survivorman is better because Les films everything himself, but to me that's what makes it boring. He can't get as good of shots as Bear, but again it's all preference. It seems like Les is always given way too much stuff to survive with, and all he ever does is camp out somewhere for a week. Les is never able to actually catch anything to eat save for some plants and the random insect. He basically starves for a week in a shelter drinking some water... not that interesting.

Bear might not be as 'real' but he did catch a fish in the river and take a huge bite out of it... That's bad ass!


User currently offline767Lover From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (7 years 3 months 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 1358 times:

My husband and I actually talked about this once. The couple of times I watched Survivorman, Stroud kept whining about all the bugs around and how uncomfortable he was when his sleeping bag was in certain spots because of the bugs. It's the friggin' wilderness, man! Even though he is certainly roughing it, he just kind of came off as wimpy to me. Regardless of whether Man vs. Wild is stage, Bear just comes off as more manly, sexy and tough (at least to this woman!)  yummy 

User currently offlineJFK69 From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 1421 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (7 years 3 months 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 1346 times:



make sure you watch to the very end to get the real kicker.


User currently offlinePeterPuck From Canada, joined Jun 2004, 323 posts, RR: 3
Reply 10, posted (7 years 3 months 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 1340 times:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2j_LkdCt2P8

User currently offlineFutureUALpilot From United States of America, joined May 2000, 2608 posts, RR: 8
Reply 11, posted (7 years 3 months 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 1310 times:

Quoting Corey07850 (Reply 7):
No that's been confirmed...

Really? Bummer. Its still an enjoyable show, though. Is there a link to anything providing solid evidence that he didn't stay out there the whole time? (I'm not trying to be an ass, just honestly wondering so I can see myself...I haven't followed it much since the accusations first came about)

EDIT: Nevermind, those videos provide a fairly strong argument.

[Edited 2007-09-26 19:33:29]


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User currently offlineDragon-wings From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 3998 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (7 years 3 months 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 1273 times:

Why is it Les is given supplies in most shows? I saw a Africa episode where his Jeep broke down and he had in the truck a 2 day supply of water, tools from a tool box, and a ostrich egg for when he needed it.

Also with Bear going to hotels, is it everyone? Or just the crew? I don't have a problem with the crew going to a hotel for the night.

I think it's fair to say that both shows do give very good advise/tips when it comes to surviving.



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User currently offlineLAXspotter From India, joined Jan 2007, 3650 posts, RR: 5
Reply 13, posted (7 years 3 months 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 1272 times:

Quoting FutureUALpilot (Reply 6):
That said, I think Man vs. Wild is far more entertaining, but I do appreciate Survivorman's take on things, and his stay calm mentality. Bear gets a bit excited at times, but it keeps it interesting.

Yep, the way I see it

Quoting Corey07850 (Reply 7):
Either way, I think Man V. Wild is a much more entertaining show.

Yeah, me too, well Man V. Wild has the camera crew advantage.

Quoting 767Lover (Reply 8):
Bear just comes off as more manly, sexy

I thought so, hahaha.



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User currently offlinePeterPuck From Canada, joined Jun 2004, 323 posts, RR: 3
Reply 14, posted (7 years 3 months 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 1244 times:

Les has some supplies because he starts from some plausible scenario for being there. For example a plane crash, snowmobile breaks down, etc so he has the wreckage or other supplies you would normally have at that time.

User currently offlineLAXspotter From India, joined Jan 2007, 3650 posts, RR: 5
Reply 15, posted (7 years 3 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 1222 times:

Quoting PeterPuck (Reply 14):
Les has some supplies because he starts from some plausible scenario for being there. For example a plane crash, snowmobile breaks down, etc so he has the wreckage or other supplies you would normally have at that time.

true, dont know how Bear's situation comes about tho, I guess you just find yourself dumped at those locations, hehe.



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