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Les Stroud vs Bear Grylls

Published by Jon under General

If you are into survival types shows as much as I am, you know about Les Stroud’s Survivor Man and Bear Grylls’ Man Vs Wild. Both are captivating shows that keep our interest and keep us coming back for more in a quest to see just how these men are able to survive against insurmountable obstacles. Both shows are about real survival stories and teaching us how to get ourselves out of tough situations that may face us down. The real question is just who is the better of the two at surviving in the wild.

I think Bear Grylls is all flash. He’s got a pretty face, he talks and he’s full of energy. It seems like he is always running from one thing to another with no breaks in between. It’s like he is trying to shove as much into a single episode as possible. His episodes start with him getting dropped into a location and then trying to make his way back into civilization with no food and very few supplies. It’s about survival, or so we are made to think.

Les Stroud is different. He may not be all flash, but he is into real survival. He tells it like it is and demonstrates how we can survive in a place using the things that are naturally around us. It’s not about running an obstacle course or trying to rush from point A to point B. It’s about showing how ordinary people who own deskjobs and who’s best experience to sports is playing bingo online can survive in a very inhospitable place. It’s not about fake scenarios. Survivor Man has more plausible scenarios than does Man Vs Wild.

Another thing about Bear Grylls and Man vs Wild is that Bear always has a cameraman and crew nearby to help him, if he’s in a life or death situation. It’s nice to think that Bear is doing everything himself, but sometimes it just doesn’t make sense. Remember that episode where he was crossing the big ice crevasse and we were made to believe he was in the middle of nowhere? Look closely and you can see he was next to a highway.

You don’t see that sort of thing with Les Stroud. He’s a real survivor man. All of the Survivor Man episodes are filmed by himself. It’s just Les and the camera when he is surviving in a new place. It makes for a more authentic survival learning experience. In fact, just watch any of the Survivor Man DVDs and you can see just how much it’s about authentic survival living without any of the flash you see from Man vs Wild. Les Stroud and Survivor Man beats out Bear Grylls and Man Vs Wild by a long shot. It’s the kind of show that I enjoy time and time again. I can’t wait to have a DVD for Season 3 because it’s always fun and exciting to watch and there isn’t the scripted shenanigans as found in Man vs Wild.

73 Comments » Posted on January 23rd, 2009
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Comment by Backcountry
2009-10-16 12:41:01

I just wanted to point out that Grylls doesn’t get “dropped into” anywhere. His show is completely a fictitious drama and is produced in the same manner as other shows of this type. They scout out locations ahead of time and then Grylls and the crew film their scenes on location with multiple takes and props that are brought along. After a scene is complete they all move on to the next location or back to base camp for the night. Discovery has released some behind the scenes videos that revel how the show is actually made. Here’s one- http://dsc.discovery.com/videos/man-vs-wild-behind-the-scenes-hanging-in-panama.html . You’ll note that there are at least 10-11 guys including a director who yells “action”. Obviously all of those people and all of that equipment weren’t dropped off by helicopter nor were they all following Bear through the jungle.

I am personally familiar with the area he filmed one of his episodes and it was beyond laughable. He lied about where he was at, he pretended a popular swimming hole a half mile from a road was in the middle of nowhere and he made it seem like domestic animals were actually wild. Supposedly he’s giving survival advice but he neglected to mention that the entire area is criss-crossed with hundreds of miles of gravel roads, old logging roads and ATV trails. It would be virtually impossible to get lost there for more than a day making food a very low priority but he suggests risking serious injury by going after a rattlesnake. There are tons of wild edibles which would be easy to identify but he only mentions a couple of the more obscure ones and then doesn’t know how to properly prepare them.

The reality is that Man v. Wild has nothing to do with survival. They just use that as a gimmick to draw in a broader audience and to provide Grylls with an excuse to basically show off.

Comment by Beavs
2010-05-10 16:23:47

Haha your just biased. Bear may have a camera crew and what not, yet He knows his stuff and does it for realeo. Les is sweet stuff aswell and really, you can’t diss either.

 
 
Comment by matt gilchrist
2009-11-11 04:58:24

they r both not that good if your in places no one would do much of that stuff but hay at least grylls can catch fish with his hands

Comment by slomoshun
2010-08-11 20:20:40

Bear has 10 people with him, stunt and rescue teams, he also does multiple takes, uses safety harnesses that are cut out and does things you should never EVER do if you’re stranded. Case in point. You don’t go cliff diving, rock climbing or climb 100ft trees if you don’t have to. There’s almost always a safe way around something like a cliff or waterfall. Please go youtube videos of this fool and look for behind the scenes footage. Ever hear the rumor that he filmed an entire episode in the woods behind his hotel? It’s true.

Les goes out by himself, safety crew is miles away and hes filming on his own. You’ve seen how far he travels, he does that double because he has to come back for his camera. He does the safe things and the right things you should do in the wild if you’re stranded. Anyone that thinks this is wrong I HOPE you have to find out on your own.

 
 
Comment by Bella
2009-12-06 12:45:48

Oh, please! I saw an episode of Survivorman where he himself said and showed us how he is dropped off at a location a week prior to taping and shown everything he needs to survive his environment. Ever notice the guy ALWAYS has the right tools??

I’m not saying one is better than the other; I do watch both faithfully, but to say one is a cheat while the other isn’t is a far stretch. Neither is the real deal. It’s ALL just entertainment.

Comment by Chrys
2010-07-29 21:52:46

Survivorman is NOT entertainment. Les is actually out there, by himself, no food, just what you see him scrounge and his cameras. Which is why he decided to quit filming those episodes, they are just too hard on a body, that many days without food, and in those dire physical circumstances for a week at a time. I’d like to see anyone try those conditions for a week at a time, once a month for a year and see what toll it takes on them. And they have to be over 35.

 
Comment by koty
2010-08-17 18:08:42

He has the right tools because its common sense and the hardest part about surviving is if you are alone…. bear grylls has 3-7 people to talk to while les is alone in the middle of nowhere, i like them both but i think bear is a entertainer because of the stuff he over exerts to do like jumping off cliffs with vines and other dumb shit like drinking water out of elephant shit thats just dumb… but its funny to watch, les i watch to actually learn stuff even though somethings it boring but eh there both good. but if it came down to it in surviving we would be more like les, cause i doubt anyone could do half the stuff bear does. i personally like stroud better oh yeah and btw bear grylls got caught staying in a hotel in hawaii when he was aparently making a show on a island a mile out… so yeah half of its sripted and fake

 
Comment by DrumDude
2010-08-21 18:04:32

Well actually in his book ‘SURVIVE!’, he explains that you should always know information about your destination or the area you will be traveling in. Also, in his book, he explains that once you have learned about your area, you should prepare a survival kit to fit your needs specially for the area you will be in. This is very true, and obvious. And he does show us how to make things out of his surroundings, and create makeshift tools from scratch.

 
 
Comment by OhMyHiggs
2009-12-09 13:57:51

While part of me wants to go into detail and debate Bella’s statement I won’t she is too simple minded and lacks common sense.

 
Comment by Matthew
2009-12-10 21:28:35

I have to (politely) disagree with Bella, at least in part. You’re right that they’re both entertainment, but there is a lot of difference between one man alone for a week and an entire crew doing scripted setups. Les Stroud often mentions information he has been given prior to episodes, including certain survival techniques pertaining to the habitat he will be filming in. In most of the Canadian forests he would need no briefing, but to go into an area he is unfamiliar without first doing research (and even being instructed by locals) would simply be irresponsible. And what knowledge would he have to impart if he himself hadn’t bothered to learn it?

Survivorman comes a lot closer to reality because he actually has to deal with the consequences of his actions, whereas Mr. Grylls does not. He’s going to have a coffee and supper waiting for him at the hotel when filming is done that day, and Les just has whatever he’s managed to scrape together, which is often nothing.

 
Comment by SurvivormanSucksBalls
2009-12-26 08:53:48

Bear is the real deal, he climbed mt. everest, crossed the atlantic in a r.i.b. so why would he make his show fake?

 
Comment by Sportsman
2010-01-02 14:25:46

To grand stand…, and get paid. Seriously? You must be watching a different Man vs. Wild than the rest of us. While mildly entertaining us Bear Grylls does not base his show on survival at all. If he did he would not take the huge risks that he does by climbing cliffs with nothing more than vines and luck. Seems to me the locations are chosen to afford him the opportunity to do these stunts, when in reality anyone trying to survive would not take such chances if it were not absolutely necessary.

 
Comment by Bella
2010-01-05 19:41:25

In the promos for his show for Man Vs. Wild, it says, “Bear doesn’t show you how to survive, he shows you how to be alive”. His show never once boasts that watching his show will help you if you happen under the same situation/environment. He’s just doing something he enjoys and hopes people watch so he can make cash while doing the stuff he enjoys doing.

 
Comment by keif
2010-01-06 12:24:54

Man vs wild is fake, there are millions of videos that prove so all over youtube, and google video, there are no videos saying les stroud is fake so suck it. Plus, in one vid i watched, he said a horse was wild, but the horse was groomed and wearinghorse shoes. In another, Bear pre-cut hand hold when he was climbing out of the cold atlantic ocean. One last thing, he got his crew to spear a fish for him, and he addmited that! Bear Grylls, Suck it!

 
Comment by Pakrat13
2010-01-09 13:56:19

Ok, Bear versus Les: guys this ia a no-brainer. Yes Bear has climbed Everest, yes he’s pretty (according to my fiancee), and yes he’s a former military man. But the plain truth of it is that he show is scripted and he has more backup within reach during his filming than most families do while camping in KOA campground. Bear’s show (while good entertainment) is all about drama and adenilin – just like Bear himself. Face it Bear, is an adrenilin junkie and a true extrovert – plain and simple. WHile there is nothing wrong with that, I doubt he could handle 3 days of hat Les has put himself through on any one of his expisodes; much less come back for more.

As for Les, well my hat is off to him. Les has managed to actually live his life in the way that most of us hope to be able to spend a 2 week vacation: by doing what he genuinely emjoys and truly cares about – Music and nature.

In regards to overall skills, yes both of these men possess survival skills. The real difference is that Les actually relies on his own skills to get himself through: and then marches back the 1/4 mile to pick up the camera equipment.

I have seen every episode of both shows and I would offer one piece of advice to each man.

Bear – quit running, survival is about making decisions that lessen your chances of dying whenever possible, so quit jumping off cliffs and sliding down hills.

Les – (and I say this with genuine respect and admiration) when you are using a knife: hold the object aways from your body and cut AWAY from your body, and from your own fingers. You simply have to be getting tired of slicing open your own fingers.

 
Comment by bear grylls rocks
2010-01-13 19:14:14

go bear im with suvor man suks idea

 
Comment by bear grylls rocks
2010-01-13 19:17:52

no survivor man uses guns and atvs and gps so what if his camra crew killd one fish somtimes u would have a couple people with u survivor man suks his own balls

Comment by Bear is Beast
2010-04-25 17:42:13

yep thats right i totally agree with bear grylls rocks survivor man sucks

 
 
Comment by mihkal
2010-01-14 04:02:13

I’d say that all of you are a bunch of losers. Who cares what you think either like it or change the channel. But just this both of them can be assisted in no time, Les has gps in no time he can have his crew there if he wanted or you believe that stuff that only by the seventh day they will come, come on plus in real life help will not come on the seventh day you have to move for help. I doubt that he would have anything on bear if on the move, les can bearly move to grab a bite. I hate myself for living this comment, I’ve become part of the loser gang!

 
Comment by oliver
2010-01-17 19:50:25

From a search and rescue point of view Bear needs to be takin out and shoot. He is giving people the wrong idea. He does the wrong thing, taking really bad risks. I have been a SAR member for the last 8 years and every time I see the show I think of all the people going out into the bush with nothing, thinking they can do shot like Bear. I live in Canada and we get all kinds of people that get themselves in trouble going out back with no thought about it, I have had to take people of mountains who were wearing high heels!!!

 
Comment by mike w
2010-01-28 01:47:07

Well its obviouse that none of you would survive in the situations that are filmed by les without a crew or bear with a crew.You all are too busy trying to figure out wich one is better. The fact of the matter is that both men are true survivalists and are only trying to show the public ways to survive if they were faced in those types of situations. Have any of you actualy researched their techniques if god forbid it happened to you? I agree that it is entertainment and there making a seriouse amount of money doing so but the techniques are real on both sides and is very usefull information that could possibly save your life one day. Me personaly,I believe bear to be a better trained individual due to his special forces back ground.

 
Comment by youbar
2010-01-31 12:17:11

i personally think you all need a life,arguing about something as stupid as this…….get a hobby for christs sake!!!!

 
Comment by Kendo
2010-02-01 12:22:51

I really don’t care how fake Bear is, I just don’t like what he does in his show. For example… what tourist in his right mind, lost in Sierra Nevada, would try to go down a steep cliff (300 feet drop, he says), without any climbing equipment?! I’m sorry, I don’t find it believable. And yes, I find Les Stroud much more believable.

I hope Bear’s target audience is not losers like that one with multiple names (survivormansuck and beargryllrocks), but one track mind… I’d love to see him try any of Bear’s survivor stunts for real if he got lost.

 
Comment by ng jk
2010-02-03 02:25:37

go facebook and join my man vs wild fan club!!! anyway les stroud is so old and partially bald

 
Comment by Wreck
2010-02-03 13:10:10

The reason I like Bear Grylls is the fact that he is entertaining. He’s hilarious in a stupidly charming way. Pretty much reminiscent of Steve Irwin. If you combine Steve Irwin + Steve-O you pretty much get Bear Grylls. Problem is Bear’s episode are pretty much the same.. He jumps out from the sky, runs around for a bit, searches for water, somehow finds man made objects in the wild, builds a shelter, gets into a hilarious stupid situation, eats shit if need be, and for no apparent reason always ends up in a cave, finds his way out and then there’s a helicopter waiting for him.

Les Stroud is more hardcore. You can tell when he catches his food he is thankful and happy for it. I do find his show quite emo and kind of sad he displays too much loneliness towards the camera and there are parts that drag, but its probably just the Canadian in him.

Either or, both shows are great, it’s just the viewer’s preference

 
Comment by TBONE
2010-02-15 17:49:35

yer all a bunch of morons!just watch BOTH shows and be ENTERTAINED.

 
Comment by Chris K.
2010-02-18 12:06:29

Bear Grylls… Flashy but you don’t learn much from his show Fun to watch for sure, but not informative in any way.

Les Stroud… Every episode is almost like being there, You lean a bit from every show, he is subtley funny as hell, and he does it all himself I think that takes more guts than running around liek a teard with a camara crew

Bear is all about look what I can do!

Les is all about look what YOU can do!

that is the main difference between the shows :) both great shows to watch, but for totally different reasons. I prefer Survivorman though :)

 
Comment by mike
2010-02-20 19:05:35

BEAR GRYLLS ROCKS!!!!!!!

 
Comment by C.T.Visu
2010-02-27 05:50:22

me from india we watch both les stroud and bear grylls survior shows in india in on our mother language itself (Tamil). its interesting thanks to discovery channel to make it in our language. what a show is it vowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww…… always

 
Comment by Danovio
2010-03-03 08:58:16

the thing with les is he is alone, but he has gps and shit for emergency’s, even tho les is 100% real he wont kill him self to show us how to survive.

He has never lied about anything, Les is 100% real plus he also works as an survival expert so thats like a big plus.

All you jerks who calling les fake are damn stupid,
and to even try to protect Bear grylls is even more stupid
i mean just watch this one http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qT6Bh3A0Fu0

he proudly presents the saftey inspector.

He might have climbed mt.everest, might have been a soldier.
but hes no survivor, i bet he wouldent be abel to get a pice of sleep with a small grain of sand under hes pillow.

Comment by ME
2010-05-10 16:24:55

Ok there. Lets see you know what he does, and live it out. Pssh!

 
 
Comment by Survivormanfan
2010-03-15 08:34:42

I find many of the comments here to be amusing. It would appear that most of you hav never had to survive in the wild. As someone who has, Les is much more realistic, he makes mistakes as everybody does when alone in the wild. His hunting skills leave much to be desired. Bear is without doubt an experienced survivalist but that is not what his show is about. It is more about entertainment. Les does “get down”on his show but as anyone will tell you has been alone for days on end in the wild it is easy to get fed up and despondent. That is the battle!. Both these guys are talented and if I was stranded in the wild I would rather be with one of these two gentlemen than most of the armchair critics posting here.

 
Comment by Raghav
2010-03-29 19:26:52

what ever it might be.They both are trying to educate basic survival techiniques to the people.Apperciate their initiative,Just grab what we want and forget about the drama that they create on shows.Afterall everything is done for money..Cheers!!!!

 
Comment by LBLM
2010-03-30 11:19:42

My Fiance & I are big fans of Les Stroud. We see him as a true survivorman and he isnt all about the money. There was this episode he did called “Off The Grid”. Les & his family rebuild a home for themselves, they decided to use 100% Solar Energy panels for their home.. no electricity lines.. I think thats a great idea, he cares alot about the enviroment and he is all about nature. He is very independant as well, He is only one out there with his camera recording his shows.. When it comes down to Man vs Wild, Bear Grylls has the whole crew with him and he stays in hotels on the side.. He makes himself look like a real trooper but in our eyes he isnt nothing.. he is fake and all about the money.. Bear isnt proving anything to anybody by jumping off cliffs … the first day of Les’s journey he barely eats anything until the next day.. He cares more about having a shelter & a fire to keep him warm.. I think thats a great thing.. I dont understand with Bear.. biting off a snake’s head the first 5 mins of his show LOL.. Like I said.. I dont have much respect for Bear Grylls and his show… I think most of his techinques will get someone killed… I’ve heard that from many people already lol

 
Comment by ravagraid
2010-04-03 06:58:56

I’ve got to say out of the two shows I’ve to prefer Ultimate Survival with bear [it's got different names here in europe I guess?] and the first things I always wondered were
“surviving….together with a cameraman”
I Always felt bad for that cameraman, especially when he decided to make a raft out of barrels and crap and just sets off into the ocean [seriously, not exactly a good plan] and they proceed to sink, bear jumps off onto the passing boat and his cameraman takes a dive into the ice cold water.

Survivorman is more like “this is interesting to watch, and a few of these things actually could come in handy”

But facing the facts, you shouldn’t take tv for more then entertainment.
If I’m lost in the desert, I’m not going to think
“what would les/bear do”

 
Comment by Bear is Beast
2010-04-25 21:03:07

Bear is a Beast survivor man is so BORING and STUPID

 
Comment by ian
2010-05-19 17:55:42

im going to start off by saying im not going change anyones mind on he. i like both shows ya grylls may have a crew strouds got a personal locator beacon. if you really want to learn to survive take advice from both of them. they know their shit.ya stroud is more conservative when it comes to survival but grylls is inpatience and yes is an adrenline junkie so hes always moving. instead of arguing on here read a book every once in awhile like the sas survival book. this will teach you about everything you might need to know in a survival situation. more then grylls or stroud will ever tell you.

 
Comment by Adam
2010-05-30 19:35:45

I really don’t think this is a debatable subject…Both shows are just for entertainment, if they weren’t they would not be on TV. I give props to Les for being alone in the wilderness, with or without prior knowledge about the wildlife, and props to Bear for doing some stupid things and living. Both of them do provide some helpful information, Les from memory and Bear (apparently) from his team. But does it really matter what source their information is from? If it helps you, then take it.

But the truth of it is, if you want to learn survival techniques go to a library, find some books, look online, find a specialist to teach you some techniques, or even go out and learn something first hand. Don’t expect to watch a TV show and learn how to live in the wilderness.

 
Comment by patrick
2010-05-31 04:52:44

les stroud has his camar fimiling him as he walks off. he is easly 200 meters away ur tryin to tell me that he carrys them all around with him or leavs 1 there to film him walkin away than walks bak to get it. bear is 10 times better he admits that he has a crew there with him to show that hes not a fake.

 
Comment by ntrajan
2010-06-16 05:59:56

i suggested that les is too lacy while comparing with bear.he is blobbering only about his salary .and he dosen’t seem as like as grylls

 
Comment by Well...
2010-07-06 23:34:31

Where is Les Shroud now? Oh, thats right. He doesn’t have a show anymore.

 
Comment by Paolo
2010-08-04 09:54:35

You are all missing the big picture here. Both shows have some level of staging behind the scenes, they’re not going to put a show on tv and show you either of those guys kill themselves. The point of these shows is to have the knowledge and the necessary skills to survive, even if the scenarios are simulated.

 
Comment by Exophysical
2010-08-16 08:51:21

Bears show has about as much to do with survival as “Crockadile Hunter” It makes for better TV though. Les survives, he tryes to secure food, shelter, and protection and then waits to be rescued, whether this makes it a good show or not doesnt matter, this is how you survive. As for Les’s suplys its often to show veiwers how to use random objects to help them survive rather than discarding things they might not know are usefull. Ever wonder why Bear isnt in the millitary anymore? My own theory is he got lost on a mission and the brits still havnt managed to find him due to his bizzare “survival techniques.”

Comment by watevs
2010-09-24 21:31:10

He’s not in the military anymore cos he broke his back dickhead

 
 
Comment by dave
2010-08-21 20:21:27

les is by far a real suvivorman,where bear is just a actor/stuntman. he has someone right there with a laptop connected to the internet telling him what things are as in food and how to build shelter, for example in one of bears desert episodes he only drinks water once in the whole show which proves they have behind the scenes between shots and stunts where he is drinking bottled water. I think that right there says enough to distingish of who is the better survivorman. (HENCE THE NAME)

 
Comment by Imthiaz
2010-08-28 13:29:13

Both are best at their own level

 
Comment by Joe
2010-10-07 01:51:32

Personally, I am a huge fan of Bear Grylls. There is no doubt both men are great at survival. But in my opinion, carrying camera crew does not mean much. Bear only has a knife, a water bottle, a bag (usually), parachute (sometimes) and a flint and some crews. Les, on the other hand, is a solo man but he has his own supplies. I have seen him taking a dirt bike for moving (Never seen Bear using anything but parachutes), and for Papua New Guinea episode, Les was near to a town where he met two men with “Machetes”. Lets say Bear was near to that highway. But he DID fell in the crevasse and came out didn’t he? That is enough. The situation doesn’t really matter. They are both TV shows, meaning both needs pretty face. I don’t know if this is just for me.. But watching survivorman after watching Man vs Wild.. Survivorman would be better if Les moved around a bit more.. Though I like both shows, I am on Bear’s side. Anyway, I would not risk my life just to shoot some vids. Even if I was Bear (who is married) I would take at least one person with me.

 
Comment by Joe
2010-10-07 01:53:51

Personally, I am a huge fan of Bear Grylls. There is no doubt both men are great at survival. But in my opinion, carrying camera crew does not mean much. Bear only has a knife, a water bottle, a bag (usually), parachute (sometimes) and a flint and some crews. Les, on the other hand, is a solo man but he has his own supplies. I have seen him taking a dirt bike for moving (Never seen Bear using anything but parachutes), and for Papua New Guinea episode, Les was near to a town where he met two men with “Machetes”.

 
Comment by rdjp0035
2010-11-03 10:25:45

Bear Grylls is extremely dangerous, takes many foolish risks and wastes his energy doing outragous stunts. In a realistic survival situation-why would you risk your life and waste your energy. For example – The episode where Bear crosses a valley with rope and the rope snaps, he is lucky to be alive. I would not take these unnecessary risks. With Les, I like to see him learning from the true survivalists with his new show, Beyond Survival. Some authentic skills can be learned from aboriginals native to those areas of the world. It is best to learn basic survival skills if one day you find yourself or family in these situations. Both can offer survival techniques that can may save your life, I am sure someone somewhere by now ahd utiized these skills to save their own lives. Also, taking the time to research other sources of survival will also be helpful.

 
Comment by Gabriel Casagrande Stavinski
2011-02-07 10:47:41

Ber at least never been on a journey with dysentery and diarrhea ….. Les sucks and I never essinou anything, just taught me that in case of survival of plants do not get another property because I was going to jail for beheading …. Les Trouda this really is a human diarrhea …..

 
Comment by Joe
2011-02-10 22:31:06

Okay, I’m going to say it–Les is an idiot. Watch the episode where he takes his friend with him into the Canadian forest to go hunting. Les constantly demeans his “friend,” and then when his “friend” shoots a pheasant and they finally have food, Les makes up stupid, self-serving dialogue. “Bob shot the pheasant, because he was in front. The only reason I didn’t, is because I was behind and had the camera.” The man can’t stand not being in the spotlight. Ever notice how he breathes heavily when he talks for dramatic effect, but then has NO troubles breathing while he’s walking? He’s as much of a fake as I’ve ever seen, and his “advice” is constantly wrong. He actually tried to catch a fish with an unbaited paper clip, for cryin’ out loud! Spent two minutes looking for a cricket or a slug, retard!
Alright, alright. That’s my vent. I know so many people who think Les is amazing, but they’re all fat TV and computer junkies. They like his show because their wilderness survival dream is to sit down and have someone else come rescue them. Bear’s show is fake too, but at least he admits it–during the opening credits he plainly states he has a camera crew and local experts with him. He’s showing a what-if scenario, where you might HAVE to move to get found. What if no one knows you’re out hiking? Are you just going to sit down and drop a paperclip into a river and hope a freakin’ trout somehow impales itself on it? Les’s info is useless.
Dual Survival is the best show out there. Those two guys know their shit, hands down. Check them out–one even posts common sense videos on youtube. Go there and do a search for “pathfinder” or “wildernessoutfitters”. It’s better than anything that pansy Stroud could ever dream of being. Now disagree with me, ridicule me, but keep in mind–you’re doing it from the comfort of your house, and most of you have never even spent a night in a tent, let alone a wilderness scenario, so suck it. All you have are opinions.

 
Comment by blade
2011-02-11 19:55:06

I whant 2 c theses 2 guys survuve against each other

 
Comment by bear grylls fan
2011-02-15 02:52:06

bear rocks,he s always so energetic,and always gets out of the place.
les can never get out,survive for 7 days,and then die.les always makes mistakes whie everything.

 
Comment by clint
2011-03-11 00:07:10

wow les is a retard. I have no idea why a network would even air his show. all he ever does is complain about every situation. Obviously he enjoys the outdoors but clear doesn’t know how to survive. almost everything he attempts at…he fails. You hardly ever see him catch anything and therefore only ends up eating plants thus ends up to diarrhea then to more complaining. He always talks about how terrible everything taste. to me les is not a survivorman, he is just a man. he does what anyone with any outdoor knowledge does and nothing more. I can say ive honestly never watched his show and learned anything or even been impressed.

Les stroud…fail
Bear grylls…win

Who cares if he has a camera crew, no one in their right mind would do the stuff he does by himself just to educate the people who watch his show and probably never even be in any of the situations he demonstrates.

 
Comment by Bear > Les
2011-04-11 21:17:03

Bear Grylls show is much more entertaining than Survivorman (In my opinion), but Bear has climbed Mt. Everest, crossed the Artic ocean, and was a former S.A.S. Now even if he does do it behind his hotel, or with saftey ropes IT DOSENT MATTER! All he is trying to show is how to survive, he does those crazy things and what not so people will stay watching it. I dont doubt survivorman is realistic but his show makes me bored… Please dont flame over this, respond like an adult, and dont say hateful things.

 
Comment by jamie
2011-05-01 17:30:30

if any of these two ‘survivalist’ were smart they would go with a buddie not by themselves. that significantly reduces the risk of getting fucking lost in the firstplace and increases your ability to survive

 
Comment by Champ
2011-06-10 13:27:08

Les Stroud does in fact catches many animals to eat and if you had actually watched multiple episodes clint, you you know that Les in fact loves almost everything he eats out there. Please don’t comment on things you clearly have little knowledge about.

 
Comment by OWNED
2011-06-19 19:17:59

Les just says: Oh, its quicksand. Avoid it.” Yea. thats gonna help if you step into it without knowing. Bear grylls shows you. 1, its more entertaining, 2, it shows you. The crew is there because Bear has balls unlike les who wont do anything scary. “He ate a grasshopper. Bear ate a grasshopper x10 bigger.

 
Comment by bob
2011-06-30 21:29:45

Bear is a trooper, watch the urban 6/12 episode!
I like them both for sure depends which one I’m watching. I also think there’s no point in being alone they should both have camera crew(just listen to survivorman he complains about having to lug camera gear around in every episode).
Then they should do at least one episode together. with both their camera crews :D

 
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2011-07-10 01:53:30

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Comment by k.k
2011-07-11 18:42:05

and i can sell you some sand for your trip to the beach

 
Comment by David
2011-07-11 23:29:29

I have enjoyed some of the shows. A few, such as in the high and snowy mountains looked especially tough to deal with. He provides a lot of interesting tips. The physical exertion involved is also considerable.

But generally he is at no risk at all. A number of the shows involve places I would go to on vacation. I used the GPS coordinates from one desert show to find that he was less than a half mile from a major highway. His most difficult problem for his show in Yosemite was probably keeping all the passing day hikers out of his film. (I’ve been to the same area)… As I said, I do enjoy some of the shows. But the ventures involve little danger and are primarily about entertainment. There’s nothing wrong with that.

 
Comment by David
2011-07-11 23:36:11

Actually, according to Les himself, the support crew is a short distance away (rescue distance away), he talks to them daily on a satellite phone, and there is little risk involved in this shows. … Which is fine. He gives us some tips and the show is entertaining

 
Comment by David
2011-07-11 23:39:44

They both have a version of the safety inspector. Les’ team scouts the area, pre-plans what he will do and talks with a variety of specialists and locals on what to do. Which helps put together a good show.

 
Comment by mizeri420b
2011-07-15 11:34:54

Les Stroud for sure; he’s not depending on others to do his shit for him. If your stuck out in the woods your not going to be doing stupid shit and killing yourself; your going to sit still until you can find enough food so you don’t black out and wake up getting eatin by bobcats while your runnin around like a dumbass. Just remember Bear Grylls my be energetic and interesting but the grizzly man was too and his ass got eatin by a bear haha.
And do come back with that shit about “your retarded you don’t know shit” I was raised to live off the land and yet none of your fuckers can go without a phone for a hour or better yet won’t fuckin even walk 10 feet without sweating more than a fat man chasing after a twinky uphill.

 
Comment by Stop hatin on bear
2011-07-18 09:33:54

Ok bear gryllis might not be the realist survivor but his stunts are the real deal and can be used in survival techniques. Me personally I would use most of bears techniques. I’m 21 and in ok shape and am pretty sure I could do most of what bear does. Les stroud is a 40 year old man who couldn’t climb a tree if his life depended on it. sorry if you guys are offended but its the truth. I would use both of their advices though

 
Comment by Bing
2011-07-21 10:36:19

I can agree that stroud definitely is more authentic in the show; but Bear has more credentials overall. Dude climbed Mt. Everest, crossed the North Atlantic in a makeshift raft, and circumnavigated the UK in record time. You cannot discredit his survival methods; he even says before he does a stunt or climb that if you are not in good shape don’t try it. He also admits a lot of his show is staged and is mroe of a scenario-type of show much like “Dual Survival”. Les puts himself in situations where he is showing how we can survive in the safest manner; Bear is a certified adventurer which is why his show has more of an adventuristic feel to it. In the end they’re both extremely qualified guys at survival, just different styles.

 
Comment by C-Man
2011-07-21 11:49:18

Les Stroud can really teach you something. Thats what his show is for. Bear Gryls show is entertainment, thats it. But your basing wether or not hes for real on his television show. It may all be BS but really.

SAS
Summit of Everest at age 23
Crossed the North Atlantic in an rigid-inflatable boat
Mountain climbing in Antartica
Another rigid-inflatable boat through the Northwest Passage

Its not like hes not bad ass

 
Comment by Kamaria
2011-08-02 03:19:09

I say, both shows are okay.

Les is more realistic, he ain’t afraid of being alone in the dark. His show may have a dreary side to it, but life can’t just be lollipops at the candy shoppe.
Bear, is where we go for our comic relief, and when we want to watch someone nearly kill himself.

I’m on Les’ side, as I prefer the darker side of life, but I respect both of those awesome men!

 
Comment by morethangravy
2011-08-20 08:15:53

All that anyone needs to know about Bear Grylls is that he was the youngest Briton to climb Mount Everest, doing so at age 23, and he was in the SAS – (look them up if you don’t know who they are), but these guys make the USA SEALS look like giggling girls in party frocks.

I think he’s totally amazing. When you are this good, you will always attract jealous detractors.

 
Comment by gnarlyswine
2011-08-25 11:05:15

Pointless argument?

better drink my own p—

 
Comment by Owen
2011-09-29 14:57:55

Bear Grylls! While Les Stroud may actually be more badass, Bear Grylls drinks his own pee in EVERY EPISODE! He always says its a “last resort” but he does it ALL THE TIME! Then he describes the taste as “ew. It tastes like… warm… devil… semen.” THAT’S HILARIOUS! I salute Bear Grylls and his urophillic tendancies. Bear Grylls is the R. Kelly of survival.

 
Comment by Orpheus
2011-12-23 12:33:38

I was raised in the country, I have been surviving in the wild since I was 6 years old, I even walked 2000 km from Germany to Greece when I was 14. I do have a computer… who dosent? …but I have studied Wilderness Survival and been out in the woods my whole life! I had traveled with my father (who is a survival expert and survival teacher) to 30 countries before I was 12, I got stuck with my father in the Deserts of Egypt for three days in 2002 (when we got caught up in a sand storm with our guide). In 2003 I got lost for 11 days in the rainforest of Costa Rica and in 2007 for 5 days in the Bahamas, we camped in the rainforest of Brazil, in 2005, for more than a month. Me and my fathers friend (who is almost a millionaire, but the hippy style) camped for a week on a small island in Slovenia.

Trust me, when you have been in life or death situations you’ll understand how much of a fool Bear Grylls is (as some understanding people already said, he takes risks that in reality shouldn’t even be considered!) Les Stroud also takes some unnecessary risks in some situations (but at least he actually “SURVIVES”)!

Both Bear Grylls and Les Stroud are good at surviving, but in who is “fake” then BOTH are in certain ways, nether can be compared because they have totally different personalities!
But come, on who cares, its JUST a TV show!

Is you want someone who actually teaches you about the recourses and edible foods around you, I would advise you to watch Ray Mears (who is also “fake”, but has a show “Wild Food”, there are many more survival series with Ray Mears) who is my favorite in terms of Food Knowledge, Les Stroud in Actual Survival and Bear Grylls in Entertainment.

Wild Food (by Ray Mears): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dxG_84TU17Y

Just because people are writing, dosent mean you need to group up and comment (stuff like BEAR GRYLLS ROCKS!!!!!!! and survivor man suks his own balls, when you apparently have NO knowledge at all and can’t spell either), its just entertainment, a tv show.

Go jump out of a plane with a parachute (you probably wouldn’t even survive the landing!) spend a week in the Kalahari (you’d become a piece of toast even before you made a fire!), if you want some survival information, get it first had (like these guys say):

Comment by mizeri420b
2011-07-15 11:34:54

Les Stroud for sure; he’s not depending on others to do his shit for him. If your stuck out in the woods your not going to be doing stupid shit and killing yourself; your going to sit still until you can find enough food so you don’t black out and wake up getting eatin by bobcats while your runnin around like a dumbass. Just remember Bear Grylls my be energetic and interesting but the grizzly man was too and his ass got eatin by a bear haha.
And do come back with that shit about “your retarded you don’t know shit” I was raised to live off the land and yet none of your fuckers can go without a phone for a hour or better yet won’t fuckin even walk 10 feet without sweating more than a fat man chasing after a twinky uphill.

Comment by rdjp0035
2010-11-03 10:25:45

Bear Grylls is extremely dangerous, takes many foolish risks and wastes his energy doing outragous stunts. In a realistic survival situation-why would you risk your life and waste your energy. For example – The episode where Bear crosses a valley with rope and the rope snaps, he is lucky to be alive. I would not take these unnecessary risks. With Les, I like to see him learning from the true survivalists with his new show, Beyond Survival. Some authentic skills can be learned from aboriginals native to those areas of the world. It is best to learn basic survival skills if one day you find yourself or family in these situations. Both can offer survival techniques that can may save your life, I am sure someone somewhere by now ahd utiized these skills to save their own lives. Also, taking the time to research other sources of survival will also be helpful.

Comment by LBLM
2010-03-30 11:19:42

My Fiance & I are big fans of Les Stroud. We see him as a true survivorman and he isnt all about the money. There was this episode he did called “Off The Grid”. Les & his family rebuild a home for themselves, they decided to use 100% Solar Energy panels for their home.. no electricity lines.. I think thats a great idea, he cares alot about the enviroment and he is all about nature. He is very independant as well, He is only one out there with his camera recording his shows.. When it comes down to Man vs Wild, Bear Grylls has the whole crew with him and he stays in hotels on the side.. He makes himself look like a real trooper but in our eyes he isnt nothing.. he is fake and all about the money.. Bear isnt proving anything to anybody by jumping off cliffs … the first day of Les’s journey he barely eats anything until the next day.. He cares more about having a shelter & a fire to keep him warm.. I think thats a great thing.. I dont understand with Bear.. biting off a snake’s head the first 5 mins of his show LOL.. Like I said.. I dont have much respect for Bear Grylls and his show… I think most of his techinques will get someone killed… I’ve heard that from many people already lol

Read this comment its PERFECT for improving your knowledge:

Comment by Wreck
2010-02-03 13:10:10

The reason I like Bear Grylls is the fact that he is entertaining. He’s hilarious in a stupidly charming way. Pretty much reminiscent of Steve Irwin. If you combine Steve Irwin + Steve-O you pretty much get Bear Grylls.

Well get this, all those people like Steve Irwin and Grizly Man, they died from their OWN knowledge. That is what is going to happen if you try climbing down a 300 ft drop, eating a Rattle Snake or any of the risky things Bear Grylls does.

So if you die trying then you’ll have learnt the hard-way!

 
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