SurvivorMan – This Guy’s Got Some Serious Thrill Issues

A couple of weeks ago I was relaxing at the cabin, watching some TV (roughing it, I know) when my dad put it on a show called Survivorman.  The premise of this show puts the host, Les Stroud, in a remote area with only a few tools and some camera equipment, to survive for seven days before making the trek to the pickup point where his crew meets him.  He brings no water, no food and no matches.  He makes his own shelter out of whatever nature provides.  He builds fires in order to keep warm, ward off animals and cook his food.  He hunts and collects whatever food he can find.  Most times he goes days without eating.

Les, 47, was an instructor for 20 years in wilderness survivor skills, white water paddling, sea kayaking, hiking and dog sledding.  He’s carried out some 25 of these Survivorman missions from such remote places as Labrador, Africa, South America, Asia, and many others.  Les has not had to be rescued yet in the three seasons the show has aired, but they did have to pull the plug on the Labrador excursion due to bad weather that put both the crew and Les in danger.  He’s been chased out of the jungle by a jaguar once, and almost pulled the plug in the Kalahari desert due to heat stroke (it was 61 degrees Celsius), but he said the most scared he’s ever been was in lion territory in Africa.

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