They’re both featured on the Discovery Channel. They both do shows about how to survive if you’re lost in the wild. But who would you rather have with you if you were stranded in the wilderness?
I’m talking about Les Stroud, star of the show “Survivorman,” and Bear Grylls, the former Brit military man, adventurer and star of “Man vs. Wild.” How do they stack up?
Grylls is a former British special forces member. Second-degree black belt in karate. Skydiver. Has climbed Mount Everest and Ama Dablam, two of the highest peaks in the world. Has done numerous expeditions in jungle, desert, savanah, alpine and arctic environments. One knock: “Man vs. Wild” episodes don’t really have him alone in the wilderness, and at times, he’s had help and lodging available during filming. But this is also a guy who crossed the artic Atlantic in an inflatable boat and circumnavigated the UK on a jet ski. Solid outdoorsman credentials.
Stroud is a wilderness guide, outdoor survival expert, film maker and a musician. He spent a year with his wife living in the wilds of Ontario, Canada. He’s also been a guide in some of the harshest wilderness environments in northwestern Canada. His shows have seen him showcase survival skills in desert, alpine, jungle, savanah and arctic conditions. He’s even shown his viewers how to make it if you’re stranded at sea. He may not have Grylls’ military/martial arts cred, but he films his shows by himself and is on his own for six days at a time. +1 on that count!
So there ya go. Both have eaten bugs and other wild things, hashed it out in remote places and know quite a bit about making it in the wilderness.
Who would you choose? Who wins the title of ultimate survivalist?