Responses I received here and on Facebook had some lively debate. Some folks were quite serious. Others more tongue-in-cheek. Here’s a sampling of responses I received from the question: Who would you rather have with you if you were lost in the wilderness — Les Stroud (Survivorman) or Bear Grylls (Man vs. Wild)?
Bill of OKC: “What he presents…in Man vs Wild as ‘Survival Skills??’ will get people killed and is ‘Totally’ Irresponsible and he should be removed from the airways…before someone dies !!!!!”
Backcountry: “Les Stroud is clearly the correct choice in this situation. He is the actual survival expert and your odds of survival would be considerably improved if you were in his company.”
Augie from Denver: “If I were stuck out in the middle of nowhere, I’d rather have Les with me for many reasons. Bear also stays in hotels. What a fraud.”
Tim from St. Louis: “I like Les because he shoots everything himself… all alone with cameras. He will set a shot and then have to hike back and pick up the camera. I love that… even if the show is lesser quality… it still impresses me.”
Lisa from Los Angeles: “No contest. Bear is superior man candy. If your in the middle of nowhere a handsome man who knows where the hotels are is indispensable.” (Now that’s funny!)
So there’s a sampling. A friend from Alaska had her son chime in as well. His take: “Bear because he is a minimalist, unlike Les, most of us will not be stranded with a fully intact fuselage, rifle and or a helicopter we can call in it we get tired of surviving. Bear probably has some bad a** stories, and some awesome moves he can teach you around a campfire.”
So there you go. I figure if I’m in the middle of a brewing pit fight at some bazaar in Beirut, I’d like to have Bear Grylls there. But if it’s a question of outdoor survival — Les Stroud is the man.
Thanks for your input, folks!