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Friday, September 6, 2013

New Les Stroud survival show on tonight , Science Channel, 2200 eastern.


Les Stroud started out with his "Survivor Man" series some years back, about the time Bear "Holiday Inn" Grylls began his shows.

Stroud went out into extreme environments for a week at a time, alone. He filmed his own productions. After three years, he got burnt out. His long time wife left him and took his kids, and he decided to take things easy for awhile. He's a folk musician and shows up at different venues playing his brand of Canadian folk music with his fellow band members.  After awhile he had to go back to work because music might have been fun but it wasn't very remunerative. He did a short lived show for the Discovery Channel where he went out and lived with small tribes of indigenous people.  To be honest, I had a hard time staying interested, since it was really an anthropology show and not very survival oriented. The series was cancelled after one season.  Subsequent to that, Stroud did two specials.  Each was a two hour version of the old Survivorman show, one set in the region of Baja Mexico and one in Norway.

This new season starting tonight promises to be good.  Stroud has always been a nice guy,  honest and unpretentious. I hope this takes off for him.

19 comments:

  1. Sounds like a very adventurous show! We don't have cable. With working full-time, kids and going to the Y, we just don't have the time. Sometimes I watch show online though. I'll have to see if this on is on their website.

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  2. It's a very good series. I have satellite up here, I like the weather channel, Fox News, Discovery, History 1 and 2, and Nat Geo. With my kids grown and gone, and me being retired, it's nice to watch a good show now and then.

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  3. All I got is netflix so I have to wait a season or two to see it.

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    1. Maybe you could watch it on the net. My son was telling me he has some kind of internet subscription where you can watch relatively recent shows on line. I will ask him about it.

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  4. Harry, I like those same channels as well, but the reruns are killing me, every night on the history channels it's either American Pickers, pawn stars, aliens, etc.... over and over.

    I am looking forward to tonight's Survivor Man show.

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    1. The thing that makes me mad is when they put something on a channel that has absolutely nothing to do with the topic. I can't figure out what Pawn Stars, American Pickers, et al have to do with anything, to be honest. I think they are just fillers.

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  5. Thank you for reminding me - let me see if I can wrest the control from my daughter (Let her see what she wants - she's just a baby !) :^)

    Looks like a good show - I'm hoping less drama and strictly more 'teaching' moments. That was what I missed from Mikel Hawke's MAN WOMAN WILD show, the description of techniques while showing the work.

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    1. Hawke's had a good show. It had a big audience, and the only thing I can think of is that his wife had enough of it. She had a rough time but she seemed to give it her best shot.

      Stroud never went in for high drama, he's pretty straight forward. I don't know what this new show will be like but if it's like the old Survivor Man it will be good.

      You need multiple receivers. My set up was installed back when I had kids, so I have a receiver in the living room, one in the family room, and one out in the apartment. Unfortunately, most of the time I am the only one here who watches tv since the ferrets think it is too low brow.

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  6. Glad you posted this. I had not heard about it. I'm a big fan of Les Stroud.

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    1. I think it was Matt that told me about it first, then I saw it advertised on the Science Channel. I've been waiting with some anticipation because I think well of Stroud too.

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  7. Before we shut off our tv I used to watch his Survivorman show. It was good.

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    1. Lisa, it was a good show, wasn't it.

      When my kids were little we put in the old G band satellite (it was the only way to have tv here) so they could watch The Disney Channel. I can still hear the Pooh and Piglet song..nooooo!!!!!! ;-)

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  8. Thanks...guess I'll stay awake and watch. Hope he's since gained knowledge in the art of blood sports. He was an awful hunter and fisherman, but he's an artist at fire.

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    1. There's a great video he made years before he was "Survivor man". He and his wife lived on some lake in the woods in Canada, with only stone tools, for a year. No metal at all. He couldn't fish or hunt worth a damn then either.

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    2. Harry - when i was running the CPN, i was contacted by another super canadian survivalist, Allen "Bow" Beauchamp who was actually the guy who taught Les all the fire tricks! Bow Beauchamp acted as a consultant on all of the Survivor Man series and he also supported Les writing his book "Survive". Bow did a few posts for the CPN, the most notable being "Fire from Ice" - what a wicked awesome post! for some reason unknown to me, after i left the CPN, they took down the posts for each of the provinces. Bow wrote for the province of Nunavut. i still have access to those posts and if you are interested in reading Bow's "Fire from Ice" post, let me know. i will send it through email!

      your friend,
      kymber

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    3. woops - i meant to include the link to the CPN where i introduced Bow as our newest contributing member:

      http://www.canadianpreppersnetwork.com/2010/02/cpn-welcomes-its-newest-contributing_10.html

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    4. Kymber, I don't think I have ever heard of him, but he sounds like an interesting person. Actually, I never heard of the Canadian Preppers Network but I'm going to take a look at it ASAP. That sounds like a good source of information. I'd like to read the "Fire from Ice" post if it isn't too much trouble.

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  9. We are ready to go with Les Stroud's next series! Just a few more hours....Didn't like Bear Grylls' just-finished series of the two person teams. Yawn... Also hope he has new material as we have watched everything he has produced. Go, Les! all the best....

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    1. Bear Grylls lost my respect when he faked some of the scenes in his first year of his series. Not least because when someone told me he was faking them, I vehemently defended him. But when I wrote to Discovery Channel it turned out the detractor was right and I had to apologize to the guy. It's the old "fool me once, shame on you. fool me twice, shame on me." thing.

      I watched the show tonight and I thought it was pretty good. True, a lot of it was clips from his old series but it was well put together and I paid close attention. I don't think I'll ever get caught out in the woods away from my base, but I guess it doesn't hurt to know how to start a fire if your matches get wet. :-)

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