For those of you who have yet to see it…
Both the Fetching Mrs. Colclough and I find it absolutely fascinating and interesting. Each show follows host Bear Grylls to a popular tourist location that claims lives every year. Whether it’s the Moab Desert in Utah, The Swiss Alps, Or a deserted Island – Bear give you some ideas about what you can do there to survive.
What sells the show for me though is the host. As an Eagle Scout myself, I appreciate seeing someone actually being prepared with the knowledge to survive and using it. Also, Grills doesn’t come off as some know-it-all tough guy (think Future Weapons). Rather, he seems to have a humorous, down to earth (though nuts) personality. Whether he gets shafted by the rain or giartia, you feel his pain. Often, he puts himself deliberately in a dangerous situations just to show how to escape them. Here are some quotes about Grylls from the Discovery Channel Site:
Grylls, who is a Karate black belt, served three years with the Special Air Service, a special forces unit of the British Army, during which time he broke his back in three places while parachuting over Southern Africa.
Despite the accident, he fought back to become the youngest British climber to reach the summit of Mount Everest and return alive. Grylls wrote about his experience in his first book The Kid Who Climbed Everest.
It is very interesting to see what methods Grylls uses to devise shelters, start fires, find food, and escape tough scrapes. Be sure to view the clips to see what I mean.
Man vs Wild – Episode 4 Mount Kileaua Highlights pt. 1 of 5
The only criticism I have heard about the show is along the lines, “He has a camera crew with him so he obviously isn’t in going to die.” This is silly because it misses the real point of the show – to show you what you could do if you had to. Not, whether or not Grylls will survive. Not to meantion – the crew is not allowed to step in and assist him unless his life is in mortal danger. Plus, why would you want him to die? He’s funny!
Warning: Gross clip
The show is on Fridays at 9 p.m. ET/PT Be sure to check it out.
UPDATE: Read Part 2