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    Survivor Man vs Bear

    Who would win out of these two in a survival of the fittest?

    My money is on survivor man. ALthough Bear is a Brit and obviously better I don't think he could hack it against survivor man.

    Living off the land takes on a new meaning when wilderness survival expert and filmmaker Les "Survivorman" Stroud spends nine harrowing weeks alone in a variety of survival simulations.
    Stroud's idea of a nature outing is probably a little different from yours and mine: he takes off alone and heads to a punishing corner in the back of beyond with nothing but a few cameras to document his (often miserable) experiences. From the frozen Arctic pack ice to the fetid jungles of Central America, Survivorman highlights Stroud's extraordinary self-reliance and survival skills. In each episode he is set down in a deserted wilderness and left to fend entirely for himself with no food, no fresh water, no shelter and no matches.
    Stoud started his film career in the 1980s as a music video producer for MuchMusic, a Canadian music video channel. As he stared out the window of an office into an urban alleyway, Stroud itched to escape to the wilderness.
    In 1987 he made a break for it and spent the next seven years traveling Canada as a canoe guide and wilderness instructor. He developed his own outdoor company called Wilderness Voice (still in operation) and paddled numerous Canadian rivers as a whitewater guide for Black Feather Wilderness Adventures.
    After Stroud met his partner in life, Sue Jamison, also an outdoor enthusiast and photographer, the two spent an entire year living in the remote boreal forest of northern Ontario. They lived as if it were 500 years ago no matches, no metal and no tent just a stone axe and their knowledge of traditional bush survival.
    Stroud filmed the entire adventure, eventually releasing the odyssey as a one-hour documentary called Snowshoes and Solitude. In addition to being an award-winning filmmaker, Stroud is also a recording and touring musician.
    With custom camera rigs and plenty of black humor, Stroud will spend nine weeks documenting his battle to survive in nine separate locations for Survivorman. Whether marooned on a tropical shoreline or deposited onto searing desert sands, Les Stroud takes living off the land to the extreme.

    Bear Grylls
    Host, Man vs. Wild

    MAN VS. WILD host, author and seasoned adventurer Bear Grylls began a lifetime of exploration at an early age. Bear grew up on the Isle of Wight, and as a young boy would go mountain climbing with his father. He served three years with the Special Air Service, a special forces unit of the British army. During his service, he broke his back in three places in a parachuting accident over Southern Africa.
    Despite the accident and severity of his injury, Bear went on in 1998 to become, at age 23, the youngest British climber to complete a summit and descent of Mount Everest. He wrote about his experience in the book, The Kid Who Climbed Everest.
    Not content to slow down, Bear achieved another first when he and his Everest climbing group circumnavigated the United Kingdom on jet skis. He also led the first unassisted crossing of the frozen North Atlantic Ocean in an open rigid inflatable boat. His book about this adventure, Facing the Frozen Ocean, was shortlisted as the U.K.'s "Sports Book of the Year." Bear was awarded a commission in the Royal Navy in honor of leading this record-breaking expedition.
    In June 2005, Bear broke a world record by hosting a dinner party at a table suspended below a hot air balloon at 24,500 feet. He rappelled from the balloon's basket to the table, where in full naval uniform he ate a three-course meal before saluting the queen and skydiving to earth. His goal was to support the work of two charities: the Prince's Trust and the Duke of Edinburgh's Award.
    Bear hosted a 2005 television series for the U.K.'s Channel Four, called Escape to the Legion, in which he took a group of young men to the Western Sahara Desert to undergo the French Foreign Legion's infamous basic training. A second Channel Four series, titled Born Survivor: Bear Grylls, completed its U.K. run in April 2007.
    On May 15, 2007, Bear set another world record when he became the first person to fly over Mount Everest by powered paraglider. Supported by the GKN Mission Everest Team, Grylls and fellow pilot Giles (Gilo) Gardozo flew specially developed paramotors. Though a fault in Gilo's machine forced him to abort only 1,000 feet below the summit, Bear continued to ascend until he reached 29,500 feet and was able to look down on Everest as he circled above some of the most famous peaks in the Himalayas. Then his own engine developed problems and he, too, had to glide back to safety but he had achieved his goal. The mission raised $1 million for the Global Angels Foundation, a charity that supports children in Africa. Filmed by the Planet Earth team, Bear and Gilo's undertaking will be made into a two-hour documentary for Discovery Channel and Channel Four in the U.K.
    Bear's most recent book, Born Survivor: Survival Techniques From the Most Dangerous Places on Earth, was released in spring 2007. It is already listed on the Sunday Times Top 10 Best-Seller List.
    He has hosted the Discovery Channel's MAN VS. WILD, in which he strands himself in remote locations to demonstrate localized survival techniques, since November 2006.

    Bear lives on a converted barge on the River Thames with his wife Shara and their young sons Jesse and Marmaduke.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrsquirrel
    and their young sons Jesse and Marmaduke.
    Poor bstards.

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