Created, written & directed by Les Stroud Aired on the Discovery Channel
Survivorman - Season 1 2005
Les Stroud is a true survivalist. He knows what he’s doing in the outdoors and he knows how to increase his chances of surviving in any climate. In season one he survives everything from the Canadian Arctic to the Arizona Desert. There are many people skilled in the craft of survival but Les Stroud takes it a step further in his Survivorman series. He puts himself in some uncertain survival situations where he is left alone to survive the situation, climate, elements and raw nature. Survive while packing fifty to sixty pounds of camera gear and filming. He also has to create a decent show worth watching while sharing his survival techniques. I consider myself well versed in the outdoors and survival in most climates and I picked up several new skills from the Survivorman series. Les Stroud puts the films together very well abd I find them interesting and entertaining.
Season 1 Episodes:
⇒ Canadian Forest ⇒ Arizona Desert ⇒ Plane Crash ⇒ Costa Rica ⇒ Georgian Swamp ⇒ Canadian Arctic ⇒ Canyon Lands (Utah) ⇒ Rocky Mountains ⇒ Lost at Sea
Each episode is one hour long. Survivorman puts Les Stroud in a real life situation where he has little to work with and is generally in the middle of no where. In every episode he must survive for seven days and in most situations, find his way out. He focuses on food, water, fire and shelters. If he fails to find his way out of his self induced survival situation after a week, his crew will come in and locate him. I like the way he mixes the situations, the gear, and the survival techniques up through the series. For instance, there are many ways to start a fire and he uses a different skill each episode. The same goes for food, water, directions and shelter. Some of the episodes are humorous as well. Having a positive, calm and proactive state of mind maybe the most important survival skill there is. Les keeps his sanity by talking crow to the crows and playing his harmonica. He also puts himself in a couple of situations where even the most skilled survivalist would have a difficult time and he does. The two episodes that come to mind are the Lost at Sea and the Arctic. These two places are extreme, deadly and resources are slim to none. If you spend a lot of time in the outdoors it would be a good idea to learn some bush craft (survival) skills. I am always looking for new bush craft skills and I picked up quite a few watching season 1 of Survivorman. I would recommend Survivorman Season 1 & 2 to any outdoorsman, hunter, fisherman, soldier or adventurer. Who knows, maybe some day one of these little survival tips may get you out of a bad pinch...