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The man is unbelievable in the things he does, eats and how he extends himself....
 

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He's former French Foreign Legion...not too shabby.
Alot of the things he demonstrates can be useful and helpful, reguardless if the camera man is right there or if he's staying in a hotel at night. He's still showing you something to use. I find it informative and entertaining.
 

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so your saying in a survival situation you should tie your boot laces togather to climb a tree to see where you are. thats a risk you don't need! survival and rescue is three things. shelter ,water and staying put. none of which bear even thinks of
 

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BTW i spent 3 days looking for a lost 4wheeler a few years back with a search and rescue crew. guess what, we found the 4wheeler the first afternoon. stay put unless you absolutly life or death have to move
 

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Yeah I think thats where the problem is with Bear Grylls...Man vs Wild is labeled as a "survival show" but most of the things he does in his show should not be done in a real survival situation.
I sometimes watch the show BUT I know better than to free climb down a waterfall, or up a rock face.

I just talked to an old friend of mine the other day. I met him years ago in another country while in the Army. He thinks Bear Grylls is great but, he is still in (1st SF group), loves jumping from planes, ect, he darn near killed me years ago while repelling in Germany. In other words, he LOVES taking high risks (great guy, wish I was still in with him).
 

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Tracker said:
Yeah I think thats where the problem is with Bear Grylls...Man vs Wild is labeled as a "survival show" but most of the things he does in his show should not be done in a real survival situation.
I sometimes watch the show BUT I know better than to free climb down a waterfall, or up a rock face.

I just talked to an old friend of mine the other day. I met him years ago in another country while in the Army. He thinks Bear Grylls is great but, he is still in (1st SF group), loves jumping from planes, ect, he darn near killed me years ago while repelling in Germany. In other words, he LOVES taking high risks (great guy, wish I was still in with him).

I have to agree with that.
 

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haven't done any repelling in a long while. i miss rescue work. don't miss picking up busted up and bloody friends though
 

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I think we'll all agree he takes risks, but I still say you can learn some things from him.
I was rappel master certified in the Corps, but it's been years for me too. I miss it. Hard to find any good rock faces that you're aloud onto around the Pittsburgh area.
 

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Hemry27 said:
. Hard to find any good rock faces that you're aloud onto around the Pittsburgh area.
That's not true. You just need to look for them.
 

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The guy's background is impressive, but IMO the show is a total joke and will get someone killed if they followed his examples.

I recall the only show I watched when he was in the Costa Rican rain forest. Decided he needed to search out a fresh uncontaminated water source. So he rapels down a treacherous 50' ravine, fashions a firestick out of dried vegetation and starts crawling around in a cave hoping the fire does not go out so he can find his way out.

Me - I'd gather up a bunch of palm leaves and fashion them into small bowls, sit in the shade and wait a few hours for the daily downpour of rain from the sky..

Common sense prevails.
 

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Me - I'd gather up a bunch of palm leaves and fashion them into small bowls, sit in the shade and wait a few hours for the daily downpour of rain from the sky..

Common sense prevails.
..but does that sell commercial time? lol
 
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