Man vs. Wild – Bear Grylls

One of my favorite TV shows is “Man vs. Wild” on the discovery channel. The show features Bear Grylls, a seasoned adventurer who served with the Special Air Service (a Special Forces unit of the British army), and in each episode Bear strands himself in popular wilderness destinations where tourists often find themselves lost or in danger. As he finds his way back to civilization, he demonstrates local survival techniques.

In past episodes Bear has shown viewers how to escape quicksand in the Moab Desert, navigate dangerous jungle rivers in Costa Rica, cross ravines in the Alps, and survive sharks off of the Hawaiian coast. Unlike other popular survival shows (e.g. Survivor man) Bear has a camera crew that follows him and films his adventures.

Grylls, who is a Karate black belt, served three years with the Special Air Service. During a parachuting mission over Southern Africa Bear broke his back in three places. Despite his back injury Bear became the youngest British climber to reach the summit of Mount Everest (23 years old) and return alive, and he wrote about his experience in his book, The Kid Who Climbed Everest. He also led the first unassisted crossing of the frozen North Atlantic Ocean in an open, rigid inflatable boat, and he wrote about this adventure in his book, Facing the Frozen Ocean.

I love watching Bear’s show because he is not afraid of anything and always willing to teach survival techniques. At the beginning of just about every episode Bear bravely parachutes into the areas, and he makes every attempt to show viewers what to do when faced with danger. Bear has voluntarily jumped into quicksand, sub-zero water, and glacier crevices. Additionally, Bear isn’t afraid to eat maggots from rotting animal carcasses, drink the fluid from elephant droppings, or bite into freshly caught trout.

Currently, Bear lives on a converted barge on the River Thames with his wife Shara and their young sons Jesse and Marmaduke. If you’re interested the show airs Fridays at 9 PM – check it out before you watch Numb3rs.

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