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Guide to Survive in the Desert

Jun 14 '16 | By brejck | Views: 172 | Comments: 0
The Lost Ways Review If you're like most people who enjoy relaxing in front of their HD tv sets after a hard day at work, the prospect that this will ever be something you need to know is straight-up laughable, but put the regular television viewer in front of "Man Vs. Wild" or "Survivorman" for a half-hour, and something changes completely. People whose idea of wilderness is walking from their car in the parking lot of a mall under a palm tree to the front door of Dillard's all of the sudden become survival experts. Something definitely kicks in and draws people to these survival shows. After all, why else would they enjoy increased amounts of viewers each year and spinoffs that range from 3-D movie versions to new variations on the show set in the city?

It says enough about learning how to survive in the wilderness via satellite tv that there isn't just one option when it comes to shows that have a presenter that actually turns to the audience and says "now this is how crawling inside of a camel corpse will keep you warm" or "now I'm going to show you which bugs you can eat and which will be poisonous." Bear Grylls, the host of "Man Vs. Wild" on the Discovery Channel, and Les Stroud--who hosts "Survivorman" on the Outdoor Network--are two different types of rugged outdoorsmen. Grylls is British, once served in the British equivalent of the Navy SEALS, and has been throwing himself out of planes for four seasons now, teaching viewers how to survive everything from being stranded on a raft at sea to not freezing to death if you fall through the ice in subfreezing temperatures.

On the other hand, Les Stroud has a more laid-back and less goofy approach to teaching survival skills on satellite tv. He hasn't invited celebrities to take part in joke episodes, like the one that Grylls did with Will Ferrell, and he seems more focused on the less glamorous aspects of not dying alone in the wilderness. Stroud also focuses on more than just physical aspects of being alone in the wilderness, and delves deeper into some of the more psychological elements, teaching viewers how to not lose their cool in these sort of high-stress situations.


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