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Old 11-09-2013, 21:28   #1
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Interesting show on discovery. While I don't include being stuck on an island with no gear, it is interesting. He's been bailed out twice. Once with antibiotics in a med kit that was not supposed to be used. And a second time when he called for help when got sick.

That aside, it's interesting. His priorities are the same as most survival situations
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Old 11-09-2013, 21:45   #2
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too bad he was on that island for most of the show before finally building shelter and killing that goat for food. oh right, we was a military officer
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Old 11-09-2013, 22:34   #3
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Not sure why he abandoned the cave.
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Old 11-09-2013, 23:14   #4
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I'm watching now. Pretty good so far. I am struck by how many of those plastic bottles wash up on shore. All the green people that only drink bottled water should be ashamed of the amount of trash they are generating!

Good show though, I like some, not all of these survival shows.
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Old 11-09-2013, 23:53   #5
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Les stroud > *


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Old 11-09-2013, 23:58   #6
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Agreed! Watching the last episode.. Did this guy lose a tooth?
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Agreed! Watching the last episode.. Did this guy lose a tooth?
His denture plate broke. Basically a plate with a fake tooth.
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Some of the observations that I found interesting. Most are not a great revelation to many of us, but it was interesting to watch.
  1. In 60 days, he used emergency resources twice. Both times he got ill and used antibiotics. Not sure whether either case would have resulted in his demise or not. He was already dehydrated and weak. So in a situation where water requires work and is not readily available, you are extremely vulnerable.
  2. Obviously on an island, security from bad guys is not a concerns. So it was interesting seeing his priorities - water, food, shelter... No surprises. Just interesting to watch.
  3. Frustrations when it doesn't go 'right'. You're on your own. No one else to blame for your failures or successes. Getting fire was quite a challenge for him.
  4. He worked to get the critical items to be as automated and dependable as possible - drinkable water, minimal food sources, etc.
  5. After a period of an abusive environment, his dental work gave way. Fortunately it was only one tooth. Someone with a complete set of dentures could be in a much tougher spot.
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His emotional responses were really interesting to watch. Les Stroud talks about boredom/loneliness a tiny little bit, but he's only out for a few days at a time. Watching this guy snap and break down in tears was very humanizing.

I REALLY liked the idea of the rain gutter to trap water coming off the back side of his shelter. I've NEVER seen anyone else do that and I thought it was totally brilliant!
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I don't fault the guy for having to dig into his "emergency" supplies, after all, the best trained survivalist doesn't have near the skills of a "cave born" hominid. He is basically a well trained city dweller, purposely tossed naked into a bogus situation for viewer entertainment.... I think he did remarkably well. Apes are not well equipped to survive long term alone, we are social creatures. The fact that his training allowed him to endure the conditions that he was forced into ALONE! Is huge. I don't fault him a bit for digging into survival stuff. He certainly did that as a last resort, AND he never called it off. I give the guy props.

On a side note, I would be curious how far remote survival experiments could be taken before it starts to effect peoples long term psyche. I would like to see Les Stroud and Cody Lundin attempt a 6 month survival together! THAT would be a true test of skills and an amazing series!
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Old 11-11-2013, 07:21   #11
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Never heard of but it sounds interesting, going to set my DVR and check it out.
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On a side note, I would be curious how far remote survival experiments could be taken before it starts to effect peoples long term psyche. I would like to see Les Stroud and Cody Lundin attempt a 6 month survival together! THAT would be a true test of skills and an amazing series!
I had a similar thought. I wondered whether he would be capable of making a rational assessment of when to pull the plug on the experiment.
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Old 11-11-2013, 18:20   #13
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The only question I had was when the goat got his head stuck! That looked like a setup, but I can't be sure. If not then good for him.
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