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Filmmaker and survival expert Les Stroud returns to television with eight brand new Survivorman episodes. The rules are the same: no food, no shelter, no water, no tools and no camera crew. With his signature black humor and candid on-camera style, Les documents his struggles as he overcomes seemingly insurmountable obstacles in real survival situations. Airing on Travel+Escape Channel in Canada and in the USA on Discovery Channel and Science Channel in 2014.

  

  

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Survivorman Bigfoot: Episode 2

In the second episode of this 2-part special, Les continues his survival in the remote area of Northern Alberta to get as close as he can – if that’s possible – to the legend known as Sasquatch. Full of skepticism, Les enlists the help of a Bigfoot tracker named Todd Standing, who claims to have had multiple interactions with the legendary creature in the area. But Les isn’t easily swayed. Plowing through the evidence and revealing incredible never-before-seen footage that Todd has captured over twenty years of tracking Bigfoot in the bush, it all seems too incredible to ignore. But Les needs 100% irrefutable proof. For an expedition to yield any success, the search must be made by the most elite of wilderness experts who have the experience to film in the extreme conditions one can expect from the most remote locations. Of the 7 billion people on the planet, only Les Stroud fits the criteria. This is Survivorman like you’ve never seen him before.


Survivorman Bigfoot: Episode 1

In the first episode of this 2-part special, Les finds himself in a remote track of forested land in Alberta, Canada, a renowned Bigfoot hot spot. Inundated by requests from fans to uncover the truth about Bigfoot since revealing his own possible Bigfoot encounter while shooting Survivorman in Alaska in 2009, Les seeks to uncover the truth about this elusive and quite possibly fictitious creature. Enlisting the help of Bigfoot expert Todd Standing, Les goes in as a skeptic, debunking myths and exploring the possibility of purposely broken trees and structures made in ways that seem highly unlikely to be made by natural causes. Les makes camp in bowl-like topography to give the beasts of the wilderness the high ground. Armed with nothing more than a camera, belt knife and extreme night-vision cameras, Les is quickly plunged into a dangerous survival situation where long nights spent alone in Bigfoot territory could mean death by mountain lion…or worse.


E6: Survivorman and Son: Wabakimi

Les and Logan set out for a father/son fishing trip in a tin boat. Stranded after their motor dies, Les and Logan are quickly plunged into an intense survival situation that could happen to any summer cottager. This father/son team must work together to stay hydrated, secure food, make shelter and flag down a rescue plane. Les gets creative using bug spray as a fire-starter. Father/son dynamics effect his decision-making.


E5: Survivorman and Son: Tofino

Les and his 16-year-old son Logan find themselves trapped without supplies and without a way home while sea kayaking along the coastline of British Columbia. Staying hydrated, fed and warm takes on a whole new meaning with Logan by his side. Lack of food, unsafe water and inclement weather can wreck havoc on the body – let alone one's mood. Logan's better at video games than survival and better at hockey than starting a fire. Distraction can cause mistakes…and mistakes can be very costly.


E4: Survivorman: Northern Ontario

After all his years of wilderness survival around the globe, the forests of Ontario’s Temagami still rank as some of the most difficult, harrowing and challenging survival experiences Les has ever faced. Breathtakingly beautiful, Temagami’s old growth pine forests and refreshing blue lakes, bountiful with fish and wildlife, are sure to test Les’s survival skills yet again. Les returns to the oldest mountain ranges in North America to survive with no food, no water, no shelter, no safety and no camera crew. He survives eating wild edibles, hunting for food, making a fire and building a shelter. Key challenges are the incessant sting of mosquitos, blackflies and deerflies, as well as staying ever vigilant for moose, wolves, bears and other territorial wildlife.


E3: Survivorman: Grenada Jungle

Les pits his jungle survival skills against the incredibly diverse mountain jungle terrain of Grenada’s largest active mountain, Mt. St. Catherine. Nestled along the invisible line where the Caribbean Sea meets the Atlantic Ocean, northeast of Venezuela, this island jungle feels mysterious, shrouded in mist, veiled from the sun by thick blankets of cloud. For this, the high-altitude jungle has earned the name “Cloud Forest”. Boasting its original ecosystem, the jungle is home to mona monkeys, tarantulas, scorpions, armadillo, iguana, parrots and possums –an abundance of food for Les if he can catch it. Les must use his years of jungle survival experience to avoid the many poisonous plants and trees indigenous to the jungle – all while carrying more than 50 pounds of camera gear on his back.


E2: Survivorman: Grenada Island

Les journeys to an active volcano chain found in the Grenadine Islands deep in the heart of the Caribbean Sea. Stranding himself on an uninhabited island called Frigate, Les is left to survive on his own. Discovered by Columbus in 1498, the island has remained untouched by civilization for centuries largely due to the fierce waves that pummel its craggy shores. Scouring the shoreline for edible marine life, Les must work to secure freshwater, build shelter and make fire. While being stranded on a Caribbean island may sound inviting, it is in reality incredibly difficult. Les is forced to eat prickly pear cactus, hunt for bird eggs and even contemplates trapping one of the thousands of turtles that occupy the island. When it comes to survival islands, the island of Frigate offers what all islands do: isolation…of your body, your mind and your spirit. Time away can be a good thing, but this is no vacation.


E1: Survivorman: Argentina

Les Stroud travels to the Mitre Peninsula, a remote peninsula located on the easternmost tip of Isla Grande in the province of Tierra del Fuego, Argentina. This part of Patagonia is known as being particularly unforgiving and inaccessible due to the ever-changing weather, the absence of roads or paths and a combination of cliffs, peat bogs, forest and valleys. For 10 000 years, the indigenous people of Tierra del Fuego lived on the land. After the appearance of white men, the indigenous population was wiped out in a matter of 200 years. Despite efforts to settle in the peninsula that included seal fur factories, gold mining, logging and cattle ranching, no venture has ever endured the harsh environment. Les will be dropped into this inhospitable landscape and left to survive with no food, no shelter, no water, and no safety gear or camera crew.

 


E4: Tiburon

Les Stroud is shipwrecked on the desert island of Tiburon. After 5 days of surviving on the shore, he treks in-land in search of food, water and shelter. In the mountainous desert landscape, Les must avoid packs of wild coyotes, scorpions and rattlesnakes. Alone and carrying heavy camera equipment, he is at risk of exposure and dehydration. Making fire to distill drinking water, he survives on clams and edible plants in this ten-day survival ordeal.


E3: Tiburon

Les Stroud is shipwrecked on the desert island of Tiburon. Part of the Sonoran desert, Tiburon is searing hot in the day and freezing cold at night. The coastline is a barren stretch with no source of freshwater. Les must distill seawater and scavenge for clams and oysters amongst the rocks and mud to survive. With the threat of stingrays in the shallow waters and coyotes hunting the shoreline, Les battles hunger, fatigue and loneliness in this ten-day survival ordeal.


E2: Norway

Les Stroud is stranded in the Norwegian mountains. This will prove to be the most difficult survival expedition of Les’s twenty-year career. With no food or water, no safety or camera crew, Les must haul 65 pounds of camera gear down the slick wet mountainside in the hope of finding shelter. Scavenging what he can from the barren landscape, exhausted and starving, Les draws on his years of experience and the will to survive in order to make it the full ten days.


E1: Norway

Les Stroud strands himself in the Norwegian mountains to survive for ten days taking little food, no water or gear, and no safety or camera crew. Does Les stay with his marooned car or push on to find help? Hauling 65 pounds of camera gear, Les makes due with what he has, builds crude shelter, eats what he finds, and proves it takes true will to survive.

 


E6: Papua New Guinea

Through the perilous jungle Survivorman treks deep, with the help of a couple of local guides. Led off the beaten path he is deserted alone in this primordial landscape. Starting off the week sick with a parasite form the water, all of Les’s survival expertise will be tested for the next 7 days as food is scarce and shelter from the rain is hard to find in the deep jungles of Papua New Guinea

Being in the middle of the jungle in the spring is no place you would want to venture. Rain comes in torrential downpours daily, and the night sky is always rumbling with the sound of thunder accompanying the looming nightly showers. Les has no choice but to start off the week by taking care of his first priority… Shelter.

With a shelter erected the quest for the next essential survival tool begins, fire. With most of the jungle being soaked Les attempts to light a fire using dry vines and what little dry tinder he can find. With these conditions it is no surprise that fire starting is next to impossible. Luckily precautions were taken for such a scenario and a butane torch is pulled from the emergency kit. A fire is roaring in no time but to keep it going will undoubtedly be a challenge especially in such an ill state.

In his quest for food Les finds himself extremely hard pressed. Being in the jungle very little food is suitable for human consumption. With a few local vegetables and plants given to him from his guides and still suffering bouts of diarrhea due to the parasite Les is quickly running out of energy. Waking up to find wild pigs in his camp traps are promptly set up in hopes of getting some fresh meat. When the traps bare no meat the need to desert cam

p and travel further into the forest becomes crucial in order to find suitable food. Leaving the camp it isn’t long before a jungle farm is found. Tempted to pillage the farm Les is at a crossroads as to survive or to take what is not his all while knowing that the local punishment for such a deed is nothing short of death. Sick, hungry, wet and tired Les is brought yet another choice by the local villagers, stay in the jungle and survive the last 2 nights or join them in a local celebration which no white man has participated in before.

Les leaves the jungle at the end of the fifth day to participate in the generous offering from the local natives. The celebration is quite fitting for his last venture into the great unknown in the final episode of Survivorman.


E5: Australia

Forced to land his ultralight aircraft due to miscalculation in fuel, Survivorman is once again out to endure the elements for seven days in this spectacular locale… the Australia Outback.

Its spring “down under” and temperatures can be as hot as 45°C - or just above freezing. The location is home to the deadly brown kingsnake and death adder - among the most venomous in the world.

To help protect himself during rest, Les clears away the brush to lay a scavenged rope in a circle around him. Some aboriginals believe that snakes don’t like to cross it, so he decides to test this lore.

He’s fortunate to find a fresh water stream where he fishes for yabbies… more commonly know in North America as cray fish using the sleeve of his shirt as a trap. His diet is supplemented with edibles such as tar vine, lemon grass, acacia victoriae tree sap and watercress.

He also finds witchetty grubs, the term used to refer to this large, white, wood-eating grubs. They’re large enough that they can be eaten raw or cooked and are an excellent source for high- protein.

On day seven he uses Spot, an emergency location device, to see how fast the safety team can find him in this forbidding environment.


E4: Temagami

Temagami, pronounced “Te-MAWG-a-mee” is Ojibway for “deep water by the shore.” It’s located in northeastern Ontario and home of some of the oldest rocks on the face of the planet, old growth pine forests, clear deep lakes, and it boasts artifacts and stone drawings dating as far back as 6000 B.C. It was Grey Owl’s stomping ground and now, Survivorman’s.

Autumn can be quite beautiful at this time of year, but the nights are cold at around freezing, and the days are fickle… rain, sun, humidity, are all possible within a very short time with little or no warning. Les and his friend, Bob, are out for a hunting weekend when they get separated from each other and lost from their ATV which is carrying all their supplies.

Spending the first night separated, Bob opts for a birch bark mattress while Les sleeps in his hunting blind. The next day, they are reunited through a series of gun blasts and whistle calls.

Although no luck hunting, they manage to shoot a squirrel and capture a snake which, along with various wild edibles is a meal ready for their fire, started using the gunpowder from a shotgun shell.

Thirsty from their meal, Les shows Bob how to drink water from rain-filled moss and the two settle in for a harmonica duet to boost spirits.

Eventually, search-and-rescue is called in to find our survivors. Although they hear the chopper, they’re unable to signal it due to the thick tree canopy. But choppers aren’t the only source of tracking available to the SAR and the dogs make short work of finding our lost hunters.


E3: Arctic Tundra

In the land of the midnight sun, Survivorman heads in to 72°.46 N - the northern tip of Baffin Island. Living here is an exercise in survival. Getting to the base camp takes two days longer the expected due to weather. On-route the boats are surrounded by a pod of orca… killer whales. And Les soon notices what the killer whales are after… thousands of narwhale; something that most of the Inuit rarely see.

Les’s survival starts on the Arctic tundra coast where he’s left with a folding canoe, CB radio, fishing tackle, some whale blubber and his wits. Since bad weather is upon him, refuge in an old plywood box is essential as he stays vigilant for polar bear and arctic wolf.

Soon he finds some old steel wool and uses the battery terminals from his CB radio to start fire and decides to fish for some arctic char… the ubiquitous fish will be necessary if Les is to survive this bleak tundra for seven days.


E2: Colorado Rockies

Cowboys… the iconic figure of the Wild West and the Colorado Rockies. These seven days finds Les surviving not alone, but with two horses. This gives survival a whole new twist.

Out for a casual day’s ride, Les (and horses) have to survive temperatures that vary from 70°F in the day to snow flurries at night. The mosquitoes are thick and relentless and mountain lions hunt in the area.

While trying to find graze and water for the horses, Les has to collect food in the form of wild edibles… shooting stars, lady supper dandelion, glacier lily and more.

Then casting his hand at fly-fishing, he doesn’t catch a brook trout, or brookie as they’re known locally… he catches two!

And what better way to eat fresh fish, then cooked. Of course it’s always easier if you have fire with which to cook the fish, so utilizing his flashlight, he breaks the bulb but keeps the filament intact. Then with a simple push of the “on” switch, his fish fry is only a flame lick away.


E1: Sierra Nevada

The California Gold Rush drew people from all over the world to the rugged Sierra Nevada’s. Now it’s a hiker’s dream - drawing people from all over the world. You can easily hike for miles and miles here. The problem is… it’s just as easy to get lost.

Les finds himself in the predicament of a lost hiker. Travelling with a typical “day hiker” pack - only provisions for an overnight stay - Les needs to make the most of what he’s brought with him, and scrounge the rest.

Fortunate to have a tent, he still needs to find nourishment without stumbling into poison oak which abounds in this area. Miner’s lettuce, wild onions, Manzanita flowers, pine buds and acorns are but a few of the local flora he can eat.

As night falls, it’s time for fire and he makes short use of the flashlight that he brought, turning this battery-powered utility into a real “torch.”

As the seventh day of his ordeal dawns, the local Search and Rescue unit takes to air and land to try and find Les. Truly lost, if they don’t find him, Les could be in real trouble…

 

e7: The Making of Survivorman

Catch up on all of Stroud's adventures in season two of “Survivorman” in this episode highlighting the most exciting segments this season and featuring amazing never-before-seen footage and additional survival tips.

 

e6: South Pacific

The Cook Islands are situated about as far away from everywhere as you can possibly get; the middle of the South Pacific ocean. Being one of the most deceptive places on the planet, this tropical paradise hides some horribly unperceivable dangers including the world’s most venomous fish, the stone-fish. Stroud, equipped with only his scuba gear, is abandoned by his crew at sea to recreate a frightfully common occurrence; separated from your boat and left alone in the ocean waters. Utilizing a shipwreck on the beach of a small tropical island to live amongst the rats for 7 days, he uses his knowledge as a survival expert to make it through the week, alone. With a constant bombardment of tropical storms Les must gather food and collect rain water so that he may survive and make it home.

 

e5: Alaska

Alaska is known as the “Land of the Midnight Sun.” As Stroud enters an ocean bay called “Taroka Arm” by sea kayak, there's only about four hours of twilight per day and he knows that Mother Nature is going to wreak havoc upon his internal clock. At this time of year, the salmon in this bay are active and so are the black bears and grizzlies, which Stroud will have to steer clear of if he's going to make it through this week alive. This coastline has the second highest tides in the world and finding high, dry land is first priority after bear-watching. Stroud builds a shelter made from rubbish combed from the beach and then attempts to fight off hypothermia and the ever-present blackflies by making a fire. He then uses the primitive method of flint knapping to make a hook to attempt to catch salmon but, as the fish jump around the kayak without a single bite, Stroud is reminded once again that hunger doesn't make fishing any easier.

 

e4: African Plains

Stroud arrives in the stunning, yet sizzling hot plains of South Africa via hot air balloon, and immediately must contend with the majestic lions and vicious hippos so feared by humans. Everyday Stroud is on the move, trying to survive on only one small bottle of water, a machete and his trusty multi-tool. Luckily, the rainy season brings more water to the area, but he must always stay alert to avoid the black mamba, Africa's deadliest snake. The air balloon comes in handy, serving as a hammock and shelter but it won't solve the problem of having no food.

 

e3: Labrador

Although snowmobiles are the main mode of travel in Labrador, dog sledding is the way Stroud will get around the freezing north. Even though he brought along a survival kit, including fishing supplies, duct tape, rope, his multi tool and a .22 rifle, he is still without the crucial essentials needed in Labrador forests in winter: matches and a pair of snowshoes. Unable to catch a break, Stroud hits a low point as he is forced to steal food from the dogs. When Stroud finds himself completely stranded due to a rapid thaw and unable to continue on his journey, his only hope is to turn to the skies. Will Survivorman have to call it quits for the first time?

 

e2: Kalahari

With temperatures on the sand reaching 60 C, Stroud has his work cut out for him in the scorching red sands of the Kalahari Desert. With only enough water for four days, Stroud mimics the Bushmen and sits still in the shade during daylight. Night is another story, however, when temperatures drop to as low as 7 C. Can Stroud survive on locust and scorpions, or will he have to surrender to the sand?

 

e1: Ecuador

In the dangerous depths of the Amazon Rainforest lurk predators of all shapes and sizes. Just one touch from the poisonous spiders, army ants and caterpillars can kill and the constant rain and humidity do not make matters any better. After brushing up on wilderness and hunting tactics from the skilled Waorani tribe, Stroud will have to survive on next to nothing while capturing it all with the camera equipment he lugs around.

 

 

e10: behind the scenes

"Behind the Scenes" is an intimate one-hour look at the making of the Survivorman series. We go behind the scenes of this popular show to take a look at clips and outtakes over the nine episodes.

 

e9: lost at sea

Living "off the land" takes on a new meaning as Stroud casts off for a week at sea. With no food and only a bare minimum of equipment, Stroud will be set adrift in an inflatable life raft off the coast of Belize. Battling hunger, thirst and the Caribbean heat, he must also keep his cameras dry to film the ordeal. To top it off - the life raft has a few bad leaks and needs constant bailing. It also leaks air and requires frequent re-inflation with a hand pump - Survivorman is in for a busy few days!

 

e8: plane crash

In the remote winter-bound forests of Northern Ontario, a crashed plane lies in the snow beside a frozen lake. There is no one alive on board. But this plane didn't crash here - the decrepit old wreck has been airdropped from a helicopter to provide a temporary home for Survivorman. For a week Stroud will have to survive in this harsh snowy wilderness with only an axe, a multi-tool and a single blanket to aid him.

 

e7: canyonlands

The spectacular red landscapes of Utah's canyonlands are as beautiful as they are inhospitable. Like outlaws of old who were known to eat their own horses out of desperation in this forlorn place, Stroud will cannibalize the mountain-bike he has ridden into the middle of nowhere. As well as these scavenged bike parts to aid him, he also has a multi-tool, a magnesium flint-stick and an old energy-bar - that he has a use for other than eating.

 

e6: mountain

This episode sees Stroud airdropped onto a snow-covered peak in the Canadian Rockies courtesy of the Canadian Mountain Air Rescue Service. They'll come looking for him in seven days. Until then Stroud is entirely on his own, save for the grizzlies, cougars and wolves that also call this place home. To emulate a real-life survival scenario - in this case a heli-hiking expedition comes to grief - Stroud has been provided with a few readily salvageable items, among them a broken camcorder and tripod. One man's trash is another man's treasure!

 

e5: Canadian Arctic

Pond Inlet, on the Northern reaches of Baffin Island, provides one of the most challenging landscapes our planet has to offer. Over 700km north of the Arctic Circle, it sits amidst grinding, ever-shifting flows of sea-ice where polar-bears roam in search of meat. In this severe climate Stroud has been equipped with a bare minimum of raw materials to aid him for the next 7 days - a hunk of uncooked seal-liver, some oil-rich blubber for heat, a seal-hook, three matches, and a knife.

 

e4: Georgian Swamp

The swamplands of Georgia's Altamaha River Basin are all that one would expect of a Primordial bog: dank, menacing, swimming with slithering creepy-crawlies and, of course, alligator-infested. This is the welcoming environment Stroud will be immersed in for seven sweaty days and bone-chilling nights.

 

e3: Costa Rica

A Costa Rican getaway - as far removed from everyday living as you can imagine: lush rainforests and deserted tropical beaches. Marooned on Costa Rica's Osa Peninsula, Les "Survivorman" Stroud has only a few items to aid him for the next 7 days: swimming goggles, 3 ballpoint pens, a multi-tool and the clothing on his back. On top of keeping hydrated in the intense humidity and relentless heat, Stroud must cope with deadly snakes, enormous spiders, land-crabs and scorpions.

 

e2: Arizona Desert

The Sonora Desert in the south-western United States covers an area of approximately 120,000 square miles. It is an arid, seemingly barren environment with scorching daytime highs and freezing overnight lows. Riding a dirt bike out into the official middle of nowhere, Les simulates a break-down scenario. He empties out the contents of his pack - half a gallon of water, a snack bar and his multi-tool-7 more days!

 

e1: Canadian Boreal Forest

The Boreal Forest of Northern Canada is a vast tract of wilderness stretching from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific. It is home to moose and beaver, crisscrossed by rivers and lakes and frost-free for only about three months of the year. Stroud intentionally tips his canoe in mid-stream and crawls from the icy waters onto shore where he does a quick inventory of his supplies. A handful of cashews and beef jerky, a solitary match, a multi-tool and 50 lbs of camera equipment to document the next seven days in the bush.

 
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