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Man vs. Wild is a television show on Discovery Channel where an ex British Soldier named Bear Grylls teaches different survival techniques to use under various scenarios which usually begin with one being stranded in what they believe to be miles from any form of civilization.
The tips and tricks taught in the program are meant to educate the average person about ways to survive while stranded in the wilderness and the fastest ways to find your way back to civilization. These include ways to gather and hunt for food, find and filter drinking water, keep your exterior dry, use various flora for medical purposes, and avoid dangerous predators and unforeseen pitfalls.
The show almost always puts Grylls in what can only be described as worst-case scenarios where he must go to extremes in order to survive. Situations are introduced where Grylls has run completely out of water and must urinate into a snakeskin and drink his own urine to get what remaining water there is within it to hydrate his system. There are also episodes where Grylls shows the audience the safest possible way to pass through places normally inhabited by highly dangerous animals, such as an african river inhabited by deadly hippos.
The show also depicts the easiest ways to detect signs of civilization in your surroundings such as getting to high ground in order to be able to scout the area and how to interpret where vehicles are going by the direction of their tire or ski tracks. Though less often and less prominent in Man vs. Wild, Grylls will occasionally depict ways to signal for help in such a way that you could attract attention and get your message across in the most efficient way.
Many ways to hunt and gather food are shown in areas all over the world. Ways to make hunting tools out of simple items you can find anywhere like tree branches, vines, and stones are some of the more common techniques used and shown by Grylls. Instructions on which types of plants and fruit are safe and what benefits they can provide you with are presented in comparison to which types of plants and fruit can be harmful or even deadly to a human in order to warn and educate the audience as to avoid disaster should you ever have to forage for your own nourishment.
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Bear Grylls takes the viewer behind the scenes to meet the crew that follows his every step. Whether he's jumping from helicopters or eating the unimaginable, the camera is never far away from the action. Now the crew gets to tell their side of the story.
Each year over 100 people drown in New Zealand, and Bear must cross a raging river as well as scale down a waterfall on his journey to civilization.
Bear Grylls is in Southern Utah surviving with only a lasso. Later, Bear performs his craziest airplane stunt ever.
Bear Grylls attempts to survive extreme cold and the barren land after being dropped off on an ice cap covering an active volcano. Can he reach civilization when faced with swollen river crossings and ever present flash floods?
Bear Grylls jumps out of plane and parachutes to safety to reach this remote area. Crossing the country's highest mountain range and starting a fire in a waterlogged forest are a few survival techniques he demonstrates in this terrain.
Actor Jake Gyllenhaal is tested on how well he can survive Mother Nature. He will go where Bear goes and eat whatever Bear eats, if he's going to cope with some of the worst conditions known to man.
Watch never-before-seen footage of Bear Grylls and some of the best survival techniques.
Bear Grylls is dropped in a group of islands off the coast of Borneo and survives dense jungle , towering cliffs, and the search for freshwater. In his search for food, he tries to spear fish at depths of 20ft and traps a wild boar.
Bear Grylls survives soaked cliffs, snakes and leeches, and the torrential rain in the Borneo jungle.
Bear and his team head to Norway to determine the effects of the most severe conditions. Bear is monitored with cutting edge technology.
Bear is in Scotland and goes swimming following his construction of a wetsuit from a dead seal's hide. He escapes death before making camp.
Bear Grylls is in Arizona, land of the Apache, demonstrating survival skills in its hundred thousand square miles of extreme temperatures of scorching deserts and freezing mountains.
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Pour a warm glass of your own urine, then raise it to one now-departed Discovery Channel favorite. A Discovery rep has reported to E! Online that the network has "terminated all current productions" involving itself and "Man vs. Wild" star Bear Grylls.That rep also claims that the sudden split has sprung from "a continuing contractual dispute" between the two parties that apparently just couldn't be survived.
Apparently the new way to get publicity is to climb mountains with Bear Grylls. Jake Gyllenhaal, star of "Source Code" and "Love and Other Drugs," joined Grylls on "Man vs. Wild" to do some stunts and show that he's not afraid of heights. Okay, maybe he's a little afraid of heights. THR has two sneak preview clips of Gyllenhaal on the show, which you can watch right here.