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Gryls Or Mears?

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You are stranded on uninhabited remote jungle coast.

You've only been allowed to take one companion with you...

Gryls or Mears?

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You are stranded on uninhabited remote jungle coast.

You've only been allowed to take one companion with you...

Gryls or Mears?

Mors

I like his taste in hats

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I want Gryls' camera man thanks.

I'm not sure if it has aired in the UK but I found the first season of Les Stroud's Survivorman to be interesting viewing in parts. The USP being that Stroud does all his own filming, with no crew on site. Some of the scenarios turn out to be quite grim and mundane with not much happening other than Stroud slowly dehydrating and/or being bitten to death. As far as these style of shows go, in his way, he's more of an anti-Gryls than Mears.

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Mears has that slightly nerdy by-the-book air about him, a safe pair of hands, survival pretty much guaranteed. Gryls has a bit more of a gung ho attitude, so would probably be more fun, slightly riskier. But he is also quite annoying, and more likely to suggest drinking your own wee or sticking things up your backside. So Gryls it is then, obviously.

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Grylls. Anywhere. Anytime. ;)

He'd eat you eventually though. And not in a good way.

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Led Stroud can be very over the top. Interesting though.

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I get the feeling mears really knows what he us talking about - and grylls does not.

Depends what he has done since he left the SAS. These people are not trained experts in this sort of survival. Would be a waste of time. Of course they get a basic decent knowledge of it. However looks like mears has spent many a year studying and researching it.

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Mears is fatter, isn't he? Therefore more meat should you need to eat him.

Lofty Wiseman reckons he could get by eating either of them...

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Definitely Mears - careful consideration of how to survive with what you've got and make the best of it.

Theres no way I would take advice from Grylls if he insisted that the only way down is to climb on a rotting tree trunk stuck in a waterfall. It may make for dramatic footage, but it's not what you'd do if you wanted some guarantee of making it out.

That and he's an annoying tw@t

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Depends what he has done since he left the SAS. These people are not trained experts in this sort of survival.

I believe Mears used to train the SAS. Grylls might be better in a fight but you could feed Mears to the bears so you could get away. Decisions, decisions.

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I believe Mears used to train the SAS. Grylls might be better in a fight but you could feed Mears to the bears so you could get away. Decisions, decisions.

Interesting never knew that.

I think the fight thing is a bit of an urban myth too. Spending lots of time on hand to hand combat is a complete waste of time for someone in the special forces. If they get to that point - they are almost certainly already dead.

PS - Mears is a black belt in judo and also won a Mongolian wrestling demo vs a local champion when he was there filming a show.

So mears could also more than likely kick ****** out of the annoying grylls too :)

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Does Mears do random staged stuff like jumping off a cliff edge into water? There's no other way down! I assume they both use consultants/advisors But I prefer Mears. Though I ddidn't nlike the Mears on itv!

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I think I read on some programmes he had nice food with him etc... Doesn't mean he couldn't hack it if needs be of course.

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Mears, second choice would be Les Hiddins aka bushtucker man. The programme Mears did with him was superb TV.

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I believe that, aside from the odd presentation here and there, Mears never had a regular gig training the armed services. Lofty Wiseman (above) was the senior SAS survival instructor for donkey's years and wrote the best-selling SAS Survival Handbook.

Mears is less of a 'survival' or endurance expert and more into primitive living skills, particularly in woodland environments. I suspect he cribbed a fair bit of Mors Kochanski's (above) act, less Kochanski's trademark tam o'shanter, early in his career.

I doubt very much that the 'real' Grylls is as much of a dick as his media persona. He's SAS survival trained and jungle environments (per the original post) are an SAS speciality. So, much as I enjoy Mears' stuff, and loathe as I am to admit it, I wouldn't write off Grylls.

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Lofty Wiseman reckons he could get by eating either of them...

Great bloke. I did one of his courses a few years ago. They planted us in the middle of a Gloucestershire woods with the back story that we'd survived a plane crash: take it from there. I'd recommend it.

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Mears for me although I would count myself lucky if either man was with me given the alternative of no one or a typical metrosexual modern Brit.

Grylls is a committed Christian and I'm sure he would bang on about it sooner or later. Whereas Mears stated once that the closest he's come to a religious experience was paddling a traditional canoe - with a perfect paddle he'd fashioned out of a tree trunk in 6 hours - on a Canadian lake, before quoting Trudeau, "What sets a canoeing expedition apart is that it purifies you more rapidly and inescapably than any other. Travel a thousand miles by train and you are a brute; pedal five hundred on a bicycle and you remain basically a bourgeois; paddle a hundred in a canoe and you are already a child of nature." Class.

FWIW, there's a similar thread on ARRSE and the vast majority have respect for the earnest and chubby schoolboy Mears and his mad skills - not so much for the other chap.

(BTW it's Grylls.)

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Grylls is a committed Christian and I'm sure he would bang on about it sooner or later.

...this and the fact that he's the son of Tory politican Sir Michael Grylls gets him kicked out the tent immediately.

Plus I heard that mears likes one or two wee drinkies suggests that he'll plan ahead

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This comment from Youtube sums it up quite well

timmian85

Yeah, this is why i like Mears over Grylls. Everything is just cozy. There is no rush to stab something and drink its blood, just meandering through the wilderness like a Hobbit leaving gems of information who are more usefull than drinking a cup of piss. No offense to Bear Grylls, but that guy is a ******ing lunatic and in a dual survival situation would most likely eat Ray and sleep in his skin."

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