So What! Bear Grylls Stays In Hotels, He’s Still The Biggest Badass on Earth

CO-ED’s last post about Bear Grylls pissed me off so I offer a rebuttal.

Over the past several years Bear Grylls has been Mr. Adjective. He’s been called everything from rugged, to inspiring, to even disgusting (like the time he ate a grub worm after finding it under a gooey rock. mmmm, Yummy protein). But up until recently there’s been a new adjective to describe Bear, a fraud. Mark Weinert, a former consultant for the hit series “Man vs. Wild,” the Discovery Channel series that shows viewers techniques on how to survive in the wild, has reported two instances where Bear Grylls was assisted from outside sources during filming. Weinert claims that during the “Desert Islandâ€? episode Bear spent time in a motel and had assistance from the camera crew in building a raft that took him to safety. Since Weinert has released this statement many reporters and fans have gone on to say that Bear Grylls is a fraud and has misled his loyal viewers into thinking that he’s not the Bear we thought he was.

Allow me to clear up the confusion. First and for most the show “Man vs. Wildâ€? is not and never was a documentary on Bear Grylls going into the most hostile environments on earth to see if he will live or die. The show is about educating its viewers on what Beat Grylls would do to survive in dire situations. People who believed this to be the goal of “Man vs. Wild” are niave. For insurance reasons along no production company in the world could finance a show where the host could easily die for entertainent in every episode.

Now don’t get me wrong hanging from a tree that’s within feet of three blood thirsty alligators is something that the average person wouldn’t do. In fact the only three people on earth that have to balls to do something like that are Dog the Bounty Hunter, Chuck Norris and Bear Grylls. Besides I’m willing to bet that the only reason Bear Grylls ended up staying in the motel was because he found civilization quicker then he normally does and there wasn’t enough footage for a whole episode.

So after a night in a motel Bear went back out into the wild to shoot more footage. As for the allegation that Bear Grylls had help from his crew building a raft that took him to safety, Weinert clearly stated that the raft was but together by Bear and the crew to test it out before using it. Once this was done they dissembled it before Bear put the raft back together himself. I have to commend Bear on doing this. If anyone saw that episode you’d know that HUGE TIGER SHARKS ended up attacking the raft. If he hadn’t have tested out the raft before using it, that could have been the last episode of Man vs. Wild.

For those of you who still question the ruggedness of Bear Grylls, Bear recently flew a parajet, at 29,000 feet, over the top of Mount Everest (which he climbed at the age of 23. Becoming the youngest person in Britain, ever to do so). It was reported that in order for Bear Grylls to fly this high they had to contact air traffic control to make sure there weren’t any commercial airplanes in the area.

On a personal note I’d like to thank Bear Grylls. Your show and what you do is an inspiration to us all. By putting yourself in such life threatening situations with nothing more then a knife, flint and water bottle makes me appreciate the small things in life that we take for granted every day. Such as a having a safe place to sleep every night, having three meals a day, and being able to wipe my ass with toilet paper. So thank you Bear Grylls for humbling us all.

Tiger Sharks attacking the raft

Preparing for the parajet flight

Link to a 3D image of the parajet

29 thoughts on “So What! Bear Grylls Stays In Hotels, He’s Still The Biggest Badass on Earth”

  1. I'm a big fan of the show and will continue to watch. I agree with most of what you said. However, I do feel it is necessary to point out that there is some compelling evidence that there is a lot of tickery going on behind the scenes.
    http://www.daughtersoftiresias.org/bearwiki/Evide

    I love the show, but I do think they need to either be more honest or clean up their act.

  2. i still dont believe he stayed in a hotel. bear has always said to that if he is on the verge of death there will be assistance. they r not just goin to let him die. the show is legit. leave bear alone. guys a stud plain and simple.

  3. No TRUER WORDS SPOKEN!

    Dude drinks water from elephant shit – HARDCORE gentlemen, hardcore!

  4. He's not as good, or as hardcore as Survivorman's Les Stroud. Bear has a camera crew, Les films all of his own stuff.

  5. first off, bear has to find civilization, and in turn teaches us all how to find civilization if ever stranded in the wild, whereas survivorman just stays in the wild for a few days and then gets to go home, bear is way more awesome and hardcore than survivorman could ever hope to be. plus he's wayyyy sexier

  6. I agree with George Moshers comments about Bear Grylls. Ive been helped tremendously by Man vs. Wild programme, when I recently found myself lost when hiking in large state park in TX. I told myself to settle down, assess what resources you have with you, figure out how much daylight remains, and your best direction to head in.

    Bear purposely poses situations in which one can become endangered and so what if some are staged or setup for TV? He purposely walked into a muddy stinking bog in the Scottish Highlands, and quicksand and other similar dangerous situations. Does he have to? Nope he could just tell you "well you have to monkey crawl your way out" but instead he shows us. Great!

    The whole point of the programme is to help people survive dangerous outdoor situations.
    As far as Im concerned he's accomplishing that objective. I can attest to that first hand. thanks very much Bear.

    J.M.S

  7. yeah thanks bear! in 1992 I was dying of dehydration in the plains of africa and my only option was the squeeze the water out of elephant shit.. i learned that from bear grylls and I am forever thankful

  8. Hell I don’t care if he did stay in a hotel or not 99% of us would not be able to go to places he has went and survive for more than 15 minutes. They only said that there were a couple of instances where this has happend, I thought this story was quite funny but I will not discredit him for it. I will still watch this show faithfully.

  9. READ THE CREDITS PEOPLE! IT STATES THAT SURVIVAL EXPERTS WERE USED! HOW IS THAT NOT A DISCLAIMER! HE STATES HIMSELF THAT A CREW FOLLOWS TO ASSIST HIM IF HIS LIFE IS IN DANGER! HE ALSO CLEARLY STATES THAT HE'S PUTTING HIMSELF IN THE POSITION OF A STRANDED PERSON TO SHOW YOU HOW TO GET OUT. HE HAS TO KNOW ALL THE WAYS TO GET OUT TO SHOW YOU, DOESN'T HE? HE NEVER SAYS "I DON'T HAVE HELP." I'VE SEEN EPISODES OF HIM CRYING FOR HIS WIFE AND KIDS HE WAS SO DRAINED AND BEATEN FROM THE TRIP. GET OVER IT, IT'S TELEVISION. YOU DON'T PAY FOR THE SHOW. LEAVE THE GUY ALONE, HE'S MAKING A LIVING FOR HIS FAMILY.

  10. The select few of people that are complaining about the show should really think about this . Could you make a better show yourself? Is the show affecting your life? The stuff he shows is a thousand times much better than the common TV trash playing right now. And with Bear getting the odd 'help' does that ruin your viewing and educational experience on the show?
    Probs No,

    Anyway I suppose if your are making a Survival Show you need to take precautions anyway! Just as you would, if you were in a life or death situation. Hell in the end Bear has made an educational, informative and entertaining show to provide for his family and to teach you all about survival as with other geographical and animal facts on top of that. Well Done Bear Grylls for a all your achievements. Me and my family thank you for putting together such a great show, and we do hope that you carry on this amazing series regardless of the crap that some people babble about.

  11. Man get over it he is a fake… You want a real show then you watch suvivorman by Les stroud, A man who DOES go in alone for 7 day and shows you have to survive ALONE with minimal stuff. No camera crew just him and 50 pounds of camera gear. Bear is a fake and Les Stroud is the real SUVIVORMAN!!!

  12. Survivorman is okay enough, but I’m getting tired of all this “OMG LES STROUD LES STROUD” crap. I’ve watched both, and I don’t care if he does all his own filming. Whooptefuckingdoo. That’s not realistic, either. Lugging around all that equipment is an idiotic drain on energy, and all you do is sit and watch him survive. He doesn’t really educate you about anything.

    I think it’s perfectly realistic that there were a couple occasions where he had to stay in hotels or do this and that – and it was likely for insurance purposes.

    Honestly, he didn’t fake climbing Mt. Everest, and that’s plenty and enough to shut all the critics the hell up – unless they’ve also climbed it.

  13. Bear GRYLLS IS BADASS
    SCREW SURVIVOR MAN
    bear grylls knows more about the wild than survivor man…plus he shows u how to get out as quick as possible

  14. and Jessica, where did you see Bear crying for his wife and kid? I would like to have a look as well. thanks

  15. Well I have to say they are BOTH experts of survival, Bear and Les. I bet they survive equally well in real life and death situations. They toke 2 different approaches in survival, Les try to stay alive and wait for rescue while Bear mentioned in his FIRST episode, that a normal person would be best off waiting for rescue BUT sometimes, help just doesnt come, and in the case of Les, he wouldbe dead if he doesnt have someone to pick him up in 7 days. No one is going to risk his like for your entertainment, who can really prove Survivorman is real? He may have his crew set up a camp a few hundred yards away from him, just out of sight of the camera. He has way more tools to help him and boats and planes doing drivebys everyday to check on him. If I recalled correctly, Les only ate a scopian raw once and cook every thing he caught after that but Bear has been eat raw stuff after raw stuff. So what Bear is wearing a life jacket, how can this be compared to Les who has never jump into a river and try to get out before? There are safty issues that discovery has to follow. If he is in a real life and death situation, Bear could eat all those endangered species he came accross, but he didnt, this is telling you he is NOT in a real survival situation already, HE IS JUST THERE TO SHOW YOU HOW TO GET OUT AND BE SAVED! Les’ show is more like seeing how much he is suffering but not much to learn… he “made” snow shoes but he NEVER showed us HOW TO MAK IT? one second, he said he needs one and the next second he is earing one!

  16. First of all Weinert is a survival expert that traveled everywhere that Bear went. Weinert said clearly that he built the raft along with a small construction crew. Not the camera crew.As far as Bear hanging feet from alligators, anybody on mtv jackass would do it. Just like Bear Gryll did with, 2 guys with high powered rifles standing out of sight of the cameras.Bear climbing Everest is clouded in controversy. Some british investigators say he never made it to the summit.Sorry but the show where he tied his perashute cord into knots and jumps into the snow cervats, claiming the knots would grab in the smow and hold his waight.That was crap and it does not work that way.Any survival expert will tell you that.Weinert stated the cord was tied off to a heavy object .Although he did not say what the object was.Anybody that tries that as a saftey divice will die.When Bear Grylls was in the british speical forces he broke his back withinhis first few months of service and spent the rest of his survice on inactive duty recovering.Acording to a bcb web site. Finally Bear Grylls travels with a survival expert he is not the expert, Les stroud does not because he is the expert.

  17. If you want a true survival story, Google the name 'Mike Christian' or 'Michael D. Christian.'

    Les Stroud is an authentic, gifted teacher, but an entertainer nonetheless. Bear? He is a wannabe that does not risk his manicure, let alone his hide; how can anyone take him seriously?

    Perhaps it's time to consider why you idolize entertainers when there are real-life heroes in our midst?

  18. Mike V *no relation*

    "In fact the only three people on earth that have to balls to do something like that are Dog the Bounty Hunter, Chuck Norris and Bear Grylls."

    hey you left out Steve Erwin, but then again he Isn"t alive anymore…God Damn stingray. Bastards!

    Bear still is the shit though, I'd like to see the people who put shit up against him, go and train for the army navy or whatever and get their ass shown how hard it really is.

  19. Nobody gets to complain about anything Bear Grylls has done until they have done it themselves better and succesfully. so shut up

  20. BEAR GRYLLS IS JUST A GREAT PERSON.
    I LIKE THE WAY HE USE TO DISCOVER ANYTHING HE WANTS.
    I LIKE HIS BODY TEXTURE.
    I LOVE U VERY MUCH BEAR.

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