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Friday, November 16, 2007

Bear Grylls in Vietnam?

Bear Grylls is one of the newer outdoorsy-travel-adventure tv personalities that I really admire. His survival adventure show Man VS Wild airs on the discovery networks and highlights his struggle to survive after being dropped off in a variety of isolated ecosystems around the globe. The idea is that these are places where a tourist or hiker could potentially get lost, and so he demonstrates skills they (or we) would need to use in order to survive in such a situation.

His new season begins airing this month, and Bear has announced that the new shows will now be 2 hours long instead of just one (which I think is a great idea). Upcoming locations include Patagonia, Siberia, Panama and the Sahara. Bear's Blog: Preparation for Man Vs Wild....

I for one would like to invite Bear to do an episode with us out in Vietnam's Binh Thuan Desert. The are is the driest region in SouthEast Asia. Hazards include of course drought, dehydration and sun stroke, cobras and vipers, scorpions, dry quicksand, sand storms--and if you chose to wander near the old military bases, possible unexploded ordnances (but these have been removed from most other areas). Unique sights (and survival resources) include ancient cham towers and temple ruins from the 8th century, groves of palm trees, boulder-strewn mountains, tropical fruit trees, hidden canyons, giant tasty lizards and hidden oasis. The desert is contained by the sea to the south and east, and mountains to the north and west. I'd love to help with location scouting for the show...

2 comments:

m@n who sold the world!! said...

I am a fan of Bear Grylls too. Would love to watch him get his way out in an Indian Jungle.

arnold said...

i am a fan of bear too from philippines!!! hope that you i see you soon!!! thanks for the survival skills that you have shared to us!!! thanks!!!

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