Discovery Channel addicts would be glad to know that Man vs. Wild
will be returning to the tube at 10pm tonight, with spanking new episodes that will surely keep you at the edge of your seat in excitement. The show will continue to follow outdoor survival guru Bear Grylls as he battles it out with the wild, while learning a thing or two about the natural environment. In fact, Grylls says that going on an adventure is making the most out of one’s situation.
"Survival can be summed up in three words - never give up. That's the heart of it really. Just keep trying," Grylls told BBC. "It's about using what's around you, being inventive with it and thinking your way round situations - whether it's using the skin of a deer to sleep under, the carcass of a camel to shelter from a sandstorm or your shoelaces to help you climb a tree."
The 34-year-old adventurer, who learned to deal with the outdoors after joining the military, captured a Guinness World Record after he climbed to the summit of Mount Everest in 1998 at the age of 23. He also circumnavigated United Kingdom in 2000 along with his friend Niel Laughton, to raise funds for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution. His numerous adventures probably prove that he enjoys dancing in the face of danger, but he admits that he has his own fears.
"[I'm scared of] Big groups of people, scary interviews and I always find cities intimidating. I'm quite scared of heights as well, but I spend a lot of time up high on things," he admits. Additionally, he says that there was one time in which he thought he wouldn't survive. "I think the parachuting accident was a big one. I fell down a 1,000ft crevice on Everest and I've had back to back incidents with alligators and been bitten by snakes."
Nonetheless, Bear Grylls is ready to take on another season of Man vs. Wild
, which begins tonight at 10pm on the Discovery Channel. As for the fans of the show who aspire to be an adventurer, Grylls has some advice.
"I think what matters is to have those dreams and not be scared to go for them and not be scared to fail along the way," he says. "Life's full of lots of dream-stealers always telling you, you need to do something more sensible. I think it doesn't matter what your dream is, just fight the dream-stealers and hold onto it."
Catch Grylls as he parachutes into the Baja Peninsula desert, treks the disaster left by Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana and hikes the sea-cliffs of Ireland in this season of Man vs. Wild.
-Valerie Anne del Castillo, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
, Reality TV World
(Photo courtesy of Discovery Channel)