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‘Calm down’

Host of Survivorman and professional adventurer, Les Stroud, says assessing a situation is imperative, as is the ability to start a fire anywhere.

tv Updated: May 28, 2011 15:35 IST
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He has made music, produced, written and hosted TV shows and survived some of toughest wilderness conditions as part of his TV series, Survivorman. That’s also what 50-year-old Les Stroud is commonly known as. When asked what the most important tip he would give to a layperson headed out into the wild, he immediately says, “I think people need the ability to calm down. You don’t go running; you don’t go jumping, you assess your situation.”

Basic lessons
According to Stroud, what follows are some very important questions that need to be answered, such as, “What are you wearing? What have you got in your pockets? Where are you? What’s the area like? Does anybody know you’re there and what’s your situation? Then go find your way out. But if you can get into any situation with the skill of being able to get a fire going anywhere and anytime, that’s great,” says Stroud. Though the survival expert is a huge fan of fine dining, he has in the past eaten parasites and lived with them for years. “It’s damaged my stomach at times… parasites can really can take their toll,” he says.

Living with tribes
In the new series Beyond Survival with Les Stroud, which will air on Discovery Channel every Thursday at 9 pm from June 2, the host will be seen studying and living among tribes from all around the world. Some of the clans he interacted with, according to him are still close to living in the Stone Age. “It was an opportunity in a very big way to take part in their ceremonies and rituals and rites of passage, things that connect them to the earth spiritually, because that’s a big part of survival as well,” he says. He claims to have circled the globe about ten times in eight months, but hasn’t had a chance to visit India yet. “A friend of mine has been to India, so I have contacts there now. I’m dying to go,” he says.