The Best Episodes of Survivorman
Last Updated: Nov 24, 2018
No food, no shelter, no fresh water, no tools ... no camera crew. One man - alone in the wilderness for seven days with only his wits and stamina to sustain him.
#1 - Tiburón Island Coast – Part 1
Season 4 - Episode 3
Les Stroud is shipwrecked on the desert island of Tiburon. Part of the Sonoran desert, Tiburon is searing hot in the day and freezing cold at night. The coastline is a barren stretch with no source of fresh water. Les must distill seawater and scavenge for clams and oysters amongst the rocks and mud to survive. With the threat of stingrays in the shallow waters and coyotes hunting the shoreline, Les battles hunger, fatigue and loneliness in this 10-day survival ordeal.
#2 - Tiburón Island Coast – Part 2
Season 4 - Episode 4
After five days of surviving on Tiburon's shore, Les Stroud treks inland in search of food, water and shelter. In the mountainous desert landscape, Les must avoid packs of wild coyotes, scorpions and rattlesnakes. Alone and carrying heavy camera equipment, he is at risk of exposure and dehydration. Making fire to distill drinking water, he survives on clams and edible plants in this 10-day survival ordeal.
#4 - Norway Mountain – Part 2
Season 4 - Episode 2
Being stranded in the Norwegian mountains will prove to be the most difficult survival expedition of Les Stroud's 20-year career. With no food or water, no safety or camera crew, Les must haul 65 pounds of camera gear down the slick wet mountainside in the hope of finding shelter. Scavenging what he can from the barren landscape, exhausted and starving, Les draws on his years of experience and the will to survive in order to make it the full 10 days.
#5 - Labrador
Season 2 - Episode 3
Les journeys into Labrador in the Canadian Maritimes. The scenario: driving a dog sled team almost 100 miles back to civilization in late winter. The supplies: a .22 rifle, a bucket of caribou meat (for the dogs, not for him), and, for the first time, a self-designed survival kit. The dangers: hypothermia, getting lost, the weather's effect on the trail, and injury from the sled or the dogs. Added difficulties: the dogs aren't familiar with Les, the possibility of vicious fights between the dogs, and Les simulates the role of stranded dog sled driver.
#6 - Survivorman and Son: Mongolia
Season 8 - Episode 4
Les returns to Mongolia after surviving a near-fatal car crash the year before with his son Logan, a recent cancer-survivor.
#7 - Lost at Sea
Season 1 - Episode 9
Living "off the land" takes on a new meaning as Les Stroud casts off for a week at sea. With no food and only a bare minimum of equipment, Stroud will be set adrift in an inflatable life raft off the coast of Belize. Battling hunger, thirst and the Caribbean heat, he must also keep his cameras dry to film the ordeal. To top it off - the life raft has a few bad leaks and needs constant bailing. It also leaks air and requires frequent re-inflation with a hand pump - Survivorman is in for a busy few days!
#10 - Survivorman's Top Ten
Season 4 - Episode 5
Les reviews his experiences surviving in the wild for Survivorman and Survivorman Ten Days. While counting down ten wilderness survival issues he has faced, he shows segments of both shows relevant to each item. The issues in his countdown are: 10. Starvation/Dehydration 9. Darkness 8. Weather & Terrain 7. Shelter 6. Bigfoot 5. MacGyverisms 4. Fire 3. Cheating Death 2. Search & Rescue 1. Lost.
#13 - Alaska
Season 2 - Episode 5
This time Survivorman decides to demonstrate survival by sea kayak in an ocean bay called Taroka Arm (literally "black bear") for good reason. At this time of year, the salmon are active and are one of the black bear's favorite foods. Black bear and grizzlies that live in this area are among the largest in the world and gorge themselves on the silver salmon during this period.
#15 - Survivorman and Son: Tofino
Season 8 - Episode 1
Les and his 16-year-old son Logan find themselves trapped without supplies and without a way home while sea kayaking along the coastline of British Columbia. Staying hydrated, fed and warm takes on a whole new meaning with Logan by his side. Lack of food, unsafe water and inclement weather can wreck havoc on the body – let alone one’s mood. Logan’s better at video games than survival and better at hockey than starting a fire. Distraction can cause mistakes…and mistakes can be very costly.
#19 - Amazon
Season 2 - Episode 2
Les finally gets to survive the one place he's always wanted to visit: the Amazon jungle in Ecuador. The scenario: brought by the natives into the jungle by canoe. The supplies: three feet of fishing line, a can of soda, a mosquito net, one match, "fire dust," a blowgun, a machete, and a spear. The dangers: stingrays, jaguars, spiders, ants, snakes, and scorpions. Added difficulty: Les is nursing a previous hip injury.
#21 - Mountain (Canadian Rockies)
Season 1 - Episode 6
Les is airdropped onto a snow-covered peak in the Canadian Rockies courtesy of the Canadian Mountain Air Rescue Service. They'll come looking for him in seven days. Until then Les is entirely on his own, save for the grizzlies, cougars and wolves that also call this place home. To emulate a real-life survival scenario - in this case a heli-hiking expedition come to grief - Les has been provided with a few readily salvageable items, among them a broken camcorder and tripod. One man's trash is another man's treasure!
#24 - Norway Mountain – Part 1
Season 4 - Episode 1
Les Stroud strands himself in the Norwegian mountains to survive for 10 days taking little food, no water or gear, and no safety or camera crew. Does Les stay with his marooned car or push on to find help? Hauling 65 pounds of camera gear, Les makes do with what he has, builds crude shelter, eats what he finds, and proves it takes true will to survive.
#25 - Plane Crash
Season 1 - Episode 8
In the remote winter-bound forests of Northern Ontario, a crashed plane lies in the snow beside a frozen lake. There is no one alive on board. But this plane didn't crash here - the decrepit old wreck has been airdropped from a helicopter to provide a temporary home for Survivorman. For a week Les will have to survive in this harsh snowy wilderness with only an axe, a multi-tool and a single blanket to aid him.