As i'm sure you all know, an article came out recently detailing how Man vs. Wild was a big sham. I didn't think Les would do the same thing, but after watching the first episode in the new season, i'm not so sure.
See, on TV, they made it look like he made it to the 7th day, and then walked to his camp. But if you read his blog, you get a slightly different story.
As another morning dawned without a cloud to be seen, I was finally warmed by the sun after a long cold night. It really is unbelievable that a few days ago it surpassed 65¢ªC (149¢ªF) on the sand and 42¢ªC (107.6¢ªF) in the shade and it is now hitting as low as 7¢ªC (44¢ªF) at night. 36 hours without any water with the temperatures reaching in the high 30's each day and I was feeling light headed and a bit dizzy - wobbly legged and am getting a nagging headache. I suppose the lack of blood sugar isn't helping either.
So....I got up checked my traps - nothing in the big bucket trap I set with some of the sweet smelling radiator fluid as bait - I was hoping for a rodent or two - nothing in my scorpion traps....and I had also set two traps using the radiator hoses - I caught a huge millipede - they're 8 inches long here - but you can't eat 'em - they have cyanide in their bodies. So I checked my plant solar still - and got an ounce of water - so it worked! Not much - but it was something. I then checked my urine still - and it also worked! Again, about an ounce of water.
But the day dragged on and my headache worsened. The two ounces of water and the little bit of juice from the bitter hemsbok root was not going to be enough. I had no desire to go for one more day and have the safety crew come and pick me up passed out from dehydration.
So that's it folks....a week - almost - surviving one of the most extreme climates on earth - and watching it sore to a high of 42¢ªC (107.6¢ªF) in the shade and drop to a low of 7¢ªC (44¢ªF) at night. I made it 48 hours without any real amount of water in the hottest and driest climate I have ever experienced.
Right now - I'm chillin' in a hotel in Upington South Africa, replenishing my system with water ..........and other liquids."
So he never made it to the 7th day, and he didn't walk to any camp. I know it's not a huge difference, but when it comes to a show that touts realism, I don't like being lied to, even a little. I'll still watch the show, it just wont be as fun.