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Apr 20, 2012
Coffee after freezing our asses off near James Pea...
steve edwards wrote:
I don't know what you people are talking about. That video is AWE SOME. I'm not sure Bear is ready for Captain Kirk but I'd pay good money to see him in The Open against these guys: C'mon, man. Let's go do some toproping!


Dude, I got all sorts of chills. That synthpop beat just cuts right into you. Those guys are way too rad for me. I love the shot of the mountain bike tumbling down the hill sans rider. What could have happened? It's like, you have to know!

The bear was clearly just bear 46 looking for some Twinkies.
Stich
From Colorado Springs, Colorado
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Apr 20, 2012
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Bear and his antics have contributed to the death of at least one person: lasvegassun.com/news/2010/sep/... Tyson Anderson
From SLC, UT
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Apr 20, 2012
Growing a winter coat in Red Rock Canyon- December...
That was terrible, I remember when folks were looking for him. He was new to our desert from the east coast. Really sad story. Dirty Gri Gri, or is it GiGi?
From Vegas
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perfect seam
British SAS make the navy seals and marines look like girl scouts. Was the youngest person to ever climb Everest, thats pretty BA, even with a load of sherpas. his show is for the arm chair outdoorsy type, so he does some lame shit, like hopping from rocks like a frog. but for the most part, dudes a bad motha fat cow
From St. Paul, MN
Joined Nov 17, 2009
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Apr 20, 2012
Axes glistening in the sun
I'm jealous. I want to change my name to Bear or maybe just Grizzly. "H"
From Manitou Springs
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Apr 20, 2012
Coffee after freezing our asses off near James Pea...
HBL wrote:
I'm jealous. I want to change my name to Bear or maybe just Grizzly.


How about Grizzly Man? Oh, wait. Nevermind.


Stich
From Colorado Springs, Colorado
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Apr 20, 2012
Coffee after freezing our asses off near James Pea...
fat cow wrote:
British SAS make the navy seals and marines look like girl scouts.


Oh the Hell they do. You ever sell Girl Scout cookies at an east side ghetto Walmart? Think you tough? Shiiiii.
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Me and the offspring walking back to the car after...
fat cow wrote:
British SAS make the navy seals and marines look like girl scouts.


I disagree. I think they're about the same (SAS and SEALs) giving SEALs the advantage in waterborne missions. I've trained with both. I certainly wouldn't tell any of the SEALs (one of whom I climb with on a semi-regular basis) that they are girl scouts next to the SAS.

Comparing Marines to either of these two is like comparing apples and oranges. The Marine Corps infantry (I'm assuming that's what you're referring to), although still pretty bad ass isn't a small, specialized unit with a seemingly bottomless budget. Now, if you're talking about Marine Force Recon, the USMC equivalent to SEALs or SAS, you'd be hard pressed to find a more badass group. Each has its own niche.

Compared to regular Army grunts though, I give the Marine infantry the advantage because they are a much smaller unit as a whole, and they too specialize in amphibious operations. Apologies in advance for thread drift.
Jake Jones
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Apr 20, 2012
About half way up the East Arete on Illumination R...
I'm guessing he'll never do that again. This really is a pretty big embarrassment.. I actually feel bad for him. I hope he reads all those youtube comments, sees the "like"s to "dislike"s ratio, and decides to commit his career to authenticity. Ben Beckerich
From saint helens, oregon
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Apr 20, 2012
perfect seam
muttonface wrote:
I disagree. I think they're about the same (SAS and SEALs) giving SEALs the advantage in waterborne missions. I've trained with both. I certainly wouldn't tell any of the SEALs (one of whom I climb with on a semi-regular basis) that they are girl scouts next to the SAS. Comparing Marines to either of these two is like comparing apples and oranges. The Marine Corps infantry (I'm assuming that's what you're referring to), although still pretty bad ass isn't a small, specialized unit with a seemingly bottomless budget. Now, if you're talking about Marine Force Recon, the USMC equivalent to SEALs or SAS, you'd be hard pressed to find a more badass group. Each has its own niche.


haha i was just kidding dude. i heard that in a movie recently and thought it was pretty damn funny. Force Recon are probably the least well known bad ass special forces in the military. I work with a guy everyday who's recon and the training sounds awesome, though the big green weinie always makes things sound that way, then they suck any possible fun right out whatever you are doing.
fat cow
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Ben B. wrote:
This really is a pretty big embarrassment..


-1

It's a commercial whose primary purpose was to increase brand awareness. I'd say mission accomplished!
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fat cow wrote:
haha i was just kidding dude. i heard that in a movie recently and thought it was pretty damn funny. Force Recon are probably the least well known bad ass special forces in the military. I work with a guy everyday who's recon and the training sounds awesome, though the big green weinie always makes things sound that way, then they suck any possible fun right out whatever you are doing.


+1 Sounds like you've been there too. I haven't heard the big green weenie euphemism in a loooong time.
Jake Jones
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Can I get a high fashion?
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About half way up the East Arete on Illumination R...
Mike Wysuph wrote:
-1 It's a commercial whose primary purpose was to increase brand awareness. I'd say mission accomplished!


That doesn't make it any less embarrassing, though. I'd be humiliated... but I'm not a commercial doosh.
Ben Beckerich
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Apr 20, 2012
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Bear and his antics have contributed to the death of at least one person: www.lasvegassun.com/news/2010/sep/28/tracks-left-missing-tee>>>

I don't fully understand what this exactly has to do with Man vs. Wild.

It's bear's fault because this person liked his show?
Billy Young
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Apr 20, 2012
I read the article as well and agree with John and Billy. Even though I think he is an asshat, you can't blame Bear for someone's poor decisions just because they liked his show. That's like saying that its beer's fault people get DUI's or it's car's fault you get speeding tickets. People need to accept responsibility for their action and stop try to pass the blame. ThreeDee
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The Shield
I have it on good authority that when Bear was doing his "Lost in the Utah Desert" show, he spent his nights at the Gonzo Inn. A number of local climbers did the rigging for him so he could safely get up and down things.

BTW, you wanna laugh and your from the southeast, watch Bear trying to find his way out of Little River Canyon... pretty hard to film that one and not get houses in the shot.
Sam Lightner, Jr.
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Apr 20, 2012
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Billy Young wrote:
Bear and his antics have contributed to the death of at least one person: www.lasvegassun.com/news/2010/sep/28/tracks-left-missing-tee>>> I don't fully understand what this exactly has to do with Man vs. Wild. It's bear's fault because this person liked his show?


I said "contributed to" not caused because there were many other factors at play. Sadly, some people do take his show seriously and he offers them many bad ideas about how to handle wilderness situations.
Tyson Anderson
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Apr 20, 2012
perfect seam
Tyson Anderson wrote:
I said "contributed to" not caused because there were many other factors at play. Sadly, some people do take his show seriously and he offers them many bad ideas about how to handle wilderness situations.



fuck no. he did not contribute, it's a television show. if you watch a crocodile wrestling show then go and try to wrangle some crocs using the 'tactics' they profess, then that is your choice. how about personal responsibility.
fat cow
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Apr 20, 2012
I can accept that, but he should also make it clear what he's doing is totally staged, the only thing he's representing professionally is being an entertainer, and that what he is doing is solely for the entertainment purposes of a camera audience. Buff Johnson
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No disrespect, but I'm keeping my opinion.

No one should be getting their survival training from a TV show. Period.

Bear and his show was an inspiration to me. I am afraid of heights and I started rock climbing partly to combat those fears. Since then, I am so happy for all the fun times I have had climbing with friends.

Anything that gets kids to turn off their video games and get outside of the house and doing something is okay by me.

I'm not going to sit here and site stuff to compare but,

I read an article a while back where a lost boy left pieces of his shirt or something on tree branches to direct the rescue team in his direction. A midst all the exciting entertainment stuff are some real tips that, just from memory, someone might use in real world bad situation. (ie. arranging stones or sticks to point in the direction you traveled, leaving scraps so rescuers can follow your path, fashioning snow shoes out of branches)
Billy Young
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Apr 20, 2012
through the crux, which could be convoluted becaus...
Peter Franzen wrote:
I honestly didn't see too much in that video that was egregiously tool-ish. A great TV producer and camera crew could take any of us out on our best days and have a finished product a few weeks later that make us look just as bad, or worse. The next time you're chilling to some reggae and smoking a cig at the bottom of a climb try to imagine how ridiculous it'd look in high-definition slow motion with a voiceover. So fine-- he TR'd a big route in the desert with a film crew. That's more than most weekend-warrior climbers will ever do. The guy may be totally over the top on his show, but there isn't too much doubt that he has a legitimate background in doing some pretty out-there stuff.


agree
blind cantaloupe
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Apr 20, 2012
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Can we all agree on anything?
We can't even seem to all agree that climbing is great.
Tony B
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Apr 20, 2012
I think we can all agree that we can't all seem to agree on anything! :) Jim Davidson
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Tony B wrote:
Can we all agree on anything? We can't even seem to all agree that climbing is great.


Climbing isn't "great" bra. It fucking sucks. I only do it because I can't stand flat stuff.
Ben Beckerich
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