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Bear Grylls - Born Survivor - Scotland [2008] [DVD]

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  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Go Entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 23 Mar. 2009
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001L5JM5M
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 43,589 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Scotland
Adventurer Bear Grylls shows how to survive in Scotland's Cairngorm National Park. Half a million people visit to walk in the glens or climb in the mountains but few realise it's classed as an Artic landscape. Thirty tourists die every year.

Bear shows how navigate using ice formations and moss growth, and tests snow slopes for avalanche potential. He uses moss to purify water, and skins a red deer for shelter. For food, he traps and cooks a rabbit. Bear crosses deep marshes which can swallow a man, and uses fallen trees to cross ravines.

Episodes from Season 1.

BONUS PROGRAMME:
Iceland
Bear demonstrates how to make a snow cave, find water in deep tunnels, and avoid frostbite. Finding food is a problem. Bear is forced to eat a sheep's eyeball and catch a ptarmigan - a wild grouse.

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This dvd is brilliant in terms of factual information, excitement, adventure and just coolness! However it is expensive for 90 mins of viewing. I wouldn't recommend buying it till its cheaper or unless in a reduced boxset of the whole series. But Bear Grylls has to be one of the coolest guys on earth!
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I have never really seen Bear Grylls as someone to take all that seriously. Granted he is good fun to watch, and isn't afraid to put himself through some rather s***ty situations, but the man lacks the grace and quiet dignity of guys like Ray Mears or Bruce Parry. I suppose what i'm trying to say is that Bear is more of an adrenaline seeking action man, as apposed to a naturalist, and one must realise that before watching any of his programmes.

Scotland see's Bear braving the harsh conditions of the Cairngorms national park. It is quite astounding how wild some parts of Scotland still are. Here we see Bear clambering up mountains, exploring ancient pinewoods and crossing freezing cold rivers (so the usual really).

For those city dwellers who do not realise what dramatic landscapes and environments our country has to offer, this is a real eye-opener.
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This is pure entertainment, nothing more or less. Hammed-up posturing for those watching from their survival sofas. For goodness sake don't take it to be educational! Taking some of the advice in this programme might actually be dangerous.

Factual? Not where it really matters in the Scottish high lands - navigation. Following the advice on navigation given here could lead people into much worse situations than they might already be in.
The old myth that moss grows best on the north side of rocks (or trees)is just that - a myth. It grows where the conditions are best for it, and they are likely to be on any aspect ("Trust me, I'm a botanist").
As for using wind, in the hills it is notoriously fickle and forecast wind directions are often modified locally by the surrounding landscape.
The worst advice was following streams off the high ground. This is very likely to lead you to the steepest slopes, waterfalls and into gorges, just as BG discovered. Water follows the easiest route! Artistic license for dramatic effect, or didn't BG know that?
Nice watch, nice penknife, nice waterbottle, nice paracord bracelet (or was it his waterbottle strap?)- but no compass... Hmm...

Other bits and pieces were laughably simplistic - do-it-yourself avalanche assessment (no mention of corniche formation at the top of slopes?) and scree running, for instance.

Granted, in a survival situation Bear may probably starve more slowly than the average person, but to be safe in the hills of Scotland real skills (especially navigation, navigation and, oh yes, did I mention navigation?) are required. If you are genuinely interested in getting yourself into the Scottish hills, Google for Mountain Leader Training Scotland (no I haven't done that training myself, but I have had to rely on those who have).
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My son and I are fans of Bear Grylls survival programs, and this episode is as good as any. We had good time watching this episode. I have been to Scotland my times as a tourist (from Sweden) it was great to see this side of the nature. Also the bonus episode from Iceland is great. Buying from Amazon worked perfect, and I can truly recommend this item.
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excelent dvd in great condition fast service and value for money
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Even though some of it is planned he still does what the DVD says it does!! He teaches valuble survival skills!!

So great Product
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