Famous Survivalists: Who are the Most Notable Adventurers?

From Bear Grylls to Les Stroud: meet some of the most famous survivalists from around the world! Learn about their incredible stories and how they managed to survive some extreme situations.

Famous Survivalists: Who are the Most Notable Adventurers?

Few survival experts are better known than Bear Grylls. Love it or hate it, Bear has become perhaps the most famous TV survival guide of all. Born Edward Michael Grylls, this British adventurer is a former military member of the Special Air Service. On the other hand, there are a handful of famous survivors who are only survivors in front of the cameras, once they stop rolling they take out their canned beans.

Most survival programs are trying to sell adrenaline, although in most cases they overdo it to achieve a dramatic effect. On the other hand, there are hardcore survivors who really know what they are doing and love what they are doing. One thing most survivors use while filming their adventures is vitamins, for more information, see my recent article Survival Vitamins (Top 13 SHTF Vitamins). Born in 1974 in Northern Ireland, Bear Grylls is probably one of the most famous survivors on this list, not least because of his Man vs.

During the filming of Man vs. Savage, he often ate raw meat, drank his own urine, and on one occasion even ate raw goat testicles offered to him by an Afghan goat herder. He is also known to be the youngest man to climb Mount Everest, at the time he was 23 years old. Born in 1961 in Canada, Les Stroud is best known for the television series Survivorman.

He lives off the grid with his whole family and has spent several years living off the land. He is one of the few real survivors, since, unlike most survivors, he actually practices what he is teaching and if you've seen the Survivorman series, you know it's the real deal. He is above all a self-taught survivor, which is an achievement in and of itself. In a survival situation, you will still have to clean your clothes, albeit with little or no water, for more information, see my recent article How to clean clothes without water (13 main ways).

EJ Snyder has been in the military for more than 25 years as a coach on matters of survival off earth and self-sufficiency. While serving in the military he earned the nickname “Skull Crusher”, people who were being trained by him often said that there is no SHTF event where he couldn't. After leaving the military, he ended up in several high-profile television series such as Dual Survival, Naked and Afraid, and Man vs. Mykel Hawke was born in November 1965 in Fort Knox and spent about 12 years in the military.

He became famous with the series Man, Woman, Wild by Discovery Chanel. During his military career, he also trained the UN peacekeeping force on survival and was also part of the search and rescue team during the drug war in California. Born in September 1963, David Canterbury is a survival instructor with more than 20 years of military experience. He is an expert in survival and primitive skills and is a master of improvisation without using hardly any tools.

She was also the star of Discovery Chanel's Dual Survival program. In addition to being a celebrity in the survival world, he also teaches his skills at the Outdoor Survival School in Boulder. There are many common items that can become survival items in case of need; for more information see my recent article (Top 4 Survival Items Ignored). Born in 1964 in England, Ray Mears is an expert in survival and bushcraft.

He is a self-taught survivor and at one point he was training the UK militarily in all aspects related to survival and bushcraft. He has appeared and presented several television series in the UK such as Extreme Survival, Wild Food, Survival with Ray Mears and many more. At that time he decided to cut his right arm to survive; he had to do it with a small knife. After cutting off his right arm he went back to his truck and during the walk was found by a family who rushed him to a hospital.

Aron Ralston is one of the best survivors who survived 127 hours in the desert because of a firm determination to live whatever the cost. There is a movie based on their experiences; if you want to see more survival movies check out my recent article The Best Survival Films (Top 1). Born in 1973 in the United Kingdom this survivor is known for pushing his limits; he appeared in several television series such as The Lost World of Britain, The Lost Land of the Tiger and The Lost Land of the Volcano. During filming one of these series in Argentina he was trying to catch an anaconda when he was bitten by an alligator; luckily he recovered completely after this incident.

Douglas Mawson was born in Australia and was a famous explorer; back when Antarctica was not fully explored he led a small expedition to explore it back 1912.This was a long journey of 300 miles extremely dangerous during which one of its 3 members fell into a crevice dragging all his supplies and most of their dogs with him; this team member died but since there was no possibility of recovering supplies remaining two men decided to return to base camp. If you're in your 30s you've probably watched Roseanne TV show at least once although not many know that Roseanne is actually a preparer who focuses on being as self-reliant as possible; although not living on farm she has plans to live completely self-sufficient and off-grid someday. Mauro Prosperi was an Italian policeman and avid marathon runner; he competed Sands Marocco Marathon 1994 which is 6-day marathon through desert; on first day marathon got lost due sandstorm.

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