Les Stroud

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Les Stroud is a Canadian musician, film maker, and survival expert best known as the creator, writer, producer, director, and host of the television program Survivorman. He composed the opening theme music for the show. After a short career behind the scenes in the music industry, Stroud became a full-time wilderness guide, survival instructor and musician based in Huntsville, Ontario. Stroud has produced survival-themed programming for The Outdoor Life Network, The Discovery Channel, The Science Channel, and YTV. The survival skills imparted from watching Stroud's television programs have been cited by several people as the reason they lived through harrowing wilderness ordeals. Inspired by the popularity of the television show Survivor, Stroud pitched a more authentic version of the show to The Discovery Channel Canada. Stroud produced two programs titled One Week in the Wilderness and Winter in the Wilderness for @discovery.ca in 2001. The success of these specials led to the development of Survivorman, a show that followed a similar format of leaving Stroud on his own, with minimal equipment, in the wilderness to videotape his survival experience. Stroud stopped videotaping Survivorman after the third season due to what he described as the significant physical toll of videotaping each episode but now stars in the show Survive This, where groups of teens are challenged with the same struggles of survival that Les himself faced. They have individual video cameras and record what their next "challenge" will be. Les comes each day to check their progress and reward the winner of the challenge with something to help in their struggle for survival. [READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE]

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