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What lessons to be learned from TV show Dual Survival?

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Created September 23, 2010 at 6:46 AM

I don't know how many here watch Dual Survival on TV. The show highlights two very divergent survival methods. Cody Lundin specializes in gathering edible plants and building fires and shelter. Dave Canterbury is the meat eater who likes to hunt, set traps, and eat meat. Paleo eaters might be especially amused by many of his quotes like when, after eating some of Cody's plant food, he says things like "You know what, I just realized I'm not a cow. I need meat!" But it is usually Cody's firemaking skills that allow them to cook that meat.

In the show, the two men are dumped into various survival situations with minimal supplies. They often end up bickering a bit about which tactics to take, reflecting their different survival methods. In the end, I think they make a great pair, Cody able to find food quickly in most situations, but it is plant food and often not as filling or as satisfying. Dave takes more risks but when he brings home meat, it is often plentiful and solves their food needs for a longer time period. IMO, the two of them nicely hightlight the advantages and disadvantages of their two divergent survival styles. What other lessons do people think this show demonstrates and how accurate do you think this show is as far as real wilderness survival?

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on September 29, 2010
at 03:12 AM

I love that show too, and from my perspective they characterize nicely a hunter/gatherer lifestyle--Cody obviously the gatherer, filling in the (food) gaps where the Dave the hunter may sometimes fall short.

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on September 29, 2010
at 01:28 AM

Cody and Dve are an awesome combo for sure. Anyone else notice/wonder about cody's size and build? The dude is a giant. His thighs and shoulders are bizarre. Great show.

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on September 29, 2010
at 12:51 AM

As commented above: Man Woman Wild is pretty entertaining. :)

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on September 24, 2010
at 03:04 PM

Hey Eva - I think he misses with his pointed stick almost as often as she does!

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on September 24, 2010
at 03:49 AM

JCB, yeah, I am impresssed with Man Woman Wild due to the quality of their relationship. Either they edit out all the arguments or they really are good to eachother. It's hard to be nice when you are hungry, tired, freezing, incubating heat stroke, etc and your woman almost let dinner get away due to her inability to poke a pointed stick decently..

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on September 23, 2010
at 08:26 PM

As for Cody and Dave, if you haven't been watching all along, see if you can catch a rerun of the first episode and then watch a more recent one. The evolution of their relationship and their respect for one another's talents and quirks has been really fun to see.

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on September 23, 2010
at 08:25 PM

Jae - look for Man, Woman, Wild. It's not 2 women, but it is a man and his wife. He's the classic military-trained in survival tactics guy (like Dave) and she's a journalist/correspondant so while she is fairly tough, she doesn't have much survival knowledge. And while she does have her "ooh, icky" moments, she then just plunges ahead anyway - sometimes surprising HIM. And they seem to have a really great relationship which is just NICE to see on TV these days.

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on September 23, 2010
at 07:08 PM

I bust a gut watching these two. LOVE that Cody is a barefooter but glad that he's developing the willingness to flex in environs like the 100+ degree desert, where he cut up an old tire to make crude flipflops. Dave's reaction? "Nice Jerusalem cruisers ya got there!!"

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on September 23, 2010
at 03:26 PM

Some clips here: http://dsc.discovery.com/tv/dual-survival/episodes/ But for full episodes, looks like you'd need to look for pirated sites, which would risk viruses.

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on September 23, 2010
at 03:17 PM

Yeah, I am sure a lot of that is hammed up for the cameras. And I bet Dave would take less risks if there were no camera men around to call in a medivac helicopter. But it does give Cody a chance to give another lecture on being smart instead of stupid. But I'd probably consider the alligator for dinner myself, especially if I had experience handling them.

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on September 23, 2010
at 01:48 PM

I imagine ratings are better with alligators than turkeys...

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on September 23, 2010
at 01:47 PM

No tv, is this show avail online?

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on September 23, 2010
at 01:34 PM

Have never seen this show, but it sounds fun. Now if only they would run a season with two female survival experts!

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on September 23, 2010
at 11:50 AM

A great show. They complement each other perfectly.

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on September 23, 2010
at 01:35 PM

You should check out some of the videos of Cody on Youtube. He is definitely a well rounded survivalist and quite adept at making traps himself, usually deadfalls for rodents. I am also a fan of his books, I've owned 98.6 since it came out and was pleasantly surprised to see him on Dual Survival. I tend to side with Cody while watching the show, Dave is a risk taker and it is usually for meat, which may be important after a few days or so, but not so much that you wrestle an alligator for it. Shoot a turkey... sure! Risk having your arm ripped off by a 300 lb. reptile, maybe not Dave. We can survive without food for long enough to save ourselves, why die trying to do it.

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on September 23, 2010
at 01:48 PM

I imagine ratings are better with alligators than turkeys...

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on September 23, 2010
at 03:17 PM

Yeah, I am sure a lot of that is hammed up for the cameras. And I bet Dave would take less risks if there were no camera men around to call in a medivac helicopter. But it does give Cody a chance to give another lecture on being smart instead of stupid. But I'd probably consider the alligator for dinner myself, especially if I had experience handling them.

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on September 29, 2010
at 12:04 AM

Dave Canterbury along with the pathfinder school have alot of useful information within their youtube channel and on dual survival. Cody is awesome because he has acclimated himself to harsher environments by barely ever wearing shoes. Both these guys know what they are doing, i was watching an episode yesterday and the skill that it takes to knap an arrowhead out of a glassbottle like that takes awhile of practice. Other suggested reading on survivalism/ ancestral skills is Tom Brown and Les Stroud. Having a good library of edible and medicinal wild plants will be helpful as well as having stalking/hunting expirience while in the bush. Just remember the sacred order:

Shelter Fire Water Food

the two in the middle can be flip flopped accordingly.

And the 3s

3 hours of exposure 3 days without water 3 weeks without food

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on September 28, 2010
at 11:47 PM

Anyone else have any good survival/wilderness/natural living shows?

A couple I know of:

Survivorman: This is like Man vs Wild but real as it is just him out in nature, does all the filming himself, etc.

Man vs Wild: Good fun, but not as good as it used to be in earlier seasons. Much more entertainment than realism these days.

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on September 29, 2010
at 12:51 AM

As commented above: Man Woman Wild is pretty entertaining. :)

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