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Les Stroud has more than 20 years experience as an outdoor adventurer and instructor in survival, white water rafting, sea kayaking, hiking, dog sledding and winter travel. www.lesstroudonline.com
Currently, he is the host and producer of the hit television series SURVIVORMAN on Discovery Channel US, The Science Channel and Canada’s Outdoor Life Network (OLN). Each episode of SURVIVORMAN finds him stranded in a remote region of the world without food, water or a camera crew, and little more than a pocket knife. Stroud not only needs to survive for a week, but also films his struggles to overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles while dragging 50 pounds of camera gear and batteries.
Stroud began his film career in the 1980s as a music video producer for a Canadian music video channel. In 1987 he sought out his true passion and began traveling Canada as a canoe guide and wilderness instructor, eventually developing his own outdoor company. His years as a canoe guide and wilderness instructor honed his survival skills, as well as his studies at Humber College in Ontario, Canada and at Prairie Wolf College in Kansas.
Combining his love for the outdoors and his skills as a filmmaker, Stroud has appeared in and/or produced numerous television specials and interstitials including Discovery Channel’s I SHOULDN’T BE ALIVE: SCIENCE OF SURVIVAL and SURVIVING URBAN DISASTERS, as well as OLN Canada’s Off the Grid with Les Stroud. His documentary film Snowshoes and Solitude, about the year he and his wife spent living in the remote Boreal Forest of northern Ontario, has won numerous independent awards.
In addition to his success in film and television, Stroud is an avid musician having recently released an album with Canada’s hit band The Northern Pikes and having composed the theme to SURVIVORMAN.