Top Ten Fake TV Survival Experts

Real Survival experts can show you many ways to survive in harsh conditions. This list is of the Fakes found in the current T.V. survival genre.

I doubt that anyone of them has ever taken a backpack and headed out into the world with no money in their pockets and no means of support.

Anyone can be a wilderness survival "Expert" if you have a T.V. production company paying for it and setting it up for you.

The Top Ten

1 Joe Teti

I am not a survivalist by definition but watching this guy just makes me mad. Even someone who has spent very little time in the woods has more common sense. I haven't watched the show much at all since they got rid of Dave. I heard they fired Cody (which was stupid) so checked it out once curious about Matt who I didn't know. It was the episode in Vietnam I believe. Joe gets all pissy about glasses or something to use to start a fire with getting lost and decides to jump back down into a deep water and cave system to look for it. Are you kidding me. Even I have enough sense to see what a bad decision that was. Wasting time and energy better used for actual survival. Then he gets mad because Matt refused to kill a poisonous snake because he wanted to eat it. To me that is just taking to big of a risk. Each time Matt proved to him he was capable by starting a fire and supplying him with food a little later in the show. I think Matt far exceeds Joe but have stopped watching the show ...more

He's a wind bag and a complainer. Sure he could survive but would you really want to be stuck with him? - im1azy

Mr. Teti shows incompetence regularly on the show. He is incapable of even the most rudimentary wilderness tasks. He routinely concerns himself with "force protection"(presumably due to insecurity or paranoia) when there are more pressing needs to be addressed. He shows little to know knowledge of the teamwork necessary for survival with a partner and regularly is explosive and confrontational when a discussion takes place. He is truly the worst on this list.

Joseph Teti is a con artist. Faking survival experience is just the latest in a long history of using deception to butter his bread. He has avoided taking responsibility for his actions by skirting the edge of societies rules for far too long. He needs to own up to the negligence of killing 3 people with a fraudulent resume.

I did some digging and it turns out that Teti had a big role to play in the firing of Cody Lundin and the letting go of Matt Graham from the T.V. show Dual Survival. Now I wonder how the loyal fans of the show would react to learn this? Teti, you suck.

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2 Bear Grylls Bear Grylls

The guy lies about everything, including his name. He is possibly the only guy on this list that if you follow his advice you will definitely die.

Bear grills has a shot plan black belt and can judo chop Dave dingleberry... Five times fast...

It's clear he knows enough about surviving in harsh conditions. That being said in my opinion making people think that survival in a serious situation entails jumping off of cliffs and climbing rock faces with shifty vines is just ridiculous. It's entertainment, not practical at all.

Driking pee doesn't make you hydrated, pee is just waste - bjinmaro64

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3 Matt Graham

Matt, of all the people listed here is the most skilled at survival, hands down. Not one of these other men compares.

Matt is better than most on T.V., and must be one of the best survival experts I have ever had the pleasure of watching. Shame on anyone that put him on this list. He deserves a gold metal for putting up with Joe and keeping his cool over all Joe's little girl fits. This guy is the real deal, packed to the brim with knowledge and raw skills, can't beat him I hope he's on T.V. again soon so I can keep watching and learning. Perhaps the Matt and Cody survival show? Please?

Matt is the real deal, both in skill and as a person!

He is awesome

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4 Cody Lundin

Come on - this guy is the best of the best - calm, in control, full knowledge of the environment and human physiology - who put this guy on this list? That is insane

I think he is practical and down to earth from what I have seen for the most part. I don't really think walking around barefoot in the snow is the best idea but to each their own. I definitely respect the fact that he can start a fire almost anywhere. Even though I don't agree with this guys methods doesn't mean they don't work.

I know him from his survival class, he is the same guy on T.V. as he is in real life, just a nice guy who enjoys teaching

Everything about this character screams "fake! " And the idiotic book he wrote some years back dispels all doubt.

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5 Dave Canterbury

Liar, thief, stolen valor, felon, con artist. I went to his school, he was arrogant and so was the lead instructor, his wife was nice. His books are just reprints/rewording of old out of date/print woodsman and outdoors books from the early 1900's. He had a logo early on that he had stole and got caught and had to make another logo.

A compete phony I every way. Claims you can kill a deer with a $20 sling shot and couch potato experts buy the crap. He was caught lying about being an army ranger and never cleared the issue up. He still lies about being a ranger and only admits to "embellishing" his resume. A real dirt bag. Sure, trust this "survival expert" nobody heard of before 2009 in the woods with your kids

Dave candleberry has got to be the biggest survival "expert" fake in history. A sham artist with a gift for gab. I'm not surprised to see that people think he is an expert. I have noticed his followers are mostly the 14 to 20 year old age group... Its easy to impress kids.

Fraud. Con man. Stolen Valor.

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6 Tom Brown Jr.

I read his books and they read like bull adolescent boy fantasies. If there was a Stalking Wolf I am sure it was more a case of some itinerant bum who was camping outside of town and Tom and Rick (if there ever was a Rick, he sounds more like an imaginary friend) came across his camp and the made smores or something. The boy(s) probably brought the bun, uh, I mean Child, uh I mean Stalking Wolf some some food from home and BoinkingBoys, uh that is Stalking Wolf probably by now realized what a lonely little loser Young Chicken, I mean Tom Brown was and decided to teach the boy all about Indian wrestling, by that I mean they rolled around for while shirtless and then he sodomized the boy. He probably was getting Tom to smoke his peace pipe repeatedly and hammering his totem pole into Tom's wampum beads. So while this stinky sweaty homeless guy from Indiana was pumping away on top of Tom, young Tom probably entered an altered state of consciousness where this homeless gay pedophile from ...more

Tall tales designed to make the man look good. Don't believe his stories though, they are all works of fiction. Tom cannot track as he claims, nor can he provide any shed of proof to confirm any of his background. Tom is a con man through and through right on down to the hypnotism tricks he uses on his classes. Hypnotism is not illegal, but definitely unethical, and when you lie about your background who cares about ethics, right? Tom Brown Jr is a liar, a thief, and a con man, don't support this fool.

Tom Brown Jr. Is simply a fraud. He should be #1 on this list.

Plastic shaman con man.

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7 Payge McMahon

Never heard of her...

I do not believe that she is touted as a "survival expert"

Should not be on this list

Who?

8 Creek Stewart

This man is awesome! I love his new show " Fat guys in the woods"! He is inspiring to outdoorsman all over the world!

Dude is legit. Spent a week with him in the woods. Class act, stand up guy, will give you the shirt off his back after he teaches you how to make your own.

Just watched him teach guys to ration water in the desert. The best place to carry water is in your body. Ask real survival experts and ask medical professionals. The more dehydrated you get the less efficient you are both in your actions and in your bodily functions. Anyone that teaches water rationing is an expert at surviving a few hours, not weeks or months.

Love his style of surviving. Miss his show.

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9 Mykel Hawke Mykel Hawke Mykel Hawke is a retired U.S. Army Special Forces officer, author, and television and film personality.

Apparently I hit a nerve. It needs to be said Mykel. YOU and only you are responsible for the safety of YOUR family. As a former commander of men you know full well the responsibility lies with you and you ONLY. Stop blaming others for your bad and risky choices. The buck stops with you. No one made you and Ruth go on these risky endeavors. What would have happened if your chopper or plane went down getting to and from those locations? Who would you have blamed then? You're as money hungry as all the others. Putting yourselves in risky situations for money is not admirable no matter how you try to sugar coat it or point blame elsewhere. Say what you will about Teti, I care not. What I cannot stomach is your inability to recognize your own short comings but you're damn good at saying how evil others are. Your record is impressive, there is not doubt about that but you've blackened your reputation by what you are doing now. Like I wrote below, because of what you are doing and how you ...more

That's the best insult Mykel Hawke you're insane clown posse who represents your online insanity - can muster; that my breasts sag. Can you even get your insanity and verbal abuse against women you harass online straight, you had your trolls call my breasts fake back in May. I guess you harass and insult too many women online from what the women tell me - for you to keep straight what names and insults you give.

You have to be the biggest disappointment to both your family; however they probably don't have the courage to say so. Calling your wife a cow? Seriously? I believe it though, considering the things you say about my physical appearance and other women, which is none of your dam buisness you disgusting poor excuse for a man.

Jennifer Delgado, someone get the butterfly net for Mykel Hawke and commit him to the loonie bin, before he acts on these Malicious things he says which are a warning sign of potential violence against women. You DISGUST me. I'll send you a ...more

You people should smarten up - the supporters of Mykel Hawke have shown nothing but class, integrity and a strong backbone in this. Your smear attempts have backfired on you more than once now. You will run no one off- you actually are bringing more supporters in with what you are doing. If teti had any brains he would eject those of you who write all this untruthful garbage about people, unless there are none- it's the general himself writing it. Need something to do, go to church. Dopeycat. Doofus. Ralph says repent, repent you sinners, the end is coming. What time is it?

Does hawke and all the others really see these?

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10 Les Stroud Les Stroud Les Stroud is a Canadian survival expert, filmmaker and musician best known as the creator, writer, producer, director, cameraman and host of the television series Survivorman.

I've had the privilege to meet the man on a survival course last year and he is by far the most true to life survivalist with integrity for honest and raw survival scenarios captured for television. His show has helped countless people from as young children to older professionals survive situation by what he teaches and his philosophy. He is not alone. I believe there are others that represent survival as well as he does. However Les Stroud should NOT be on this list.

Les Stroud should be no where near this list. you go try to live on your own in the woods for seven days and film it

This guy is the best. He actually shows you survival skills!

The best actor of them all posing to live without food for a week when he's meters from a highway. Definitely the pioneer of these fake shows he is number 1 in this list

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The Contenders

11 Ray Mears Ray Mears

Very informative, shows and explains techniques in great detail. Like learning from a supportive older uncle. None of this showman "I'm so Extreme and an alpha male surviver" bull like the American idiot survival types you see on these 'reailty' survival shows... no trying to go for the shock factor like Mr bear grylls watch me drink my own piss either. Just simple, interesting and informative shows

For overall survival knowledge, don't think too many can get near Ray mears.
Not a risk taker, but that's a plus in a survival situation.
Certainly would trust him to safely protect my family in any situation.

Very straightforward with no frills, and it works. Should not be on this list.

Tremendous respect for Ray

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12 Terry Schappert

, look at Mykel Hawke casting a negative vote for his so called "friend" Terry Schappert, just so he can post another one of his crazy diatribes against Joe Teti and his fans. So much for being an honorable guy right Hawke? Why not vote for yourself so your post isn't against your friend? Oh I know, it's because your EGO has clouded your judgment again. You are the biggest liar and fraud to ever infiltrate the Survival community. You SUCK.

This #1 slot is about TERRY SCHAPPERT not Mykel hawke. It seems to have morphed into a MH hate club.

Anyway, Terry DOES belong on this list as a fake survival expert. I had the misfortune of working with terry on the series dude your screwed in season 1. I tried to like terry but found him to be a very immature, self centered, conceited ego maniac with Absolutely NO wilderness skills or qualifications in the outdoors. He was simply hired for his big mouth and the "cool" factor of having an SF guy on the show. He is very skilled at making other people look bad so he looks better, and terry is probably the best guy I have ever seen at sucking up. He is SF qualified but that does not make him a survival expert. He has a long way to go before he can even be called a novice in the outdoors.

Tom Moore

To the person that claims to be Tom Moore that wrote the nasty BS about Terry. FESS up Mykel Hawke, everyone knows you wrote that BS about Terry. It's got your handprints all over it. Now maybe Terry will figure you out for the phony that you really are.

Mykel Hawke put Terry on this page. Honestly, he's a nice guy, why would you do that to him? Is winning so important to you Y'all that you have to sink to this level? Shame on you! Scroll down the page and vote for MYKEL HAWKE biggest phony fake survivalist of all time! Mel R.

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13 Ruth Hawke

Ruth Hawke has no business on this list. She has skills dating back before even meeting her husband. A true back country survival guru. Calm presence, even demeanor.

Shes is a fraud...but she is hot enough that I don't really care.

Ruth Hawke is a genuine, sincere survivalist. A true asset to the community. - Albigenman

Ruth is absolutley for real, nothing bad I can say about her.

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14 Ron Hood

Ron Hood was one of the first to make survival videos for the public on VHS. he is old school and did it on his own without national geographic or discovery channel. survival has become fashion statement and selling point for celebrities. Ron was in it before it was really even popular so watch him and see if you do not learn anything!

Ron had some long forgotten stolen valor issues several years ago also.

Who the heck is Ron Hood?

Ron Hood was a FAKE from the word go! Not only in survival, but the military as well.

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16 Hazen Audel

After 37 years in the British Royal Marines, 30 of those years as a mountain and cold weather instructor, teaching surviving and movement skills to commandos and special forces in arctic Norway, why am I still surprised to see complete idiots who fleece the audience with completely impractical and unrealistic 'survival advice' on T.V...I have just witnessed, accidentally, this idiot (Hazen Auden) imparting his acquired knowledge / macho ridiculessness as if he knows what he is actually talking about, what a farce. This guy and his show should come with a health warning. Yes, his ideas are not exactly untrue, but his application and relevance to each situation is wrong...and 999 / 1000 would simply not work, you'd be dead before any of his simplistic and apparently easy survival actions would bear any practical benefit...

Show looks pretty fake. Good advice, but I highly doubt his locations are where he says they are. He gets way closer to animals than anyone would in three days in the wild.

Just watching this show right, everything just doesn't make any sense, stupid show!

is fake

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17 Eddie Ashcraft
18 EJ 'Skullcrusher' Snyder

Although being a tank feet EJ is a fraud. I Myself have been with him in the wild and therefore I found out that he had a jeep full of food water and dead animals.

19 Jeff Martin
20 Richard Proenneke

I could watch his movie a million times. I wish it was longer and offered more detail.

The best ever

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