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Snowshoes and Solitude: A Year in the Wabakimi Wilderness

Les Stroud , Sue Jamison  |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Les Stroud, Sue Jamison
  • Producers: Tony Armstrong
  • Format: Full Screen, Color, DVD
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Ryeka Sport
  • Run Time: 54 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001WACEQ0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #452,103 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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In the spring of 1994, Les Stroud and Sue Jamison bade farewell to modern society and followed their hearts north, into the remote reaches of the Canadian wilderness. Leaving home, family and jobs behind, they would spend the next year living closer to the land than most of us could ever imagine. And they did it without the luxury of a single modern convenience.

Les and Sue were attempting to replicate life in North American some 500 years ago, before Europeans first set foot on the continent. They created fire without matches. They built a shelter with a stone axe. They survived on what the bush provided. In doing so, they realized the true meaning of living wild, and how closely life and death coexist when you're many miles from human contact.

Snowshoes and Solitude is the incredible story of Les and Sue's year in the Wabakimi wilderness. It chronicles the struggles and triumphs of the daily lives, and their burning love and respect for the natural world.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's real life October 14, 2011
I had to leave a positive review after reading the previous reviewer's remarks about them leaving multiple times. First of all, you know they didn't want to. They had no other option. I'm not going to spoil the story... but, let's just say they endured a lot of misfortune that year. More so than most people go through in a decade. Furthermore, doing something like this doesn't allow you to stop and start all over again. It takes time, money, and commitment. They dashed out of the bush when they had to and came right back as soon as possible. It didn't ruin the adventure... it added to it. You can't anticipate what will happen. Most people couldn't last a week out in the woods. They suffered through sickness for months.

Anyway... my rant is over. It's a terrific documentary. I own this and several similar wilderness movies. I watch this one about twice a year. Usually I stick it in the DVD player right when I am so fed up with civilization that I can't take it anymore.... especially when I can't get out to the bush myself. It takes me to a wonderful place every time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent. Too expensive here though. November 6, 2012

Excellent documentary about Les Stroud and his new wife trying to eek out a living in the Canadian Wilderness. They are on their honeymoon and only leave the wilderness three times over the course of a year living primitively, for deaths in the family and medical emergencies (such as both Les and his wife getting Giardia, and his wife having a miscarriage). They try to build shelter and survive the harsh conditions of the Canadian bush using only tools they can make themselves and food they bring in to stay healthy (it is their honeymoon, give them a break why dont ya). Worth watching if you are a Les Stroud fan or considering homesteading.

A word of warning though. These sellers are way overpricing these DVD's as you can get them for $20 from Les Strouds own website and you would be supporting him instead of a re-seller.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Les Stroud is an amazing film maker. June 24, 2013
By Duncan
I found it really inspiring and recommend it to anyone looking for a very interesting documentary. They took some cool footage, some that's quite artistic even. Despite this they pull no punches when talking about their (almost) year living primitive in the Canadian wilderness.
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4 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars snowshoes,solitude,steel saw, and stove December 1, 2010
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I would have wanted to know that they made three trips out of the bush on an airplane before I made the purchase. In the preview it was said that they were going to be all alone under primitive conditions. It was primitive but what about the steel bow saw? What about the stove that was found? What about their friends that brought in the chain saw? Other wise it was a very enjoyable story. A journey w Les Stroud is always exciting and eductional.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Snowshoes and Solitude April 24, 2012
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This was the worst DVD I have ever bought..Do yourself a favor and skip this one..horrible made, horrible subject manner and Les naked is awful !!!
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