Mountain Men: Season 1 [DVD]
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Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live your life off the grid? Have you wished you could shed the complications of modern society and live in the wilderness, using only the things nature has provided? Meet Eustace Conway, Tom Oar and Marty Meierotto of the new HISTORY series MOUNTAIN MEN, three men who have devoted their lives to survival in its simplest form. But how simple is it really? From the rugged Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina to the seven-month-long winters on the Yaak River in Montana to the frigid northern range of Alaska, the country is full of some very unforgiving terrain. Watch as these men face off against mudslides, falling trees, ravaging weather and even hungry animals to make sure they obtain the food and supplies they'll need to make it through the brutal winter months ahead.
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Most of these men are married and have other neighbors who help them survive. They also do not show most of what the women do all day. And they do not show what these people do when they are not working - like playing Solitare with a Deck of cards. Or, for those who do not live alone, some other kind of game, etc. Marty is the only one who lives completely alone, but that is only for several months in the winter. For the rest of the year, he puts the animal pelts he trapped in his small plane and goes back to his wife and Daughter, for the rest of the year. He even flew back home just to watch his daughter preform in some kind of show. There is another man who lives in Mane. He broke part of his arm and called on a near by friend to help him do the things he must do in order for him to live where he does. Then there is another man who tranes hunting dogs to find various animals he wants to kill for food, their Antlers and/or their fir. Although they never show her, he also talks with his wife through an open window of their house. She too is never seen. And there is another woman, who you can only assume lives alone. You see her only once, and that is through an open window of her house. She also lives near these "Mountain Men," but nothing is said about who she is or how she takes care of herself.
All of these men rely on modern tools, guns, flash lights, saws, snow mobiles, matches, lighters or what kind of stove they cook on. And there are a whole lot more similar things they use on a daily basis. Most of these people have telephones, radios and can call on others for help, when it is needed.
I could go on and on about how they live. I thought this Show was about true Hermits, who live a totally isolated kind of life - like people did hundreds of years ago. But now, they live as they do by having things flown into them, or someone delivers things to them by car, truck or a neighbor.
When I hear the words "Mountain Men," I think of men who live totally alone, without help from anyone else - 24/7/365. Whereas most of these men live with a lot of modern conviences they can easilly get.
I think the thing that annoyed me the most is that there are many segments of this Series that were shown on Television, but have been removed from the two disc set you can buy.
Finally I wanted to give this show a 5 star rating, as I do enjoy most of it, but since they have removed so many segments of the shows that were on TV, I cannot give it my 5 Star rating...
A typical episode might have ten minutes of fresh material, while continuously "catching you up" to what you just saw a few minutes earlier. And you'll see the same scenes again and again.
Where did Marty come up with that $4K worth of pelts, when you showed him the entire season with empty traps?
Constant danger is shown around Tom Oar, but he rarely carries his rifle. And every time the dog is out, it is made to appear he may have been eaten by a bear (the same tracks are shown the whole season). And they may starve if they don't trap something? When there's a town just 100 miles away that they could drive to?
And Eustace is worried about reaching the courthouse in time, but uses the horses to turn the 10 mile trip into a five hour venture, to save on gasoline?
And, just like all these reality shows, besides the fake drama, they have a full moon at least 95% of the time.
As much as I hate to admit it, Eustace is probably the closest to a "mountain man" out of the three; only because I live in a similar situation (just more lucky in some respects).
Tom comes in a pretty close second, mostly because of how he makes a living trapping, collecting and making things.
Marty's inability to care for his equipment scares the bejeezus outta me; remind me never to fly with that guy or rely on him for food or furs. (Recall, there are cameramen and about 20 support staff around, he was never in any real danger).
However, I'm sure there are a zillion people out there that have never had to hunt or grow their own food and find this scary as heck.
expect the best,prepare for the worst; stay stocked up, keep a positive attitude (Tom's best asset) and anyone can do this.