Survivorman: Bigfoot Nordegg Reviewed

Posted by: Craig Woolheater on April 13th, 2014

Todd Standing Bigfoot video as seen in Survivorman Bigfoot show with Les Stroud.

Guest review by Cryptomundian JW:

Suvivorman: Bigfoot Nordegg premiered on Discovery Channel on April 9th here in the US.

Filmed in Alberta, Canada the scenery is beautiful with rolling hills and thick green forest. Suvivorman Les Stroud professes to be a Bigfoot skeptic, “I need to be able to see it in order to believe it!”. Stroud teams up with tracker Todd Standing. Standing has produced video and photos in the past of what he maintains are “Bigfoot”. Unlike many videos or photos from others, Standing’s video and photos are extremely clear even with closeup faceshots. Standing has been both defended and ridiculed as a hoaxer.

The main focus of the episode seems to be broken trees and tree structures that Standing has found in the wilderness. Stroud finds it very interesting they are seeing broken trees at intervals all leaning the same direction. “Perhaps they are a map or an attempt at communication”. Several times during the show Stroud mentions he must not fall “prey” to the power of suggestion. Both Stroud and Standing agree the tree structures are 30 to 50 years in age. While studying the tree structures, Stroud is unable to explain what’s he’s seeing. “I work with trees all the time, I could build this but the level of difficulty is extreme. I’m challenged to disprove this, this is powerful.”

While in the forest both Standing and Stroud are making “whoop” sounds. According to Standing, it is a way to let the Bigfoot know they are in the forest. At one point both stop and react to what they say is a return “whoop”. It is not audible on the video. Standing is quick to react, “That was a Bigfoot … That was a Bigfoot”. Stroud’s reaction was “I heard it, it was very clear”.

The episode ends with Les Stroud being alone camping in the forest. He suddenly looks to his right as though he hears something …. Episode 2 has been setup!

Both Les Stroud and Todd Standing appear to be sincere. This is not an “In Your Face” show and was well done. Is it real? I cannot say it’s real but episode one was very entertaining. I’m looking forward to episode two.

About Craig Woolheater
Co-founder of Cryptomundo in 2005. I have appeared in or contributed to the following TV programs, documentaries and films: OLN's Mysterious Encounters: "Caddo Critter", Southern Fried Bigfoot, Travel Channel's Weird Travels: "Bigfoot", History Channel's MonsterQuest: "Swamp Stalker", The Wild Man of the Navidad, Destination America's Monsters and Mysteries in America: Texas Terror - Lake Worth Monster, Animal Planet's Finding Bigfoot: Return to Boggy Creek and Beast of the Bayou.

9 Responses to “Survivorman: Bigfoot Nordegg Reviewed”

  1. eyeofstrm responds:

    As much as I respect Les Stroud, all credibility is lost with the name Todd Standing.

  2. dconstrukt responds:

    the video? man… from a regular person’s view, it all looks SO fake its ridiculous.

    For some of the more knowledgeable people…. whats the deal on this guy and these videos?

    The show looked real interesting… although from what little I know of standing, he seems to me, to give off this sketchy vibe… like he’s got an agenda or something…. I just get the feeling he’s not being totally truthful.

    Just the vibe I’ve gotten from watching videos of him, and stuff on TV. Hopefully I’m wrong.

    The “suggestion” comment is VERY valid. you can get sucked into their shenanigans and hear things that aren’t really there.

    The comments on the tree structures I think are comical…. there’s a show on tv in the last year called “The Legend of mick dodge”…. i’m not here to talk about if that show is real or not… but he, on NUMEROUS occasions builds tree structures, as does his friends, so to me I dunno…

    looking fwd to the part 2. 🙂

  3. fredagain responds:

    I’m sad to see Stroud selling himself out for a few extra bucks. Several years ago I telescoped my upper arm and spent almost a week watching Survivor Man on the couch because I couldn’t sleep in my bed. It comes as no surprise to me that a snake oil salesman who derives a good part of his income and who apparently thrives on publicity (I won’t name names, but given the fact that I’d have had i difficult differentiating between my anthropology professor and an ice cream man just two terms after classes ended should give you an idea about who I’m alluding to).

    Yeah, I’ll take their word that a snake oil salesman who has been promising and failing to deliver his conclusive evidence that bigfoot is real for the pat couple of years is actually more than a snake oil salesman, then I’ll get back to tending me leprechaun colony.

    I do have to agree (perhaps for the first) time with Craig, the area in question is one of the most beautiful places that I’ve ever seen.

  4. hoodoorocket responds:

    @ fredagain, I believe the polite term for tending a leprechaun colony is “elfin husbandry”.

    “Bogie Breeding” is an alternative used in less sophisticated realms, as in the sentence “Todd Standing is a bogie breeder from way back”.


  5. Saruotoko85 responds:

    I’m trying to keep positive about this one… looking forward to ep. 2!

  6. sasquatch responds:

    First thing about that Ewok looking thing – the line around the mouth -xthan no eye blinks, then I noticed to its left – no shoulder! It’s as if it’s just a head sticking up!

    Maybe a fake head on a stick? What’s up with Les?

  7. The Ghost responds:

    Really liked Les Stroud but, sorry, to me, Standing just has no credibility. I feel sorry for anyone that associates with him as any work you do will surely become tarnished by his reputation. Stay well clear.

  8. Victor01 responds:

    Stroud knows that raccoons, opossums, squirrels, porcupines, and bears love apples. And he also knows that the apples were likely not out of reach of a deer and certainly not an elk, as he claimed. Yet he wants his audience to believe that only a sasquatch would have taken them? There were many other examples of “evidence” where he really should have known better. I am a scientist who has hoped for sasquatch to be revealed my entire life. I have watched for them in backpacking and camping excursions across the continent for almost 40 years. Stroud hurt the cause of serious cryptozoologists and seriously damaged his own credibility in my eyes.

  9. pattie responds:

    Victor hit the nail on the head. Stroud damaged his credibility in being associated with Standing. A known hoaxer. The program was well done but the vids of supposed bigfoot were obviously fakes and leaves me very disappointed.

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