My question to all, especially the critics, is how much of this do you really feel you can blame the three riders for and how much can you blame Nat Geo. Remember, this is American reality TV being made for American audiences that like drama. A lot of the gooberish stuff, dumb mistakes, apparent machismo, and drama is likely TV created and not what these three men would do on their own. Having worked with and seen filming of this type of stuff in the past, I can say a lot of compromising and changes are made in order to keep TV land happy and entertained. From my understanding, a couple of these guys are truly trail worthy, in spite of what the show makes them appear like. You also cannot fault them for the "support crew," cameramen, and all the other yahoos that come along in order to make it a TV show (hinderance and annoyance). Finally, although a person may have thousands of miles of outdoors experience, on horse, in canoe, hiking, etc.; doing the same with historic gear creates interesting and different challenges that people often do not consider until doing it. I am not making excuses or saying this makes one tougher or better, I am simply trying to create context and get people to point fingers at the correct people.
Hi Doc, awesome meeting you all at Rendezvous in Pinedale--had a blast hanging out and could hardly wait to get home and look up the show. Reading the comments makes me laugh at the people who simply can't relate--oh well, their loss. Keep your powder dry, tell Richard hello and yes, Joe Meek and Bridger would love your campfire. --TC & Kelsey
It's a shame that our backcountry is coming to this, a bunch of morons running around in fringe coats. The backcountry is an amazing place that should be respected above all else. My family are real outfitters that make a living in the Thorofare packing horses, mules and yes, the occasional city slicker idiot like you guys. But at least they are going in with experienced, seasoned outfitters and guides. Not boy scouts earning their merit badges. @Stephen Rosso thank you for calling them out before I had a chance to, I completely respect your point of view, I've probably passed you on the trail before. The things that people are seeing on this show completely ruin the mountains and give them and us a terrible reputation, whoever actually reads this please understand that the mountains do not have to be so unprofessional as these people have made is seem. Everything does not have to be so dramatic and have this long drawn out propaganda around it. There's a fire? Happens all the time, you know what you do? Go around it. You have an unexperienced rider with you? Help him! You don't have to act like some tough hard ass just because you're on camera. Not to mention the poor horse whose withers are probably sorer than hell from getting the saddle jerked on because you couldn't take two seconds to find a stump or fallen log to assist him in mounting. There do not have to be horse wrecks and mishaps if you know what you're doing. 12 miles in a day is nothing, try riding 27. Please just realize that by booking a trip into the backcountry does not mean you will have to go through those kinds of things. There are good, safe licensed outfitters that would be more than happy to take you in safely. @Elizabeth Smith Tell Mr. Oliver I'll take him any day in the backcountry and we'll see who run circles around who.
My family and I enjoyed the show and recommended it to everyone we know. It was a great mix of action, reality, and educational with the segments about the clothing and gear. I hope there are more episodes to come!
If they really wanted to be like Lewis and Clark. Why don't they use an Air Rifle instead of the Flint-Lock rifles? I bet Oliver would have gotten more then one squrril.
I LOVED THIS!!! When is the next episode airing? The show isn't advertised at all which is annoying I think to could be big!
This show is a GROUP OF 3 IDIOTS! I passed your group multiple times this fall as your idiot support crew (Those 10+ extra people you dont show on TV), had some of your horses strangle hobbled in the middle of a giant meadow on Pacific Creek. Your horses were right on the damn trail and caused havoc for every one of our strings passing them. YOU BOYS want to learn how to live in the mountains and pack, how bout you come on with us who had 50 loaded mules heading into camp 15 miles furthur than you. We passed you idiots who were camped in the middle of a meadow one hour from the trailhead. ABSOLUTELY ridiculous. Cant believe i am watching you "mountain men" in my country acting like it is the toughest thing in the world. HAHA
I've ridden a few times with Doc and Oli...its always an adventure. Can't wait to meet up with them on the trail again!
Love the show, they were definitely roughing it, but it's good to see they can still joke around. Jamie sure caught some flack from Oliver! Hope he can prove himself, and maybe find that canteen...
What a great glimpse into what it would have been like 170 years ago in the west. I hope we get to see a lot more from these guys. I'd like to hear some stories from Doc around the campfire.
Wow! What an amazing show! It really depicted the real west and true survival skills. I hope there is a lot more of Doc and Ollie to come! Totally hooked
ollie damn near got a guy killed right off. maybe a little more listening and a little less mouthing is in order!!!
@Jason T. Doc does spin a good yarn...though I've yet to catch him around a campfire. Maybe this year.
@Timothy Olsen You better be :-)