Ed Stafford: Left for Dead
Dropped in to a different remote location each episode, Ed has up to 10 days to reach a rendezvous point, meet his extraction transport and get out alive. If he doesn’t make it he faces even more time in isolation, the humility of calling in team support and the embarrassment of failure!
Part 1: Madagascar: The Coastal Mangroves
Home to a unique range of wildlife found nowhere else on Earth, Ed is in Madagascar taking on a vast array of tough landscapes. Ed starts his journey in a tidal mangrove system with ten days to make it up the coast to a fishing village, civilisation and his ticket out.
Part 2: Bulgaria: The Rhodope Mountains
Ed has been left for dead in Southern Bulgarias mighty Rhodope Mountains. Riven with deep gorges and precipitous peaks over 2,000 metres high, these lands are home to a large population of brown bears, the biggest of which stand over 2.5 metres tall when fully upright
Part 3: Mongolia: The Altai
Ed is being dropped in the Altai Mountains – a vast, isolated range bordering Mongolia, Russia, Kazakhstan and China. In the shadow of Mongolias highest peak (4,374 metres), Tavn Bogd, Ed has set a mission to make it across the range to a nomadic settlement on the Russian frontier.
Part 4: Laos: The Annamite Mountains
Laos is home to stunning landscapes, sheer limestone cliffs and mysterious hidden valleys. It is also littered with thousands of landmines left in the wake of the Indo-China war. This is the land Ed needs to conquer as he faces one of his most challenging terrains yet. Surrounded by 150-metre limestone cliffs in the Annamite Mountains, his ticket out of this treacherous landscape is less than 50 kilometres away.
Part 5: Bolivia: The Atacama Desert
The Atacama Desert is the highest, driest desert in the world and is outside of the Polar Regions – in some spots it has less than an inch of rainfall per year. Landing in its isolated high plains, Ed stumbles across a desert river system that could be a lifeline towards his exit rendezvous at a mine about 50 kilometres away, across seemingly endless deep, rocky gorges. land to reach safety?
Part 6: Panama: The Darien Gap
Dropped on Panamas Pacific Coast, Ed faces a gruelling ten day hike through the notorious Darien Gap. The Darien is known as one of the most dangerous stretches of jungle on the planet – this is a region that Ed has always revered and wanted to take on since he started exploring the world.