Bear Grylls travels the world in search of challenges to his survival skills.
Bear slogs through the Deep South in the US, into the swamps where he fights an alligator, handles venomous snakes and catches a catfish in his bare hands. Lastly he travels a path of destruction which Hurricane Katrina left behind.
Join survival expert Bear Grylls as he takes on some of the harshest locations on the planet and shares invaluable survival strategies along the way.
Bear Grylls travels around the globe to find the most dangerous tourist locations and environments, in order to show us how to survive in them. With his simple survival techniques and his knowledge of the wildlife, he is able to give handy tips.
Bear Grylls gets dropped in the middle of the Canadian Rocky Mountains near Canadian Border and must find his way back to civilization. On his way out, he must evade the danger of grizzly bears, jump 70 feet into a river, and abseil down a cliff.
The Moab Desert in Utah is one of the top extreme sports destinations in the United States, with more than a million visitors each year. But sweltering temperatures and deadly predators can make it very dangerous. Bear is dropped into the desert to demonstrate how a lost hiker can make it back to civilization, with merely a bottle of water, a knife and a flint. On his journey, he travels down a maze of narrow canyons, stumbles upon rattlesnakes, and escapes quicksand, showing viewers how to survive in one of the harshest environments on the planet
Costa Rican Rainforest
Each year, 500,000 Americans visit Costa Rica to explore some of the world’s most amazing and environmentally significant wilderness preserves. Last year alone, more than 50 visitors had to be rescued by the Red Cross. Bear sets out on an incredible jungle adventure as he parachutes into the rain forest of Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula to demonstrate how someone lost in the jungle can make it out alive. His journey takes him up 100-foot trees and down waterfalls that descend more than 120 feet. He encounters snakes, mosquitoes and dangerous river currents, while searching for food and water and setting up camp
Alaskan Mountain Range
Thousands of skiers, snowboarders and mountain climbers visit Alaska each year in search of virgin snow, and hundreds of people end up lost in the wilderness. Armed with only a bottle of water, a knife and a flint, Bear’s challenge is to make it to the coast from where he hopes to find signs of civilization. During his journey, he travels down extreme mountain slopes, over glaciers and through bear-infested forests, and navigates a small boat through treacherous ice floes. Bear shows viewers what it takes to survive in one of the coldest environments on earth.
Hawaii: Mount Kilauea
The Big Island of Hawaii is home to the world’s most active volcano, Mount Kilauea. Since 1992, it has been in a state of constant eruption, spitting out clouds of poisonous sulphuric gases from the soil. Here, the landscape is denuded of plant life, devoid of water and few animals are ever seen. Beneath the unstable surface lies a river of molten rock boiling at temperatures above 2,000 degrees F. Surrounding this volcanic landscape is a dense rain forest, which offers environmental relief but features dangers of its own. To highlight the skills necessary to survive, Bear abseils from a helicopter into this treacherous expanse and demonstrates how to create a gas mask, escape from a moving lava flow, find water in a lava tube and get honey from a bee’s nest.
Every year, 4 million hikers and climbers are drawn to the majestic Sierra Nevada, one of the greatest mountain ranges in the country. With more than 400 miles of terrain and mountain peaks reaching 14,000-plus-feet high, the Sierras are breathtaking. But this spectacular wilderness is deceptively dangerous; hundreds of people become stranded there each year. One wrong turn can turn into a struggle to stay alive. Bear shows viewers how to survive in the Sierra’s three major mountainous regions: alpine, woodlands and chaparral. He parachutes into an alpine lake, free-climbs down steep cliffs, and rafts down white-water rapids. Utilizing his knowledge of American Indian survival techniques, Bear builds shelters, calms wild horses, and finds food.
More than 100,000 Americans visit Kenya each year in search of a safari. But what they don’t know about life in the wild can kill them. Bear surveys the Kenyan landscape from a hot air balloon, then he parachutes down onto the arid plain. Upon hitting the ground, Bear is immediately surrounded by dangerous animals, including rhinoceros, lions, leopards, elephants, and buffalo. Traveling across the African plains, Bear demonstrates how to navigate by the stars, track a lion kill, cross crocodile and hippo-filled rivers and drink the water squeezed from elephant dung!
Every year, 120 million people ski and climb the 80,000 square miles of the Alps, Europe’s greatest mountain range. Unfortunately, every year hundreds of people die enjoying this beautiful wilderness because they’re unable to survive the potentially fatal conditions at heights sometimes reaching 15,000 feet. Armed with a knife, a water bottle, a cup and a flint, Bear parachutes into the Alps to demonstrate vital survival skills. From a radical new technique to save lives in crevasse zones to building a snow shelter and showing viewers how to escape from a fall into a frozen lake, Bear puts his own skills to the test in this ultimate survival challenge.
When people fantasize about being stranded on a desert island, they never realize how inhospitable that climate can be. The feelings of isolation, vulnerability and hunger soon kick in, making it essential to know how to survive. Equipped with just a handful of supplies, Bear parachutes to one of Hawaii’s 130 uninhabited surrounding islands, evading toxic coral, highly poisonous jellyfish and sharks as he swims to shore. Bear demonstrates how to survive as he spears fish, collects rainwater, builds a shelter, and plans his escape from one of humankind’s most dangerous destinations.
This premiere episode finds host Bear Grylls stranded in the swamps of the Florida Everglades, where each year at least 60 tourists need to be rescued. With more than a million alligators, thousands of snakes and even black bears roaming these waterlogged lands, the area has more than its share of hazards. Bear demonstrates how to keep alligators at bay, deal with vicious razor-sharp grass and find stomach-churning food that will keep you alive if you find yourself stranded in this beautiful but dangerous destination.
While hundreds of thousands of tourists visit Iceland every year to witness freezing glaciers, steaming geothermal areas and huge black sand deserts, more than a thousand visitors find themselves requiring a rescue. Adventurer Bear Grylls demonstrates how to make a snow cave, find water in deep tunnels and avoid frostbite in this Arctic environment. Because finding food is a problem in this climate, Bear is forced to eat a sheep’s eyeball and catch a ptarmigan (a wild bird). He also has to deal with blizzards and 50 mph winds as he attempts to reach safety.
Three hundred miles south of the U.S. border, half a million people visit Mexico’s Copper Canyon every year — and over a hundred find themselves in need of rescue. Four times larger and a thousand feet deeper than the Grand Canyon, starvation and dehydration are big threats for anyone who gets stranded here. With only a water bottle, a flint and a knife, host Bear Grylls demonstrates how to build a simple compass and climb sheer cliffs safely. For shelter, he uses ancient caves and makes fire with a traditional “fire saw.” Bear also offers important techniques for finding scorpions or grubs and fishing without a rod or line.
More than 5 million visitors come to Australia’s outback every year — but hundreds need rescuing in this land of extreme heat, snake bites and cyclones. Host Bear Grylls travels to Australia’s Kimberley region, roughly the size of California and a mixture of huge scrub deserts, dry riverbeds and red sandstone cliffs full of deep gorges. Bear puts himself in the position of a lost tourist to demonstrate how to prevent sunstroke, find bush tucker…and explain why drinking your own urine could save your life. He also identifies what you can eat in the outback, including a crucifix spider. During his journey, Bear builds a shelter in the middle of a lightning storm and confronts Australia’s deadly saltwater crocodiles.
Ecuador is home to the world’s longest mountain range and the world’s biggest and most impenetrable jungle, the Amazon. Last year, more than a million people came to experience this vast wilderness — and 55 got lost in the country’s mountains, jungles or waterways and needed to be rescued. In this episode, host Bear Grylls paraglides onto the edge of the Andes and follows rivers into the jungle — bringing him face to face with huge colonies of spear-nosed bats, giant weevil grubs (larvae) and vicious piranhas. Bear builds a bamboo bridge and a bow and arrow to successfully catch fish, but it doesn’t always go his way — he’s forced to ride the rapids of the Amazon on a single tree trunk.
In Scotland’s Cairngorm National Park, tourists come to walk in the glens or climb the mountains, but few realize the park is classified as an Arctic landscape — and an average of 30 tourists die here every year. Host Bear Grylls shows how to navigate the region using ice formations and moss growth, and tests snow slopes for avalanche potential. He uses moss to purify water and skins a red deer for shelter. For food, he traps and cooks a rabbit. Bear crosses deep marshes that can swallow a man and uses fallen trees to cross ravines.