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 ...
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, ...
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 ...
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.
Bear befriend a group of nomads in the Moroccan Sahara and shares some of the secrets of these masters of desert survival. As a going away gift he receives a goat skin water bottle made from a goat he helped skin.
Lost in the Panamanian rain forest Bear finds his bearings and navigates to his prearranged helicopter pick up point. Along the way he turns geological obstacles to his advantage and points out unexpected dangers and benefits. Then Bear demonstrates the difficulty of navigating a mangrove swamp.
Bear joins a group of natives in a blow gun hunt in the Panamanian rain forest and manages to bag an iguana himself. Then, as he climbs into the mountains, he demonstrates some beneficial plants and a fishing technique.
Bear traverses a glacier in the Andes exploring the hidden dangerous and gets naked to warm up. The he parachutes into the extremely dry but still cold Patagonian Steppe for some rock climbing and puma tracking