Eight celebrities embark on a 12-day expedition in the rainforest of Costa Rica, where they must learn to navigate difficult terrain, build shelters, make fire and eat the food that nature ... See full summary »
A group of British men or women are taken to a remote, uninhabited Pacific island by Bear Grylls, and left completely alone for six weeks, with nothing but cameras, the clothes they're ... See full summary »
Fourteen American men are marooned on an uninhabited Pacific island with only a handful of tools and their wits. Will these 21st century men rediscover their primal instincts and band together to survive?
Experts agree there are some very basic - and universal - rules for surviving in the wild. Find shelter, find water, find food, find help. Beyond that, there's not much they agree on. Meet ... See full summary »
I suspect there are many who would like to go on an outdoor adventure with Bear Grylls, taking advantage of his experience and expertise. "Running Wild" allows the viewer to do that--from the comfort of his easy chair.
In the first episode I watched (from the second season), Kate Hudson--actress, dancer, and daughter of Goldie--accompanied Bear on a traverse of a pass in the Italian Dolomites. They climbed rocks, they hiked above the snowline, they passed through tunnels left over from WWII, and they rappelled beside a raging waterfall. They dined on available foods. They spent the night on pine boughs beside a comforting fire, taking time to discuss some deeper issues.
When it was over, Kate had experienced laughter, tears, and some moments of contemplation and insight. What more could you ask for? I think Bear likes to push his guests beyond their comfort zones. But he seems rather trustworthy in his exhaustive knowledge of techniques for negotiating risky situations. These are transformative experiences and it's fun to share them.
Update 7/29/15: After three episodes, it is clear that this show is even more than I thought it was. By sharing the triumphs of Bear's guests, the viewer is treated to elevating experiences. As the book says, "Feel the Fear and do it Anyway" and that principle is embodied by the show and its lesson is made real. I am increasing my grade to 9. Enjoyable and inspiring.
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