Disney has announced that the National Geographic series, “Running Wild With Bear Grylls: The Challenge” is going to be coming to Disney+ in the United Kingdom and Ireland on the 23rd of August 2023.
In “Running Wild with Bear Grylls: The Challenge”, we see famed survivalist Bear Grylls is taking it up a level. This time, he’s teaching his celebrity guests essential survival skills that they’ll have to master and then prove they can use in a high-stress situation. Challenges and locations span the snowy peaks of the Canadian Rockies, the deserts of the Great Basin, and the volcanic rainforests of Costa Rica. Follow along as celebrities push their bodies and minds to the limit, attempting to successfully complete life-changing adventures that will challenge their perceived limitations.
The celebrity guest lineup and challenges include the following:
NATALIE PORTMAN IN SOUTHERN UTAH
Bear takes Academy Award winner Natalie Portman into the slot canyons of Southern Utah. Their adventure begins when Bear leaps from his helicopter onto Natalie’s 4×4. They trek into the Escalante desert, where Bear teaches Natalie piton placements, rope system transfers and fire starting while descending various canyons. Natalie uses her new skills as they ascend a mountain and attempt to light a signal fire for extraction.
SIMU LIU IN THE CANADIAN ROCKIES
Bear takes Marvel superhero Simu Liu to the Canadian Rockies. As the adventure begins, they must trigger an avalanche to clear a path to a ravine and find an old cabin or risk hypothermia as temperatures drop below -20. The next day, Bear sets the ultimate arctic challenge: Simu must strip down to plunge into a frozen lake and then navigate to a dogsled team to whisk them back to civilization.
ASHTON KUTCHER IN THE COASTAL JUNGLES OF COSTA RICA
Ashton Kutcher joins Bear to challenge the coastal jungles of Costa Rica. Their adventure begins with a helicopter jump into the Pacific Ocean. Once they swim ashore, they must canoe up a river to fish for their dinner, then descend a 300-foot cliff into the jungle. The next day, Bear sets up a commando crawl rope challenge. Ashton must use all the strength he can muster to cross a massive ravine.
FLORENCE PUGH IN THE VOLCANIC RAINFORESTS OF COSTA RICA
Rappelling from a helicopter, Bear takes Florence Pugh to the volcanic rainforests of Costa Rica. Bear shows Florence how to traverse rapids, test river depth with a rope and rock, and avoid poisonous snakes and deep cliff edges. Crossing an alligator-infested swamp, they catch eel for dinner. On day two, Florence must test the depth of a waterfall pool before choosing to leap from a high cliff into a set of rapids below. Finally, they jump out of an airplane at 10,000 feet to their extraction.
ANTHONY ANDERSON IN THE SIERRA NEVADA MOUNTAINS
Anthony Anderson joins Bear in the Sierra Nevada mountains. Tossing their backpacks from the helicopter, Bear challenges Anthony to survive with just a rope and compass. On the ground, Bear teaches Anthony navigation and knot-tying skills. On day two, Bear leaves Anthony to use his new skills to secure his climb up a sheer rock face. Anthony will dig deep to make it to their extraction point.
ROB RIGGLE IN THE GREAT BASIN DESERT
Bear puts Rob Riggle through survival tests in the Great Basin to prepare for Rob’s latest movie role. They begin by rappelling from a helicopter to travel west, where Riggle learns the ropes and then faces an even bigger ropes challenge. Once on the canyon floor, Bear teaches Rob river crossing skills, foraging for food and building a rudimentary shelter. The next day, Rob must evade being spotted by Bear or face his fear of skydiving.
Previous seasons of “Running Wild With Bear Grylls” are currently streaming on Disney+ with guests that include Channing Tatum, Brie Larson, Anthony Mackie, Dave Bautista, Cara Delevingne, Bobby Bones, Terry Crews, Rainn Wilson, Keegan-Michael Key and more. This season has previously aired on the National Geographic channel in the UK.
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