He’s known for his gut-wrenching survival skills and daredevil stunts. He’s sliced open carcasses of wild animals, eaten deer droppings, wrestled alligators and used the corpse of a sheep as a sleeping bag – all in the name of survival. He’s the face of extreme adventure – he’s Bear Grylls, the host of survival TV series, Man vs. Wild.
Grylls’ Man vs. Wild show has become one of the most watched shows on the planet, reaching approximately 1.2 billion viewers around the world. Born and raised in Northern Ireland, Grylls was taught how to climb and sail by his late father. Trained from a young age in martial arts, Bear then spent three years as a soldier in the British SpecialForces. It was here that he perfected many of the skills that he pits against Mother Nature. In 1998, Grylls achieved his childhood dream and entered the Guinness Book of Records as the youngest Briton, at 23, to reach the summit of Mount Everest, just eighteen months after breaking his back. Grylls has since led numerous record-breaking expeditions which have raised over $2.5 million for children around the world.
Adventure in Mexico
In each episode of Man vs. Wild, Grylls strands himself in the inhospitable wilderness and demonstrates impressive survival techniques along the way. The show has featured Grylls performing incredible stunts like climbing cliffs, parachuting from helicopters, balloons, and planes, ice climbing, running through a forest fire and wading through rapids.
One memorable episode saw him navigating Copper Canyon in Mexico, one of the up-and-coming hiking hotspots in the country. The overall canyon system is made up of hundreds of deep, twisting gorges and it’s larger and deeper than the Grand Canyon. Parts of the canyon are so remote that they are still unmapped – without a guide, getting lost is almost guaranteed.
At the start of the episode, he gets dropped off at the top of the canyon from which he overcomes numerous obstacles to find his way down to the bottom. Along the way, he jumps into the intimidating canyon rivers, encounters flash floods and eats scorpions for energy. You’ll also see him climbing sheer cliffs, catching trouts with a makeshift needle and thread and setting up camp fires by night. In the episode, you are treated to the beautiful landscapes of Copper Canyon and the verdant greenery of Mexico that you rarely see elsewhere. If adventure is what you’re looking for in Mexico, then you know where to go next!
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