Survival expert Bear Grylls is back this summer with a new iteration of his hit show, in which he takes celebrity guests through some of the earth’s challenging areas and teaches them survival skills to master. The opening segment of Running Wild With Bear Grylls: The Challenge has Grylls and actress Natalie Portman take on the slot canyons of the Escalante Desert. Portman learns how to descend a narrow canyon, cross a deep ravine, and how to light a fire to signal for their extraction from the southwestern Utah region. In the second episode, actor Simu Liu learns how to protect himself against the freezing elements of the Canadian Rockies and he puts newly learned winter mountaineering skills to the test.
We caught up with Grylls recently just after the premiere: