Bear Grylls on Skydiving with Alex Honnold and Exploring the Jungle with Brie Larson

Bear Grylls is again once more. The adventurer and all-around outdoorsman spent the final 12 months touring round the world to unbelievable locations with a few of Hollywood’s high celebrities for the new season of Running Wild.

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This time round, Grylls introduced collectively some main names, together with Captain Marvel star Brie Larson, Free Solo star and climber Alex Honnold, comic Joel McHale, actor and former Marine Rob Riggle, and Guardians of the Galaxy star Dave Bautista, amongst others. For this season, Grylls took his visitors on some wide-ranging adventures, like cliff climbing in Italy, river rafting in Norway, helicopter leaping in the Panamanian jungle, mountain climbing in the Arizona desert, and skydiving in Switzerland.

“This season is a huge one and it has the true adventure DNA running through it,” Grylls tells Men’s Journal. We have been capable of get excessive and push the envelope with our visitors, like Captain Marvel herself. It was unbelievable to see these stars in a uncooked setting and face their fears and endure on these journeys.”

A superhero in each method, the first visitor of the new season of Running Wild With Bear Grylls is the incomparable Brie Larson! #RunningWild

— Running Wild (@RunningWildwBG) November three, 2019

After airing on NBC for the first 4 seasons, Running Wild with Bear Grylls is shifting over to the National Geographic channel for Season 5. The present airs on Tuesday nights at 10/9c.

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Grylls spoke with Men’s Journal about the new season of Running Wild, his important gear for expeditions, and the place he may discover subsequent.

Men’s Journal: Can you give a preview about a few of the adventures you and your visitors took this season?

Bear Grylls: We begin off the season in the Panamanian jungle with Brie Larson, and we explored a distant, abandoned island that was in some very robust terrain. There have been sharks, mosquitoes, plus all the unknown that was in the jungle. She’s such an incredible individual with an incredible story, and she was simply so optimistic and laborious working the complete time. With Cara Delevingne, we visited Sardinia in Italy, and she proved to be a very resilient younger girl. We additionally went there with Armie Hammer and he had a full-on journey; we went scuba diving and he had by no means been in water like this. We went into some caves beneath these superb cliffs, squeezing via tiny holes, his coronary heart fee was via the roof.

What was it like teaming up with Alex Honnold for an episode?

Alex was superb to be with. He’s certainly one of the biggest adventurers on planet, and he refused to make use of a rope on virtually every little thing. “No I’m fine, I have a good grip,” he’d say to me. It was nice to study his story and see how he operates and strikes round when he climbs. He was such a enjoyable man, and he went completely out of his consolation zone to go skydiving. There was some uncooked terror there earlier than doing that, and but right here’s a person who we expect in all probability can’t expertise worry, however he did one thing new and overcame that. We traveled to Switzerland and rappelled off of a cable bridge whereas climbing mountains collectively. It was an unbelievable expertise.

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Where have been a few of your favourite locations you bought to discover this season?

With Rob Riggle we explored the Arctic, these unbelievable glaciers on the tip finish of Iceland. We went via some enormous crevasses, had freezing-cold nights collectively. It was superb to listen to his story of being a Marine and what function that has performed in his life and his humor. With Dave Bautista we traveled to Horseshoe Bend in Arizona and explored Grand Canyon National Park. We climbed mountains and rafted throughout the Colorado River, hung out in freezing chilly water and going throughout these huge cliffs.

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For somebody who hasn’t watched earlier than, why would you suggest they watch this season?

You’re attending to see a few of your favourite stars in a method you’ve by no means seen them earlier than. People like Brie Larson, or Channing Tatum and Dave Bautista, they’re uncooked and talking in-depth about their journeys and the triumphs and failures of their lives. It’s a singular kind of present and the backdrops are merely superb. We’re on the market working laborious and dealing with fears collectively, and I believe folks can take lots from our experiences.

What are a few of the important items of drugs you employ on your expeditions?

It’s conventional, however having a extremely good knife and a water bottle is at all times important. I at all times take slightly down jacket that I can scrunch up, even throughout the occasions I’m in the desert. You at all times suppose you received’t want it, however a lot of occasions I’ve discovered that when nighttime comes, or somebody will get moist, it is useful. Also, a pair of spare gloves—the rookies at all times lose not less than one glove [laughs]. We plan our journeys in addition to we are able to, at all times ensuring now we have good communications, like satellite tv for pc telephones, and good medical provides, like anti-venom for bites that will occur alongside the method.

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How do you retain your self in form and practice for these adventures?

I take the coaching very critically. In between journeys, I’ll do lots of brief, however very sharp exercises on an everyday foundation. It’s lots of practical coaching, lots of high-intensity interval coaching, like Tabata exercises. Those brief bursts and high-intensity exercises actually assist.

After airing on NBC for the first 4 seasons, Running Wild with Bear Grylls is shifting over to the National Geographic channel for Season 5. The present airs on Tuesday nights at 10/9c. See the full schedule and watch clips and episodes at the Nat Geo website right here. 

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