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Surviving in the wild is not an exact science. Beyond the basics of finding water, food, shelter and eventually help, opinions vary. Two experts tell how they think it's done in this series, as initial episodes feature trained survivalists Dave Canterbury and Cody Lundin demonstrating the skills and creative thinking that can help one cope in tough surroundings. Equipped with minimal gear, the pair are left in remote locations -- an uninhabited island off Nova Scotia, a New Zealand mountaintop, deep in the Everglades, the jungle of Thailand, and the desert of Baja California, to name a few -- where they battle the elements and sometimes each other. Season 3 introduces U.S. Special Ops veteran Joseph Teti to replace Canterbury, in the middle of Season 4 primitive survivalist Matt Graham of Discovery's "Dude, You're Screwed" replaces Lundin, and partway through Season 5 producers forge new partnerships by rotating survival experts as hosts.

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How to survive being stranded on a deserted jungle island in the South Pacific.
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Cody and Dave, armed with nothing but a machete, try to survive dehydration and hungry predators in South Africa's bush country.
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Two ranchers try to survive being stranded on the Plains in the dead of winter with only an ax head, a bison hide, a glass jar, a tin box, and a steel striker.
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Dave and Cody show how to survive the Thailand jungle using gear that tourist might carry on a day trip.
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Dave and Cody take on the wet cloud forests of Panama armed with only a poncho, a specimen jar and a broken lighter.
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Dave and Cody demonstrate how to survive in the scorched desert of Baja, Mexico.
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How lost hunters can survive in the harsh conditions of Tierra Del Fuego, how to survive and extreme injury.
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Dave and Cody become Airboaters in the Everglades, get stuck and have to find shelter in the dangerous swamp.
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While stranded in a black water swamp in southern Georgia, Joe and Matt find themselves in alligator territory.
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Joe and Matt travel through the Allegheny Mountains of Pennsylvania, contending with freezing rain, steep ravines and bears.
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Matt and Joe are marooned on a rocky coast in the Pacific Northwest. They must decide whether to hunker down or travel deeper into one of the darkest, wettest forest in the United States.
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Joe and Matt attempt to survive in the harsh terrain of southern Utah without knives or modern supplies.
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Dave and Cody must trek through tough Arizona terrain to find each other before making their way back to civilization.
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Cody and Dave take on a 1,000 square mile labyrinth of water channels and bogs in the Louisiana bayou.
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Dave and Cody take on a lost hiker scenario in the jungles of Laos.
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Dave and Cody head to the Valley of the Volcanoes in Peru to demonstrate desert survival.
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Equipped with only dive gear, Dave and Cody must find their way out of a maze of caves in Belize.
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Dave and Cody are stranded on top of a mountain in New Zealand with limited supplies.
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Cody and Dave must use items salvaged from a life raft to find shelter, food and water on a deserted island off the coast of Nova Scotia.
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In the heart of the Amazon, Grady and Bill commune with animals to navigate the jungle, searching for a river.
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Grady and Bill try to get fire in the damp rainforest while they are stranded in Chile; Grady and Bill use a primitive fire and hunt to help with their survival.

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