Grylls parachutes into Patagonia, the southernmost tip of South America, where he first encounters a vast ice field, then forages in a beech forest, wades through a frozen bog and swims through icy water. Next Grylls skins a hare, scales a cliff, tracks a puma, drinks dirty water, and crosses the Perito Moreno glacier, a vast frozen labyrinth of ice caves and crevasses that’s “advancing at a rate of 6ft a day. It’s one of the few glaciars in the world that is getting longer”.
Part 1: Grylls parachutes into Patagonia where he first encounters the vast Patagonian ice field (870sq miles) with a frozen labyrinth of ice caves and crevasses:
Part 2: after surviving the vast Patagonian Ice Cap, Bear Grylls parachutes into the barren wilderness of the Patagonian steppe in the eastern rainshadow of of the Andes Mountain range. The steppe (slightly bigger than California) gets less rainfall than New Mexico and it has practically no protection from the relentless Patagonian winds.
Part 3: Bear Grylls goes on the hunt for fresh water in the bone dry steppe. Next he goes tracking on a criollo with a Patagonian gaucho (Argentinian cowboy) on the hunt for the most feared predator on the steppe, the puma.
Part 4: Bear finds shelter behind the biggest boulder he can find on the Patagonian steppe so that he’s protected from the relentless winds. The boulder is covered in ‘old man’s beard’ (moss), perfect for making a fire. Next Bear makes snares to catch hares, rubbing his hands in cowpat to mask his human scent and increase his chance of catching some food.. to ensure his survival.
Part 5: Bear reveals how Patagonia has left a deep impression, due to the nature of this unchanged land.