Man vs. Wild

10 Best Episodes of Man vs. Wild - Season 1

MAN VS. WILD brings seasoned adventurer Bear Grylls face to face with the grueling task of navigating remote locations, sharing invaluable survival strategies along the way.

Written by Sophie and last updated on feb 04, 2023.

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Man vs. Wild - S1E2

#15 - Moab Desert, Utah (Season 1 - Episode 2)

Bear is stranded in Utah's Moab Desert, where he must find his way back to civilization through a maze of canyons, avoiding rattlesnakes and quicksand, equipped with only a bottle of water, a knife and a flint.

The episode was rated 7.27 from 84 votes.

Man vs. Wild - S1E5

#14 - Hawaii - Mount Kilauea (Season 1 - Episode 5)


On Mount Kilauea, an active volcano, Bear climbs down a rope from a helicopter and demonstrates how to create a gas mask, escape from a moving lava flow, find water in a lava tube and get honey from a bee's nest.

The episode was rated 7.45 from 56 votes.

Man vs. Wild - S1E3

#13 - Costa Rican Rainforest (Season 1 - Episode 3)

Bear Grylls, equipped only with a knife and a water bottle, tries to survive in the Costa Rican rain forest after parachuting onto the Osa Peninsula. He faces swarms of insects, poisonous snakes, dense jungle and mangrove swamps.

The episode was rated 7.53 from 75 votes.

Man vs. Wild - S1E8

#12 - Alaskan Mountain Range (Season 1 - Episode 8)


In the Chugach Mountains of Alaska, Bear has only a bottle of water, a knife and a flint as he travels down mountain slopes, over glaciers and through bear-infested forests, navigating a small boat through treacherous ice floes.

The episode was rated 7.54 from 35 votes.

Man vs. Wild - S1E1

#11 - The Rockies (Season 1 - Episode 1)

Host Bear Grylls parachutes alone into a remote area of the Rocky Mountains equipped with only the clothes on his back.

The episode was rated 7.55 from 118 votes.

Man vs. Wild - S1E4

#10 - European Alps (Season 1 - Episode 4)


Bear Grylls, outfitted with only a knife, water bottle, cup and flint, parachutes into the Alps, where he builds a snow shelter and explains how to survive a fall into a frozen lake.

The episode was rated 7.66 from 64 votes.

Man vs. Wild - S1E12

#9 - Mexico (Season 1 - Episode 12)

In Mexico, Bear must find his way out of Copper Canyon, and his only supplies are a water bottle, a flint and a knife. Included: how to build a compass; catching and eating scorpions; basics of fire-making; fishing without a line.

The episode was rated 7.78 from 37 votes.

Man vs. Wild - S1E7

#8 - African Savannah (Season 1 - Episode 7)


Bear parachutes into the Kenyan savannah from a hot-air balloon, where he finds himself surrounded by dangerous animals, including rhinos, lions, leopards, elephants and cape buffalo. He builds a tent from natural materials and traps small birds for food.

The episode was rated 7.83 from 46 votes.

Man vs. Wild - S1E13

#7 - Kimberly, Australia (Season 1 - Episode 13)

In Kimberly, Australia, Bear faces extreme heat, poisonous snakes and the ever present danger of dehydration. Survival tips include how to forage for food, build a shelter and extreme measures to avoid dehydrating.

The episode was rated 7.84 from 32 votes.

Man vs. Wild - S1E6

#6 - Sierra Nevada (Season 1 - Episode 6)


In the Sierra Nevada's, Bear uses his knowledge of Native American survival techniques to build a shelter, calm wild horses and find food.

The episode was rated 7.85 from 52 votes.

Man vs. Wild - S1E9

#5 - Hawaii - Desert Island (Season 1 - Episode 9)

Bear Grylls is cast adrift in the Pacific Ocean, encountering coral reefs, rip currents, relentless surf and sharks.

The episode was rated 7.85 from 46 votes.

Man vs. Wild - S1E15

#4 - Scotland (Season 1 - Episode 15)


Bear offers survival tips in Scotland's Cairngorms National Park. Included: using moss to purify water; skinning a deer; cooking a rabbit.

The episode was rated 7.88 from 25 votes.

Man vs. Wild - S1E11

#3 - Iceland (Season 1 - Episode 11)

Bear braces for the cold of Iceland, offering survival tips that include how to build a snow cave, live through a blizzard and avoid frostbite, and forage for food.

The episode was rated 7.90 from 31 votes.

Man vs. Wild - S1E10

#2 - Everglades (Season 1 - Episode 10)


Bear drops into the Florida Everglades where he slogs through the swamps, offering survival tips while dodging alligators and rattlesnakes, and dining on frogs and turtles.

The episode was rated 8.05 from 37 votes.

Man vs. Wild - S1E14

#1 - Ecuador (Season 1 - Episode 14)

Bear Grylls offers survival tips in the Ecuadorian jungle. Included: building a bamboo bridge; making a bow and arrow; determining which plants are poisonous.

The episode was rated 8.48 from 29 votes.

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