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Discovery’s ‘Dual Survival’ shows how to brave the hostile wilderness

The show airs at 10 OM every night, with survival experts Dave Canterbury and Cody Lundin taking on some of the planet's most unforgiving terrain

BestMediaInfo Bureau | Delhi | March 9, 2012

Experts agree there are some very basic and universal rules for surviving in the wild. Find shelter, find water, find food, and find help. Beyond that, there's not much they agree on. Dave Canterbury and Cody Lundin – survival experts with drastically different backgrounds – are back in Discovery Channel’s ‘Dual Survival’ show. The pair takes on some of the planet's most unforgiving terrain to demonstrate how the right skills and some creative thinking can keep you alive. The show airs every night at 10 PM.

The pair is dropped into scenarios that could happen to anyone: marooned boaters, lost hikers, stranded mountain climbers. In the ultimate test of skill, perseverance and creativity, military-trained Canterbury and naturalist Lundin battle the elements – and sometimes each other – on the show.

Canterbury joined the US Army at age 17, eventually becoming a Special Reaction Team (SRT) instructor and sniper. He trained soldiers in the US, Central America and Korea in unarmed combat and close-quarter techniques. Lundin, a 20-year survival veteran and best-selling author, honed his skills living in the desert with very little tools, equipment or assistance. He spent two years living in a brush shelter in the woods where he slept on pine needles and cooked over an open fire.

In the new season of Dual Survival, Dave and Cody are faced with more survival scenarios that push them to their limits. The duo must draw upon their personal arsenal of skills to devise extraordinary, MacGvyer-like ways to survive. From swamps to avalanches and sweltering heat to sub-zero temperatures, the duo will show what it takes to survive in some of the planet’s most unforgiving terrain, including the Florida Everglades, made up of 4,000 miles of cypress swamp; the scorching deserts of Baja, Mexico; Tierra Del Fuego, Argentina – less than 500 miles from Antarctica; the wet cloud forests of Panama, 7,000 feet in the air; and Wyoming’s Rocky Mountains in the dead of winter.

Episode descriptions

Stuck in the muck: Cody and Dave head into the Everglades to take on the role of air boaters stuck in a sawgrass prairie marsh under the blazing Florida sun. They must seek shelter in a nearby swamp where water moccasin, python and alligators lay in wait. They soon find that even with over 4,000 square miles of cypress swamp the biggest challenge is to make enough drinking water to fend off dehydration.

Eating dust: From the barren salt flats to the vast desert woodland, Dave and Cody battle the elements in the sun scorched desert of Baja, Mexico. With few supplies, they each demonstrate how to make use of an unlikely resource - urine.

Slash and burn: The duo show how lost hunters can survive in the harsh conditions of Tierra Del Fuego, just 500 miles from Antarctica. To demonstrate how to survive an extreme injury, Dave self-inflicts a laceration and uses black powder to cauterize the wound.

Out of the clouds: Dave and Cody take on the role of biologists lost in the wet cloud forests of Panama 7,000 feet above sea level with only a poncho, specimen jar and a broken lighter to aid in their quest for civilisation.

Buried alive: Armed with what’s left of an avalanche victim’s gear, the pair shows how to survive in the harsh Rocky Mountains. Facing sub-zero temperatures, they make their way down a jagged ice waterfall, build a snow cave and try to salvage a dead elk carcass.

Frozen plains: Dave and Cody take on the scenario of two ranchers, stranded on the windy plains in the dead of winter. Their only survival supplies are the charred remains of a burned-down shack: an axe head, a bison hide, a glass jar, a metal tin and a steel striker.

Adrift: Dave and Cody take on the survival scenario of two castaways adrift at sea and show how to survive being stranded on a deserted jungle island in the South Pacific. This time, Dave goes barefoot.

Bitten: The pair shows how to survive the rugged jungle in Thailand using only the gear an ill-equipped eco-tourist might carry for a day trek: a Thai jungle knife, steel wool, a sharpening stone, a damaged cell phone and a bag of tobacco.

Out of Africa: Cody and Dave take on a survival scenario in South Africa's backcountry where dehydration kills in hours and hungry super-predators kill even faster. Armed with nothing but a machete, they show how to escape the bush without getting eaten alive.

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