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Bear Grylls Is Opening the Ultimate Survivalist Adventure Camp

Oct 06, 2020 ByLaura Lee

According to Esquire, the world’s first Bear Grylls Explorer Camp will open this month in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on the country’s highest mountain, Jebel Jais, in Ras Al Khaimah. Although the camp won’t be run by the TV host and survivalist himself, small groups of explorers can learn essential survival skills taught by experts from the Bear Grylls Survival Academy in the UK. Some of the lessons taught during the course include how to build a fire in the wilderness, how to build an emergency shelter, knife use, common medical treatments, how to navigate, and how to deal with extreme weather conditions. Lessons will teach explorers everything from the basics to the most extreme situations all on different types of terrain. Visitors can choose between half-day sessions (four hours), full-day sessions (eight hours), or 24-hour and 48-hour courses. Those who stay overnight will be able to stay in one of the camp’s 20 redesigned shipping container lodges. Plus, they’ll get access to a personal barbeque pit and balcony to cool their own meals, Lonely Planet reported.

Bear Grylls climbing up a mountain wearing a helmet and a rope

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Paul Gardiner, the managing director of Bear Grylls Survival Academy said in a statement to Esquire that the new camp is “a must-go destination for adventure and nature seekers alike.” “In 2018, we launched the world’s longest zipline on Jebel Jais and are delighted to announce another first with the Bear Grylls Explorers Camp on the UAE’s highest mountain,” said Raki Philips, CEO of Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development, in a statement to Lonely Planet. “As Ras Al Khaimah continues to grow as the adventure capital in the Middle East, this exhilarating survival experience from one of the world’s best-known experts will drive us on that path to attract outdoor enthusiasts from across the globe.”

The camp is scheduled to open October 16 with overnight accommodations available in 2021, Lonely Planet reported.