Episode 5 Serious Explorers: Raleigh


Episode 5

Seven young explorers relive the legend of Sir Walter Raleigh. Four of the explorers help herd 100 cattle on the plains of Guyana, before lassooing and branding calves.


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Seven young explorers are taking on the toughest challenge

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of their lives - an extreme expedition in South America.

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That is mad.

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They're attempting a series of astonishing world firsts.

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Oh, my God!

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-Going where no children have been before...

-'Ahh!'

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..to get to some of the most awesome places on earth.

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'We've reached the top.'

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The team are following in the footsteps

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of the great Elizabethan - Sir Walter Raleigh,

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the first Englishman to explore Guyana as he searched for El Dorado,

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the lost city of gold.

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Led by survival expert Ben Major.

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and record-breaking adventurer Polly Murray,

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the epic journey will push the seven explorers to the limit...

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and beyond.

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-I can't!

-It's awful out here.

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I hate this.

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Are you having a laugh?

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It's just too scary.

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Coming up...

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Wow!

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..hanging by a rope 10,000 feet up...

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Felt like I was flying.

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..and a fearless Megan is queen of the cowgirls.

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-Got it!

-Well done, Megan!

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Previously, four of the explorers brushed up their horse-riding skills

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in preparation for a major journey.

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They reckon that El Dorado is on this lake somewhere.

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But as they rode off in search of the legendary lost city,

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top rider Megan's horse bolted.

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Oh, my God!

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It was a bit scary, that's all.

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You were amazing and you did everything right.

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Meanwhile, 10,000 feet up, on Mount Roraima, the other three explorers

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were attempting to be the youngest to reach the furthest point,

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known as the prow. Nikita was soon moaning...

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I've never been so bored in my entire life.

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-..and worse.

-Oi!

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-Build that back up again.

-That's so ridiculous.

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Blocking their way was a 200 foot wide ravine.

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-I can't!

-Yes you can.

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After three hours of treacherous climbing

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they finally got to the other side.

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Fantastic. Go and enjoy your summit.

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And as the rain lashed down, 14-year-old Michael

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and 12-year-olds, Jake and Nikita entered the record books -

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the first children ever to stand on the prow.

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CHEERING

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I think it's a massive achievement to get here.

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I'm really proud of myself and it's really exciting.

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It's mid-afternoon on Roraima,

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and there's no time to relax for the record-breaking team.

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Right, let's get out of here. Let's go.

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They've got several more challenging days ahead,

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retracing their steps all the way back off the mountain.

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The first obstacle is the treacherous ravine

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they tackled just a few hours ago in the pouring rain.

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From this side, a team of expert climbers have been able to rig

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a series of ropes for a much quicker route back.

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You've got a big ravine. And it drops off 80-90 feet.

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But literally about 30 feet that way

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is the sheer drop down the face of Roraima.

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The explorers will need to clip onto the rope and drag themselves across.

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Pretty scary...to see, like, 10,000 feet.

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That is a massive drop.

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Looks pretty fun.

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How can you find this fun?

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Nikita, you're going to go first, OK?

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I'm really cold, and it looks like I'm scared.

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But I'm really not scared, I'm really excited.

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There is not another young girl

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that's ever done this before on Mount Roraima.

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Walk down. Yeah. That's it. Well done.

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It takes a lot of guts to trust the rope 10,000 feet up.

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That's it, now you're hanging. That's it.

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Despite the dizzy-making drop, Nikita shows nerves of steel.

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Go on, Nikita!

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And she gets a real buzz from the crossing.

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It was amazing. Felt like, I dunno, felt like I was flying.

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Jake, go for it, mate.

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I was a bit nervous, like, going over the cliff and getting on the edge.

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But as soon as I got going - brilliant.

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Wow!

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It was really amazing to get out in the middle of nowhere

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and just hang there. Felt like a bird.

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I could just lay there and look around

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and I just enjoyed every single second of it.

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I'll always remember that.

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The team will spend the night on top of Roraima

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at the camp they left only this morning

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and, after some atrocious weather, everything is sodden.

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Ben, yours is running with water.

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-Look how much water fell in that amount of time.

-No.

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Er, do you have to add to the puddle?

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-I feel like a giant flannel.

-What?!

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A giant flannel, cos everything I'm wearing is wet.

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Nikita's got the right idea, she's gone to bed. She's in there

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steaming it up with her dinner, unlike dumb and dumber.

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Just sit out here. It's absolutely soaking wet.

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But even the bone-chilling weather can't dampen their spirits

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after a day of record-breaking achievements.

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Today's been amazing, it's been one of the best days of my life.

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It's been really satisfying.

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I've never been the world's first or the world's best at anything,

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so it's the first time. Hopefully, there'll be loads more to come.

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That's amazing, that. I'm the youngest boy in the world

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to stand on the corner of the prow.

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It's so emotional, like, in a good way.

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Meanwhile, Polly's team are down in the lowlands of Guyana,

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camping by Lake Parime, where they hope to find the lost city of El Dorado.

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And it's a special wake up for young explorer Megan.

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THEY SING HAPPY BIRTHDAY

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I can't keep these lit!

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# Happy birthday to you. #

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14 today! Woo-hoo!

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Happy birthday. What a place to celebrate your 14th birthday.

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Right next to El Dorado lake.

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And I've got a lovely day of riding as well. Yeah.

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And there's a very special extra present.

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After two weeks away from her family, Megan gets a first phone call home.

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PHONE RINGS 'Hello.'

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Hello!

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'Hello, Megan. Happy birthday.'

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Thank you.

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-'Don't cry, honey.'

-I'm sorry, I haven't heard you for ages.

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'Where are you now, sweetheart?'

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You know El Dorado? We're by El Dorado lake.

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-I slept in a hammock, right next to it.

-'Wow!'

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Yesterday I went western riding and we're carrying on today as well.

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'Oh, my God! That's fantastic. Is it easy to do?'

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It's really different to how we ride back home but it's so nice.

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'It's a birthday you'll never forget, sweetheart.'

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I know I won't ever, ever forget this.

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'We're so proud of you and just keep going, have a lovely ride today.'

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-I will.

-'Bye, honey.'

-Bye. Love you all.

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Thank you.

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Roraima has seen more torrential rain overnight

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and, as dawn breaks, it's just a few degrees above freezing.

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-How are you doing?

-Getting wet.

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If you feel just a little bit damp you're doing well.

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Jake's so cold, he's in danger of getting hypothermia.

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It were raining last night.

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I got in my sleeping bag and it was soaked anyway.

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So...just soaked all over.

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It's just a horrible day and I just want to get going.

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You're going to have to put damp kit on, which is miserable

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It's going to be horrible, I know that.

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But you've got nothing else to wear. You will soon warm up.

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Oh, I'm cold.

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We're going to go at a pretty good lick to try and get our bodies warm.

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Let's get out of here. Yeah.

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You're tired but you don't know it.

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All right, let's get warm.

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The record-breaking team still have an epic journey

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to get back off the mountain, heading eight miles across the top

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before descending the steep ramp into the valley below.

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OK?

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# Consider yourself at home... #

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Despite the dreadful conditions, spirits are surprisingly high.

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Once we've got going, it's been good. I've really enjoyed the walk.

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But it's so boggy that my feet feel like they're in a swimming pool.

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I'm enjoying it, like the terrain and stuff. The rocks are amazing.

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When Sir Walter Raleigh sailed to Guyana to search for El Dorado,

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tribes-people constantly talked of Lake Parime as the location of the golden city.

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Maps of the time even highlighted El Dorado by the lake.

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According to Raleigh, "The tribe told me they gathered gold on its shores,

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"in grains as big as small stones".

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Unfortunately, before Raleigh's expedition could locate the lake,

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bad weather forced them to turn back.

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The Serious Explorers have done better than Raleigh in reaching the legendary lake.

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But sadly, there's not the slightest sign of the legendary city.

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-How are we doing, guys?

-Badly.

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-Lily, lily, lily.

-Water.

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It's a bit overgrown. Not easy.

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So, instead, they're going to see if they can find gold

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on Lake Parime's shore, just as Raleigh's journal predicted.

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Right, can we let Tommy show you the technique?

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A local cowboy demonstrates how to pan.

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You hold it top to bottom, right?

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With the pan full of earth, any gold should sink to the bottom.

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I think the trick is not to be too delicate. Just get in there.

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You want to take the big stuff out.

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-He's done that before.

-Yeah.

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The explorers are keen to begin the quest for gold.

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It's quite exciting.

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We're bound to find something.

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Here is probably a good place to start.

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-You do it.

-I want to do it.

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That's it, get in there. Stick your hand in there.

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That's it. Get rid of some of the bigger stuff.

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I'm being really careful because I want to find some gold.

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-They find it's far trickier than it looks.

-You've got to be very patient

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and you're never sure if you've found something or not.

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Give it another sluice.

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I'm seeing something shiny in my pan. I'm not sure if it's gold but I hope it is.

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There's definitely something shiny in there.

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-Nothing.

-No, nothing.

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Enthusiasm soon starts to wane.

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It's so tedious and you keep on doing the same thing over and over.

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And, before long, tempers start to fray.

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When you're going like that, the water's meant to be coming out.

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-Do what Megan's doing.

-Do you want to come over here and check me out?

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I don't think he'll do much better, at the moment.

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-We're just trying to help.

-It's not as easy as it looks.

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There's no point arguing.

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With no gold in sight, they throw in the towel in less than an hour.

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We're doing rubbishly and there's no gold at all. Nobody's found any.

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It doesn't take ten minutes, OK, to find gold.

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It takes time, it takes patience.

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The guys that sit and do this for weeks and weeks, they must...

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I've got so much respect for them now. They've such a tough job.

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I'd rather wear the gold than find it, to be honest.

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Back on Roraima, the prow team are tackling the ramp down the mountain,

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but Nikita is also finding things pretty tedious.

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I'm not enjoying the walk.

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I hate going down and uphill, they're the worst things ever and that's all we're doing.

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-Hurry up.

-Oh, yeah, get on with it!

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-Go on.

-I can't!

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LAUGHTER

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You idiot!

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Their overnight camp is still several hours away

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and Nikita is well and truly back in moaning mode.

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My knees are hurting.

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I can't be bothered to catch up with the others.

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I think I'm tired.

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It makes me feel frustrated because she's been lagging behind, moaning.

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Jake decides to go slow on the straight bits,

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then when we go uphill he decides to try and run up it or something.

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We're gradually building up speed and height.

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I'll get good pace towards it.

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-He's doing my head in.

-No, I don't!

-Yes, you do!

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I was right behind you so you started going faster on purpose.

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You do it every time. Every time I get behind you, you do it on purpose.

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I think it's pretty funny.

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They're just arguing about something ridiculous and stupid.

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You go faster on purpose.

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I'm just trying not to laugh.

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It makes no sense.

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Back near Lake Parime, Megan's birthday is about to continue

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with a treat beyond her wildest dreams.

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-This afternoon, we are going to go and find 100 head of cattle, OK?

-Oh, God!

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We're going to round them up

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and we're going to drive them back to the ranch.

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Back home in the UK, Megan owns her own horse, called Chester,

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and she also works on her school farm, helping look after the cows.

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It's all a million miles from rounding up cattle, cowboy-style.

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I never thought I'd really herd cattle of that size on my birthday.

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The cattle have been grazing on the savanna,

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and they need driving more than four miles back to the ranch.

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Go out slightly left. See the cows are moving over left.

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-It's kind of like rounding up sheep.

-Hey, hey, hey!

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They need to keep the cattle surrounded

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and make a lot of noise to keep them in line.

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THEY SHOUT

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There's quite a lot of escapee cows so you've got to be on the ball.

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It's hard work and it's very, very hot.

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Megan helps gives chase as one of the cows makes a break for it.

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I had to go sprint and try and get it back in the group. It's so fun!

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-It's chasing after a cow. It's amazing!

-Good job, Megan.

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Oh, I love it. When I had to go get one back, it was so much fun.

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-I feel like a proper cowgirl.

-Up to the left. Go on!

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Brilliant fun!

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Two hours into the cattle drive,

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Megan gets the ultimate vote of confidence in her riding ability.

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She's given the job of leading the whole herd.

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They said, "Megan, go in front. You're going to be the head."

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I was like, "What do I do in the head?"

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You had to go further enough away from the cows so that they didn't know you were a horse,

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so they thought you were a cow, but close enough that they knew they got to follow behind you.

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And just before they reach the ranch,

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Megan even helps lead the cattle through a river.

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He'll stand up. Hold on!

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Hold on, Sammie! Good girl.

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It was incredible to be able to do that.

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I've gone from just being a normal boy to a rootin', tootin' cowboy!

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I will never forget this birthday, ever, ever, ever.

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We've herded cattle, we've trotted through a river

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so, no, I'm never, ever going to forget this in my life.

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In the foothills of Roraima, Ben's team have finally made it to camp.

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-How are we feeling after today?

-Pretty tired.

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And who was the most whingey person, this afternoon?

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-Kate!

-The most whingey person, I think, was definitely Jake.

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You're having a laugh? What?!

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Let's vote for the most whingiest person this afternoon.

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Right, Michael, you're only allowed one vote.

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Nikita.

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You're buried.

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The two groups are about to get a first chance to talk to each other

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since they split four days ago.

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A satellite link-up has been set up between the two remote areas.

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Hello.

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The ranch team are anxious to know if Ben's group got to the prow.

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-Did you make it?

-ALL: Yeah.

-Whoo!

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I was the first girl in the world to reach the prow.

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Well done, Nikita.

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They must be well jealous.

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-How's your horse-riding been?

-Brilliant.

-Except for Josh.

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I am allergic to horses.

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THEY LAUGH

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-Who's the best horse-rider?

-Megan.

-No.

-She's a natural.

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-We had showers and proper meals.

-We had spag-bol.

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Spaghetti Bolognese and stew. How'd the noodles taste?

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All right. We've had them for seven nights in a row, so...

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-Nikita, did the boys look after you?

-No.

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Sammie, just so you know, Nikita has taken over as the queen of whinging.

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-How'd that happen?

-Constantly whinging about everything.

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I feel sorry for you, Nikita. You're with Ben, Jake and Michael -

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-the worst combination ever.

-I know! I feel sorry for me too.

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We're going to have to go but, Megan,

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-can I just say a really massive happy birthday.

-Thank you.

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Can't wait to see you.

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ALL: Bye.

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Oh!

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I can't wait to see them again cos I miss them all.

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I'm missing Sammie and Megan.

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I'm getting quite sick of being the only girl.

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It's the last day on the ranch

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and time to learn some more cowboy skills.

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Megan, that was brilliant!

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That's not bad.

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-Yes! She's got it! Good girl!

-I got the cow!

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They'll be helping the local cowboys catch their calves

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so they can brand them, putting the mark of the ranch on each animal.

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The only way to do that is to lasso them,

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bring them to the ground, so you can do what you need to do.

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-I'm actually looking forward to trying this out. It's going to be quite fun.

-Oh!

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I feel so sorry for them cos they're going to have something burning hot pressed against their bum.

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Who's going to go first? Megan, right, there you go.

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-This is going to be fun.

-It's going to be good.

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-Oh, good effort!

-You nearly had it there.

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I am determined to get that little one there.

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Good boy!

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Megan bravely holds her ground and her determination pays off.

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Go, Megan!

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Regan helps hold the calf for the branding.

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It's not actually as bad as I thought it would be.

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It's actually all right cos you know then that calf belongs to this

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and it won't get lost now.

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Josh volunteers to actually carry out the next branding.

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The cow hardly flinches at all. It's very quickly over and done with and the cow's happy enough.

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And, having seen the others, Sammie also decides to have a go.

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-Good girl!

-Perfect!

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It didn't flinch, which helped.

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It didn't feel as if I was actually hurting anything, so it was OK.

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But the explorers may be less comfortable helping with the next task.

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What we've got to do next is pretty gruesome.

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-We need to neuter...

-Oh!

-..the one-year-old males.

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It's a quick operation to remove the animal's testicles.

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The reason we're doing this, guys, is it keeps the males calm.

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When you're a boy, you kind of imagine something like that happening to you and it's not nice.

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It's a bit real, to be honest, and, as Regan says, it's a tiny bit awkward, so it is.

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Oh!

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The actual operation is carried out by an experienced cowboy

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but Regan volunteers to give the animal a jab to prevent infection.

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-Go, go, go.

-Nice one.

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The final task is perhaps the most sobering of all.

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With the record-breaking Roraima team due to arrive later in the day,

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Polly's group want to make a special meal for them.

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They've had a really tough time so we're going to go and slaughter a cow. Yeah?

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-Happy! Oh, my goodness.

-You're a bit strange that way.

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While Regan appears thrilled, Megan is more reflective.

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As someone who looks after cows back home,

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the thought of killing one is unsettling her.

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It'll probably be a bit emotional cos I do work on a farm.

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It probably affects me a bit more but I want to watch it as much as I can.

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It's important that anybody who eats meat

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sees this is where it comes from, this is how it's done.

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The cowboys slaughter the animal quickly and painlessly.

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Done. OK, see how quick that was?

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The great thing is, absolutely nothing is wasted.

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They use every single part of this animal.

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All but Megan help with the preparation of the cow.

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-Will you get involved a little bit later?

-Yeah, I will later,

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-it's just when it still looks like a cow.

-OK.

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It's basically now starting to look like a piece of meat,

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rather than a cow.

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Even so, Megan is getting more and more upset.

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-You seen enough, huh? Shall we take you away for bit?

-Yes please.

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So expedition doctor Henry takes her back to the ranch.

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A few minutes ago, it was literally running around

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and now it's dead on the floor.

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It's not for the faint-hearted. Not at all.

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As Sammie's about to discover.

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Sammie, do you want to go round and just help?

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Grab it here.

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-Good, tight grip. That's its lung.

-Oh, my God!

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It's absolutely disgusting.

0:24:100:24:13

I just touched an animal's lungs. That is rank. Oh!

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But Regan is in his element.

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I'm enjoying this a bit too much, I think.

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I'm enjoying getting my own food from cow.

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MEGAN: I'm a bit annoyed with Regan. He's not respecting it.

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He's like, "Oh, we get to kill it!" He's taking the mick a bit, really.

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It shouldn't be done cos it's just went and died,

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you don't have to treat it like... I know it's an animal but still,

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you need to respect it.

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It widens my career choices - I'd be a good butcher.

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It's a race against time to get the meal prepared before Ben's team arrives.

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And finally, after six long days apart...

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-Hey, guys!

-..the teams are reunited.

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Oh! Hello, hello!

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You're looking like the true cowboy now.

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Congratulations, you're a proper mountain woman.

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It's really nice to be back with the girls. I missed them quite a lot, actually.

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Woah, that looks really nice!

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While the others catch up, Regan looks after the cooking on his own.

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But as night falls, the other boys mount a takeover.

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Regan's cooked it and it's, like, just off a spot of sun tan.

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-So, it's a bit bloody?

-No, it's raw!

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I'm not feeling in the best of moods.

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I just feel that I've been quite nice to people,

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in every way, even when they've been fairly rude to me,

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and then they've just carried on being quite rude.

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-It's like a whole cow.

-It is a whole cow! Well, it was this morning.

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That has been my favourite tea, so far.

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The meal's a great success, but Regan's nowhere to be seen.

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Regan's disappeared off to his hammock

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and I'm just worried that now everyone's back together,

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he's getting excluded from the rest of the team.

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I don't know what's wrong with Regan. I feel sorry for him

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cos we're all into the same stuff and Regan's not

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so it's kind of hard for him to get along with us.

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-Is that you, Regan?

-Yeah.

-We got dinner.

-I'm not hungry.

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-What's wrong?

-Nothing. I'm feeling a bit full.

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Not really that hungry. I'm just really tired.

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We've spent all that time doing it and it's ready.

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It's OK, I'd probably eat it all by myself anyway

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Polly also tries to persuade him to return.

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-Regan?

-Yeah?

-What's up, buddy?

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-I'm not feeling too good.

-Not feeling great?

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-Are you happy the others are back?

-Yeah.

-You are?

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What I'm slightly worried about is you becoming separated from them.

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Let's go over, just for five minutes.

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If I come over in a minute...?

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While Regan does finally return to the camp fire,

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he still keeps himself to himself.

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With the expedition heading into a challenging jungle phase tomorrow,

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it's a real concern to the leaders.

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It's from the mountains to the jungle.

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There's going to be some incredibly tough new challenges for them.

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The jungle magnifies any weaknesses, any cracks, within the team

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and therefore they're going to have to pull together.

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Next time on Serious Explorers...

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Woah!

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..close encounters of the creature kind.

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-He's beautiful.

-No, he's not.

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I'm getting out!

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And a major bust-up in jungle camp.

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No, Nikita does not have your head torch!

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Four of the Serious Explorers are having the ultimate cowboy experience on the plains of Guyana, helping herd a hundred cattle, before lassooing and branding calves. Slaughtering and preparing a cow for dinner leads to upset in the group. Meanwhile, the other three explorers face a daunting challenge - a dizzy-making rope crossing over a ravine nine thousand feet up.


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