Episode 7 Serious Explorers: Raleigh


Episode 7

Seven young explorers relive the legend of Sir Walter Raleigh. The team's intense week of jungle training steps up a gear with lessons in emergency survival.


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Seven young explorers

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are taking on the toughest challenge of their lives -

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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!

-Going where no children have been before

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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 the footsteps

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of the great Elizabethan Sir Walter Raleigh -

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the first Englishman to explore Guyana,

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as he searched for El Dorado, 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 and beyond.

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I can't!

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It's all bad.

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I hate this so much!

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Is he having a laugh?

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That was too scary.

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Coming up, bugs and beasties on the lunch menu.

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Oh!

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Lovely!

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And Megan gets that sinking feeling!

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It's coming over the sides!

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Previously, the explorers headed to a training camp

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in the Guyana rainforest

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to begin a week of intense jungle lessons.

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Some, like Sammie, weren't too happy to meet the local wildlife.

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OK. Take him out.

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Unlike Regan, who's a total rainforest enthusiast.

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It's a bumblebee poison dart frog.

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Rock the boat!

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Regan fared worse in canoe training.

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He failed to stay with his boat during a capsize drill

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and had to be rescued by Polly.

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The team were shocked to learn that the next phase of jungle training

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would take them away from their base camp for 24 hours.

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Tomorrow, you're going for a night out.

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You're joking.

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We believe there is a spiritual being.

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But a tribal blessing to protect them from rainforest spirits

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left everyone feeling more confident.

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We have been blessed so, hopefully, I am ready to face the jungle.

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It's the morning of the jungle training exercise.

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The explorers will be camping in the rainforest.

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Even in the relative luxury of base camp

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there are unwelcome visitors...

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Eugh! That's minging.

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It's a huge tick and Doctor Fi tries to remove it.

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Get it off me.

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But the blood-sucking creature has a vice-like grip.

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It's got strong teeth. It's locking in there.

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It won't come easily.

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We can always put Vaseline over it.

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The petroleum jelly will hopefully suffocate the tick

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so it drops off Sammie's back painlessly.

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When Sir Walter Raleigh came to Guyana 400 years ago,

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local tribespeople took him around by canoe.

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In three days, the young explorers are going to take on

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an epic canoe journey of their own.

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They'll be attempting to paddle a record-breaking 75 miles

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down the Burro-Burro River,

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camping rough along the way in virgin rainforest.

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So, the aim of this 24-hour training exercise

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is to help prepare the explorers for life out in the wild.

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They've got just a short paddle downriver into the rainforest.

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But almost immediately, there's a problem -

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one of the canoes has sprung a leak.

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The boat is sinking by the second.

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It's a submarine.

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We're going down. Get your swimming caps on!

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We're sinking and can't get out!

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This is not funny no more!

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We're sinking! It's coming over the sides!

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Despite Megan's efforts at bailing,

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they had to be rescued by Ben and Polly.

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Our boat is just sitting at the bottom of the river now.

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I think they're going to try and tow it out

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but it just went "boof."

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The hole in the boat kept leaking and we were going,

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"It's going down." No-one believed us! It was coming up to my knees.

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It was coming up to my knees...

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Oh, bless Nikita.

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Just be aware of these tree roots, guys,

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because this is an ideal spot for snakes.

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Before they start to make camp, it's time for lunch, jungle-style!

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Let's see what we've got.

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Ugh!

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That's the one thing you said you wouldn't eat.

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I won't eat a grub or anything that bursts in your mouth.

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If you're hungry guys, you'd eat them. Who is feeling brave?

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-Go on, Regan.

-Can I have half of one?

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The trick is,

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you hold its head and then just bite its body.

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Hold its head, then...

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Shut up and let me get in the zone.

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He's got it. He's got it.

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Don't spit it out immediately. Chew. Chew. Chew.

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What do you think?

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Did you hear that pop in his mouth?

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-Is that minging?

-Bend over, for goodness sake.

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I'm very impressed.

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Most follow Regan's lead and try all sorts of grubs.

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-Do you feel liquid coming out?

-That's well nice.

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Chew, chew, chew. It's like cream cheese.

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Kind of nice, actually.

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-Megan, you go for that one.

-Go for it.

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Chew. Chomp. Chomp. Chomp.

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-It tastes of mud.

-Oh!

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Lovely(!)

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It gets even yuckier.

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A beetle. A nice big beetle.

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Sammie is up for the challenge.

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Sammie, you're so brave.

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That's minging me out.

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Just suck all its body out of it. Get your chops round it. That's it.

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-You're off your trolley.

-What does it taste like?

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-Poo.

-How do you know what poo tastes like?

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I'm just guesstimating.

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Who's feeling even braver?

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Polly has saved the worst to last.

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Anyone for a spider?

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Nikita, you can do this.

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You're brave, Nikita.

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Are you going to go for it? Good girl.

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That is really disgusting.

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Go for it. A survival situation, yes, you just chew it, chomp it, yum it.

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What does it taste like?

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Are you going to puke?

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It's all creamy and disgusting, but it tastes like off cream.

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I just ate a spider!

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To sleep in the rainforest, it's best to get off the ground,

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away from the bugs and beasties.

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So the team will use a hammock strung between two trees

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with a rain cover and mosquito net for protection.

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For God's sake!

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Why have I picked the only place in this forest

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with the most ants in it?

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We're going to have to move you, cos this one's dead.

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It's rotten completely, with fungus growing on it.

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Where are we going to go? There's nowhere else.

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We'll find another spot. There's plenty of spots.

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You're joking.

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After nightfall, the jungle comes alive

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and the explorers feel very vulnerable in their hammocks.

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All I keep hearing

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is these horrible noises like wood crackling and stuff.

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It will be hard to get to sleep, but I'm going to try.

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Hopefully snakes don't really like me.

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I don't mind if snakes don't like me, or spiders,

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or anything that wants to kill me.

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I hope they stay well away from me. Night!

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-Good night.

-Night-night.

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Most of the explorers have a surprisingly cosy night,

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but Nikita is so freaked out, she climbs in with Sammie.

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THEY GIGGLE

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Put your feet in. Put your feet in. That was OK.

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I woke up and started hearing this weird growling noise.

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It was really horrible.

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I was really scared so I literally ran around here

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and I ended up in Sammie's hammock.

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-I'm pretty comfy!

-I'm pretty comfy!

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Next morning, the leaders have an exercise to highlight

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one of the rainforest's biggest dangers - getting lost.

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Everything looks the same, so it's vital to work and stay together.

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This will be interesting because you have to navigate out of here, OK?

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It is just 800 metres back to the river and Ben and Polly

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have broken down the route into small sections.

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The first one is 200 degrees for 80 metres.

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-That way.

-It is not that way.

-It is.

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-It's not, it's that way.

-It's that way.

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Nobody seems able to agree on the direction, but they head off anyway.

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You are going to get so lost.

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You're going the wrong way Sammie!

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-I was sent this way.

-Left. Left. Stop.

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-Stop.

-Stop.

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170 is that way.

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This was meant to take maybe an hour-and-a-half, two hours.

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Not a chance.

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You're going the wrong way.

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You've got to go that way. Stop!

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I think we're going the wrong way, but they don't, so they keep going.

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The boys insist on taking the lead

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and blindly take them into the thickest part of the jungle.

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Ow!

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Ow! Ow! Ow! Ow! Ow!

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I've just been bitten by a massive thorny thing in my leg.

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We can't get through. We're all stuck.

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They're now completely lost and tempers are fraying.

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THEY ARGUE

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They're just not working as a team and the girls are trying to

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put their point forward, but the boys aren't really listening.

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I want Nikita at the front...

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No, cos I can't do it. You should know that.

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It's just hilarious.

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-You went, "We're here."

-Shut up.

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No, cos you did do that, so you thought you were clearly there.

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-You thought you could clearly do it when you couldn't.

-I didn't...

-No.

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-Let other people talk sometimes.

-No, I'm not.

-Yeah, so shut up.

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-Don't take it all out on Regan.

-I'm not, I'm just saying...

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Trying to blame it all on me.

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Why are we arguing about it? We obviously weren't there.

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Now we're here, so let's just go.

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The leaders decide it's high time to step in.

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-Nikita, do you want to take lead of the next one?

-No.

-Why not?

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-I can't do it.

-Of course you can. Want to give it a whirl?

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BEN: How can you complain if you can't do it yourself?

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-I can't do it so I don't want to.

-Why don't you go with the two girls?

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Polly gives them directions to get back on course.

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123 degrees for 65 metres.

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It's the girls' chance to show the boys they've got what it takes.

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Guys, I think we've found it.

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And they reach the next compass point in no time.

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We think we're here.

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-Girls, I think that was amazing.

-Yes!

-Absolutely brilliant.

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Fantastic. Well controlled. Really good.

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-It's a tall order to live up to, isn't it?

-Your turn.

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Josh, you're on.

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So can the boys do any better this time?

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Josh, look straight ahead of us. There's a little route we can go up.

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They decide on a direct route across a stream.

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Are you OK there?

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Guys, I don't think you need to go up there.

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-Why?

-You need to go straight along there.

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Despite the girls' earlier success,

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the boys refuse to listen to Megan's advice.

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It's completely pointless.

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I won't be able to get up that. No way, I can't get up this.

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And even worse, they don't bother to wait

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for Megan and Sammie to catch up.

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-Where is everyone else?

-They've just gone.

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-I don't have a clue where the girls are.

-They've run off somewhere.

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I won't be able get up there.

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Pass your bag. They're completely gone.

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The boys have broken the most important jungle safety rule -

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that the whole team always sticks together.

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Where's everyone gone? They left us.

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You're supposed to stop and wait for the rest of the group.

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We've to find our way back now, cos we don't know where we're going.

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It's just not funny.

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-They've left Nikita as well.

-I don't know where the boys are.

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They were in front and I said to stop cos the girls aren't with us

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and they just carried on. So, don't know....

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-There they are.

-Megan, come on. Is that Nikita or Megan?

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You absolute spoons.

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We asked you to wait. Megan was like, "I can't get up."

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I had to take off my bag, help her with her bag.

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Can you try and keep up?

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We couldn't because she couldn't get up the hill.

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-JOSH:

-Why didn't you push her up?

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Ben is not amused.

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I could see Megan struggling to clamber up the bank of the river

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and there was about 150 metres in between you.

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If it wasn't for Nikita coming back to the halfway point to go,

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"Where are the other girls? I can't find them,"

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she'd have been hundreds of metres away and straightaway, you're lost.

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In the end, it takes the explorers a total of four hours

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to cover the 800 metres back to the river.

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-We're here!

-Not quite. We need to get down still.

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They weren't working as a team. It was very much the girls and the boys.

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At the beginning it was terrible.

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When the girls took over, we were amazing and whizzed through it.

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In this instance, the girls were miles better than the boys

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and if they'd been listened to, we'd have been here two hours ago.

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We're too impatient, we don't stick together. Good on them.

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Hopefully we'll get back at them sometime later in the trip.

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As they head back to base camp,

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Ben springs one last surprise exercise on the explorers.

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The middle of the river, guys. Right in the middle.

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It's a safety drill to see if they've water-proofed all their kit.

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We're going to do a capsize drill with full kit, OK?

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-I don't want to get the letter wet!

-What letter?

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-From my mum.

-It's in your waterproof bag.

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If they're sealed properly you'll be fine.

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Two nights ago, the team got packages from their families

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and several have precious letters and photos in their rucksacks.

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SHOUTING

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Come on! Tip, you stupid boat!

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Come on!

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Yes! Nice!

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Start working together. We need to get that boat upright.

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The golden rule is to stay with the canoe and get it back afloat.

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That's it, Sammie. Well done. Nikita, what are you doing?

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But Nikita is more worried about trying to rescue her own bag.

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Get in that water and start helping that boat, yes?

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That's it, guys, well done, get it into the side.

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Get it into the side.

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Josh, Michael and Megan worked really well together

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and it was quite a slick drill.

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The second team, these guys tried to sort out their kit

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and there's huge safety implications.

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Back to camp.

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It's the moment of truth.

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How well did the explorers waterproof their rucksacks?

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I'm worried about all my layers and my photos getting soaked.

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If they are, I'm going to cry.

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Everything inside should have been well sealed in waterproof bags.

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-Oh.

-Oh, rubbish.

-Well, it's not too bad.

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-Not waterproof, OK.

-The sweets are all right, that's what matters.

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The pants are dry.

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-Yes.

-And that's important.

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-I'm going to be OK! They're dry!

-Megan, absolute star.

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All my things are wet. Sleeping bag, mosquito net, socks, wash bag.

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And like Jake, Sammie's bag is also soaked through.

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My letters are almost ruined.

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I really don't want them to be ruined.

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I don't care about anything else, just my letters.

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Shall we do Nikita next?

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-She looks very quiet.

-You're not doing mine.

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-Are you worried everything's wet?

-No.

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BEN: What's the problem?

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I want to do it by myself.

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You will do it by yourself.

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By myself away from everyone.

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-What are you trying to hide?

-Nothing!

-Why don't you do it?

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I want to check my photos are all right.

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If you're worried, we need to get them out now

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-and dry them.

-I'll do it by myself! I don't want everyone there.

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BEN: Nikita, Jake is doing his, Sammie is doing hers.

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I'll do mine.

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I'm being serious, go away.

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Why did I get this job?

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SHE SHOUTS

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Why did I get this job?

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We have got a slight issue here, another strop.

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After Nikita cools off, Polly persuades her to come back.

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I want to rescue your photos, is that what you're worried about?

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-Yes.

-OK, come on.

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Things are nowhere near as bad as Nikita fears.

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Good girl. Let's take them out.

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Let's take them out.

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They look good. Let's dry them.

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Her photos are all absolutely fine.

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They're photos my family sent me.

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I thought they'd be soaking and ruined.

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And I'd end up crying if they were.

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I didn't want everyone to see me cry.

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-This isn't too wet, either.

-Isn't it?

-You've done really well.

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-You're joking.

-It's all right. Have more faith in yourself.

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I've the driest stuff out of everyone!

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It was so funny because she just flipped her lid again

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and it's like having a time-bomb in the camp.

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You never know when she's going to blow.

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After spending last night out,

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their rainforest shack seems like five-star accommodation.

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This is like luxury jungle.

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This is nice. You've got a hut to sleep in.

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We love our little house.

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Even here, they can't let their guard down for a second.

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They've ate my packed lunch.

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Someone left a lunch bag open and now it's been destroyed by ants.

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They've strewn the plastic all the way across the camp.

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Oh, my God. How did they get in? I'd done it up.

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How can I get rid of all these ants?

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Oh! Oh! Oh! Argh!

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Kill that.

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I've been bitten by about ten.

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That's it. You're all dead.

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They bit me everywhere.

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Aw! God, he got me again.

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Jungle training is about to step up a gear.

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With just two days left before the epic canoe journey,

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they move on to emergency survival.

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What is your number one survival priority to keep yourself alive?

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-Water.

-Yes, water.

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They don't know that they'll be putting the lessons into practise

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sooner than they think.

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If you feel light headed, dizzy, nauseous, no energy...

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Tomorrow, they'll face the ultimate survival exercise -

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a whole day and night in the jungle completely on their own.

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You're looking for four trees, all right.

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The first survival lesson is about building an emergency shelter.

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This horizontal piece, this will form part of your roof.

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It's just trapped against the uprights by the V-shaped sticks.

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Do you see that? Yes?

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You're going to need palm to make the roof.

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With no idea of just how soon they'll need these vital skills,

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they're finding it hard to concentrate.

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This one's backwards.

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It is a very humid, overcast day and it's sapped everyone's energy.

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-You chopped it too short.

-It doesn't reach.

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I don't think anyone was paying attention to that last demonstration

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and that makes it all the more worrying for what lies ahead, really.

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How are we going to do this bit?

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Careful...

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Right, moment of truth. Lie down.

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Ah, no, it's come undone!

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You've broken it, Michael.

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You've trashed it!

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The second essential for survival is water.

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Local tribesmen show how it can be found

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in the most unlikely places,

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such as inside some types of bamboo shoot.

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-Does anyone want to test the water?

-I do.

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Good. It's a really funny taste, but it is nice.

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-Tastes of bamboo. It's been cleansed by the growing process.

-That is rank.

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Another important survival skill is making fire.

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I can't get this flint thingy to work.

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Without matches, they need to make a spark

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using a flint block and steel striker.

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Josh, move the block, not the striker. That's it.

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It's not easy though, is it, guys?

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-It's lighted loads of times.

-It's frustrating.

-It is so annoying.

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It'd be interesting if this were real whether they'd survive or not.

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No, we wouldn't.

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The final survival ingredient is food.

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The tribesmen can set some fiendish animal traps.

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They've rigged it and we've set it to double the chances of hitting.

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Shall I be the animal?

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-The animal goes past. ALL:

-Whoa!

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There's your dinner for tonight.

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With survival training completed,

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it's time to fill in the explorers on the extreme challenge ahead.

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Tomorrow, we are going to be doing something

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we've never done before with a bunch of people your age.

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We're going to bung you into the rainforest to survive by yourselves.

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POLLY: You're on your own. BEN: You're on your own.

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-Oh, my God!

-How are we going to do that?

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You've been taught the necessary skills today,

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from gathering water, to hunting, trapping and getting food.

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I couldn't start the tiniest fire. I can't fish.

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I can't set traps. I'm terrible at stuff like that.

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I think it'd be really amazing to see

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if we are we are tough enough to stay in the jungle by ourselves.

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But not everyone will take part in the survival challenge.

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One lucky explorer will instead get an amazing treat,

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helping with a unique survey

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to monitor black caimans, a huge type of crocodile.

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There is an opportunity to do a caiman project...

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also to stay in an amazing lodge,

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absolutely amazing.

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We'll go out and hunt a caiman.

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-That sounds so cool.

-I really want to do it.

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Regan can't believe his ears.

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Back home he keeps reptiles as pets

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and he's long dreamt of just this kind of opportunity.

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Before I came, every day I was looking up stuff about black caiman.

0:25:040:25:09

Who here would really like to do the caiman thing?

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All of you. Fine, if that's the case then we'll just go round.

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It's down to the explorers to vote on who deserves the treat the most.

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I'm voting for Jake because I think he deserves it.

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Thanks for that Nikita.

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I say Regan because he's all into that crocodiley caimany stuff.

0:25:270:25:33

The voting's incredibly tight.

0:25:330:25:37

I am going to vote for Megan.

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-I'm going to vote for Jake.

-I'm voting for Megan.

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I'm going to vote for Josh.

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With six votes cast, Regan's just one behind Jake and Megan.

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It is all down to Michael.

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Sorry to one of you, but it's nothing personal at all,

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it's just what I feel and I'm going to vote for Jake.

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APPLAUSE

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It really means a lot, guys. I can't explain how much it means to me.

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There is another twist.

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-Oh, God.

-You're joking!

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-It's a good one. You're going to be joined by someone else.

-Who?

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Your choice, buddy.

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It gives Regan a small ray of hope.

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This is really hard.

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I've got down to two people.

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It's Regan and Josh.

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I know Regan just loves reptiles and snakes and stuff like that

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so he'd really enjoy it.

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But I'm going to pick Josh on this one.

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BEN: It's your decision.

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I'm going to have a really fun time and it is going to be fantastic.

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I had a good think because Regan loves this stuff,

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but I knew Josh would learn a lot from it.

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That's why it was a hard decision.

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I'm happy for them,

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but I am a bit upset about it because...

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out of everyone in the group

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I think I would have got the most out of the caiman project,

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but it was more about who's your mate,

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who do you like the most, who do you want to have a good time?

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But what can you do?

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Next time on Serious Explorers...

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Freaked out in the forest -

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the explorers struggle to make it through the night.

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We can't survive!

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And face-to-face with a killer crocodile.

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You can see its teeth!

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The team's intense week of jungle training steps up a gear with lessons in emergency survival, from eating bugs and beasties to making shelters and fire. The explorers are shocked to learn that they will be putting their new-found skills into practice with a survival night on their own in the rainforest.


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