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Making a Log Ladder | Running Wild With Bear Grylls

January 23, 2020

[music playing] So the terrain here
is definitely getting steeper and more committing. But you know, so
much of survival is about just trying
to be resourceful. I just wonder if maybe we
maybe use that old trunk. Use that, get that down, and
then we can down climb that. Let’s have a look at it, anyway. Yeah. [laughs] Is there some
way we can use our ax to make the ladder out of that? Yeah, brilliant idea. Brilliant. [laughs] BEAR GRYLLS: Totally. Maybe if we, like, cut
little steps into it– it doesn’t have to be
big, you know, just enough to use as hands and feet. Drag it, drop it down. Maybe tie this rope to the end
of it so it stays in place. Sure. We passed this old
log on the way down. Have you got that ax on you? Yeah. Let’s bring the ax up here. And of course, because the
air is so dry out here, nothing really rots. Rock hard, though, this wood. But whatever it was
used for one time, we’re going to use it
for our purpose, which is getting down this crack. So if you could give us the
ax, what we’re trying to do is trying to get– We can cut some
little steps into it, and drop it down this crack,
and use those, and down climb. [chopping] [music playing] Let’s get you doing
a bit of that. I’m going to get this rope
ready, and then we’re into it. DAVE BAUTISTA: Bear’s
plan is to somehow climb down this log
ladder that we’ve built from our two hands and an ax. [laughs] BEAR GRYLLS: OK. So that’s a bunch of steps cut. And now, what we’ve got
to do is position it. So if you take the heavy end– All right. I’ll this end.
You read? Heading that way? We’re going down to the right.
Yeah. DAVE BAUTISTA: Yep. Yeah. BEAR GRYLLS: Oh, my god. [laughs] Bautista,
you crack me up. Here we go, right? It’s literally like
he’s moving a matchstick. This is so heavy. Well, the great thing
about having Dave Bautista on this journey is
that when you’re moving heavy tree trunks
around, it suddenly all becomes a little bit easier. OK, watch your step down there. We’ll let gravity do the
work now, if you put it down. And then we’ll come up this end. DAVE BAUTISTA: I
feel OK climbing down this log right now. But as Mike Tyson
said, everybody always has a plan until they
get punched in the face. So I’ll see– [laughs] –how it starts looking when
we’re actually doing this. But as of right now,
I’m extremely confident. [laughs] So when I go down, am
I going down, like, keeping my weight on the rope? Or should I try
to balance myself? A bit of both. – A bit of both.
– A bit of both, yeah. As you get steeper,
it’s going to be more natural to use
your hands and stuff and your feet as well.
So– DAVE BAUTISTA: OK. OK. [suspenseful music] OK, tell me when
you’re at the top. Not yet. Almost. OK, I got my foot on it. OK, now try and use the
log because I’m going to– I’m struggling to hold
you on that one side. OK. [grunts] BEAR GRYLLS: Keep talking to me. Are you on there? I can’t see you now. Yeah, I’m on the log. And these notches are much
farther apart than I thought. [laughs] OK, I’m down. I made it. OK, good job. OK, I’m going to follow
you down this line. That were a pretty
good one there. DAVE BAUTISTA: Yeah. [laughs] Yeah, look at that. DAVE BAUTISTA: [laughs] Good job. Well done. When I got a little high,
it was a little scary. And there was a
couple times where I just wanted to wrap
myself around the log and hopefully slide down.


  • Reply Batgirl P January 18, 2020 at 1:45 pm

    Dave Bautista ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•

  • Reply Izzy PlusPlusPlus January 18, 2020 at 1:47 pm

    Log? You mean utility pole, left by a producer.

  • Reply ฮ“ฮนฯ‰ฯฮณฮฟฯ‚ ฮงฯฯ…ฯƒฯŒฯ€ฮฟฯ…ฮปฮฟฯ‚ January 18, 2020 at 1:51 pm

    Couldn't you just slide down? It would be easier and more fun.

  • Reply Roy BM January 18, 2020 at 1:52 pm

    Without that log they probably have died up there. Thank God ๐Ÿ™. One log a day keeps the doctor away.

  • Reply manilha 6888 January 18, 2020 at 1:52 pm

    Esse cara รฉ uma fraude…nao deveria estar nesse canal.

  • Reply phen January 18, 2020 at 1:53 pm

    I really hope you got a hotel up to Bear Grylls standards, he'd be really upset of you didn't.

  • Reply Zombert January 18, 2020 at 1:56 pm

    Let's use this perfectly straight, not specifically cut for this skit log that is conveniently in a spot where there aren't any trees at all for miles…

  • Reply Bobis Tomy January 18, 2020 at 1:59 pm

    Next part ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

  • Reply vivek negi January 18, 2020 at 2:04 pm

    Batista Vs bear how bout this??

  • Reply SSArt98 January 18, 2020 at 2:04 pm

    C'mon NG!
    That's a telephone pole and talk about out of place! (plus you can see a fresh cut with a chainsaw)
    FFS Fake, fake, fake & stupid!

  • Reply Pat O'Callaghan January 18, 2020 at 2:05 pm

    Really?what happened the old school bear grylls

  • Reply Jay0161 Blazing January 18, 2020 at 2:13 pm

    What was the log all about itโ€™s less entertaining when your tied to rope ๐Ÿ˜‚

  • Reply Kaboom 214 January 18, 2020 at 2:14 pm


  • Reply nirajan aryal January 18, 2020 at 2:18 pm

    I am with bear

  • Reply jpe2ny January 18, 2020 at 2:27 pm

    So fake….trying to sell that crappy hatchet

  • Reply Ryan J.A Kyle January 18, 2020 at 2:28 pm

    Embarrassment scene ๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿฝโ€โ™‚๏ธ

  • Reply Theresa January 18, 2020 at 2:31 pm

    It's so unfortunate he loves to destroy nature environment. He has no right to do on his own way on public park. Wish him dead..

  • Reply Corndog Killer January 18, 2020 at 2:33 pm

    What hotel did Best stay in to rest up for this challenge? ๐Ÿ˜

  • Reply Blue -eyed January 18, 2020 at 2:35 pm if that "log" wasnt placed there for this episode…

  • Reply Timothy L. ove January 18, 2020 at 2:36 pm


  • Reply Sebastian Puraci January 18, 2020 at 2:55 pm

    The log is old but it has been recently cut with a chainsaw; you can see this by the difference in color between the top of the log and the rest of it. Why is the log there? You find no logic if you think about it. In the end the log had almost no use. All the effort spent in creating the "ladder" was pointless.

    There would be no problem if this was just a fictional show with no application in real life. But it pretends to be a "survival" show, offering techniques which could be applied in real life. And in this case it is not OK.

  • Reply EricDutemple January 18, 2020 at 3:04 pm

    Sam bridges likes.

  • Reply Maciek300 January 18, 2020 at 3:09 pm

    just a random completely straight, handily placed by the cliff log, nothing more than that

  • Reply Mok CK January 18, 2020 at 3:13 pm

    Let's take the ax and destroy a log to build a ladder to climb down a slope with our secured long rope!?

  • Reply Pizza Zombie January 18, 2020 at 3:14 pm

    The log was probably an old telegraph or telephone pole.

  • Reply Erik Giovani January 18, 2020 at 3:17 pm

    Lmao is this just horseshoe bend?

  • Reply possesed7 January 18, 2020 at 3:20 pm

    everything here is stupid.

  • Reply I don't think so January 18, 2020 at 3:21 pm

    Why is the log?

  • Reply Markus Tremp January 18, 2020 at 3:24 pm

    Yeah use that trunk !!! Haha

  • Reply Angela Baker January 18, 2020 at 3:25 pm

    Oh the log was just laying there like that? Uh huh. ….
    Oh I'm not the only one who noticed lol

  • Reply Vic dude January 18, 2020 at 3:27 pm

    Walking sticks are lite or cut the side of steps with that ax on that slope

  • Reply Angela Baker January 18, 2020 at 3:27 pm

    This is dumb. A F

  • Reply Chia Lor January 18, 2020 at 3:31 pm

    That's a beautifully cut log just hanging out in the middle of….well…. In the middle of no other random trees lol.

  • Reply Chia Lor January 18, 2020 at 3:32 pm

    This reminds me of when we caught him going down a river raft with a life jacket and they tried to deny it lololol.

  • Reply Valeria Gonzalez January 18, 2020 at 3:45 pm


  • Reply Rick Vangunten January 18, 2020 at 3:56 pm

    National Geographic must have reached into the bottom of the barrel to find this to post. Has to be the lamest setup ever come up with.ย Any more like this and I will unsubscribe!

  • Reply JM B January 18, 2020 at 4:17 pm

    freshly sawed at the base ๐Ÿ™ˆ

  • Reply REGINOX January 18, 2020 at 4:18 pm

    heโ€™s anchoring down so there was absolutely no point to the log.

  • Reply B uppy January 18, 2020 at 4:20 pm

    The point of this video is to inspire resourcefulness. Bear makes a great point with how to turn this into a ladder. Tired of off point comments.

  • Reply Kyle Justin January 18, 2020 at 4:24 pm

    Batista anyone?

  • Reply Paul McNeil Mortel January 18, 2020 at 4:28 pm

    Batista and Gordan Dragic

  • Reply Jeremy Winston January 18, 2020 at 4:34 pm

    How convenient a log in the middle of nowhere. It must have just magically appeared!

  • Reply Thunder Bolt January 18, 2020 at 4:37 pm

    Y is this perfect wood log doing in the middle of mountain where no tree can be seen fara far away

  • Reply Jeremy Winston January 18, 2020 at 4:37 pm

    What a rip off!

  • Reply The German January 18, 2020 at 4:53 pm

    Nooo!! they killed Groot ๐Ÿ˜ข

  • Reply Winged Things January 18, 2020 at 5:20 pm

    3:06 "I'm struggling to hold you on that one." As he motions to the group of men out of sight to continue lowering the rope. I wouldn't say it's a fake show but it's definitely over exaggerated. You don't need a ladder if you're repelling but hey they have to make it more interesting somehow.

  • Reply Jeremy neveu January 18, 2020 at 5:24 pm

    Useless ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

  • Reply Chris January 18, 2020 at 5:53 pm

    Absolutely pointless exercise!

  • Reply Geordon R January 18, 2020 at 6:07 pm

    Let's use this old telephone pole out here in BFE

  • Reply agasttya dixit January 18, 2020 at 6:15 pm

    How can everybody see Drax now?

  • Reply Reece Coleman January 18, 2020 at 6:35 pm

    We all know that log was conveniently placed there

  • Reply UkSapyy January 18, 2020 at 6:38 pm

    How do I watch this in the UK. A British show turned American and now unavailable to Britain… WHY?

  • Reply King Lurch January 18, 2020 at 6:40 pm

    He shoulda just Batista bombed him off the cliff

  • Reply Katherine Uribe January 18, 2020 at 6:41 pm

    Dave Bautista lifts that log like it's a bag of groceries, like nothing!๐Ÿ’ช

  • Reply Toni Rajamรคki January 18, 2020 at 6:57 pm

    Bear Grylls: Conserving energy is cruicial in any survival situation.

    Also Bear Grylls: Lets hack and carry around this heavy utility pole for absolutely no reason.

  • Reply 67 THE*LEGENDS January 18, 2020 at 7:38 pm

    Batista ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

  • Reply Beast Boiii January 18, 2020 at 7:38 pm

    How could you not add Dave Bautista's name in this?

  • Reply MegaPossesed January 18, 2020 at 7:52 pm

    What are you doing National Geographic? What is this VH1??

  • Reply Mark Simeone January 18, 2020 at 8:16 pm

    More rope is all you needed.

  • Reply M C January 18, 2020 at 9:17 pm

    What is a discarded telephone pole doing up there?

  • Reply Adamus January 18, 2020 at 9:23 pm

    Batista ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿป

  • Reply Justin Bighetty January 19, 2020 at 1:56 am

    This was stupid

  • Reply J R January 19, 2020 at 2:26 am

    I wonder if we could use that old trunk that's been freshly cut and placed there for us.

  • Reply J R January 19, 2020 at 2:28 am

    This guy is such a fraud and a fake piece of….

  • Reply overanDownUnder January 19, 2020 at 2:37 am

    30ft log in desert with no trees & a fresh cut… oh look what I found that was not placed here for filming.

  • Reply David Harness January 19, 2020 at 3:02 am

    About as real-to-life as WWE…

  • Reply Harsh Singh January 19, 2020 at 6:11 am

    Where is the second person, I can't see him.

  • Reply vincent vhangani January 19, 2020 at 6:48 am

    How did that get there๐Ÿ˜‚, and scripted things

  • Reply Ahmed January 19, 2020 at 7:43 am

    2:33 why not to get closer to the water and jump

  • Reply Ton n Tan January 19, 2020 at 9:34 am

    Bullsh*t, my childhood definitely more intense, that would be nomal for the kid from my hometown

  • Reply channel mysterious January 19, 2020 at 11:28 am

    ๐Ÿ”ดIndonesia treasure hunter๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™‹

  • Reply Nujella Narasimha Krishna Teja January 19, 2020 at 1:50 pm

    A stupid video

  • Reply bayan ko January 19, 2020 at 2:43 pm

    โ€œOh what a coincidence, an old perfectly cut log !โ€

  • Reply Bayu Harnanto January 19, 2020 at 3:59 pm

    Useless and worst scenario. The only good thing is how strong Bautista is.

  • Reply A. Random January 19, 2020 at 4:16 pm

    What a joke

  • Reply Chuck F. January 19, 2020 at 5:28 pm

    This is so fake it's almost funny.

  • Reply toby ladd January 19, 2020 at 8:57 pm

    while i like the person as i see him ,,,,, NEVER do most of the things he shows in a situation , dont run , dont jump from crazy spots , dont do what makes you sweat ,dont eat rotted meat , dont run dont run dont run ,,,, good for entertainment but dont see it as any more than that .

  • Reply The Random Guys {LarY} January 19, 2020 at 11:31 pm


  • Reply J Mac January 19, 2020 at 11:50 pm

    Should be awarded for best comedy drama at the Golden Globes

  • Reply Adventure Lover January 20, 2020 at 1:13 am

    Just give the rope and I'll do it by my self.

  • Reply Bruce Simmons January 20, 2020 at 3:52 am

    Wow, you rarely see such an obvious pointless waste of time & energy in a 4min clip. . Well played Nat Geo.

  • Reply Hamid Aliti January 20, 2020 at 6:38 am


  • Reply Jungle wildlife January 20, 2020 at 4:01 pm

    Good job, please take care ๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿ™Š๐Ÿ™Š๐Ÿ™Š๐Ÿ™Š๐Ÿ™Š๐Ÿ™ˆ๐Ÿ™ˆ๐Ÿ™ˆ๐Ÿ™ˆ๐Ÿ™ˆ๐Ÿ™ˆ๐Ÿ™ˆ๐Ÿ™ˆ๐Ÿ™ˆ๐Ÿ™ˆ๐Ÿ™ˆ๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

  • Reply Rizky Romadhoni January 20, 2020 at 4:16 pm

    The cameraman is landed first than they

  • Reply Robin Raphael January 20, 2020 at 7:45 pm

    Lmao do you see the terrain where did they find this perfect cut tree trunk come on hella fake but I guess the premise is right but good luck finding that wood

  • Reply stilcrazychris January 20, 2020 at 11:06 pm

    Why didn't they just repel down the rock face?
    That so called log (telephone pole) was useless!

  • Reply Themcplayer 01 January 21, 2020 at 12:30 am

    Way to much gear for 'survival' and what a great log am i right

  • Reply Themcplayer 01 January 21, 2020 at 12:33 am

    Also a radio tower in the background if your looking 2:26
    Or a power tower

  • Reply DHRUBA RANJAN SHARMA January 21, 2020 at 4:08 am

    Drax Aka Batista

  • Reply Queenslander January 21, 2020 at 8:49 am

    Australians call this Camping .. (just joking) BTW National Geographic I think you might owe Australia a small favour for your great online success because ( Australiaโ€™s CSIRO in 1926 intended Wi-Fi) so Iโ€™m asking if thereโ€™s someway of letting your viewers know that thereโ€™s a lot of miscommunication out there about the fires down here like they have not actually affected the majority of the country but Americans have still been cancelling their trips in droves which is compounding our problems even further. Most of the iconic destinations are thousands of miles from where the fires were. Oz is a huge country and Itโ€™s like people cancelling trips to New York if there are fires in California. The kind wishโ€™s & support from our international friends has been amazing but we need to get the message out there. So Iโ€™m hopping someone at NG sees this and handball it to someone who can help. Cheers Johno North Queensland.

  • Reply Deopreso Liber January 21, 2020 at 10:43 am

    Come on bear dont foolish us that is an easy stuff to do dont make it look harder than it is anyway show must go on ….

  • Reply boss gbana January 21, 2020 at 5:02 pm

    , Batista

  • Reply jukucholove January 21, 2020 at 7:44 pm

    They forced themselves to make and use the useless ladder.

  • Reply Noir Nihilist January 21, 2020 at 10:10 pm

    Come on people, we all know logs are migratory animals. This one probably climbed down the ravine to drink some water from the river.

  • Reply Brandon Unglaub January 21, 2020 at 11:09 pm

    Bear Grills was very open about using props set there ahead of time in this series. It makes the show entertaining just STFU and enjoy

  • Reply VICKY VENGURLEKAR January 22, 2020 at 4:49 pm

    Go jump like hulk bro

  • Reply Destination Fucked January 23, 2020 at 8:35 am

    Everybody talking about that log placed there but why do they even need it in the first place.

  • Reply BlueSky2019 January 23, 2020 at 11:40 am

    Like the one that a native use in the jungle.

  • Reply Danielle January 23, 2020 at 4:19 pm

    There's a reason Bear is able to bring celebrities out q him. This is a heavily planned show. Nothing is unpredictable

  • Reply National Geographic January 23, 2020 at 4:49 pm

    Being in the wild often means you have to be very resourceful. What are your thoughts on Dave Bautista's adventure with Bear Grylls?

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