Choices made in the first 72 hours of any survival situation are the most critical. Dual Survival returns with the next generation of survivalists, who are ready to tackle the toughest terrains and demonstrate how to make it out alive--hopefully within the first 72 hours.
Each week, Grady Powell and Bill McConnell will be dropped into survival situations that anyone, anywhere in the world, could one day encounter. These experts exhibit how the right skills, knowledge and mental attitude can keep people alive under even the most extreme circumstances. Each episode takes place in a different remote wilderness location, where Grady and Bill must put aside their philosophical differences and work together to secure the four key elements of wilderness survival: water, food, fire and shelter.
Grady and Bill honed their skills in distinct environments, resulting in contrasting philosophies and very different approaches to survival. Grady is a former U.S. Army Green Beret with a "no quit" mindset, who passed selection at only 21 years old, and is among some of the youngest soldiers to have made it into the elite brotherhood of Special Forces Operators. A small arms, mobility and survival expert, Grady has run protection for high-level U.S. dignitaries overseas and currently teaches tactical skills to law enforcement and civilians.
Meanwhile, his new partner Bill McConnell, a primitive wilderness survivalist, takes a much different approach. Bill considers himself to be on a lifelong journey to connect with nature and often 'talks' to plants and animals in the wild. He is continually seeking out both indigenous and ancient skills, including fire making, tool & weapons manufacturing, and hunting.
Grady and Bill will navigate unique survival situations - stepping into extreme scenarios with the bare minimum of resources that someone in that position may have - and live out the experience until they achieve the ultimate goal: making it out alive. Each challenging journey is followed step-by-step, demonstrating that ordinary people can survive extraordinary circumstances.
Watch Dual Survival, starting 30th May, Mon-Fri | 7PM
Meet The Cast:
BILL McCONNELL, a primitive survivalist, started training in the wilderness at the age of four under the guidance of his grandfather. He grew up near Cleveland, Ohio but often spent time outdoors in the mountains of nearby Pennsylvania. As a young adult and art student, he was homeless for a time and adapted the lessons of his grandfather to hunt for his own food and practice a form of urban survival. Eventually, Bill found his way to the Pine Barrens of New Jersey, where he studied under and taught alongside Tom Brown, Jr. for nearly a decade. His lifelong devotion to the outdoors led Bill to explore primitive skills, including the tool manufacturing and hunting techniques of indigenous and ancient societies. He now lives in Montana where he runs the PAST Skills Wilderness School, leading courses on primitive camouflage, fire by friction techniques, Native American hunting traditions, and many other related topics.
GRADY POWELL, former U.S. Army Green Beret, passed selection at only 21 years old and is among some of the youngest soldiers to have made it into the elite brotherhood of Special Forces Operators. With tours in Iraq and northern Africa, Grady is a small arms, mobility, and survival expert. Before joining the Army, Grady studied graphic design, but ultimately decided to follow in the footsteps of other family members who have served, including his grandfather, who was in the 11th Airborne Division during World War II, and his father, who was a Green Beret during Vietnam. In 2011, Grady competed in the NBC series Stars Earn Stripes, ultimately winning alongside his partner Eva Torres. After serving with distinction in the Army for five years, he left and began training military, law enforcement, and civilians in tactical skills, such as defensive firearm implementation. Drawing on his expertise in shooting, evasion, field medicine, and urban survival, Grady has also run protection details for high-level U.S. dignitaries overseas. In 2013, he competed in a survival race for National Geographic's Ultimate Survival Alaska.