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Season Two

Island Caving

George travels to the northern wilds of Vancouver Island to find out where the rain goes, by exploring the deep, wet caves that pepper the area. Accompanied by a group of hardcore cavers from Alberta and British Columbia, he descends into four different caves that lead deep into the earth. One requires a 40 meter rappel to enter. Another they enter through a waterfall. On a third, the team carries inflatable kayaks into the cave so they can explore the dark river running deep under the ground.

Hurricane

Linking up with legendary stormchaser Jim Leonard, George tracks Hurricane Dean as it makes it’s way across the Caribbean – eventually building to Category 5 strength. The pair fly to Jamaica to intercept the storm, and get right into the action as witness its power as it pounds the shoreline of the island. George then travels to Nova Scotia to experience the even bigger turmoil of Hurricane Noel as it sends huge waves into the iconic Maritime village of Peggy’s Cove.

Waterspouts

Waterspouts are the nautical cousins of tornadoes – spinning whirlwinds of water vapour that menace mariners and exposed shorelines. George uses a motorboat, a van and small plane to try to get up close to these freak winds in the Florida Keys – home to more waterspouts than anywhere else in the world. While exploring the southern tip of Florida, he gets a chance to meet some of the 25 million alligators that live in the Sunshine State.

Hawaii-Surf & Snow

George explores the wild side of Hawaii – diving with Galapagos sharks, ascending to the snow covered blizzard conditions at the top of Mauna Kea, descending to 85 feet under the water to have his teeth cleaned by Peppermint Cleaner Shrimp, witnessing Banzai Pipeline – the biggest, toughest surfing beach in the world – and getting his boots lit on fire by Kilauea, one of the world’s most active and spectacular volcanoes.

Thunder Down Under

When summer starts to heat up, the thunderstorms and winds start to blow across the Great Plains of North America. In early December, the same thing happens across the dry dusty Outback of Australia. George heads down under to link up with Aussie stormchaser Jimmy Deguara, and the pair head out “back a buggary” as the Aussies say, to witness the storms. While in Oz, he dives with some of the creatures of the Great Barrier Reef, and when the opportunity arises to see how painful the sting of the venomous Box Jellyfish is – well, he has to have a go, doesn’t he?

Hottest & Coldest

North America’s hottest temperature ever? 134 degrees F – Death Valley, California. The coldest – Snag, Yukon - -81 degrees F. “Angry Planet” visits both – Death Valley in the hottest week of the summer, Yukon during a long cold snap in mid-February. In both extremes, George meets ultramarathon runners, testing themselves against the searing heat of Death Valley and the bone-chilling cold of the Yukon. He tries his hand at running through the desert, and dog-sledding though the northern snow. He also meets some of the wild characters of the north, like Caveman Bill, who has now lived in a cave outside Dawson through 12 long cold Yukon winters.

Italia Wild

Italy is the only country in Europe that is threatened by four kinds of natural disasters: volcanoes, avalanches, earthquakes, and floods. George tours through the Dolomite mountains, seeing the avalanches that crash down into alpine villages, and meeting Italians with new ways of dealing with these winter dangers. He then heads for Venice, where rising water levels are flooding this unique Renaissance city. He meets the engineers who are involved in building giant floodgates to protect and preserve the city. He then heads south to explore Italy’s three explosive volcanoes: Vesuvius, Etna and Stromboli.

Westcoast Winter Weather

Changing weather patterns mean that the weather is getting wilder on Canada’s rugged west coast. George tries his hand at ice-climbing up a 70 meter frozen waterfall. He then straps on ski-skins to climb high up Mt.Garibaldi to experience the real Canadian winter high on an alpine lake. Finally, he visits a stormwatching lodge on British Columbia’s Long Beach, home of hardcore winter surfing and massive Pacific storms.

Iceland – Fire and Ice

Iceland’s extraordinary geothermal features and massive glaciers make it not only a playground for extreme adventurers, but also a nation that has harnessed its geothermal energy like no other has. George meets the President of Iceland, Olafur Grimmsson, who has spearheaded the use of geothermal power in the country, and visits geothermal sites such as the Blue Lagoon and the country’s famous geysers. He then explores the largest glacier in Europe, the volcanically active inland of Haimaey, and the Vatnajokull Lagoon, where he climbs one of the huge icebergs calving off the glaciers.

Timbuktu – Birthplace of Hurricanes

Timbuktu, one of the most exotic destinations in the world for adventure travel, is deep in the heart of the southern Sahara Desert. George travels overland to explore the hot dry area that spawns the dust storms that can spin off from Africa into the Atlantic and morph into the tropical hurricanes that can cross the ocean to threaten the Caribbean and USA. While searching for Timbuktu’s dust storms, he also finds adventure in the unique landscape and culture of West Africa.

Indian Monsoon

Nowhere on earth gets such an long period of intense rainfall as India in the summer monsoon season. George crisscrosses the massive country to experience the massive deluge and flooding. He wades through waist-deep water in Bombay and leach-filled waterfalls in Goa, finds people being swept away by swollen rivers and rebuilding broken bridges, and experiences the massive crush of intense annual Hindu celebration of this unique season.

Java – Land of Fire

Lying right on the Pacific Ring of Fire, the Indonesian island of Java is home to many of the world’s most active volcanoes. George takes a small boat to see the impressive new ash eruptions from Anak Krakatau, home of the massive 1883 eruption that reverberated around the world. He then travels to Merapi, still warm from the eruption of 2006, and then descends into the hellish Kawah Ijen sulphur mine to explore the world’s largest lake of sulphuric acid by rubber boat.

Indonesia

The islands of Indonesia have some of the most extraordinary extreme natural phenomena on earth. George first visits the island of Komodo to see the massive and dinosaur-like Komodo Dragons – the largest lizards on earth. He then explores the steaming sulphur vents of Papandayam, visits the villagers who have seen their town swept away by the Sidoarjo Mudflow, then tackles his biggest and toughest climb to date – the very active Semeru Volcano.

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