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Pack Your Bags! We're Going Wild!

January 28, 2014 –Imagine not being able to support your family or love your spouse, or feeling like you have lost all control of your life. Your loved ones don’t know what to do. You feel alone. Is there hope? Can you get your life back? Will you be able to feel alive again? 

With the help of adventure and survival expert TimMedvetz, Americans around the country who have hit rock bottom are discovering themselves through a rigorousthree-day wildlife intervention adventure forcing them to face their fears and problems head on.

Going Wildpremieres with back-to-back episodes Monday, March 3, at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Nat Geo WILD. Going Wild is produced by Shine America for Nat Geo WILD.

We’re packing our bags to tag along with host TimMedvetz and ordinary people stuck in  extraordinary ruts, who embark on epic physical, mental and emotional journeys that brings them closer to nature and, at the same time, closer to their true selves. After hearing from their loved ones, Tim drops in unsuspectingly to take everyday people away from the monotony of their lives and throws them into remote and unforgiving locations.

Tim pushes people to their absolute limits, navigating life-threatening terrain, hunting for food and water and forcing them to build their own shelter in brutal locations. We follow along as Tim takes participants on trips into some of the toughest regions of the country including Mount St. Helens in Washington; the Owyhee Canyon lands on the border of Oregon, Nevada and Idaho; and the MoabDesert in Utah.

With his unconventional, tough-love approach, Tim allows our lost souls to rediscover themselves. No stranger to the plight of others, Tim is a former member of the Hells Angels who has created the 501(c)3, The Heroes Project,with the mission of taking veterans who suffered catastrophic injuries on climbs to the world’s seven tallestsummits. Set to be featured on “60 Minutes” later this year,Medvetz’s goal for these climbs is to mirror the mental, physical and emotional challenges it takes to overcome losing limbs in battle. By putting these heroes in harm’s way, Medvetz and The Heroes Project are instrumental in helping veterans rediscover their true potential during their quest to the summit.

Premiere episodes include:
Going Wild: On the Rocks
Premieres Monday, March 3, 2014, at 8 p.m. ET/PT
Kym and Michael Cook have had a rocky 25-year relationship. They’ve been married and divorced, and have since remarried. But with Kym working two jobs to support her unemployed husband and four children, the financial strain has put their love on the rocks again. Not knowing where to turn and willing to try anything, they come to Tim with an open mind to save them from going through divorce once again. Tim leads them on a canyoneering expedition in the Owyhee Canyon lands —9 million acres of inaccessible wilderness spread across Idaho, Oregon and Nevada, where they are forced to rely on each other and, hopefully, learn to love one another once more. For the Cooks, it’s the ideal environment to save their marriage because to stay alive for the next three days, they’ll have to communicate, cooperate and literally put their lives in each other’s hands. We’ll see tempers flare and emotions run high. And what might be the toughest three days these two have spent togethermight be exactly what they need.

Going Wild: Trial by Fire
Premieres Monday, March 3, 2014, at 9 p.m. ET/PT
When Mount St. Helens erupted in 1980, it was the largest explosion ever recorded. Since then it has exploded more than 20 times. Tim is hoping it’s the perfect place to put Kris Hartman’s life back on solid ground. Kris lost his sistereight years ago and the pain has pushed him to drink every night, which has pulled him away from his family. Hecomes home each night after work and takes a shot of alcohol in honor of his sister, then buries himself in hours of mindless TV. Tim steps in to begin Kris’ journey toMount St. Helens. Loaded with 60 pounds of gear and armed with a small knife, Kris must endure an expedition that’s designed to push him physically and mentally.Throughout his adventure, Kris forges his way up the volatile volcano, rappels into caves, scrambles across dangerous rocks and learns to use an ice axe to prevent a deadly fall — all without having a nightly drop of alcohol for the first time in years. We’ll see him reach his own personal summit and finally release the pain of his sister’s death.

Going Wild: No Place to Hide
Premieres Monday, March 3, 2014, at 10 p.m. ET/PT
Michelle Blackwell became a successful mover and shaker in the entertainment industry. But despite her lofty achievements, like many women, she ultimately walked away from her career to raise a family. After more than a decade of giving everything of herself to others, Michellehas no goals or sense of self-worth. To help Michelle find the fighter hidden deep inside, Tim leads her on an excruciating trip through the unforgiving desert of Moab, Utah. Huge temperature swings — up to 114 degrees during the day and as low as minus 24 at night — punish anything that dares to cross the barren landscape. Michelle admits she’s only afraid of three things: heights, deep water and snakes. Unfortunately for her, she’s about to face all of them head on! It’s no walk in the park, but one by one, Michelle faces each fear to ultimately fight her way through the desert and reignite the fighting spirit deep within.

Going Wild is produced by Shine America for Nat Geo WILD. Executive producers for Shine America are EdenGaha, Paul Franklin and Susan Hoenig. For Nat Geo WILD, executive producer is Jenny Apostol, senior vice president of development and production is Janet Han Vissering; and executive vice president and general manager is Geoff Daniels.

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