Key information for participants and spectators attending on Saturday, April 28 + Sunday, April 29.
Saturday, April 28th- Challenge Day 1 (site hours 7:30am-6:30pm)
Sunday, April 29th- Challenge Day 2 (site hours 7:30am-4:00pm)
Blue Cloud Movie Ranch | Address: 20019 Blue Cloud Rd, Santa Clarita, CA 91390
Read more about this epic venue here.
The Bear Grylls Survival Challenge will test the mental, physical, instinctual, self-reliance, and resourceful skills of participants in controlled, competitive survival situations. The definitive test for adventure aficionados, adrenaline junkies, and anyone wishing to test their limits, Challengers will mentally and physically conquer a Bear Grylls-curated, outdoor survival course.
Review the COURSE: 4-miles, 18 Survival Challenges, 5 Survival Environments
We recommend trail running shoes (not your new ones -they will get dirty!) and lightweight apparel. Be comfortable and ready to move! You'll be running on surfaces including: loose dirt, gravel, compact dirt, cement, grass and brush.
Most importantly: Photo ID, Active Email Confirmation, Can-Do Attitude
Other recommended items: change of clothes + shoes, towel, sunglasses, sunscreen, inhaler (if applicable)
There will be a Bag Check prior to the start (see detail below), where you can store your belongings until after you finish. Leave your suitcase/duffel bag behind though, bags must be no larger than 20"x20"x5".
We recommend storing your phone, keys, wallet, and a change of clothes/a towel if you wish as you will emerge dirty at the end. There will be hydration stations on course, and branded BGSC + Nalgene water bottles for purchase!
We will have bags too should you decide last minute that you want to store something at Bag Check.
Do not bring tools for your Survival Pack, we will equip you with everything you need!
The following are PROHIBITED items...DO NOT BRING THESE:
Yes! If you're competing and want to bring along some support, we're all for it. If you're just a curious local who wants to see what this new event is about, you're welcome too! Spectators can attend for FREE. There will even be a special spectator area to give you a bird's eye view of the action – The Look Out! Spectators will need to take the shuttle from the designated participant parking lot ($10 parking fee) 3/4 mile from the Blue Cloud Movie Ranch. The ranch is not accessible for walk-ups, you must ride the shuttle up the hill.
For ALL Registered Participants & Spectators
Lombardi Lot | Address: 29415 Bouquet Canyon Road Santa Clarita, CA 91390
No matter where you're coming from, you should head straight to the designated parking lot located 3/4 mile northeast of the Blue Cloud Movie Ranch on Bouquet Canyon Rd past Blue Cloud Rd. Enter coordinates to Blue Cloud Movie Ranch in your GPS (20019 Blue Cloud Rd, Santa Clarita, CA 91390), and whichever direction you're coming from, there will be signage/staff directing you to the lot.
Parking is $10 - CASH ONLY!
If you purchased a VIP ticket, parking is free when you show your VIP parking pass to the attendant.
If you registered as a team or are bringing some people along for the ride, please try to carpool! Better for the environment and easier to coordinate :)
Absolutely no overnight parking.
Once parked, you will board an event shuttle to take you to Blue Cloud Movie Ranch. The drive is less than 5 minutes, with shuttles running every 10-15 minutes. Plan accordingly.
Plan to arrive to the Lombardi Lot 1.5-2 HOURS before your wave start time.
Your visual guide to the Bear Grylls Survival Challenge
Upon your shuttle's arrival at the Blue Cloud Movie Ranch, you'll be dropped outside of the Forward Operating Base (the official area for all check-in activities). You may only begin Processing at the Forward Operating Base when your wave is called - roughly 1.5 hours prior to the start of your wave. Pay attention to signage noting which wave is up.
EX: Wave 1 @ 9am may begin Processing at 7:30am
Here’s the breakdown (and timeline) for all Processing activities. Time per area varies based on when you arrive.
To recap the order of Processing steps:
Initial Check-In > Gear Up > Bag Drop > UFC Survival Prep > Survival Pack Assembly > Mission Brief > START
Each of these areas is adjacent to one another, and with ample directional signage and staff to guide you, don’t worry about getting lost!
Within the Forward Operating Base, all individuals will be able to meet their teams at a designated location to the right of check-in marked "Adventure Team Meet-Up". Other than this location, challengers are encouraged to meet their teams at the UFC Survival Prep area or at the Information Tent in the Finish Festival.
If you're super excited, a bit nervous, or just always early for your commitments, no sweat! You can still catch the shuttle to Blue Cloud from the parking lot when you arrive.
However, instead of heading to Processing immediately, you should stretch your legs a bit. Enjoy the UFC Gym Survival Prep area (spectators can enjoy this area too!), wander through the Survival Store and Festival Village adjacent to check-in, and even enjoy a bite or beverage from one of our participating food trucks. Once your wave start time is 1.5 hours out, you may proceed to Processing.
Bear will make a special appearance on both event days. We cannot guarantee that you will see him, but know that he’s rooting for you! There are no meet & greets.
No matter your ticket type, you will receive a BG Survival Score! Please review the complete explanation and breakdown of the BG Survival Score here.
Please note, if you are part of a team and you have team members cancel/drop out shortly before the event, we cannot issue Team Survival Scores if your team falls under the 5-person minimum. Instead, you will receive Individual Survival Scores. Your Team Score will be computed based on the team members present, so long as there are at least 5 people.
Setting Up Your BGSC Survival Score Profile
As a registered participant, you will receive an email from firstname.lastname@example.org to create and update your Survival Score profile PRIOR to the event. You can check this profile link after the event to view your full Survival Score breakdown.
We will have water stations on course as well as in the Finish Festival area. You will be allowed to bring your own water bottle with you on course if you so choose (no glass/24oz or less to ensure it fits in your pack). Don’t want extra materials weighing you down? We’ve got you covered. Spoiler alert: Your Survival Pack features a small cup to utilize at the water tanks on course.
There are also bathrooms located and marked on course for Challengers to use if needed. There will also be public bathrooms within the Festival Area.
Your guess is as good as ours…kidding! However, as you know by now, this is our very first Bear Grylls Survival Challenge too, so BEAR with us on some of the unknowns. Based on our calculations for average challenge completion time, and taking the distance, elevation, and terrain into consideration, we estimate the course will take anywhere from 1.5-3 hours to complete. Just like the tortoise and the hare, your wit and general quickness are both crucial factors.
Yes, a couple of Survival Challenges and one Survival Environment involve water. No swimming required! Just be prepared for your clothes and shoes to get wet…wet enough for you to want a change of clothes at the end.
Yes, there will be event photographers on-course and throughout the Festival Village, capturing the event from start to finish throughout weekend. There will be a photo gallery available on our website (and social media channels) the week after the event.
Additionally, several photographers on course will be stationed to capture you at a few key moments - including the finish! These photos will be tied to your RFID wristband/number and photos will be available for purchase after the event (more details coming soon!).
You are welcome to bring a GoPro or other wearable device to memorialize your experience too!
Yes, while this is a timed event, you may certainly walk. Be strategic about how you use your hustle. You don’t want to burn out in the first 2 miles only to drag your dead legs for the remainder of the course. If sprinting up a hill is not your strong suit, go all out on that 100-yard sprint and then walk the hills. Know what works best for you and stick to your instincts. Be mindful of other Challengers and recognize that you must share trail and challenge space.
Though we encourage you to give it your all, you can absolutely skip a challenge you do not feel mentally/emotionally comfortable with or cannot physically complete. No burpee punishments here! For the scored challenges, you simply will not receive the Survival Score points for challenges you skip. Skipping certain challenges may incur a time penalty.
While this isn’t Magic Mountain and getting back in-line is a bit more tedious than riding a roller-coaster, we will be accepting last minute entries or re-entries at the Forward Operating Base to the left of general check-in. Individuals will need to be able to pay on site, be over the age of 18, and be prepared to go into the wave of the Bear Grylls Survival Challenge’s choosing based on availability.
Guests will have the opportunity to watch the course from above via a unique, on-course viewing station AKA The Look Out. Anyone wishing to experience The Look Out must head to the Survival Store to fill out a waiver. After signing the waiver, guests may proceed to the viewing station by
walking down the path in between the Mission Briefing Room Area and the Spanish Church, following the signs to the designated spot.
After you finish, you can check your Survival Score in the Survival Store. That is not meant to be a tongue-twister, but hopefully it's a helpful reminder of where to go. Terminals will be available to enter your serial number (keep that sticker handy) and/or name to find your score. You will also be able to check your Survival Score profile to view your detailed results in the days after the event.
UFC GYM will host a full-body recovery experience for Challengers featuring three Normatech anti-gravity machines, two Cryotherapy machines (waiver required), massage tables, percussion therapy, and stretching mats.
There are no public showers at Blue Cloud Move Ranch or in the Finish Festival area. Once you've caught your breath and checked out your score, head back over to Bag Check to pick-up your belongings. There will be a designated changing tent in the Festival Village for you to change in!
As a Challenger, you will have immediate access to post-race snack and hydration provided inside the shade of the Spanish Church.
A variety of food truck options will be available including coffee in the morning and various lunch options to suit all taste buds. All Food Trucks will be open by 10am until the end of the Festival on both Saturday and Sunday. The Beer Garden will also open at 10am and will host 4 of Wolf Creek Brewery’s finest house craft beers. Including the Howlin’ Hefeweizen, Desperado IPA, Golden Eagle, and Valencia Honey Wheat Ale. Red & white wine will also be available for purchase. Cash and credit card accepted on all Wolf Creek Beverages.
Beer costs are as follows - $8/12 oz + $11/20 oz
Hoping to rep the Bear Grylls Survival Challenge after your journey is over? Stop by the Survival Store for BGSC-branded gear and a range of survival tools! Rock that t-shirt/hat/water bottle with pride long after the event is over.
While this is the first event on the map, stay on the lookout for a second event in 2019!
BGSC takes place over two days, featuring the same course and distance on Saturday and Sunday. Choose whichever day suits best suits your schedule. You only need to commit to one day of the event.
Absolutely. Grab your friends and/or family, form a group of 5 to 15 people, and enjoy a 20% Adventure Team discount when you sign-up together. The discount is automatically applied to the Adventure Team prices you see on Active. You must designate a Team Captain to sign up your team on Active, with each additional person registering as a Team Member.
TEAM CAPTAINS, please ensure your team members have registered online prior to your event day. They must each sign a participant waiver in order to compete.
You will compete as individuals, but your final Survival Scores will be computed together and averaged for your team score.
If you have a group of 16 or more, please send us an email at email@example.com for more information.
Yes (and thank you for your service!). As a member of the military or as a first responder, you may receive 20% off your ticket to BGSC. Email a photo of your military ID or first responder identification to firstname.lastname@example.org, and upon receipt, our team with provide you with the appropriate discount code.
As a Team Captain, if you decide after purchasing your Adventure Team ticket that you want to add members to your team, those additional members must purchase a SOLO MISSION ticket first (be sure it's for the same day/wave time). Send an email to email@example.com with their name(s) and they will be merged onto your team by a BGSC staff member so that you may all compete together.
If you decide after purchasing your ticket that you want to change which day you're racing, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your registration information, and we'll do our best to accommodate you. You have until Monday April 23 to make change requests and finalize your team rosters.
You are subject to a 50% refund IF you send an email to the BGSC team (email@example.com) by March 27, 2018.
You will start based on your wave time. When registering on Active, you must select a wave. Running 30 minutes apart, the first wave will start at 9am, with the last wave going out at 4pm. Once a wave is full (200 people maximum), it will no longer be available to select.
If competing as an individual, choose whichever wave works best for you, subject to availability.
If you are competing as part of a team, you must select the same wave as your team members so you can start together. Check with your Team Captain to find out which wave your team is registered for. Once your Team Captain has registered, don't wait to sign-up as a Team Member, as wave times are subject to availability!
Check out our list of recommended hotels in the area HERE (event discount rates available!)
1) Hollywood Burbank Airport - Burbank (BUR): 35 min
2) Los Angeles International Airport - Los Angeles (LAX): 60 min
3) John Wayne Airport - Santa Ana (SNA): 85 min
Bear Grylls is globally recognized as the face of Survival. His hit adventure TV show Running Wild on NBC features world leaders, Academy-Award winning actors, and Hall of Fame athletes (President Barack Obama, Ben Stiller, Kate Winslet, Shaquille O’Neal, to name a few) who accompany Bear on incredible adventures all over the planet. No stranger to near-death experiences himself, Bear survived a parachute malfunction at 16,000 ft as a member of the elite SAS – shattering his back in three places. A mere eighteen months later at age 23, Bear climbed to the summit of Mount Everest. Now, in partnership with WME | IMG, Bear Grylls launches the sport of Survival in the Bear Grylls Survival Challenge.
BGSC is an outdoor endurance competition, set to launch at Blue Cloud Movie Ranch in Santa Clarita, California on April 28 + 29, 2018. Participants will tackle a 4+ mile Survival course of Survival Environments & Survival Challenges. Along the way, they will strategically implement items from their Survival Pack (see description below) to complete a series of timed & scored challenges that test mental toughness, physical endurance, and their ability to think critically and act quickly.
Yes, Bear Grylls will make a special appearance at the first-ever Bear Grylls Survival Challenge!
Yes, of course you should. After all, you never know when you might find yourself in a real-life survival situation. All participants must be 18 or older.
Of course being in decent shape will help overall but we encourage folks of all fitness level backgrounds to sign-up. Come as you are! Keep in mind, this is a 4+ mile race with some tests of physical strength alongside those of mental agility. If you have a hard time breathing whilst walking up stairs, you may want to train and get your cardio up. Fair warning: There are strenuous hills involved!
The Bear Grylls Survival Score measures competitors on course in real-time via RFID technology. Points are accumulated based on overall completion time, along with pass/fail “gates” placed at the start and finish points of each challenge. Points are aggregated at the finish to produce a participant’s Survival Score.
Each participant receives a BG Survival Pack (backpack) at check-in, containing everyday items, mimicking products one may have in an unexpected survival situation. Participants’ mission is to utilize the items strategically as they come upon unexpected item usage scenarios along the course. The BG Survival Pack must be carried throughout the entire course.
The Finish Festival is where you can catch your breath, re-hash your favorite moments from the course, check your Survival Score, and enjoy a bevy of music, food trucks, and vendor booths. Be sure to stop by the Beer Garden and
In today’s unpredictable, fast-paced world, there’s an accelerated need to prepare for all possible situations – natural disasters, global conflict, and everything in between. Everyone should be confident in their skills to appropriately conquer any Survival scenario – and there’s no better challenge than BGSC to put yourself to the test.