Who is Bear Grylls?

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.

What is 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.

Will Bear be there? 

Yes, Bear Grylls will make a special appearance at the first-ever Bear Grylls Survival Challenge! 

Should I participate?

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. 

Do I need to be in good shape/train for this?

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!

What is the Bear Grylls Survival Score?

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.

What is the Bear Grylls Survival Pack?

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.

What happens during the Finish Festival? 

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, and vendor booths. Additionally, there will be special survival presentations & demos throughout the day by various experts, arming you with useful survival tips to take home. 

What makes this different from other endurance events?

  • Challenges on course are designed to test not just physical strength, but mental acuity as well, combined with measures of endurance, dexterity, focus and judgement. Challenges align not only with Bear’s priorities of survival (Protection, Rescue, Water, Food), but also our four core pillars of survival success- Mental, Physical, Instinctual, and Resourcefulness.
  • A unique venue in Blue Cloud Movie Ranch that fully immerses participants in survival environments, creating a wide array of scenarios that impact all five senses, at the highest levels of realism and intensity.
  • BG Survival Score
  • BG Survival Pack

Why is BGSC relevant in today’s world?

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.


Is this a one-day or two-day event?

BGSC takes place over two days, featuring the same course and distance on Saturday and Sunday. Choose whichever day suits best suits your schedule. 

How much are tickets & what’s included?

Click here to view ticket information and purchase tickets.

Can I sign up with a team?

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. 

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 info@beargryllssurvivalchallenge.com for more information. 

What if I want to increase my team size after I sign up?

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 info@beargryllssurvivalchallenge.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. 

What if I want to change the day I'm competing on? 

If you decide after purchasing your ticket that you want to change which day you're racing, please send an email to info@beargryllssurvivalchallenge.com with your registration information, and we'll do our best to accommodate you. 

What time does BGSC start?

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.

Does it matter which wave I 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!

What time should I arrive on race day?

Arrive at least one hour before your wave. Don’t forget your printed ticket, signed copy of your event waiver, Photo ID, and a can-do attitude.

What should I wear?

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.

Will there be shower facilities on-site?

Yes, clean up n’ dry off (if you want) before enjoying the Finish Festival (your friends and family will thank us).

What should I do once I arrive on race day?

On arrival, head over to the check-in area to pick-up your Survival Pack, and drop off your bag / any items you wish to store during the race.


Where should I stay if I'm coming from out-of-town? 

Check out our list of recommended hotels in the area HERE (event discount rates available!)

What airports are closest to the Blue Cloud Movie Ranch? 

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

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