There are still parts of our planet yet to be discovered. Explorer and naturalist Steve Backshall pursues incredible journeys and world firsts — unclimbed peaks, unexplored cave systems and uncharted landscapes — setting foot where no human has been before. “Expedition with Steve Backshall” comes to Arizona PBS Wednesdays at 9 p.m. starting Jan. 15.
In this global series, adventurer and naturalist Steve Backshall ventures into undiscovered territory, endures extreme physical challenges, encounters extraordinary wildlife and teams up with remarkable people along the way. From free-diving in underground river systems and descending deep into the caves of the Maya underworld, to kayaking Himalayan whitewater and scaling unclimbed Arctic peaks, these expeditions push Backshall and his expert crew to the limit.
Jan. 15: “Oman – Desert Canyon”
Follow Steve Backshall to Oman, where he plans to drop nearly 400 meters into the deepest canyon in Southern Arabia. In the scorching desert heat, Steve and his team will explore an area where no human has ever set foot. Watch via Passport.
Jan. 22: “Greenland – Frozen Frontier”
Accompany Steve Backshall to Greenland, where he aims to kayak across the world’s largest fjord during the Arctic’s most volatile and dangerous time of the year — the spring melt — in an attempt to understand how rising temperatures impact the area. Watch via Passport.
Jan. 29: “Suriname – Lost World”
Travel to the Guiana Shield with Steve Backshall, whose mission is to discover its abundance of wildlife and natural wonders. He travels deep into the untouched jungle, finding animals that have never encountered humans. Watch online.
Feb. 5: “Mexico – Flooded Caves”
Dive into a network of unexplored caves under the Yucatan Penninsula with Steve Backshall. After trekking through kilometers of scorpion-infested Mexican jungle to reach the caves, he faces the terror of being lost in an underwater silt cloud. Watch online.
Feb. 12: “Borneo – Dark Shadow”
Follow Steve Backshall as he drops down a sinkhole to explore a series of underground Bornean caves threatened by deforestation and limestone quarrying. The journey may lead to the potential to explore other undiscovered subterranean worlds. Watch online.
Feb. 19: “Bhutan – White Water”
Join Steve Backshall in the foothills of the Himalaya, where he plans to kayak the last unrun river in Bhutan, which runs through the country’s steepest gorge. Before his attempt, Steve seeks blessing from a local Buddhist monastery. Watch online.
May 8: “Greenland – Ice Mountain”
Steve Backshall attempts to summit an unclimbed mountain in Greenland.
May 15: “Mexico – Maya Underworld”
Return to Mexico and discover Mayan secrets within subterranean caves.
May 22: “Suriname – Ghost River”
Ride along as Steve Backshall kayaks a Surinamese river that’s so remote, it doesn’t have a name.
May 29: “Oman – Desert Fortress”
Visit Oman’s Dhofar Mountains and discover one of Earth’s rarest animals.