Episode 1: Oman Desert Canyon

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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.

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Oman - Desert Canyon

Follow Steve Backshall to Oman, where he plans to drop nearly 1,300 feet 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.

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Oman - Desert Canyon
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Oman - Desert Canyon
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Follow Steve Backshall to Oman, where he plans to drop nearly 1,300 feet into the deepest canyon in Southern Arabia. In th
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Oman - Desert Canyon
Full Length
Oman - Desert Canyon
48m 18s
Follow Steve Backshall to Oman, where he plans to drop nearly 1,300 feet into the deepest canyon in Southern Arabia. In th
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Steve and Aldo’s Training Diary
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Steve and Aldo’s Training Diary
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Steve and Aldo film the wildlife and landscape of Oman during their abseil training as they prepare for their trek through
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Searching for Water
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Searching for Water
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Steve Backshall and a team of experts prepare to descend a canyon in Oman. To avoid heat exhaustion and dehydration, they'
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Shaped by Water
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Shaped by Water
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Despite being one of the driest places on Earth, water has played a large role in shaping Oman’s landscape. The infrequent
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The Longest Abseil
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The Longest Abseil
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Aldo Kane is the lead technical rope safety advisor and accompanies Steve on many expeditions. In this film we learn the c
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Finding a Carpet Viper
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Finding a Carpet Viper
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During an abseil, the Expedition team stumbles upon a saw-scaled viper hiding at the bottom of their ropes. With a fast-ac
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Digital Extra

The Amazing Geology Behind Majlis al Jinn

Majlis al Jinn - the "Meeting Place of the Spirits" - is the largest cave in the Arabian Peninsula. Formed by water this cave drops almost 400 feet into a cathedral like chamber. Steve Backshall explains the forces that created the cave - and its probable future.
The Amazing Geology Behind Majlis al Jinn

Behind the Scenes: the Desert Canyon Expedition

Image of Steve Backshall standing in a cave.
Steve explores a massive cave at Majalis Al Jinn. | Credit: Graham Macfarlane/True to Nature Ltd.
Image of camel in the desert.
Camel in the desert of Oman. | Credit: Joseph Fenton/True to Nature Ltd.
Closeup image of Steve Backshall.
Steve Backshall in Oman. | Credit: Parker Brown/True to Nature Ltd.
Image of a campfire in Oman at night.
Camp in Jebel Shams. | Credit: Graham Macfarlane/True to Nature Ltd.
Image of Steve Backshall holding a small snake.
Steve holding a Wadi Racer. | Credit: Rosie Gloyns/True to Nature Ltd.
Image of Steve Backshall abseiling into a cave.
Steve Backshall abseiling into a cave. | Credit: Justin Halls/True to Nature Ltd.
Image of Aldo abseiling down rock face.
Aldo abseils down rock face. | Credit: Parker Brown/True to Nature Ltd.
Image of Steve Backshall with a goat.
Steve Backshall with a goat in the mountains. | Credit: Rosie Gloyns/True to Nature Ltd.