Obama Heads to the Alaskan Arctic, Learns Survival From Bear Grylls

Fresh off the official renaming of Mt. McKinley, President Obama looks to set two firsts on his visit to Alaska … Continued

Fresh off the official renaming of Mt. McKinley, President Obama looks to set two firsts on his visit to Alaska this week: He’ll be the first sitting U.S. President to visit the Alaskan arctic—and he’ll also be the first U.S. President to receive a wilderness-survival tutorial from famed outdoors expert and television personality Bear Grylls, as USA Today reports.

The President’s survival training session will air later this year on Grylls’s NBC reality television show, “Running Wild with Bear Grylls.” In its second season, the show documents some of America’s most-recognizable celebrities as they push themselves through treacherous and trying situations in the wild. Past guests include Drew Brees, Kate Winslet, and Channing Tatum.

In addition to wilderness survival, Obama and Grylls plan to discuss climate change in the arctic and explore the region. They’ll hike on a melting glacier, near the village of Seward, and a chat with fisherman in the isolated coastal town of Dillingham, spotlighting local environmental challenges.

We can’t help but wonder, though, if Grylls will make the President drink his own urine.

Here’s a video the Obama Administration released during the President’s trip:

*UPDATE (9/2/15; 10:00 a.m.) The White House has shared a photo of the President and Grylls together in Alaska.