Tearing a page out of Teddy Roosevelt's book, President Barack Obama is set to appear on a special edition of NBC's survival reality series "Running Wild with Bear Grylls."
According to NBC, Obama will partner with Grylls during his three-day visit to “to observe the effects of climate change on the area.” While the network adds that the pair will "come together in the Alaskan wilderness," the White House narrowed that down a bit, saying the shoot would take place Sept. 1 on Exit Glacier in Kenai Fjords National Park.
Grylls will apparently be giving Obama a crash-course in survival techniques as the two of them hike the roughly one mile of trails up to the glacier. Not only is the scenery stunning, but Exit Glacier affords easy access for the president's extensive security (it's a road-accessible glacier) as well as dramatic proof of the glacier's mile-long retreat due to climate change.
"Tourists driving to the glacier can learn about its retreat from signposts along the road, which mark its previous reach," reported the Alaska Dispatch News last year. "The retreat has also affected Kenai Fjords' amenities; the Park Service recently had to reroute a visitor trail after the shrinking glacier disappeared from the view of what was supposed to be an overlook site for visitors."
While clearly not the 36-hour-long adventure Grylls generally takes his celebrity companions on, we nonetheless hope to see some moments of Obama out of his element. As one might expect, those watching out for the president's safety have already put the kibosh on some early suggestions from Grylls and Co. (No worm omelets for you, Mr. President!)
“I will not deny your suspicion that there may have been some suggestions put forward by the Bear Grylls team that were not approved by the Secret Service," White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters aboard Air Force One on Monday.
NBC expects the episode to air later this year.