Published On: Tue, Jun 28th, 2016

Discovery offers the next big challenge, to be the ‘American Tarzan’ coming July 6

On a remote Caribbean island, seven challengers will take on Mother Nature’s most brutal obstacle course. Their goal: to not only survive the wild, but to master it.  AMERICAN TARZAN, an all-new series premieres Wednesday, July 6, at 10 PM ET/PT on the Discovery Channel.

There was a time when man was truly wild. Survival meant silently stalking your prey, climbing high in trees to escape predators, and utilizing every resource within reach to stay alive. That era may be gone but there are still men and women who blaze though the forest, swim the raging rapids, and spend their days in the treetops.

"American Tarzan" competitors photo courtesy of Discovery Channel

“American Tarzan” competitors photo courtesy of Discovery Channel

In an epic journey through four distinct terrains; the jungle, coast, mountains and canyons, these men and women must live completely off the land, while tackling the most punishing obstacles on earth.  They will face conditions that early inhabitants tackled hundreds of years ago, relying on nothing more than basic tools, mental toughness and brute strength.

After kayaking through open water to reach the inhospitable island, the first challenge will be to navigate an impenetrable jungle filled with vines, roots and steep cliffs, a harsh taste of the myriad obstacles the island will throw at them.  Over the subsequent weeks, challengers will traverse dense jungles, raging rivers and towering mountains, all while foraging for food to keep them fueled for the long and strenuous journey.

Seven will attempt to conquer the island of Dominica, but only one will become American Tarzan.

The competitors include:

Brandon Morrison

HOMETOWN:  Seattle, Wash. JOB: Personal Trainer

SUPERPOWER: Super Strength – Can lift over 600 pounds.

Derek Knutson

HOMETOWN:  Hayward, Wis. JOB:  Professional Timber Sports Athlete

SUPERPOWER: Speed Climber – Can climb a 6 story tree in 14 seconds.

Maria Herrera in action on "American Tarzan" photo courtesy of Discovery Channel

Maria Herrera in action on “American Tarzan” photo courtesy of Discovery Channel

Kim Liszka

HOMETOWN:  Macungie, Pa. JOB:  Emergency Room Nurse

SUPERPOWER: Super Stamina. Can run 26 miles uphill without stopping.

Maria Herrera

HOMETOWN:  San Diego, Calif. JOB:  Bartender

SUPERPOWER: Upper Body Strength – Can climb two story rope in under 20 seconds.

Tim Olson

HOMETOWN:  Boulder, Colo. JOB:  Stay at Home Dad

SUPERPOWER: Super Endurance– can run 100+ miles without stopping.

Tim Reames

HOMETOWN:  Austin, Texas JOB:  Security Contractor

SUPERPOWER: Feels No Pain – Military training taught him to overcome through mental conditioning.

Jeremy Guarino

HOMETOWN:  Buffalo, N.Y. JOB:  Small Business Owner

SUPERPOWER: Super Agility – Parkour Master

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