August 12, 2013 12:00 PM

>SURVIVAL GUIDE

You got flack for staying in hotels while shooting Man. vs. Wild, but on this show, you teach real people survival skills.

This was a totally immersive experience. What you see is what they went through. And it isn’t fun being cold, wet, scared and hungry for that long. Trust me! Survival isn’t romantic.

Does your family [wife Shara and kids Jesse, 10, Marmaduke, 7, and Huckleberry, 4] worry about you?

Actually we live in a pretty wild place—a little island six miles off the U.K. coast. There is no main electricity or main water.

Did your kids inherit your extreme gene?

Oh yes. I just took [Marmaduke] tandem paragliding yesterday, and he loves it!

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