Wild at Heart

Chili Thom, a Whistler landscape artist and certified wilderness guide, challenges burned-out workaholics, bored retirees and outdoor "un-enthusiasts" to leave their sedentary lifestyles on the couch, conquer their fears and push the limits of their comfort zones. This reality series captures every moment of their awe-inspiring journeys from start to finish, revealing how transformative nature can be.

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  • Climbing the Bugaboos
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    January 20, 2008

    Michelle's relationship with her daughter was shattered when Alpha hit her teens. Will the daunting task of rock climbing in Bugaboo Provincial Park bring them closer? They, and other novice climbers, courageously tackle glacier-sculpted spires, steep trails and dramatic rock faces. But when severe thunderstorms and blizzards move in, survival becomes the main priority.

  • Biking Babine Mountains
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    January 13, 2008

    Patti, Michele, and Denise pedal into Babine Mountains Provincial Park by mountain bike. Following a steep uphill climb on the Cronin Trail to Hyland Pass, they face a treacherous downhill run. Suddenly, one member of the group confronts her worst fear.

  • Snow Camping in Strathcona
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    January 13, 2008

    Hanh, a young Vietnamese-Canadian with a big decision to make, and other outdoor rookies discover the joys of backcountry camping and skiing in a rugged mountain wilderness. When one of them is injured, they come together as a team in the most amazing way.

  • Llama Trek in Kakwa
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    January 6, 2008

    The Hirvi family treks into remote Kakwa Provincial Park ... with six llamas carrying their gear! Father Seppo wants to recapture his former active self. Mother Maureen wants to break the whole family out of the daily grind. Daughter Julianne wants to draw her own diary-style map of the adventure. And son Lucas is dying to spot a grizzly bear in the wild. A challenging hike up Mount Ruth, with its glorious views, proves to be the start of a new life for the Hirvis.

  • Hiking Mount Robson
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    January 6, 2008

    Four city slickers leave the urban rat race for Mount Robson Provincial Park. David and his partner Scott hope this wilderness adventure will help settle an ongoing conundrum - whether to get married. The group tackles the gruelling 25-km Berg Lake Trail. When they arrive at Robson Glacier, the strenuous hike pays off beyond their wildest dreams.

  • Horse Riding in the Rockies
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    December 30, 2007

    Angela, a musician and single mom, and her 18-year-old son Matti, a "video game couch potato," climb into the saddle along with other outdoor tenderfoots. The group make a treacherous scramble up some scree slopes, but revel in the sight of a spectacular mountain lake. Will Matti appreciate life without a screen in front of his face?

  • Biking Myra Canyon
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    December 30, 2007

    Coaxed by his brother Paul, Michael is finally taking time off from his 12-hour-a-day desk job to bike along the historic Kettle Valley railway bed with other overworked city folk. The group explores a region devastated by fire in 2003 and agree that the trip's highlight is the beautifully-restored Myra Canyon trestles.

  • Caving at Horne Lake
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    December 23, 2007

    Bruce and Vicki's first trip without their 3-year-old daughter takes them beneath the surface of the Earth. Will the test of agility, stamina, and teamwork required in a thrilling adventure through the extraordinary Riverbend Cave be the key to revitalizing a flagging relationship?

  • River Kayaking in Wells Gray
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    December 23, 2007

    Since her son died six years ago, Linda has been paralyzed by grief and fear. In an effort to regain her confidence and move forward, she joins three other novice kayakers to test her mettle on some challenging whitewater rapids.

  • Mountaineering in Garibaldi
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    December 16, 2007

    Gurminder was raised in a family perplexed about why anyone would think it fun to live in the bush. Now Gurminder and three other outdoor neophytes discover the real Whistler backcountry, scaling steep glaciers on the ascent to the dramatic ridgeline approaching the peak of Fissile Mountain.