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- Di 3 oktober 2017
- 15:45 tot 16:45
- BBC Two
- Geschiedenis, Natuur en Dieren, Reizen
Mountains. Series in which Ray Mears explores how the awesome wilderness of the North American continent shaped the story of the Wild West.
Ray looks at how the landscapes of America's three great mountain ranges - the Appalachians, the Rockies and the Sierra Nevada - challenged the westward push of the early pioneers. In the Appalachians, Ray sees how their timbered slopes fuelled the lumber industry and provided the fuel and building material for the emerging nation.
Native Appalachian Barbara Woodall and lumberjack Joe Currie share their family history with him, and he gets to grips with the rare 'hellbender' salamander. In the high jagged peaks of the Rockies, Ray goes mule trekking with modern-day mountain man Stu Sorenson and he has close encounters with beaver, elk and black bear.
In the desert mountains of the Sierra Nevada, he explores the tragic story of the Donner Party wagon train, pans for gold with prospector John Gurney and explores the boom and bust story of a ghost town.
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