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National Geographic
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  • ROCK STARS

DESCRIPTION

They are big men with big personalities, but their size is nothing compared to the huge boulders they shift.

Meet the Rock Stars - a burly team of rock technicians who scale the US's most dangerous cliffs to prevent life-threatening landslides.

They plant explosives, manhandle three-hundred pound hydraulic jacks, and set anchors into sheer rock, while hanging hundreds of feet above the ground.

Working with the constant threat of boulders the size of trucks falling around them, these men risk life and limb to protect people from the threat of massive avalanches and landslides all across North America.

EPISODE GUIDE

  • Rock Stars: Assault On Niagara
    Three sites, hundreds of tons of dangerous rock, fifteen days. The crew reports to Niagara Falls State Park and is given a mammoth task: make the park safe for the public. They must address several areas in which dangerously loose rock threatens to topple down the slope and injure and destroy anyone or anything in its way. The crew first tackles the Gorge ready to dislodge and destroy massive rock formations on the mountainside. They are immediately confronted with delays but the men defy the odds and multiple dangers they face and drop nearly 20 tons of rock on their first day. Day 2 is a success as well and the guys are well on track to finishing their work in the Gorge. However, on day 3, Mother Nature strikes. With weather delays and technical difficulties over the next few days, the schedule looks more and more optimistic, especially with the last minute addition of a dangerous new site.
  • Rock Stars: House of Cards
    Day 4 of the Niagara Falls project begins with disappointment. The priority rock at Gorge site 4 is too frozen to budge. Daniel discovers yet another pressing issue and redirects work to Site 5. Matt and Anthony make a crucial mistake at this site, scuttling the work for the day and Daniel declares it to be tomorrow's priority. However, just then, Daniel is suddenly called away and the park comes to Dennis with a request to scout an additional problematic area near Maid of the Mist. Dennis emerges from the crack in the rock and immediately proclaims it to be the project's number one priority. The schedule is changed again. The next morning, Darcy and an egomaniacal ringer descend to Dennis' discovery only to contradict his finding. In their opinion, that rock isn't going anywhere. But the day isn't lost when the crew finds plenty of other life-threatening rocks to remove. By day 7, Dennis is desperate for a victory. He brings the crew back to Gorge Site 5 and directs them to try dropping an extremely large mass. The frozen ground that had foiled their earlier efforts gives way and the guys celebrate. Dennis and the crew might be almost halfway through their work schedule, but their site 5 victory has raised spirits and put them back on track for success.
  • Rock Stars: D-Day
    Morale at an all time low, the team works hard to drill six holes at Maid of the Mist and scale 400 linear feet of rock face at Cave of the Winds. Darcy, the lead driller at Maid of the Mist, is first paired with Cowboy on the slope. His frustrations with the rookie are evident as they only complete three of the scheduled six holes. The next day, Dennis assigns Matt to help Darcy, but they don't always see eye to eye. Ultimately Darcy and Matt put their differences aside completing the last three holes at Maid of the Mist. Meanwhile at Cave of the Winds, Brock and Anthony bond while scaling the slope. Their spirits are boosted as one of their priority rocks drops down the rock face destroying a fence below. Overall, they emerge from the slope victorious as they drop all of their priority rocks, find a historical retaining wall, make up for lost time…and share an earthly delicacy to become worm brothers.
  • Rock Stars: Bolt To The Finish
    The Niagara project nears an end. One of the last challenges these rock men face is installing and grouting six instrumentation bolts at the Maid of the Mist. Darcy and Anthony use brute strength to stab three ten-foot, sixty-pound anchor bolts into the three and a half inch diameter holes in the cliff face. Next the entire crew struggles to install three thirty-foot two hundred pound instrumentation bolts into the cliff. With bolting completed, the crew moves onto to grouting the bolts into place, but encounters a series of problems slowing their process. After pushing into overtime, the crew finishes grouting and shotcreting at The Maid of the Mist and The Cave of the Winds. Their work has finally come to a close at Niagara Falls, and the park is now a safe place for the millions of tourists that visit each year.
  • Rock Stars: Chaos On The Cascades
    The crew has been hired by the Washington Department of Transportation to stabilize a stretch along one of their busiest highways. Foreman John Witt quickly finds himself far behind schedule and in need of reinforcements. Coming to his rescue are Dennis Harriman, Matt Sirota and Brock Guildner, fresh off the Niagara Project. The men join John and his crew and immediately start tackling the 170 feet tall by 750 feet wide slope. Working constantly under the pressure of impending deadlines, the crew scales away at the gigantic rock face, bringing down hundreds of tons of rock. They also have to install three rock-bolts into one of the slopes, but the crew is setback when their grout delivery is not on time. After finally receiving the necessary materials, Brock and Rowan get one of the holes filled, putting the bolting project back on track. With one final rock to drop for the day, John is forced to incur a $1000 fine after the stubborn boulder does not come down within the 30-minute timeframe that the client has allotted for them to hold up traffic. In the end, the crew gets the push they need to bring down the giant rock mass and complete the slope.
  • Rock Stars: Life Before Birth
  • Rock Stars
    Three sites, hundreds of tons of dangerous rock, fifteen days. The crew reports to Niagara Falls State Park and is given a mammoth task: make the park safe for the public. They must address several areas in which dangerously loose rock threatens to topple down the slope and injure and destroy anyone or anything in its way. The crew first tackles the Gorge ready to dislodge and destroy massive rock formations on the mountainside. They are immediately confronted with delays but the men defy the odds and multiple dangers they face and drop nearly 20 tons of rock on their first day. Day 2 is a success as well and the guys are well on track to finishing their work in the Gorge. However, on day 3, Mother Nature strikes. With weather delays and technical difficulties over the next few days, the schedule looks more and more optimistic, especially with the last minute addition of a dangerous new site.
  • Rock Stars: Deathtrap
    Pressure builds on John to get a big job done in time after Dennis is sent to Hawaii for another job. The crew must cut down and remove all of the trees off of a slope that is 650-feet wide by 180-feet tall. In the process, Rowan makes numerous mistakes that put himself and his co-workers in harms way. John gets the help of rookie scaler, Nick MacTavish, but then has to get up on the mountain himself when Nicks inexperience threatens the projects timeline. Rowan and Adam work together to take down a 110-foot tree as well as a massive boulder that ends up delaying traffic past the half hour time limit, forcing John to incur another $1000 fine.
  • Rock Stars: Meltdown On The Mountain
    Four days behind schedule, John once again is in need of more hands on the mountain as his men fight to catch up. Hothead scaler Greg Pujos from the Niagara project joins the crew in Washington and immediately boosts productivity on the hill. Scalers Jason Riendeau and Adam Desjardins run into problems when tasked with drilling holes on the west side of the slope using a 14,000-pound drill. Nate is reprimanded after narrowly escaping serious injury when a giant rock splits in two and comes falling towards him. With the help of Greg and after multiple big rock drops including one where Rowan uses his brute strength and bare hands to shove a giant mass over the edge, the crew sets a company record by dropping 813,000 pounds of rock in two days.
  • Rock Stars: Man V. Boulder
    The crew starts scaling on the biggest and most dangerous slope on the project. John's frustration with hothead scaler Greg Pujos grows after he goes missing for the afternoon. Rowan and Alicia Anderegg take off for vacation and Todd Reccord shows up from the company's front office for the day to get a progress report. He departs, taking Matt Sirota with him on another job, leaving John without three of his workers and his assistant. The crew faces numerous obstacles when installing a cable anchor into the slope for a wire mesh project. The anchor ends up passing the Washington DOT's test though, bringing a great sense of relief to John and his crew. Dennis rolls back into town, boosting the morale of a crew who was down four members with their toughest work ahead of them.
  • Rock Stars: Falling Apart
    With Dennis back in town to help guide the crew, the men must finish scaling a giant slope and immediately move on to another just like it. After being grounded for the morning on spotter duty, Greg puts his ego back on display in the afternoon when he takes out a giant rock mass from underneath him and barely escapes injury. Upon finishing the first slope, the crew moves onto the next. In one day, they manage to cut down all of the trees and prep the slope to be scaled the next day. To celebrate the long, successful workday, the crew gets together for dinner and drinks. John storms out of the restaurant after Greg rudely interrupts his toast with a derogatory comment. The following morning, Dennis gets the order from John and sends Greg home for good. Now without Greg and with Adam Lovgren sidelined due to an elbow injury, the job calls upon Dennis to shake the rust off his harness and get up on the slope himself. Working alongside his son Nate, the two of them bring down a pair of giant rock masses and lead the crew to finish another successful day on the hill.
  • Rock Stars: Blowing Up
    Just 24 hours away from a blast that will blow up an entire section of the mountain, John and his crew must first finish up scaling on one slope and cut down all the trees on another slope. While John coordinates the blast in his office, Dennis works with the crew on the hill and pushes them to finish the job by days end. That night he narrowly loses to Jason Riendeau in a taco-eating contest, who put down 20 tacos to Dennis' 19. The next morning is the day of the blast and they run into some issues when the blasting company, Superior Blasting, receives the wrong explosives for the job. Hours later, the powder-truck arrives with the necessary explosives. With the help of Superior Blasting, the crew loads the explosives into pre-drilled holes in the mountain and then takes their places for the big blast. Superior Blasting's man in charge, Jerry Dilley, counts down from five and then sets off the massive explosion that brings 10,000 tons of rock crashing down onto the highway below. The blast is a giant success and the final hurdle that John and his crew needed to clear in order to stabilize this 13-mile stretch of one of Washington's busiest highways.
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