Three guys. Three skill sets. Fifty states. Dirty Rotten Survival follows three men with three wildly different skill sets on a mission to reinvent the great American road trip. In each state they give each other a new outdoor challenge and a limited set of tools in which to complete it. But the guys have made a pact for these tough guy treks: they must always choose the road less traveled, they’ll never turn back and they are dedicated to overcoming each challenge they encounter using nothing but elbow grease and some good old-fashioned man-genuity. Why? Well, because this is no vacation.
Dirty Rotten Survival: Swamped
Dave takes the guys to the swampiest state in America — Louisiana — to see if they have the skills to get an old jeep through 50 miles of its largest swamp, the Atchafalaya Basin. They begin their adventure at a southern Louisiana mud park, where Dave has arranged to pick up an iconic World War II-era Jeep Willys that the guys will use in their attempt to traverse the swamp. With no food, only one canteen of water a piece and just a small swamp survival kit each, the guys venture into the swamplands to see if they have the skills to get the 1947 jeep — and themselves — through a 50-mile course in one piece.
Dirty Rotten Survival: Desert Express
Johnny, Dick, and Dave head to central Nevada to conquer the most daunting desert stretch of the Old Pony Express route, and to make their epic trek even more challenging, they're doing it on bicycles they cobble together themselves.
Dirty Rotten Survival: Gimme Shelter
Survival expert Dave Canterbury is taking engineer Dick Strawbridge and homebuilder Johnny Littlefield to his home state of Ohio to give them a taste of what life was like on the original Western frontier. In the birthplace of America’s Northwest Expansion, the guys have one week to design and build hunting shelters and to forage for whatever food they can with the supplies in their kit, their wilderness know-how and their bartering prowess.
Dirty Rotten Survival: Jersey Devils
Homebuilder and jack-of-all-trades Johnny Littlefield is flipping the standard survival trek on its head with a 50-mile hike through the most densely populated state in America: New Jersey. Accompanied by survival expert Dave Canterbury and engineer Dick Strawbridge, Littlefield starts his journey in the center of humanity — a mall parking lot — and finishes in the least populated place in the state, the Pine Barrens.
Dirty Rotten Survival: Get Hardware
Home builder and jack-of-all trades Johnny Littlefield is taking survival expert Dave Canterbury and engineer and former military colonel Dick Strawbridge on a 25-mile hike through the Berkshire Mountains of western Massachusetts. Starting at the oldest hardware store in America, the guys have five minutes to grab whatever tools they can for their trek. Once they’re geared up, they set off along an unmarked, un-trailed wilderness where they have to rely on their skills, improvised tool kits and grit to get them up, over and down everything from steep cliffs to winding rivers.
Dirty Rotten Survival: Fool's Gold
Dick takes the guys to Oregon, one of the forgotten frontiers of America’s gold rush, for a mid-1800s-style prospecting adventure. To give the guys the best chance of finding gold, Dick picks up some panning supplies and reaches out to a local claim owner willing to let them work his property — for the right price. Base camp is a mountain peak, crisscrossed by historically gold-baring streams and overlooked by a barren mine shaft.
Dirty Rotten Survival: Castaways
You’re stranded on a deserted island and you can only have three items. Can you survive? On this episode of Dirty Rotten Survival, Dick is bringing the guys to an island buried deep into Florida’s Ten Thousand Islands, part of the largest expanse of mangrove forests in North America.
Dirty Rotten Survival: Timber!
The guys head deep into Washington’s Olympic Peninsula to build an old-school logging camp, using only tools and resources from the surrounding area.
Dirty Rotten Survival: Car-B-Que
Dave challenges Johnny and Dick to go car-camping in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, Canterbury-style. Starting at a junkyard, they each select a vehicle to drive through the logging roads, staying at three different campsites over three nights and ending at the northernmost tip of Lake Superior. Using only their cars and a few demolition tools, the guys must take whatever they can find from their vehicles to use as camping resources for each night on the road.