Behind the scenes of Survivor Caramoan’s insane cold open

Survivor Caramoan debuts tonight with a strangely shortened 90-minute premiere, and as usual, it will feature a bunch of crazy returnees. Also as usual, it will begin with an epic shot of Jeff Probst delivering the series’ signature opening line: “39 days, 20 people, one Survivor.”

Those moments are always impressive cinematically and sometimes literally breathtaking, whether because Probst is dangling from a helicopter or because incredible, huge waves smashing through holes in rocks behind him, as they did in Samoa.

For tonight’s cold open, Probst will be on top of a narrow column of rocks, and he’s posted a behind-the-scenes video to show how he found his way there.

Helicopter pilot Ken Gray drops Probst off onto a two-foot-wide space on top of an insanely tall rock where a crew member, Mark James, is already waiting with what’s described as a leash. They’re obviously incredible professionals who do phenomenal work–James especially, as he apparently climbed up and down the rock.

This video is terrifying and proves one thing: Jeff Probst is a fucking bad ass host who’s completely in his own league.

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