Explorer: The Last Tepui – We Speak to Expedition Leader Mark Synnott

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Explorer: The Last Tepui, National Geographic special streaming on Earth Day, is a one hour documentary filled with the passions and drive of humanity: to seek out and climb fresh new trails as well as catalogue and discover new wildlife. The Last Tepui feels like a throwback to a wilder time, when an expedition really did mean an adventure. We recently got the chance to speak to The Last Tepui expedition leader Mark Synnott about Dr. Bruce Means’ legacy and what it was like to make the decision to leave him behind at their camp.

The Disney+ Earth Day special Explorer: The Last Tepui, from National Geographic, follows elite climber Alex Honnold (Free Solo) and a world-class climbing team led by National Geographic Explorer and climber Mark Synnott on a grueling mission deep in the Amazon jungle as they attempt a first-ascent climb up a 1000 foot sheer cliff. Their goal is to deliver legendary biologist and National Geographic Explorer Bruce Means to the top of a massive “island in the sky” known as a tepui. The team must first trek miles of treacherous jungle terrain to help Dr. Means complete his life’s work, searching the cliff wall for undiscovered animal species. The one-hour special is the newest installment of National Geographic’s long-running Explorer series. This Earth Day, learn why the tepuis – much like the Galapagos – are a treasure trove of biodiversity worth protecting.

We also spoke to Free Solo‘s Alex Honnold about his role in this expedition, legendary biologist Dr. Bruce Means about what could be his last expedition to the tepui, and the directors of The Last Tepui, Taylor Rees and Renan Ozturk.

Explorer: The Last Tepui streams on Earth Day, Friday, April 22, exclusively on Disney Plus Hotstar and Disney Plus.

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