And if the selfies prove anything, they're basically best friends now

By Dana Rose Falcone
September 02, 2015 at 09:26 PM EDT

Earlier this week, NBC revealed that President Barack Obama would become the first commander in chief to learn how to survive in the Great Outdoors with Bear Grylls. The British adventurer and host of Running Wild with Bear Grylls met up with Obama during a three-day trip to Alaska, in which the president is checking out the impact of climate change on the state and trying out his wilderness skills.

But how can one possibly survive in nature without taking a few selfies? While taking over the White House’s Instagram during his trip Tuesday, Obama shared a snap with Grylls as the two spent a day in the Alaskan wilderness.


Obama also posted some solo shots of himself experiencing Alaska’s serene sights, as he learned more about The Last Froniter’s struggle with temperature control. “The impacts of climate change are real, and the people of Alaska are living with them every day,” he wrote on Instagram. “It’s never been more important for us to work together to address this challenge.”


The president joins celebrities like Kate Hudson, Zac Efron and Channing Tatum who have appeared on Running Wild with Bear Grylls. According to NBC, Obama’s episode of the reality program will air later this year.

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