Expedition Impossible - Behind the Scenes, Episode 8
by AFB Staff
[Editor's note: the following post originally appeared on Erik Weihenmayer's blog, http://www.touchthetop.com/blog/, and is being republished here with his permission. Among Erik's many notable achievements, he is a CareerConnect mentor as well as the first blind person to reach the summit of Mt. Everest. This summer Erik has been starring in ABC's Expedition Impossible. You can catch the show Thursday nights at 9 EST. Learn more about Erik at his website, http://www.touchthetop.com/.]
When we signed up for this big, crazy adventure, we had little idea what we were getting ourselves into. And once underway, we had no idea what an impact it would have upon others. Even once it started airing, we didn't fully realize how powerfully it would affect others.
One of the things that makes me proud about being involved with Expedition Impossible is the message it sends. I won't let my kids watch other reality shows because I don't want them thinking the way to get to the top is by backstabbing. The cool thing about this show is it's a bunch of teams competing as hard as they can, trying to do their best. And once you get to camp, nearly everyone is a buddy; talking and laughing, sharing cramped goat herder tents, fighting windstorms together.
For the most part, everyone was into the spirit of a traditional adventure race. Only one team was trying to do some of the "alliance" silliness, the rest were content to compete on their own merits. In the end, good teamwork is what defines success.
This last episode was clearly a defining moment for Team No Limits. Even in our bleakest moments, we never fell apart. After that swim, all of the other teams passed us and were so far ahead that Jeff couldn't even see them on the horizon. Ike was feeling truly miserable for letting us down. But instead of turning on each other and imploding, like some other teams, we stuck together and accepted our fate.
There was no way we were quitting but we were forced to slow down for the first time. After three weeks of frenetically racing around Morocco, this was the first time that I really appreciated the amazing landscape around us: the massive openness, pastures with grazing sheep, spectacular mountains and canyons.
That calmness, combined with us not freaking out with each other, allowed us to keep plugging away. We all knew there was a remote possibility that another team might run into a problem with the next challenge. But we were so far off the back that it seemed unlikely. I even suggested stopping at a creek to go swimming but Jeff wanted to keep pushing hard.
And then we caught sight of the Cali Girls! In an instant, the adrenaline kicked in and we all charged hard... Ike hopped as fast as he could go. Jeff showed total leadership, telling each of us what to do and quickly solving the puzzle. He remembered the Bolder Boulder 10k running race is 6.2 miles and in no time figured we had traveled 310 miles.
We were giggling like little kids as we realized we were going to beat the Cali Girls. It was so improbable that we had overcome a 90-minute deficit and ended up 5 minutes ahead at the end! As we came up the hill to the finish line, the camp erupted in applause. The Gypsies in particular had already been morning our loss so they were especially pleased that we had survived one more day.
Alas, we only have one night of rest before the next episode—no rest for the weary, or injured! There's one more team to be eliminated before the finals. And this next stage won't be easy for Team No Limits. Perhaps we make it, perhaps not. Either way, I hope you've enjoyed the show so far and will keep sending us comments.
Re: Expedition Impossible - Behind the Scenes, Episode 8Posted by lauracornwell on 9/28/2011 at 4:44 PM
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