In 2003, I was offered the chance to be a part of the first, live televised summit of Mount Everest. The catch– it was as a contestant on a reality television show.
The series was called “Global Extremes – 4 Runners of Adventure” and in short, it took a whole bunch of contestants to exotic locales where competitions and eliminations trimmed the field to a group of five that ultimately went to Everest. It was a weekly series for about six months (20+ episodes) on the now-defunct Outdoor Life Network, and a condensed version aired on ABC as well. I recently found the five ABC episodes on a DVD, and decided to upload them here. The final episode from Mount Everest is embedded below.
I have to confess that I still haven’t watched the shows in their entirety myself, but for those that are curious and can temper reality TV, I’ve uploaded the five-part series to a drop-down menu (ted mahon) at the top of the blog, and the 1st episode, from Moab and Aspen, does a pretty good job at explaining what it’s all about.
Apologies in advance for shoddy quality of the VHS-era video, the audio won’t line up correctly giving it a Kung-Fu like dubbed effect. If it’s loading slow, you can see them on YouTube here.