Expedition Impossible

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Event #2:

Netball Quest 61

  • Guinness Book of Records Challenge for the Longest Game of Netball EVER>>>>>

  • Event: To play a game of Netball for 61 hours continuously
  • Where is it: South Fish Creek recreation Complex (S.E Calgary)
  • Start time: 5.30pm Friday Sept.16th
  • Finish time: 6.30am Monday Sept.19th
  • Reason to do it: Right To Play fundraiser
  • Donate: MARTIN'S DONATION PAGE

During these lazy summer evenings, Sue and I have enjoyed watching "Expedition Impossible". This show involves teams of three people attempting to tackle some of the toughest terrain in Morocco. The scenery has been spectacular and the teams have had to repel down cliffs, raft down raging white water rapids and crawl through a labyrinth of caves. The show is produced by Mark Burnett and you might know him for shows such as "Survivor", "Shark Tank", "The Apprentice" and "Are you smarter than a 5th Grader?"

Mr. Burnett has an interesting background. Born in England, he joined the British Army and between 1978 and 1982 served with the Parachute Regiment in the Falklands. In October 1982, he decided to leave Britain for the United States, where he took a live-in nanny position with a family in Beverly Hills. Though he had no experience in that field, because of his military background, the family, realized the advantage of having a nanny and security guard all in one and hired him. After a year, he moved on to another family in Malibu, taking care of two boys for $250 a week. He was eventually given a position in the insurance office owned by the boys' father.

Two years later, at the weekends, he decided to rent a portion of fence at Venice Beach and sell T-shirts for $18 each. Realizing he made more money at this, Mr. Burnett left his insurance job.

In February 1991, he read a newspaper article by Jon Markman, about a French adventure competition called the Raid Gauloises. With four other members, he joined the Raid, and called his team American Pride. Aside from adventure, he saw a business opportunity in the competition, bought the format rights and launched a similar race in America, called "Eco-Challenge". It launched his career in TV production.

Over the years Mr. Burnett has produced many shows, but his heart is in Adventure Racing. On "Expedition Impossible" each team has a theme. In this series, teams included the Police, the Fishermen, the Football Players, and the Cowboys. One of the top teams was No-Limits and one of their members, Eric Weihenmayer, was the star of the show. Eric is blind.  He was born September 23, 1968 and, on May 25th 2001 was the first blind person to reach the summit of Mount Everest.. In June 2001, Time magazine covered his story in an article entitled "Blind to Failure". Erik is an acrobatic skydiver, long distance biker, marathon runner, skier, mountaineer, ice climber, and rock climber. In September 2002, he also completed the Seven Summits, successfully climbing the seven highest peaks on the seven continents. He completes these amazing feats with the guidance of Jeff Evans who was also a team member on Expedition Impossible.

In early 2006, Sue and I had the pleasure of meeting Erik. A movie was being made of his life, including his ascent of Mount Everest. It was called "Touch the Top of the World" and was being shot in Calgary and Banff. They were looking for extras to play a crowd scene at a local school so Sue and I went along. The scene was set in Weston High School, Connecticut. Erik was the school's wrestling champion and he was representing the state in National Freestyle Wrestling Championships.

Last Thursday was the final episode of "Expedition Impossible" and No-Limits had to go against three other teams. They started off having to paddle a tin boat across a lake and then ride Arabian stallions to the first check point, where the football players came in fourth and were eliminated. The final three teams had to drive to Marrakech and figure out a route through the back streets of the city. Finally, they had to go down into catacombs and solve a Moroccan puzzle box, in order to retrieve a key which would enable them to complete the final task. It was a dash to the finish. No-Limits came second to the Gypsies. Erik had shown that, despite his disability, he was able to keep up with the other competitors and proved that he is the perfect role model for people without sight.

As he said, in his life, "There are no limits".

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A: A herring aid!

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Jeff Evans leads blind adventurer Erik Weihenmayer on Expedition Impossible

Expedition Impossible

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