Extreme Dreams with Ben Fogle

January 14, 2008 by  
Filed under News

Ben FogleJust as Ben Fogle’s programme Animal Park has finished, he popped back onto our screens with Extreme Dreams. He intended to take a team of people with him on an expedition and on a snowy day, asked 8 people to find him and meet him somewhere in the Brecon Beacons in Wales.

The 8 people were hardly prepared, as most had quite heavy suitcases and needed to trek through the snow to meet Ben. They were asked to work together as a team and eventually arrived an hour and a half later. All of the contestants wanted an “Extreme Dream” for differing reasons, such as being an underachiever, wanting to prove their love to a family member or feeling like a failure. When they met Ben, he explained that the snow of Wales was good training for the eventual trip, which was trekking through mountains in Nepal to a secret lake. However, only 4 of the 8 would go to Nepal.

Acouple of challenges were set for the group as they were split into two teams – yellow and red.  The challenge was to collect red or yellow ribbons and was a race.  However, the teams also needed to transport someone who was injured. One team carried the injured party and were slowed down by this action; whilst the other team dragged the person on a stretcher. They also faced a morale dilemma as a 4 x 4 car was placed at a roadside, with the keys in the ignition. One of the teams had no qualms about driving the car to the destination.

The second challenge was to build a wigwam frame and tent – but one of each team wore a blindfold, one had earphones and one was gagged. At the end of the challenges each of the 8 had to sell themselves and say why they should go to Nepal.  Ben and his panel whittled down the 8 to 4 people.

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