Amazing race canyon racing | Blue Mountains Gazette
They ran through a haunted Tasmanian asylum, ran to catch cane toads in Queensland, ran to escape an underwater crash in a helicopter simulator and now the Amazing Race contestants have run across. the splendor of a Blue Mountains sub canyon and on a wobbly bank Indiana Jones style rope bridge.
Hugh Ward and Bridie Campbell, owners of the Blue Mountains Climbing School, “heaved a sigh of relief” as the lightning-fast race through the beautiful Empress Falls Canyon in Wentworth Falls with the competitors from Amazing Race went smoothly on November 7th, wet and cold.
It was a disheartening move for the husband and wife couple who were hired by the production company for the one-day shoot. Ten more local A-list adventure guides have been hired to keep competitors safe in slippery and wet conditions and specialist local adventure camera operators have been enlisted.
“It was a carnival before the big day with changes in COVID and quarantines, but the day itself went pretty well,” Mr. Ward said. “Half the fun was working out the logistics on the blackboard in our kitchen… and the day itself ended up being a lot of fun, too,” added Ms. Campbell.
Running is not usually the modus operandi in a canyon. Permission from national parks was requested for cameramen and special rigs to stay and guides to enter without safety gear, as other guides were inside with first aid equipment. Competitors were told to just follow their guides.
“Apparently this has not been done before … in full skin [with camera crews] in that canyon, “Mr. Ward said of the reality TV adventure.” It was nice to make it happen, safely. “
Although organizers were urged to keep the shtum at the scene, it was the region’s worst-kept secret, with so many involved. Mr Ward decided he would take care of the One-Armed Adventurer and spent many hours ahead of time avoiding the traps if she completed the challenge that ends with a 30-meter waterfall encore.
“I had more time mentally to prepare for this than the other guides we hired and wanted to prepare for the obstacles. But she was so confident. It is definitely the fastest lap I have ever done.
The company hopes it will inspire more adventurers in the mountains. They took over the longtime climbing business in 2018 and said it was the biggest adventure they had ever led.
They survived the company’s eight-week lockdown from COVID last year, but have taken regular bookings since. They will be part of another Amazing Race episode in the coming weeks and are in talks with the production company about other events.
“If this brings more people to the area, so much the better,” Ward said.
Lawson’s Safety Access and Rescue also participated in the spectacular rope bridge rigging day at Blackheath.
Owner manager Bill Proctor rigged the “wobbly, spooky, Indiana Jones” style rope bridge at Mt Boyce. It was 45 meters from the ground and 40 meters from end to end with 600mm wooden slats between the floor. Many competitors were knocked down, but specialized harnesses and overhead safety lines kept them safe.
“It should be gorgeous when it airs,” he said.
The episode of the show aired last night (Tuesday, March 16) but can be seen on 10Play.