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On the frozen tundra

Notes from the North Woods

Temperatures of 15 degrees below, prompted a field of frost flowers to form on the surface of Moody Pond, in Saranac Lake.

Temperatures of 15 degrees below, prompted a field of frost flowers to form on the surface of Moody Pond, in Saranac Lake.

I recently received a note from an old friend, asking if I was interested in joining a team he was assembling in order to compete in a new “made for TV” adventure race.

His offer presented some intriguing prospects, especially considering the million-dollar prize recently awarded to Willsboro’s Sophie Clarke, for capturing the “Survivor” title. Clarke was an outstanding high school athlete and is obviously, as a medical student, a bit of a brainiac.

To be honest, my recent, competitive experience has largely involved racing from a warm car, into a warm house, before the thermometer dropped a digit lower than the current,18F below. He sent me this notice, “Are You Unbreakable?”

“The producers of The Ultimate Fighter and the creators of the Spartan Death Race are seeking tough-minded, physically fit men and women to take on the ultimate adventure race for a brand new show on a major cable network.

UNBREAKABLE is a new TV series that will give a select group of competitors the chance to take on even bigger and wilder, physical and mental challenges.

It will be you, a backpack and a ticking clock! — Three days to conquer an outdoor obstacle course packed with barriers to climb at night, trenches to swim during the day and brain-teasing puzzles striking when you least expect them.

This is not your average competition show! Your only prize is the exhilaration of the race and the opportunity to show America that you are the toughest adventure racer in the country. If you win, you will have earned the right to be called “UNBREAKABLE.”

“Wait a minute,” I thought, “There's no prize money, no parades, no hoopla? The producers want me to risk my neck, life and limb simply for the right to be called “UNBREAKABLE?” As North Country folks know all too well, nearly any body part is considered breakable at 18F below. I think I’m going to pass on this one.

However, for those folks up to the challenge, the show’s producers are currently seeking tough-minded, physically fit men and women to compete in the new show, which will air on a major cable network.

There are no registration fees. To apply, email your name, location, phone number, a recent photo and a brief explanation of why you can take on the "UNBREAKABLE" challenge toUnbreakableCasting@gmail.com or call 818-478-4570 with questions.

Joe Hackett is a guide and sportsman residing in Ray Brook. Contact him at brookside18@adelphia.net.

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