Part 7: Boot Camp
Last week, boot camp began as the
finalists begin their training for the grueling obstacles of Mount
Midoriyama. The road to Japan ended early for Dustin Rocho and Chris
Wilczewski, leaving 13 to compete for the 10 spots on Team USA.
The White Tigers relieve some pressure by
building a fort. They're going to need to be at ease because in the AM
PRESSURE CHALLENGE #3: Bungee Rope Climb
This challenge requires phenomenal grip
strength. Playing are Drew for the Tigers, Travis Furlanic for the Monkeys, and
David for the Dragons. That's right, it's the uncle and the nephew with
Drew in the middle.
This challenge is directly from Mt.
Midoriyama. It has never been attempted because no one has ever made it
this far. There are five bells among a line of ropes that go from
longest to shortest. The object, keep ringing bells until you fall off.
Fewest rings faces punishment.
First is David Campbell. He rings 19.
Next up, Drew Dreschel. He needs to beat
19. He gets... to tie. The tiebreaker is speed... David had it in 1:23,
Drew.... 1:21. White Tigers are safe.
Red Dragons on the bubble as Travis
Furlanic heads to the starting blocks. Travis gets... 16. The Blue
Monkeys face punishment again. This time, you have to untangle a
400-foot rope from a tree and carry it to the training ground.
Meanwhile, in training, the Red Dragons
struggle to grip the grip obstacles. Injuries begin to mount, from
Ryan's calf to Alan's elbow.
TEAM RELAY #3: Double Salmon Ladder/Unstable
The three obstacles to be tested on today
- DOUBLE SALMON LADDER: Like Mt.
Midoriyama, there are two rungless ladders that must be traversed.
- UNSTABLE BRIDGE
- WARPED WALL
Three minutes of penalty time will be
assessed for failure to complete the Double Salmon Ladder or the
Unstable Bridge. Two minutes will be assessed for failure to complete
the Warped Wall.
In this relay, you will also be required
to carry one of the bundles of rope brought by the Blue Monkeys. The
ropes are of various sizes and weights, so choose carefully. Strategy is
The team with the slowest total team time
will send two of their own to the Heavenly Ropes, where one will be
The Blues and Whites are short a man, so
one from each will run twice. Those two: Brent Steffensen from the White
Tigers and Travis Furlanic from the Blue Monkeys.
TOTAL: 18:08 - SAFE
TOTAL: 12:45 - SAFE
The Blue Monkeys are again facing
elimination. Brandon volunteers himself again, while it's a stalemate
between Travis Furlanic (who's been slacking off) and Jake Smith. Jake
steps up to once again prove that he is deserving to be in Boot Camp.
... But in a twist, the White Tigers will
decide ultimately who will face each other on the Heavenly Ropes. The
rationale: sometimes outside opinion matters, and they want the best 10
through to Japan.
HEAVENLY ROPES #3: #8 Travis Furlanic vs. #11
Very simple. In the final stage, you race
against the clock. Today, you race against each other. Make it to the
top, you live to fight another day. Lose... you're going home..
The first up to the top... TRAVIS. Second
time not so lucky as Brandon Douglass turns in his warrior tags. His
road to Sasuke ends here. But he knows what he has to do for next time.
Ten spots... 12 Ninjas... The road to
total victory continues.
For more information on the contestants,
including never-before-seen footage, go to