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Friday, 18 October, 2002, 09:15 GMT 10:15 UK
Reality show plans Everest climb
Mount Everest
More than 1,000 people have reached the summit
An American cable channel is looking for contestants prepared to climb Mount Everest to compete for a cash prize in a new reality television show.

The assault on the world's tallest mountain will be the culmination of the new series on the Outdoor Life Network.

But competitors will first have to take part in a series of challenges in difficult terrain as diverse as Africa's Kalahari Desert, in the wilderness in Borneo and in the mountains of Iceland before heading for the Himalayas.

A group of the 50 fittest men and women aged 21 and above will initially be chosen, with 12 finalists vying for the $250,000 (161,788) prize money.

Mount Everest
The contestants have to be fit and aged 21 or over
The network unveiled plans for the programme to be called Global Extremes: Mt. Everest - 4Runners of Adventure on Thursday.

More than 1,000 people have reached Everest's summit since it was conquered 50 years ago.

But many climbers have died on the slopes before reaching the summit, which is nearly 9,000 metres high.

Space trip prize

This is the latest in a long line of reality television shows where contestants seem prepared to go to extremes to win prizes.

Worldwide hit Survivor - shown in the UK on ITV1 - has seen contestants abandoned on a desert island and left to fend for themselves.

Last week, a Russian channel last week unveiled plans to make a show where members of the public compete to win a trip to the International Space Station.

First Channel plans to work with space agency Rosaviakosmo on the show.

US TV network NBC planned a similar show two years ago though this has not yet been made.

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