I have been waiting on tender hooks for this episode. That feeling has been enhanced by my decision to break away from being an SAS WDW’s virgin. Yes, both my partner and I, have sat down and watched all of the previous series plus the US version, The Selection (Very good, but doesn’t compare. (Just my thoughts).
Anyway, on to Episode 5 – Pressure.
To begin with, they recruits had a gruelling mountain tab, which was also a time trial. Unfortunately, No:23, Esmee failed to reach the end within the time and was withdrawn from the course. Big shame, she was only 5 minutes out, but rules are rules. Well done though on a great effort.
They then made their way to the Devils Valley for a ladder crossing over a gorge which would have put the fear of God into any normal mortal. All recruits passed, including No:17, Vickie with her fear of heights and water. So well done, really proving what is possible.
Our next challenge was the ice breaking drills where the DS simulated a situation where the ice broke beneath their feet and they fell into freezing water below. The recruits had to climb into an ice water hole and then swim under the ice to two further holes before climbing out. I really thought, this would have taken No:17, but to my pleasure, she cracked it in fine style. Second well done.
On return to the camp, unbeknown to the recruits they were being prepared for the Escape and Evasion exercise. Rations were restricted and sleep was becoming very short. And then on to the exercise itself.
The teams were split into two with No:14, James being leader of Team Alpha and Milo being leader of Team Bravo. They were to navigate to their first checkpoint 5km away with the Chilean hunter force on their tail. Team Bravo completed the first leg without issue but 2km from the checkpoint, Team Alpha descended into the river valley to avoid a vehicle, putting the team in danger from the river. After some time of difficulties in the valley, they got back on to the road right in front of the pursuing force. Team Bravo were captured not long after starting their second leg.
The story continues next week…
Tune in to Channel 4 next Sunday at 9:00pm to watch the conclusion of Series 4 with 8 recruits remaining. If you have missed this weeks episode, catch up now on 4OD.
Personal Note from Pablo: After watching the entire collection of SAS: Who Dares Wins, I have to take my hat off to the four DS. Rarely have I seen four genuinely cracking blokes. Yes, they come from Special Forces backgrounds but their humanity is beyond reproach. It is blatently obvious why so many are inspired to take on these challenges with the standard of the guys leading them. Even after 22 years in an Infantry Regiment, I have to say, I am one of those who is inspired to get the best out of my life and will continue to do so, even though I am now getting on to being an old fart. So Ant, Ollie, Billy and Foxy, from the Sandbag Times Veterans Magazine and from the Tommy Atkins Veterans Centre, thank you for bringing this amazing series to us and the best of luck for future episodes.