THis is an amazing story and this is only an excerpt.
Search and rescue crews had to pull 25 people out of rough terrain near Mount Washington after a "survivor" race turned into a nightmare for its participants.
A share of $35,000 in prize money lured about 40 people to the competition, which was to be captured by cameras for a television show.
Organizers said a trek over mountains and through treacherous ravines would take about 20 hours. But search officials told the hikers that the journey would normally take three days.
Many of the participants were unprepared for the strenuous journey, and called for help after a night in the wilderness, said Ken Sandberg of Campbell River Search and Rescue.
"We're concerned about how they were dressed," he said. "They had a minimum amount of food, a limited amount of water, no shelter, no sleeping bags, and (didn't know) that they were going into some pretty serious terrain."
The competition began Saturday afternoon, and rescuers were called Sunday afternoon. An initial report of three injured hikers quickly turned into 25 people who wanted help.