Tuesday, 1 November 2011, 9:00PM – 10:00PM
It’s the final of 71 Degrees North and just three celebrities have made it to the last leg, Rav Wilding, Amy Williams and Angellica Bell.
Before they take on the truly terrifying under ice swim after which three will become two, they must survive the night in a snow cave that they must build themselves. It’s a chance to show how much they’ve learnt on the expedition before they make the final push to 71 Degrees North.
More bad weather hits the celebrities just as they get their snow cave completed. They bed down for the night with a big day ahead.
The next morning the final three celebrities meet up with Paddy and Charlotte in the middle of a frozen lake. four holes, one metre square, have been cut in the ice on the surface of the lake which is a metre deep. Below the ice is nine metres of freezing cold, dark water.
One at a time the celebrities must swim between the holes under the ice. The celebrity that swims the shortest distance in the slowest time will lose the challenge and leave the expedition immediately, leaving the final two to go head to head in the last race to the finish.
Amy swims first but she takes a long time controlling her breathing before she swims from the first to the second hole. At the second hole she takes her time again but she makes it to the third hole. As she’s weighing up whether to go for the fourth hole, her four minutes are up.
Rav goes next. He’s been the strongest swimmer on the expedition so far. He makes it to the second hole quickly and then goes for the third. He makes it but his eyes are stinging from the freezing water. He spends a long time preparing himself but in the end he can’t go any further and he gives up. But did he make it to the third hole quicker than Amy?
Last to go is Angellica and she shocks everyone. She was scared of swimming when she started on the expedition but now she’s fired up. She gets in the water and she goes for the second hole. She surfaces and immediately goes for the third. She makes it and then catches her breath before going for the fourth. It’s an incredible effort but as she surfaces at the fourth hole she’s disoriented and has no idea what she has achieved.
Paddy and Charlotte gather the final three to reveal the result of the under ice swim. Angellica has done better than any other celebrity on both series of 71 Degrees North. She is in the final two. As he swam to the third hole quicker than Amy, Rav will join Angellica in the final race to the finish. Hot favorite Amy is out of the competition.
Paddy and Charlotte set Rav and Angellica off for the last part of the race. It’s a snow mobile race to a checkpoint where they must melt a block of ice to retrieve a key that will unlock an equipment box containing a harness they’ll need to complete one last obstacle – a rope crossing over a massive 300 meters drop. The first celebrity to get a cross and light a beacon will be declared the winner of 71 Degrees North, but who will race to the finish line first?