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  • 'GMA' Extreme Campout

    'GMA' Extreme Campout
    ABC News' Ryan Owens and his team of guides from the Pacific Tree Climbing Institute gaze up at the 200-foot-tall, 10-foot-wide Douglas fir in Oregon's Willamette National Forest. They were planning to climb and spend the night in the tree for the "GMA" series "Extreme Campout." Click <a href="http://www.pacifictreeclimbing.com/" target="external">HERE</a> for more information on the Pacific Tree Climbing Institute.
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  • Extreme Campout: 'GMA'

    Extreme Campout: 'GMA'
    With helmet on and harness in place, Owens used every ounce of muscle to pull himself up 200 feet on a rope. The climb to the top of the tree can take professional guides like those with Pacific Tree Climbing less than 10 minutes, while Owens managed to do it in just under one hour.
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  • 'GMA' Extreme Campout

    'GMA' Extreme Campout
    Once at the top of the 200-foot tree, Owen and crew set up "camp" which, in this case, meant hanging a hammock between the tree's trunk and a branch, and preparing for a long night high above the ground.
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  • 'GMA' Extreme Campout

    'GMA' Extreme Campout
    Owens found the descent down the tree on day two much easier, though no less exhilarating. The guides warned Owens to rappell down slowly, and to not look below or lose focus either. Individual tree camping outings, such as the experience Owens survived, run around $600 per person.
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  • "Good Morning America" Extreme Camping

    "Good Morning America" Extreme Camping
    "Good Morning America" contributor Cameron Mathison surveys the glacier known as Hole in the Wall, an offshoot of the Taku Glacier, near Juneau, Alaska, that he will attempt to scale for the "GMA" series "Extreme Campout," with experts from the "Above and Beyond Alaska" tour company. <a href="http://www.beyondak.com/index.html" target="external"> Click HERE</a> to learn more about Above and Beyond Alaska, LLC.
    Jennifer Jackson Escogido
  • "Good Morning America" Extreme Camping

    "Good Morning America" Extreme Camping
    Task number one for Mathison and his guides, Sean Janes and Ed Shanley, is to set up camp, a series of three tents for sleeping and a communal tent for meals. Mathison and his crew had to travel to their camping home base via helicopter, making it a spot most tourists never get to see.
    Jennifer Jackson Escogido
  • "Good Morning America" Extreme Camping with Bill Weir

    "Good Morning America" Extreme Camping with Bill Weir
    With their tents secure, Mathison, Janes and Shaney head out to the ice, using 22 centimeter screws strong enough to hold a dump truck to elevate them along the glacier's steep lines.
    Jennifer Jackson Escogido
  • "Good Morning America" Extreme Camping with Bill Weir

    "Good Morning America" Extreme Camping with Bill Weir
    Mathison's guides, Janes and Shanley, warned him look out for moulins, the tubular chutes into which water enters a glacier, as he made his vertical climb. The chutes, while interesting to look at, are deadly if you fall in.
    Jennifer Jackson Escogido
  • "Good Morning America" Extreme Camping

    "Good Morning America" Extreme Camping
    Climbing up the Hole In the Wall glacier is a difficult mental task. You must locate hard-to-find crevasses and navigate treacherous terrain, not to mention the physical toll it takes on your body as your legs and arms must power you up.
    Jennifer Jackson Escogido
  • "Good Morning America" Extreme Camping

    "Good Morning America" Extreme Camping
    The Hole In the Wall glacier that Mathison climbs is an offshoot of the Taku Glacie, a tidewater glacier located in Alaska's Taku Inlet, just southeast of the city of Juneau. Recognized as the deepest and thickest glacier known in the world, the Taku Glacier measures 4,845 feet.
    Jennifer Jackson Escogido
  • "Good Morning America" Extreme Camping

    "Good Morning America" Extreme Camping
    Mathison looks over the edge of the glacier he just climbed, where one false move could mean a fall of more than 200 feet. Mathison's guides also told him of a feature unique to the Hole In the Wall glacier, deep blue caves where only radiating, blue light waves can enter becasue of the landscape's crystalline formation.
    Jennifer Jackson Escogido
  • "Good Morning America" Extreme Camping with Bill Weir

    "Good Morning America" Extreme Camping with Bill Weir
    ABC News correspondent Bill Weir gets suited up for a dangerous climb up the breathtaking El Capitan, a vertical rock formation in Yosemite National Park. Weir undertook the ascent with experts from The Mountaineers of Seattle, for the <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/gma" target="external">"GMA"</a> series, "Extreme Campout." <b><a href="http://www.mountaineers.org/ScriptContent/default.cfm" target="external">Click HERE</a></b> to learn more about The Mountaineers.
    Jennifer Jackson Escogido
  • "Good Morning America" Extreme Camping with Bill Weir

    "Good Morning America" Extreme Camping with Bill Weir
    Located on the north side of Yosemite Valley, the granite formation rises 3,000 feet. El Capitan is the largest granite monolith in the world.
    Jennifer Jackson Escogido
  • "Good Morning America" Extreme Camping with Bill Weir

    "Good Morning America" Extreme Camping with Bill Weir
    Weir and the ABC crew prepare for the climb up the sheer rock face. He will spend the night on the rock in a portaledge tent – a specially designed hanging frame that can be attached to big rock faces so rock climbers can spend the night during long climbs.
    Jennifer Jackson Escogido
  • "Good Morning America" Extreme Camping with Bill Weir

    "Good Morning America" Extreme Camping with Bill Weir
    El Capitan has been climbed by people who conquered its various faces, either free climbing or using established rope lines.
    Jennifer Jackson Escogido
  • "Good Morning America" Extreme Camping with Bill Weir

    "Good Morning America" Extreme Camping with Bill Weir
    Weir climbed 400 feet up and pitched a tent for the night. He duct-taped a camera to his head to record every detail of the climb.
    Jennifer Jackson Escogido
  • "Good Morning America" Extreme Camping with Bill Weir

    "Good Morning America" Extreme Camping with Bill Weir
    Yosemite National Park is more popular than ever – offering people spectacular views and the opportunity to challenge themselves on land or water.
    Jennifer Jackson Escogido
  • "Good Morning America" Extreme Camping with Bill Weir

    "Good Morning America" Extreme Camping with Bill Weir
    "The granite is pleasantly warm in the afternoon sun ... with every pull and step, the massive trees below turn to green carpet," Weir said of his climb.
    Jennifer Jackson Escogido
  • "Good Morning America" Extreme Camping with Bill Weir

    "Good Morning America" Extreme Camping with Bill Weir
    El Capitan has two main faces. The most popular climbing route is known as The Nose.
    Jennifer Jackson Escogido
  • "Good Morning America" Extreme Camping with Bill Weir

    "Good Morning America" Extreme Camping with Bill Weir
    "GMA's" Cameron Mathison is next up. He goes glacier camping in Alaska.
    Jennifer Jackson Escogido
  • "Good Morning America" Extreme Camping with Bill Weir

    "Good Morning America" Extreme Camping with Bill Weir
    Mathison's climbing skills are put to the test. The outdoors in this rugged environment are beautiful but dangerous.
    Jennifer Jackson Escogido