Here's a riddle: What do you get when you put 12 New Yorkers in a tent on the side of a mountain in Alaska during a brutal rain storm with tens of thousands of dollars in camera equipment and little to no connection to the outside world? Why, a reality TV production crew, of course!
That's how Dan Doty, cameraman and outdoor safety expert described his experience during the filming of the Alaska episode of The Travel Channel's "The Wild Within" [source: Doty]. After that harrowing night on the mountain, the show almost lost its host, Steven Rinella, when a coil of rope holding 300 pounds (136 kilograms) of food and gear tangled around Rinella's foot during a rappelling descent. Cameraman Doty threw himself on top of Rinella to save him from a broken neck. A minute later, the same rope coiled around Doty's leg and Rinella returned the life-saving favor. All in the name of adventure reality TV.
Getting paid to make television sounds like a dream job to most couch potatoes, but in some extreme situations, it can be a nightmare. Keep reading for our list of the most extreme assignments for TV crews.