Chad and Stephanie get flagged down by a safety driver, and Chad hops in the back so the local can take the wheel. They're pretty happy to be the first team, as you might imagine. "You'll get us up there nice and quick and safe?" Chad asks the driver. "God willing," the driver says. Probably just as well he said it in Arabic, because that probably wouldn't sound all that reassuring to a couple of Americans.
Mallory's still navigating while Gary drives, and he doesn't seem to have as much faith in her map as she does. She continues to insist it's right. We'll find out one way or another.
Chad and Stephanie get chauffeured to the top of the mountain, where they get out and run past a wooly mountain goat or two to get to the clue box. "Who wants to add a little magic to their life?" Chad reads. And over spectacular shots of the mountain, Phil tells us, "Rising over 10,000 feet above the desert floor, Jebel Shams is the tallest mountain in Oman." And one team member will rappel one-twentieth of that distance, down a 500-foot cliff to an allegedly "narrow" ledge below (although I've been on narrower freeways). There, scattered among the rocks, are hundreds of Arabian-style oil lamps, some of which have what Phil claims is "Aladdin's magic ring" hidden inside. When they find a ring, they'll swap it for a clue with a dude sitting on a rug. Stephanie doesn't want to do this one, so Chad's taking it. He's certainly had good luck with rings today so far. It's not until he gets to the edge and sees what he's in for that he reacts. "It was the Grand Canyon of Oman," Stephanie says. After getting all geared up with harness and helmet and body cam and three layers of bubble wrap (not really), he goes over the edge and heads down.
Jill and Thomas arrive in second place, and since Jill is doing this Road Block, let's hope she can do rappel better than she can pronounce it. At least she laughs when Thomas corrects her. "I'm gonna rapple down," she jokes. He just corrects her some more.
Chad's enjoying himself, and when he reaches the ledge, a guide is there to help unhook him and then get off-camera as quickly as possible. Then it's Jill's turn to start down, and she looks pretty nervous, with her tiny little helmet perched on the back of her head, where it will provide much-needed protection for her ponytail. She admits to a fear of heights. Chad, meanwhile, has found the lamp field, and stars rummaging among them. Jill nervously inches down.