In the Chip and Kim boat, Chip notes that Colin and Christie have made a lot of mistakes recently, and that he thinks the Yield put them into "a tailspin" that they seem unable to quite recover from. And frankly, I agree. I think the combination of the Yield and the ox broke their concentration, and they really have made more mental errors since then than they were making before that. Chip and Kim get to the charter and sign in. Close behind are Colin and Christie. The three teams wind up sitting around waiting for the charter and staring at each other, and when it leaves at 6:30 AM, Christie notes that they're all now thoroughly bunched, so the lagging from the Yield is finally done with. Yes, the long national nightmare is over.
The charter takes the teams to Manila. Colin voices over that the teams all wound up on the same flight going all the way to Calgary, so apparently, there will be no airport drama there. The Amazing Yellow Line makes the broad sweep across the Pacific and lands in lovely Canada. Look, snowboarders! They're the national bird of Canada, so you're not supposed to shoot them. The flight lands, and the teams pile out and hop in taxis. Colin and Christie get out first, followed by Brandon and Nicole, then Chip and Kim. Kim comments that last place "has pretty much been Chip's and [her] history." Heh. Bottom-feeders.
Colin and Christie are the first to arrive at the gondola at Lookout Mountain. Unfortunately, this serves as an opportunity for a voice-over from Colin about his penchant for "extreme sports." Like, presumably, plowing. And how he and Christie are "not scared of anything." Yes. Yes, you're the toughest tough guy who ever toughed, there, tough guy. They hop in a gondola, and Brandon and Nicole are close behind them. Chip and Kim? Still driving. And in the cab, Kim is talking about the unexpected trip to a cold climate, and the fact that they weren't really mentally or physically prepared for that. They get dressed in their warm clothes on the way out of the taxi, as Brandon and Nicole and Colin and Christie get dressed in their gondolas. When they hop out at the top, Christie tells herself to concentrate, while Colin notes that it will probably be a pretty substantial hike. Um, yep. Just behind them, Brandon and Nicole arrive for the hike.
Chip and Kim, meanwhile, are just getting to the gondolas.
Colin and Christie strap on their snowshoes, grab poles, and go. He remarks on the thin air, and Christie says she's not sure if she's going to be able to do it. Yeah, she's not exactly doing a ton of demanding physical tasks herself, there. Colin gives the very helpful advice that she should breathe. I'm sure she's like, "Oh! Well, that's what I was forgetting. I'm fine now!" Brandon and Nicole take off too, as Chip and Kim ride in the gondola. Kim eyeballs the hill and says she can't climb if it's straight up the side of the mountain as it appears to her. "Baby," Chip says calmly, "don't say what you can't do." Aw. ["Pfft. I'll say it." -- Wing Chun]