Everest: Mountain Without Mercy by Broughton CoburnDavid Breashears, the first American to scale Everest twice, was a veteran of nine previous Himalayan filmmaking expeditions when he agreed to lead what became his most challenging filmmaking experience. The expedition was organized by large-format motion picture producer MacGillivray Freeman Films and was comprised of an international team of climbers. Their goal was to carry a specially modified 48-pound IMAX motion picture camera to the summit of Everest and return from the top of the world with the first footage ever shot there in this spectacular format. A stunningly illustrated portrait of life and death in a hostile, high-altitude environment where no human can survive for long, Everest invites you to join Breashears, his climbers, and his crew as they make photographic history. Author Broughton Coburn traces each step of the teams progress toward a rendezvous with history - and suddenly youre on the scene of a disaster that riveted the worlds attention. Everest incorporates a first-person, on-the-scene account of the most tragic event in the mountains history: The May 10, 1996, blizzard that claimed eight lives, including two of the worlds top climbing expedition leaders. It is a chronicle of the courage and cooperation that resulted in the rescue of several men and women who were trapped on the lethal, windswept slopes. Everest is also a tale of triumph. In a struggle to overcome both the physical and emotional effects of the disaster on Everest, Breashears and his team rise to the challenge of achieving their goal - humbled by the mountains overwhelming power, yet exhilarated by their own accomplishment.
All rights reserved. For various reasons, the disaster on Everest retains a mythic status, even though far more climbers have died on the mountain in subsequent seasons, including the sixteen Nepali mountain workers who perished in the Khumbu Icefall in Everest is exhausting. And though Jon Krakauer, my longtime colleague and climbing buddy, was not consulted by the filmmakers, the script hews, for the most part faithfully, to the account of the catastrophe in Into Thin Air. Some of the snazziest special effects ever marshalled for an action flick capture the realities of cold, wind, hypoxia, and serac collapse. The overriding gestalt of Everest , however, is two-fold: Noise and Stumbling.
All rights reserved. See more about Everest. The Everest climbing season is upon us and teams have already begun their treks to base camp. This year will also include a live TV wingsuit flight and Hollywood movie in production. Here Ozturk tells us more about the film.
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All rights reserved. The dead climber was on his side, as if napping in the snow, his head half covered by the hood of his parka, goose down blowing from holes torn in his insulated pants. Ten minutes later we stepped around another body, her torso shrouded in a Canadian flag, an abandoned oxygen bottle holding down the flapping fabric. Trudging nose to butt up the ropes that had been fixed to the steep slope, Panuru and I were wedged between strangers above us and below us. The day before, at Camp III, our team had been part of a small group. But when we woke up this morning, we were stunned to see an endless line of climbers passing near our tents. Now, bumper to bumper at 27, feet, we were forced to move at exactly the same speed as everyone else, regardless of strength or ability.
All rights reserved. On the trek to Mount Everest, Mingma Ongel Sherpa passes by prayer flags at a memorial for Sherpas who died on the peak. Since the first expeditions in the s, 99 Sherpas and other Nepalis have been killed on Everest—about 40 percent of all climbing deaths there. Sherpas working on Everest normally don't die en masse. Apart from their darkest seasons—, , and now, , the darkest of all—they tend to perish one by one, casualties of crevasse falls, avalanches, and altitude sickness. Some have simply disappeared on the mountain, never to be seen again.