Storm Over Everest

Storm Over Everest

DVD - 2008
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As darkness fell on May 10, 1996, a fast moving storm of unimaginable ferocity trapped three climbing teams high on the slopes of Mount Everest. The climbers, exhausted from their summit climb, were soon lost in darkness, in a fierce blizzard, far from the safety of High Camp at 26,000 feet. World-renowned climber and filmmaker David Breashears, who aided the rescue efforts back in 1996, now returns to Everest to tell the fuller story of what really happened on that legendary climb. Through remarkably intimate interviews with the climbers and Sherpas--many who have never spoken before on American television--Breashears sheds new light on the worst climbing tragedy in Mount Everest's history.
Publisher: Boston, Mass. : WGBH Boston Video, [2008]
Edition: Widescreen
Description: 1 videodisc (109 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
ISBN: 9781593758578
159375857X
Branch Call Number: DVD 796.522 Sto

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Chevalier_Danceny
Nov 09, 2017

It does not acquaint you with history, nor about the path to the top. It is a purely emotional account of the tragedy, and on that account it succeeds. A must see for those who bravely seek danger.

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KatherineHere
Feb 20, 2016

Interesting to me, being neither a sports nor exercise fan, that some people would go to a place like this and pay a lot of money and time to do so, risking their health and their lives. In spite of storms and earthquakes, you wonder whether it's pure foolishness or a noble venture. "Because it's there" hardly answers the question.

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kalua1969
Aug 05, 2014

Very well documented movie by filmmaker David Breashears with interviews by those who were part of the climbing teams trapped on the South Col / Camp 4 of Everest during a fast moving storm that had unexpectedly blown through.

As thorough as this film is, it did not document the entire scope of the tragedy that occured during that time. It documents the deaths of five climbers (Rob Hall, Scott Fischer, Andy Harris, Doug Hansen, and Yasuka Namba), but in all, a total of 12 climbers from various teams perished during the storm.

This film is also a great companion to John Krakauer's book "Into Thin Air" (John Krakauer was a client on Rob Hall's climbing team, but is not part of the cast of those interviewed in this documentary).

As a side note, local Seattle resident Doug Hansen was also one of those who perished while trapped higher on the South Summit with Rob Hall. To this day, his body has never been found. For locals who often hike the trails along the I-90 corridor, a memorial bench / plaque was erected several years ago for Doug along the trail of Little Si in North Bend, WA.

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