An international team of climbers ascends Mt. Everest in the spring of 1996. The film depicts their lengthy preparations for the climb, their trek to the summit, and their successful return... See full summary »
An adaptation of Jon Krakauer's best selling book, "Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster". It attempts to recreate the disastrous events that took place during the ... See full summary »
After a near-death mountain climbing accident, Joe Simpson's injuries were so severe he was told he'd never climb again. His recovery left him to confront the question: why, after coming so... See full summary »
Uses astonishing visuals to tell the intersecting stories of George Mallory, the first man to attempt a summit of Mount Everest, and Conrad Anker, the mountaineer who finds Mallory's frozen remains 75 years later.
On 15 May, 2006, double amputee Mark Inglis reached the summit of Mt Everest. It was a remarkable achievement and Inglis was feted by press and public alike. But only a few days later he ... See full summary »
Following a group of climbers attempting to climb K2 in 2009, on the 100-year anniversary of its landmark 1909 expedition. Experience the adventure, peril and serenity of a group's attempt to climb the most challenging peak on earth.
Based on the true story of the first Canadians to ever make it to the top of the world's tallest and most historic peak. A proud moment for Canadians and an adventure that is filled with ... See full summary »
First documentary on Reinhold Messner, the world's greatest mountaineer, since Werner Herzog's "Dark Glow of the Mountains" in 1984. Messner looks back over his career with surprising ... See full summary »
Feature documentary about mountaineering icon Reinhold Messner and how he became what he is. This film is as much about his personality as it is about his extraordinary exploits - the psycho-gram of a controversial mountaineer.
I have interest in limit endurance, and how to develop situational awareness. One of the speculation I have on this issue is that if you expose yourself to non-repetitive semi- dangerous situations, your situational awareness goes up.
People who climb Mt. Everest are chronically exposed to this type of stimulations, and also they are exposed to low oxygen level. This program is a first scientific research I've seen on what happens to human body that's under constant exposure to this type of stress.
The program shows what happens to people's alertness and physical prowess under low oxygen stress. While superficially appearing t be normal, under grated testing done by the researchers, it's obvious that there are deterioration in their brain's ability to process information.
After seeing this program, it became obvious to me that there is a breaking point for human body under constant repeated stress. I've also came to the conclusion that this is not the best ways to improve limit endurance and situational awareness.
On the other hand, I have renewed respect for these climbers, especially for Edmund Hillary, and Tenzing Norgay who were the first to climb Mt. Everest. When they climbed they didn't have the lightweight equipment, or ropes to help them make their climb. They didn't even have the established safe route to the summit.
There's no guarantee in these conditions for human survival, and one out of every 6 people who climb this mountain dies. But with the research being done by researchers like these, how to buck the deterioration in physiology becomes more clear.
It was very interesting to watch this show to see how people respond to altitude, and what's actually happening to them physiologically. Psychometric test performed during the climb, and blood oxygen level test indicates how body's system does under those conditions.
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