Mountains are the most prominent products of the immense forces which shape the living planet: tectonic drift, volcanic activity and erosion by wind, water, frost and precipitation. We see how wildlife adapts to the harsh, often extreme conditions in various types of mountain ranges, such as Gelada baboons on a suddenly volcano-pushed Ethiopian peek, pumas in the Andes, grizzly bears in the Rockies, snow leopards in the Himalaya. Written by
Did You Know?
One cameraman showed signs of hypoxia (lack of oxygen) at 7000 meters above sea level while filming in the Himalaya. The pilot of the airplane instantly decided to fall down 3000 meters in height. The second cameraman didn't realize any of the problems before so he asked, completely surprised, why the pilot ruined his perfect shot. See more
Himself - Narrator
Human beings venture into the highest parts of our planet at their peril. Some might think that by climbing a great mountain they have somehow conquered it. But we can only be visitors here. This is a frozen, alien world.
Planet Earth Theme
Written by George Fenton
Performed by BBC Concert Orchestra See more