It's a new season on Everest, the world's deadliest mountain, and more climbers than every have arrived at Base Camp ready to risk their lives to stand on top of the world. Huge avalanches tear down the mountain at 200 miles an hour and strike terror into the hearts of rookies and expert mountaineers alike; an amateur climber makes Everest history with a daring dash for the summit but another pays the ultimate price as the biggest avalanche of the season buries climbers alive.
Four years ago John Golden couldn't climb the stairs of his home, now he's trying o climb Everest. John was a promising College Football player when a terrible knee injury ended his dreams of turning professional and left him barely able to walk. But a knee transplant from a dead donor two years ago transformed his life and he's determined to prove his new knee by climbing the world's highest mountain. When John and his team spot a small gap of good weather, they gamble on racing to the summit but as they reach the highest camp, the weather window slams shut and ...
Astronaut Scott Parazynski first saw Everest from 300 miles up in space, but he's been dreaming about it since he was a little kid. His first attempt to climb the mountain failed and he's determined that won't happen again as he heads for the summit with a team that includes the oldest American to attempt Everest. The higher they climb, the more of his team mates turn back with exhaustion and life threatening symptoms. Will Scott be the last man standing?
The weather on Everest is perfect and hundreds of climbers are all heading for the summit on the same few days. Legendary expedition leader Russell Brice's first team are caught in the human traffic jams high on the mountain and at 28,000 feet every minute counts. Delays mean running out of bottled oxygen or freezing to death, so one of Russell's guides takes matters into his own hands. He holds back rival climbers while his team push through a notorious bottleneck. But is it too little too late?
A storm heading straight for Everest threatens to end the climbing season early but expedition leader Russell Brice still has one team to get to the summit. As other teams retreat, Russell monitors the weather forecast with an expert eye and makes the call that his team can just make it before the storm hits. But these are his weakest climbers and it's an all or nothing gamble. If he's got it wrong his team could be trapped at extreme altitude in a killer storm.