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Storm Over Everest 

David Breashears relives the rescue effort to save climbers who were stranded near the summit of Mount Everest during a ferocious storm on May 10, 1996.


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Episode credited cast:
Neal Beidleman Neal Beidleman ... Himself - Guide, Scott's Team
David Breashears David Breashears ... Himself - Narrator
Guy Cotter ... Himself - Pumori Base Camp
Charlotte Fox Charlotte Fox ... Herself - Scott's Team
Lene Gammelgaard Lene Gammelgaard ... Herself - Scott's Team
Makalu Gau Makalu Gau ... Himself - Taiwanese Team
Michael Groom Michael Groom ... Himself - Guide, Rob's Team
Sandy Hill Sandy Hill ... Herself - Scott's Team
Lou Kasischke Lou Kasischke ... Himself - Rob's Team
Ang Kusang Sherpa Ang Kusang Sherpa ... Himself - Rob's Team
Dorje Sherpa Dorje Sherpa ... Himself - Rob's Team
Ngawang Syakya Sherpa Ngawang Syakya Sherpa ... Himself - Scott's Team
Nima Sherpa Nima Sherpa ... Himself - Taiwanese Team
Pemba Norbu Sherpa Pemba Norbu Sherpa ... Himself - Rob's Team
Tashi Tseri Sherpa Tashi Tseri Sherpa ... Himself - Scott's Team


David Breashears relives the rescue effort to save climbers who were stranded near the summit of Mount Everest during a ferocious storm on May 10, 1996.

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13 May 2008 (USA) See more »


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$25,000 (estimated)
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Curiously altered story line
22 April 2018 | by mcgrewSee all my reviews

A very workmanlike effort, with the usual big-face interviews, and slow-pan-and-zoom-of-stills video, and tragic music. However, there is a giant hole in the narrative that centers around Sandy Pittman, the rich-girl 'adventurer' whose presence on the mountain was pivotal in the disaster. (Ms. Pittman consumed the entire attention of the Sherpa who was supposed to fix ropes on the final day, and of chief guide Scott Fischer, who stayed with her and said Sherpa all the way up the mountain, thus arriving over 2 hours at the summit after 'turn around time'. Fisher died on the return trip - his body is still there - as did seven others.) Ms. Pittman, who has loudly proclaimed that she is just a swell person and that accounts describing her actions as biased, was nevertheless the most important person on the mountain on that awful day, because of the chaos she caused to occur (allegedly. There, she can't sue me.) It is a curious ommission on the part of "Frontline", however. In their telling, she pretty much magically appears after the storm breaks, and is saved by Boukreev, whose own curious behavior (racing up the mountain sans oxygen and then back down to camp 4, leaving clients behind) is papered over. Then she vanishes again. Try and find "Mountain without Mercy", from ABC (Ms. Pittman was employed by NBC on her jaunt, another unmentioned item in "Storm"), produced six months before any of the various competing books on the matter, with better interviews, and with less recast-the-narrative bias (in my opinion. There, PBS can't sue me.)

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