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Cho Oyu, West of Everest

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Cho Oyu is the sixth highest mountain in the world. Located in the Himalayan Range, 25 miles west of Mount Everest, Cho Oyu’s massive bulk straddles the border between Nepal and Tibet. Known as one of the easiest 8,000-meter peaks to climb, it is becoming more popular than Everest. But contrary to popular belief, in the rarified air above 26,906 feet, nothing comes easy.

Follow this team of climbers as they reveal, through their own words, the physical and mental barriers confronted throughout their journey. From landslides destroying roads in Nepal, to a selfless rescue attempt ending in tragedy, this is a film about the true nature of Himalayan expeditions. In the end, only a small handful in this large expedition reaches the ultimate goal. Join us on an incredible journey through the timeless culture of Nepal and the breathtaking landscapes of the Tibetan Plateau. Witness the unpredictable nature of Himalayan climbing and the diminishing affect altitude can have on the human body as we climb without oxygen to 26,906 feet.


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Product Details

  • Directors: Tim Boelter
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • DVD Release Date: March 5, 2003
  • Run Time: 52 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008S2VD
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #251,915 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Joseph M. Coughlin on April 18, 2003
This DVD was a pleasant surprise. Many mountaineering videos don't adequately capture the trials necessary to climb big mountains like Cho Oyu. This one gives an accurate account of the challenges and difficulties they faced. Although the title suggests that this is an "easy" mountain, their experiences were much different, with only a small fraction of their team actually making it to the summit. As a documentary, it showed what a humbling experience it truly was.
The DVD was well very professionally done, which is something I don't always expect in mountaineering films. It was well narrated, and seemed like a show I would expect to see on TV sports documentaries.
I thought the DVD was worth the money, but I may also be biased as I summited Cho Oyu at the same time as this documentary was produced and got to meet the people involved.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Jay Wiese on July 9, 2003
The film is very professionally done with beautiful shots. To me, it's worth the money just for that. But I think what I appreciated most about it is that it doesn't do what a lot of these films do in terms of being melodramatic. It's a very straightforward and very accurate portrayal of Himalayan climbing, from the widespread sickness to the yellow snow and even death. I most definitely recommend it -- one of the best I've seen.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jerome Ryan on September 15, 2009
Documents the 2000 expedition of 21 climbers attempting Cho Oyu from the Tibet side.

The story line is fairly straightforward following the team driving from Kathmandu to Tibet Base Camp, trekking to ABC, and then the climbing to the camps on the mountain. I liked the filming, giving me a better appreciation for Cho Oyu, especially the challenge of the rock step on summit day. It nicely highlights the ordinary challenges of attempting high altitude climbing, things like trouble acclimatizing, stomach troubles, coughing, and snow blindness.

On October 3, 2000 Tim Boelter, Expedition Leader Dan Mazur, and Durge Tamang reached the true 8201m summit of Cho Oyu. On October 10th the team helped an exhausted Serbian climber, who was suffering from pulmonary edema, down from Camp I. The rescue turned out sadly when he died when his heart went into fibrillation.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E. Efe Karaismailoglu on December 24, 2009
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I'm a new mountaineer and try to get as much information as I can. I collect videos and books. Cho Oyu is one of the best videos I've ever seen. I strongly recommend for people who wants to learn what is an expedition on the Himalayas
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