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At first I felt for the guides who died up there while trying to babysit some of the moneyed folk ($65k each, at the time; some were funded by NBC), at least a few of whom didn't do enough homework and put everyone in their expeditions at risk, but uber-guide Jim Williams says, on the PBS website, that the real fault lies with the guides' letting the weak climbers go further than they should, risking others' lives so they could reach the summit.
The guides are there to make money and might downplay the risks, so it's a two-way blame street. Sandy Hill, the NBC-funded "New York socialite" who brought an espresso maker, two laptops, and a video player to watch movies in her tent (all carried by porters, of course), was "short-roped" up to the summit AND down, and used far more than her share of the oxygen tanks available. There ought to be tests for fitness to do this trek, but enough cash is the main issue, and that blame lays with the guides. This Frontline special lacks the usual hard-hitting both-sides Frontline tone, but its charms outweigh its faults.
The PBS website has the film available for viewing, as well as many other features with the director and survivors. Very nice package, and the price--free--is right. Ain't it amazing to get something back from your tax dollars for a change?Read more ›
"Breshears' sanitized studio interviews and boring re-enactments remove all immediacy from the story. It's hard to imagine a situation as desperate as the trapped climbers being reduced to pablum, but Breshears manages it.
Forget this film and read Jon Krakauer's book INTO THIN AIR, which does far better justice to the event."
I also encourage you to read Into Thin Air...it is a great book. The main focus of the documentary is not the reenactments...they aren't the best, I agree. However the main focus is the interviews themselves. Hearing people tell the stories is where it comes to life, not from the reenactments that only make up a small fraction of the time of the documentary.
"If you start watching this even after a little research into the events it will seem dull and one sided. Events and people have been left out."
Wait...you mean to tell me that not EVERY single perspective and EVERY single side of EVERYONE's story was told!? What rubbish...I don't think I've ever seen that in ANY documentary. I've read a lot about the events before and it was still fascinating to actually hear the words come from the people who survived on the mountain and see their emotions when talking.Read more ›
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By far the best documentary on Everst I have seen on this sad event. I have read so many books, seen almost every movie and documentary on this subject,.. Read morePublished 4 months ago by D. Guzas
A well done documentary presenting many points of view and good suspense. A good study of human character under extreme duress in the great outdoors.Published 5 months ago by HistoryNut
Loved it! It was wonderful to hear directly from the climbers actually involved. I was in tears by the end! My heart goes out to all the folks involved. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Himalaya Lover
First time I saw this on PBS I though it was all film from Mt. Everest and the failed expedition. Only later did I find out it was partly a reenactment of what happened. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Alvin D. Tiffany
I have watched many a documentary on high altitude climbing, and there are many high quality ones out there. This one detailed a true event, but it was so very depressing. Read morePublished 15 months ago by M. Thompson
this is basically a documentary revolving around the Everest disaster written about in the book "Into Thin Air" - there are interviews with survivors of this disaster... Read morePublished 17 months ago by annadel