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on September 19, 2016
Ive watched pretty much all the movies about climbing Mt Everest & K2 For me this was different. A deeply short but personal Insite into one mans courage & character. It did a good job of portraying what an agonizing event this had to be and the entire climb was filmed on the Mountain and at the base camps until the one filming turned back on the intial summit because of Altitude sickness So that saved his life. Oh the diecions we make. They could have spent more time on what the first night on the mountian was actaully likeas weather conditions wind trmp nd actually where they were ( If he even knew ) I know it was above the last step ! I think they were only about 40 meters from the actual summit bivwaking out in the open Huddled up togther. He said it was the worst conditions he had ever been in while climbing. His water bottle which is kept inside the thermal suit or skins was frozebn solid which meant & he knew they were in really bad shape He had probaly lost his toes because his feet were complelty frozen as well. . An Amazing Portrait of Courage & Character Def Recommend & I personally thinkhe made the only choice he could
An amazing Mountaineer, Mark Whetu did all he could & then some and paid a very heavy price mentally & physically . Im glad the demons he fought for years after are now behind him. An Amazing story "If" I was a climber he could be my guide anytime
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on July 5, 2016
Great insight into 8000M mountains and why rescues just aren't feasible. They don't call it the Death Zone for nothing. I had read other accounts of Mark Whetu's climb with Reinberger but actually seeing the footage that Whetu shot and hearing the account in his own voice and words definitely made the story even more real. The fact that Reinberger had made six previous attempts on Everest might have been a clue to Whetu that Reinberger's last attempt was probably out of desperation. He was going to make the summit no matter what. Even if it cost hm his life -- which it did. Ed Viesturs (legendary climber of all 14 8000M mountains) has a very compelling saying: "Getting to the top is optional. Getting down is mandatory." (Quoted from "No Shortcuts to the Top" by Ed Viesturs.) There have been many summits that Viesturs gave up on because of his belief that getting down is mandatory. Whetu almost broke this cardinal rule of mountaineering, so strong was his desire to "save" Reinberger. But Reinberger was beyond saving. No one... literally no one... could have gotten Reinberger off the summit and down to safety by the time Whetu finally came to his senses and headed down to Camp 6. As a result, Whetu lost all 10 of his toes and parts of his feet and spent a year on the sofa with his feet elevated just to heal. For those who think Whetu was wrong to leave Reinberger, those people don't understand mountains over 8000 meters. I truly hope after all this time that Whetu has come to terms with what he was forced to do. I can't imagine anyone going through that sort of ordeal and not having PTSD. The only thing I didn't like about this documentary was the title. I'm not sure climbing Everest can be called a game.
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on July 5, 2012
Even if you know the story of Mike Rheingerger and Mark Whetu - and chances are, if you want to see this movie you're familiar enough with the history of climbing on Everest to have heard of them - this documentary is still a chilling, intense experience. You see Rheingerger talking on tape about his ambition, his dream, his obsession with Mount Everest, then you see him and Whetu climbing, slowly, awkwardly trudging up the Northeast ridge; then he's finally at the top, hugging the mountain as dusk falls ominously around him and his triumph turns into tragedy. The night settles in, the two exhausted climbers sleep out in the open. The next morning the agonizing descent begins and Mark Whetu's increasingly fruitless efforts to bring Rheinberger, severely impaired by altitude sickness, down the mountain, step by step, stumbling and falling, lead nowhere. And then he's left alone on the mountain to die. We can only imagine his last moments, lying in the snow, waiting, suffering - delirious, frostbitten and feeling almost warm. Did he have a sudden moment of lucidity and asked himself - is it worth dying for Everest?

Original footage from the climb makes the experience particularly harrowing. This is not unlike Shriya Shah-Klorfine's tragic climb in 2012 - she posted her progress on her facebook page and on her personal web site, only to turn both into funeral homes.
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on June 26, 2012
Anyone remotely interested in adventure, particularly, high-altitude mountaineering, must see this film. First, saw a clip from this movie while watching another documentary called "Dying for Everest". Recounts, in vivid and horrible detail, Mike Reinberger's ascent of Everest. Mark Whetu, who was guiding and filming the climb, returned after a night out just below the summit. Reinberger never came down from the summit ridge, despite the Herculean efforts of Whetu. You may recognize Mark Whetu as well as Russell Brice from the series "Everest: Beyond the Limit". Those who were critical of Brice or Whetu during the David Sharp tragedy would learn something from watching this film.
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on June 2, 2017
Can't stop watching Everest videos. If you enjoy mountain documentaries with a slice of tragedy this is for you.
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on January 18, 2017
Whetu could have stopped the push to the summit, since it was so late. Foolish decision to continue so late in the day knowing they'd be near the summit for an all night bivvy. I hate to say it, but Whetu should be taking a significant portion of responsibility for the tragedy.
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on August 3, 2016
it a sad moment when you have to leave your friend in a bad situation...
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on June 26, 2015
I adore this movie. If you have seen 'Everest Beyond the Limit' you can see what Mark Whetu is like in more recent days. This is a heart retching story that brings home the dangers of high altitude climbing.
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on February 10, 2016
A very good movie, especially for those interested in mountain climbing. I recommend this movie highly...
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on June 9, 2016
I am really stoked about all the Everst programs available on my new Amazon Fire system. Going through lot's of Popcorn these days watching all the programing.
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