- Gabriella Polletta
- 24 min
In May 1996 Everest claimed the lives of 11 climbers. Some of these men and women were amateurs. They believed that any reasonably fit person could make it to the top of the world. They were adrenaline junkies but had to face tragic consequences when the forces of nature hit back. In May 1996, three groups departed Camp Four simultaneously, en route to the 29,028-foot summit. Over the next 48 hours, they faced hurricane-force winds, exposure, oxygen deprivation, freezing conditions, psychological pain and, ultimately, death. The film includes archive footage and testimony from expert mountaineers like Chris Bonington and Ed Viesturs, and from some of the disaster's survivors.
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