Drama / Adventure
Story of mountaineer Hermann Buhl and his attempt on the summit of Nanga Parbat in 1953. The characters and incidents are based on the descriptions as described in the soruce material 'Nanga Parbat pilgrimage' written by Hermann Buhl. A production that was part of a series of three teleplays called Mountain Men, which concerned climbers who were the first to scale three iconic mountains. The other two are: Matterhorn by Lucy Walker (A dangerous kind of love, Colin Godman), Mont Blanc by Jacques Balmat (The great white mountain, Colin Godman).
- Canada, UK
- 90 min
AvailabilityDVD / BLU-RAY Video on Demand
Documentary / Expedition Journal
Story of the first successful ascent of Nanga Parbat by austrian climber Hermann Buhl via the Rakhiot Flank (East Ridge), on July 3, 1953. The German-Austrian Willy-Merkl Memorial Expedition was organized by the half-brother of Willy Merkl, Karl Herrligkoffer and led by Peter Aschenbrenner, who had participated in the 1932 and 1934 attempts. The final push for the summit was dramatic: Buhl continued alone for the final 1300 meters, after his companions had turned back. Under the influence of stimulant drugs, he reached the summit dangerously late. In the descent, he lost a crampon, and caught by darkness, he was forced to bivouac. The ascent was made without oxygen. Buhl is the only man to have made the first ascent of an 8000m peak alone. Filmed in Agfacolor by Hans Ertl.
- 90 min
AvailabilityDVD / BLU-RAY