Documentary / Climbing Journal
This half-hour program was photographed by Dan Doody for True Adventure, a TV show hosted by Bill Burrud. Doody was a regular cameraman for this show. The program depicts the 1961 first ascent of the North Face of Mt Edith Cavelle in the Canadian Rockies by Fred Beckey, Yvon Chouinard and Dan Doody. The film opens with Chouinard and Beckey getting off the train at Jasper below Mt Edith Cavelle. The climbers take a bus to Jasper Park Lodge and, after visiting with a pair of young ladies, sort and pack their gear. The climbing footage appears to have been taken during two different sessions.
- 30 min
Documentary / Historical
Documentary / Expedition Journal
In 1963, Swiss climber Norman Dyhrenfurth began 'a little war against a big mountain.' Leading 19 Americans, 32 Sherpas, and 909 porters carrying 27 tons of gear, Dyhrenfurth spearheaded the highly successful 1963 American Mount Everest Expedition for his adopted country. Jim Whittaker, accompanied by Nawang Gombu Sherpa made the first ascent by the Hillary-Tensing route. On May 22, Tom Hornbein and Willi Unsoeld made the first ascent by the unclimbed West Ridge. They descended by the South Col, making the first traverse of Everest. Orson Welles narrates the spectacular record, and the film includes the first ever filmed images from the summit.
- 48 min
AvailabilityDVD / BLU-RAY Video on Demand