Filmography

Lou Whittaker

13 films

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  • Documentary / Biographical

    Nawang Gombu - Heart of a Tiger

    Bev Chapman (2012)

    The nephew of Tenzing Norgay, Nawang Gombu was the youngest Sherpa climber on the 1953 Everest expedition carrying supplies above 25000 feet. He went on to become the first man in the world to summit Mt. Everest twice. He stood on the highest point on the planet with Jim Whittaker on the American expedition in 1963 and again on the first successful Indian expedition in 1965. But 'firsts' are only a small part of what makes this man's story extraordinary. A deeply spiritual man all his life, he helped his family and others achieve what had been so hard for him to accomplish. Standing on the shoulders of his famous uncle, he helped lift the status of Sherpas to that of world-class climbers.

    India, USA / 47 min

    Nawang Gombu - Heart of a Tiger

    Bev Chapman

    • 2012
    • India, USA
    • 47 min
    The nephew of Tenzing Norgay, Nawang Gombu was the youngest Sherpa climber on the 1953 Everest expedition carrying supplies above 25000 feet. He went on to become the first man in the world to summit Mt. Everest twice. He stood on the highest point on the planet with Jim Whittaker on the American expedition in 1963 and again on the first successful Indian expedition in 1965. But 'firsts' are only a small part of what makes this man's story extraordinary. A deeply spiritual man all his life, he helped his family and others achieve what had been so hard for him to accomplish. Standing on the shoulders of his famous uncle, he helped lift the status of Sherpas to that of world-class climbers.

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  • Documentary / Instructional

    Mountains don’t care DVD

    Mountains don’t care

    Bob Spring (1957)

    Produced by the Seattle Mountain Rescue Council in 1953, featuring Ome Daiber (founder of Seattle Mountain Rescue), with Jim and Lou Whittaker. After World War II, returning soldiers and their families flocked to the mountains of the Pacific Northwest in search of recreation. This classic Ira Spring film was probably the first mountain safety film ever produced, it responded to a need to inform local citizens of possible dangers in the mountains. It also features some of the most notable mountaineers of the century, including Ome Daiber, and both Jim and Lou Whittaker. Today this film can still be used to further one of the objectives of the Mountain Rescue Association: public mountain safety education.

    USA / 20 min

    Mountains don’t care

    Bob Spring, Ira Spring

    • 1957
    • USA
    • 20 min
    Produced by the Seattle Mountain Rescue Council in 1953, featuring Ome Daiber (founder of Seattle Mountain Rescue), with Jim and Lou Whittaker. After World War II, returning soldiers and their families flocked to the mountains of the Pacific Northwest in search of recreation. This classic Ira Spring film was probably the first mountain safety film ever produced, it responded to a need to inform local citizens of possible dangers in the mountains. It also features some of the most notable mountaineers of the century, including Ome Daiber, and both Jim and Lou Whittaker. Today this film can still be used to further one of the objectives of the Mountain Rescue Association: public mountain safety education.

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  • Documentary / Chronicle

    Rainier the Mountain

    Jean Walkinshaw (1999)

    Mount Rainier is the most compelling and best-known symbol of life in the Pacific Northwest. Its majestic presence defines the natural beauty and geographic diversity of Washington State. This breathtaking documentary from veteran producer Jean Walkinshaw celebrates the centennial of Rainier's national park and tells stories about this enduring symbol through a fascinating mosaic of perspectives. Meet mountain climbers and scientists, naturalists and artists, and others who have been inspired by the magnificence of Mount Rainier. Spectacular high-definition footage interspersed with archival material makes this a truly comprehensive portrait of Rainier: The Mountain.

    USA / 56 min

    Rainier the Mountain

    Jean Walkinshaw

    • 1999
    • USA
    • 56 min
    Mount Rainier is the most compelling and best-known symbol of life in the Pacific Northwest. Its majestic presence defines the natural beauty and geographic diversity of Washington State. This breathtaking documentary from veteran producer Jean Walkinshaw celebrates the centennial of Rainier's national park and tells stories about this enduring symbol through a fascinating mosaic of perspectives. Meet mountain climbers and scientists, naturalists and artists, and others who have been inspired by the magnificence of Mount Rainier. Spectacular high-definition footage interspersed with archival material makes this a truly comprehensive portrait of Rainier: The Mountain.

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  • Documentary / Chronicle

    Sherpa - The proving grounds Vod

    Sherpa - The proving grounds

    Win Whittaker (2002)

    From the perilous origins of Himalayan mountaineering, and the first expeditions to utilise the unique strengths of the Sherpa tribe, this fascinating film takes the viewer through the arduous training programme of the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute

    USA / 72 min

    Sherpa - The proving grounds

    Win Whittaker

    • 2002
    • USA
    • 72 min
    From the perilous origins of Himalayan mountaineering, and the first expeditions to utilise the unique strengths of the Sherpa tribe, this fascinating film takes the viewer through the arduous training programme of the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute

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  • Documentary / Expedition Journal

    Winds of Everest DVD

    Winds of Everest

    Laszlo Pal (1985)

    In 1984 an American China-Everest Expedition returns to the wicked north face of the world's highest mountain. The climbing team includes Jim Wickwire, Phil Ershler and John Roskelley, led by Lou Whittaker, the dean of American climbers. Journey with them through Tibet and up the perilous mountain and share their triumph when a single team member, Phil Ershler stands on top of the world.

    USA / 57 min

    Winds of Everest

    Laszlo Pal

    • 1985
    • USA
    • 57 min
    In 1984 an American China-Everest Expedition returns to the wicked north face of the world's highest mountain. The climbing team includes Jim Wickwire, Phil Ershler and John Roskelley, led by Lou Whittaker, the dean of American climbers. Journey with them through Tibet and up the perilous mountain and share their triumph when a single team member, Phil Ershler stands on top of the world.

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  • Documentary / Expedition Journal

    Karakoram DVD

    Karakoram

    Laszlo Pal (1976)

    Karakoram is a documentary about alpinism that takes place in K2. It was directed by Steve Marts in 1976 and produced by 1975 American K2 Expedition. It features Lou Whittaker, Jim Whittaker, Galen Rowell, Jim Wickwire, Fred Dunham, Leif Patterson and others.

    USA / 47 min

    Karakoram

    Laszlo Pal, Steve Marts

    • 1976
    • USA
    • 47 min
    Karakoram is a documentary about alpinism that takes place in K2. It was directed by Steve Marts in 1976 and produced by 1975 American K2 Expedition. It features Lou Whittaker, Jim Whittaker, Galen Rowell, Jim Wickwire, Fred Dunham, Leif Patterson and others.

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  • Documentary / Expedition Journal

    Everest North Wall

    Laszlo Pal (1982)

    Everest North Wall is a documentary about expedition that takes place in Everest. It was directed by Laszlo Pal in 1982 and produced by Pal Productions. It features Lou Whittaker, Jim Wickwire, Phil Ershler, Eric Simonson, Larry Nielson, George Dunn and others.

    USA / 57 min

    Everest North Wall

    Laszlo Pal

    • 1982
    • USA
    • 57 min
    Everest North Wall is a documentary about expedition that takes place in Everest. It was directed by Laszlo Pal in 1982 and produced by Pal Productions. It features Lou Whittaker, Jim Wickwire, Phil Ershler, Eric Simonson, Larry Nielson, George Dunn and others.

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  • Documentary / Climbing Journal

    Climbing Mount Rainier Vod

    Climbing Mount Rainier

    (2000)

    Climbing Mount Rainier is a documentary about alpinism that takes place in Mount Rainier. It was produced in 2000 by Pilot Productions. It is a part of the series Treks in a wild world. It features Zay Harding, Peter Whittaker and Lou Whittaker.

    UK / 25 min

    Climbing Mount Rainier


    • 2000
    • UK
    • 25 min
    Climbing Mount Rainier is a documentary about alpinism that takes place in Mount Rainier. It was produced in 2000 by Pilot Productions. It is a part of the series Treks in a wild world. It features Zay Harding, Peter Whittaker and Lou Whittaker.

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  • Documentary / Historical

    Surviving Everest

    Surviving Everest

    Jack McDonald (1993)

    Surviving Everest is a documentary about alpinism that takes place in Everest. It was directed by Martha Conboy in 1993 and produced by National Geographic. It is a part of the series National Geographic Explorer . It features Edmund Hillary, Chris Bonington, Reinhold Messner, Lou Whittaker, Jim Whittaker, Tim Macartney-Snape and others.

    USA / 29 min

    Surviving Everest

    Jack McDonald, Martha Conboy

    • 1993
    • USA
    • 29 min
    Surviving Everest is a documentary about alpinism that takes place in Everest. It was directed by Martha Conboy in 1993 and produced by National Geographic. It is a part of the series National Geographic Explorer . It features Edmund Hillary, Chris Bonington, Reinhold Messner, Lou Whittaker, Jim Whittaker, Tim Macartney-Snape and others.

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  • Documentary / Biographical

    A life in the mountains DVD

    A life in the mountains

    Laszlo Pal (2013)

    A life in the mountains is a documentary about alpinism that takes place in Everest and Mount Rainier. It was directed by Laszlo Pal in 2013 and produced by Pal Productions. It features Lou Whittaker, Chris Bonington, Edmund Hillary, Jim Wickwire, John Roskelley, Dick Bass and others.

    USA / 58 min

    A life in the mountains

    Laszlo Pal

    • 2013
    • USA
    • 58 min
    A life in the mountains is a documentary about alpinism that takes place in Everest and Mount Rainier. It was directed by Laszlo Pal in 2013 and produced by Pal Productions. It features Lou Whittaker, Chris Bonington, Edmund Hillary, Jim Wickwire, John Roskelley, Dick Bass and others.

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  • Documentary / Instructional

    Alpine mountaineering on Mt. Rainier DVD

    Alpine mountaineering on Mt. Rainier

    John Plummer (2003)

    Alpine mountaineering on Mt. Rainier is a documentary about alpinism that takes place in Mount Rainier. It was directed by Peter Whittaker in 2000 and produced by Summits Media Group. It features Peter Whittaker, Lisa Rust, Alex Van Steen, Ed Viesturs, Lou Whittaker, George Dunn and others.

    USA / 52 min

    Alpine mountaineering on Mt. Rainier

    Alpine mountaineering on Mt. Rainier

    John Plummer, Peter Whittaker

    • 2003
    • USA
    • 52 min
    Alpine mountaineering on Mt. Rainier is a documentary about alpinism that takes place in Mount Rainier. It was directed by Peter Whittaker in 2000 and produced by Summits Media Group. It features Peter Whittaker, Lisa Rust, Alex Van Steen, Ed Viesturs, Lou Whittaker, George Dunn and others.

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  • Documentary / Historical

    K2 - Triumph and tragedy on the savage mountain

    K2 - Triumph and tragedy on the savage mountain

    Barry Reynolds (1988)

    Chris Bonington and Jim Curran trace the history of K2 expeditions from 1903 to the disastrous loss of life in the summer of 1986, when 13 climbers died on K2, climbing tragedies that aggressively carved the epithet the 'savage mountain' into the public consciousness. Jim Curran was hired by the British 'Fuller’s K2' team to document their attempt on the unclimbed NW Ridge, so he was at the mountain, all summer. Inevitably, his documentary ended up drifting into a gripping narrative from the front line of the disastrous and tragic summer that killed 13 climbers on K2.

    UK / 50 min

    K2 - Triumph and tragedy on the savage mountain

    Barry Reynolds, Allen Jewhurst

    • 1988
    • UK
    • 50 min
    Chris Bonington and Jim Curran trace the history of K2 expeditions from 1903 to the disastrous loss of life in the summer of 1986, when 13 climbers died on K2, climbing tragedies that aggressively carved the epithet the 'savage mountain' into the public consciousness. Jim Curran was hired by the British 'Fuller’s K2' team to document their attempt on the unclimbed NW Ridge, so he was at the mountain, all summer. Inevitably, his documentary ended up drifting into a gripping narrative from the front line of the disastrous and tragic summer that killed 13 climbers on K2.

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