Filmography

Norman Dyhrenfurth

22 films

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  • Documentary / Expedition Journal

    Women of K2

    Jennifer Jordan (2003)

    There are only five women who have reached the summit of K2 (8.616m). But three of them died while descending the mountain. The other two were killed in accidents on their following expeditions. The outstanding spanish mountaineer Araceli Segarra is quite aware of her forerunners fate.

    USA / 47 min

    Women of K2

    Jennifer Jordan, Jeff Rhoads

    • 2003
    • USA
    • 47 min
    There are only five women who have reached the summit of K2 (8.616m). But three of them died while descending the mountain. The other two were killed in accidents on their following expeditions. The outstanding spanish mountaineer Araceli Segarra is quite aware of her forerunners fate.

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  • Documentary / Historical

    High and hallowed - Everest 1963 Vod

    High and hallowed - Everest 1963

    Jake Norton (2013)

    High and Hallowed: Everest 1963 is the deeper story of the greatest Himalayan climb in American mountaineering history.

    USA / 48 min

    High and hallowed - Everest 1963

    Jake Norton, David Morton, Jim Aikman

    • 2013
    • USA
    • 48 min
    High and Hallowed: Everest 1963 is the deeper story of the greatest Himalayan climb in American mountaineering history.

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  • Documentary / Biographical

    Zum dritten pol DVD

    Zum dritten pol

    Jürgen Czwienk (2008)

    Norman Dyhrenfurth, 90, tells for the first time the extraordinary story of his parents, husband and wife mountaineers and filmmakers Hettie and Günter Dyhrenfurth, and their 1930s expeditions to the Himalayas (Kanchenjunga, Hidden Peak). These family expeditions equalled those of their state-sponsored Nazi rivals and beat them in setting world climbing records. In doing so, the Dyhrenfurths took the first moving pictures at high altitude. Norman himself put the first Americans on top of Mount Everest in 1963 and led the first traverse of an 8000-metre peak. Through engaging interviews, Chris Bonington and Reinhold Messner put the Dyhrenfurth expeditions into contemporary context and convey an intense compassion for the heroic achievements and tragic failures of this family.

    Germany / 87 min

    Zum dritten pol

    Jürgen Czwienk, Andreas Nickel

    • 2008
    • Germany
    • 87 min
    Norman Dyhrenfurth, 90, tells for the first time the extraordinary story of his parents, husband and wife mountaineers and filmmakers Hettie and Günter Dyhrenfurth, and their 1930s expeditions to the Himalayas (Kanchenjunga, Hidden Peak). These family expeditions equalled those of their state-sponsored Nazi rivals and beat them in setting world climbing records. In doing so, the Dyhrenfurths took the first moving pictures at high altitude. Norman himself put the first Americans on top of Mount Everest in 1963 and led the first traverse of an 8000-metre peak. Through engaging interviews, Chris Bonington and Reinhold Messner put the Dyhrenfurth expeditions into contemporary context and convey an intense compassion for the heroic achievements and tragic failures of this family.

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  • Documentary / Expedition Journal

    Surrender to Everest

    Surrender to Everest

    Ned Kelly (1971)

    Norman Dyhrenfurth leads an expedition with thirty climbers from thirteen different countries including Don Whillans, Dougal Haston, Naomi Uemura, Pierre Mazeaud, and others. This optimistic expedition hopes to simultaneously climb the SW Face and the West Ridge Direct, but is fraught with one-upmanship, personality conflicts, and organizational problems. Harsh Bahuguna is caught out in a storm at Camp 3 and died despite the efforts of the rescue party. The expedition falters after his death, but Whillans and Haston push the SW Face route up to 27,400 feet (8,350 meters) before lack of equipment forces an end to the expedition.

    UK / 102 min

    Surrender to Everest

    Ned Kelly, Anthony Thomas

    • 1971
    • UK
    • 102 min
    Norman Dyhrenfurth leads an expedition with thirty climbers from thirteen different countries including Don Whillans, Dougal Haston, Naomi Uemura, Pierre Mazeaud, and others. This optimistic expedition hopes to simultaneously climb the SW Face and the West Ridge Direct, but is fraught with one-upmanship, personality conflicts, and organizational problems. Harsh Bahuguna is caught out in a storm at Camp 3 and died despite the efforts of the rescue party. The expedition falters after his death, but Whillans and Haston push the SW Face route up to 27,400 feet (8,350 meters) before lack of equipment forces an end to the expedition.

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  • Documentary / Biographical

    Don Whillans - Myth and legend DVD

    Don Whillans - Myth and legend

    Leo Dickinson (2006)

    Don Whillans was one of the leading rock climbers of his generation. This film examines Don’s gritstone horrors, his hard routes in Wales, then follows him to the Alps and beyond on several of his epic expeditions. But it also focuses on Don’s unique humor, his devastating oneliners that pricked pomposity wherever he found it and poked fun at those who deserved it. Don may have died 20 years ago but the myth surrounding Whillans can still be heard whenever climbers reminisce about a time when hard men were hard and legends were being made. Perhaps his partner Joe Brown best sums him up, 'Don was unique'.

    UK / 80 min

    Don Whillans - Myth and legend

    Leo Dickinson

    • 2006
    • UK
    • 80 min
    Don Whillans was one of the leading rock climbers of his generation. This film examines Don’s gritstone horrors, his hard routes in Wales, then follows him to the Alps and beyond on several of his epic expeditions. But it also focuses on Don’s unique humor, his devastating oneliners that pricked pomposity wherever he found it and poked fun at those who deserved it. Don may have died 20 years ago but the myth surrounding Whillans can still be heard whenever climbers reminisce about a time when hard men were hard and legends were being made. Perhaps his partner Joe Brown best sums him up, 'Don was unique'.

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  • Documentary / Chronicle

    K2 - Traum und schicksal DVD

    K2 - Traum und schicksal

    Kurt Diemberger (1989)

    In 1986, Kurt Diemberger and his companion Julie Tullis came back to the K2, after two failed expeditions, in order to finally stand on the summit of the mountain of all mountains. Their dream comes true. They reach the summit of K2. However, on the way down, Julie and four other mountaineers die. They were caught by a horrible storm which forced them to stay at an altitude of 8.000m for several days, all because they had lost one important day during their ascent. Kurt Diemberger and Willi Bauer were the only ones who were able to survive this inferno on the second highest mountain on earth - merely with serious frostbites.

    Austria / 60 min

    K2 - Traum und schicksal

    Kurt Diemberger

    • 1989
    • Austria
    • 60 min
    In 1986, Kurt Diemberger and his companion Julie Tullis came back to the K2, after two failed expeditions, in order to finally stand on the summit of the mountain of all mountains. Their dream comes true. They reach the summit of K2. However, on the way down, Julie and four other mountaineers die. They were caught by a horrible storm which forced them to stay at an altitude of 8.000m for several days, all because they had lost one important day during their ascent. Kurt Diemberger and Willi Bauer were the only ones who were able to survive this inferno on the second highest mountain on earth - merely with serious frostbites.

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  • Documentary / Expedition Journal

    Americans on Everest Vod

    Americans on Everest

    Norman Dyhrenfurth (1965)

    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.

    USA / 48 min

    Americans on Everest

    Norman Dyhrenfurth

    • 1965
    • USA
    • 48 min
    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.

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  • Documentary / Chronicle

    Swiss assault of Mount Everest

    Swiss assault of Mount Everest

    Julian Lesser (1958)

    In this episode of Bold Journey, Jack Douglas interviews Norman Dyhrenfurth, member of the swiss expedition to Mount Everest in 1952. In this expedition, Raymond Lambert and Tenzing Norgay reach a height of about 8,595 metres (28,199 ft) on the southeast ridge, setting a new climbing altitude record, opening up a new route to Mount Everest and paving the way for further successes by other expeditions. Bold Journey was a travelogue program broadcast by ABC television in the United States during the late 1950s. It consisted of films taken by explorers and adventurers during their travels to remote parts of the world.

    USA / 30 min

    Swiss assault of Mount Everest

    Julian Lesser

    • 1958
    • USA
    • 30 min
    In this episode of Bold Journey, Jack Douglas interviews Norman Dyhrenfurth, member of the swiss expedition to Mount Everest in 1952. In this expedition, Raymond Lambert and Tenzing Norgay reach a height of about 8,595 metres (28,199 ft) on the southeast ridge, setting a new climbing altitude record, opening up a new route to Mount Everest and paving the way for further successes by other expeditions. Bold Journey was a travelogue program broadcast by ABC television in the United States during the late 1950s. It consisted of films taken by explorers and adventurers during their travels to remote parts of the world.

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  • Documentary / Expedition Journal

    Mount Everest 1952

    Mount Everest 1952

    Victor Borel (1952)

    Record of the swiss expeditions to climb Mount Everest in 1952. Led by Edouard Wyss-Dunant, the 1952 spring Swiss Mount Everest expedition saw Raymond Lambert and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay reach a height of about 8,595 metres (28,199 ft) on the southeast ridge, setting a new climbing altitude record, opening up a new route to Mount Everest and paving the way for further successes by other expeditions. The film also records a second Swiss expedition in the autumn of 1952, after the monsoon, the first serious attempt to climb Everest at that time of year. A party including Lambert, Tenzing and others made it to the South Col, but was forced back by extremely cold weather after reaching an altitude of 8,100 metres (26,575 ft).

    Switzerland / 67 min

    Mount Everest 1952

    Victor Borel, Heinrich Fueter

    • 1952
    • Switzerland
    • 67 min
    Record of the swiss expeditions to climb Mount Everest in 1952. Led by Edouard Wyss-Dunant, the 1952 spring Swiss Mount Everest expedition saw Raymond Lambert and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay reach a height of about 8,595 metres (28,199 ft) on the southeast ridge, setting a new climbing altitude record, opening up a new route to Mount Everest and paving the way for further successes by other expeditions. The film also records a second Swiss expedition in the autumn of 1952, after the monsoon, the first serious attempt to climb Everest at that time of year. A party including Lambert, Tenzing and others made it to the South Col, but was forced back by extremely cold weather after reaching an altitude of 8,100 metres (26,575 ft).

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    Man against Mount Everest

    Heinrich Fueter (1954)

    Short version of Mount Everest 1952, released in black and white by Castle Films for the domestic market. The film records the swiss expedition which attempted to climb Mount Everest in 1952. Led by Edouard Wyss-Dunant, the 1952 spring Swiss Mount Everest expedition saw Raymond Lambert and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay reach a height of about 8,595 metres (28,199 ft) on the southeast ridge, setting a new climbing altitude record, opening up a new route to Mount Everest and paving the way for further successes by other expeditions.

    USA / 9 min

    Man against Mount Everest

    Heinrich Fueter

    • 1954
    • USA
    • 9 min
    Short version of Mount Everest 1952, released in black and white by Castle Films for the domestic market. The film records the swiss expedition which attempted to climb Mount Everest in 1952. Led by Edouard Wyss-Dunant, the 1952 spring Swiss Mount Everest expedition saw Raymond Lambert and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay reach a height of about 8,595 metres (28,199 ft) on the southeast ridge, setting a new climbing altitude record, opening up a new route to Mount Everest and paving the way for further successes by other expeditions.

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