Documentary / Expedition Journal
In August 2013 a group of 7 climbers, 5 Americans and 2 Burmese climbers, traveled to northern Myanmar to make a first ascent of Southeast Asia's disputed highest peak. All told, the climbers traveled over 270 miles on foot through some of the harshest terrain on the planet. As a country that is just recently awaking from over 50 years of military rule and relative isolation, they were offered a glimpse into a culture unaffected by the rapid pace of globalization throughout the rest of world. This film is not just a recounting of a mountaineering expedition, its a film about a country that is on the brink of rapid change, and what this might entail for the future Myanmar and its people.
- 44 min
AvailabilityDVD / BLU-RAY Video on Demand
Documentary / Science / Medical
X Force series explores the science behind the adrenalin rush of extreme disciplines. In this episode, a group of experienced climbers embarks on one of the most challenging climbs to the summit of the world's fifth highest mountain, Makalu, in the Himalayas. Guy Cotter is an expert high-altitude mountaineer with two Everest climbs under his belt. Takashi Ozaki is a veteran mountaineer with a successful Everest summit but he hasn't climbed at altitude for 15 years. Bryan Moore is an expert alpine climber, but he has never been above 22,000 feet (6705 metres). This is a gripping account of the struggle to acclimatise, the struggle to navigate in appalling conditions and the final ascent with only three expedition members still climbing.
- New Zealand
- 50 min
AvailabilityDVD / BLU-RAY