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Storm Over Everest 

David Breashears relives the rescue effort to save climbers who were stranded near the summit of Mount Everest during a ferocious storm on May 10, 1996.




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Episode credited cast:
Neal Beidleman ...
Himself - Guide, Scott's Team
David Breashears ...
Himself - Narrator
Himself - Pumori Base Camp
Charlotte Fox ...
Herself - Scott's Team
Lene Gammelgaard ...
Herself - Scott's Team
Makalu Gau ...
Himself - Taiwanese Team
Michael Groom ...
Himself - Guide, Rob's Team
Sandy Hill ...
Herself - Scott's Team
Lou Kasischke ...
Himself - Rob's Team
Ang Kusang Sherpa ...
Himself - Rob's Team
Dorje Sherpa ...
Himself - Rob's Team
Ngawang Syakya Sherpa ...
Himself - Scott's Team
Nima Sherpa ...
Himself - Taiwanese Team
Pemba Norbu Sherpa ...
Himself - Rob's Team
Tashi Tseri Sherpa ...
Himself - Scott's Team


David Breashears relives the rescue effort to save climbers who were stranded near the summit of Mount Everest during a ferocious storm on May 10, 1996.

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13 May 2008 (USA)  »

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$25,000 (estimated)

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A very professional and compelling film, but one that also made me wonder why....what's the point of all this?
29 October 2011 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is not a typical installment of "Frontline". Instead of being about typical current events, it's an independent film about a group of climbers who got stuck in a terrible storm after they reached the summit of Mt. Everest. The film is very competently made and professional looking. The music quite effective and I marveled at how well filmed it was--with some reconstructed scenes that must have been very difficult to do. And, there are lots of interviews from various folks involved in this perilous descent. I can't imagine how they could have made this story much better--it's compelling and expertly crafted.

Nevertheless, while this is a very well-made film, one thing that kept going through my mind is my own prejudice against climbing HUGE mountains and the like. I kept thinking how stupid all these people were because they were willing to throw away their lives on something that it so fleeting. I just don't get it. My assumption is that a lot of folks feel that way--and so the number of folks who might watch this film is a bit limited. After all, seeing some of the interviewees with just stumps for hands (losing his fingers in the climb) and badly misshaped noses (again, due to frostbite) just baffled me...

Overall, I didn't care much about the climbers but really, really respect the fine filmmaking. Not a glowing endorsement, I know, but so be it.

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