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Friday, December 15, 2006

Everest : Beyond the Limit

I am not a big TV person and really never watch it, but the other day I turned it on just before I was going to bed and caught an episode of 'Everest: Beyond The Limit'. This was the second time I had seen an episode of this show and I have to say I has me hooked. I have always been interested in Everest, especially after reading Jon Krakauer's 'Into Thin Air'.
In this episode they were making their summit bid in two parties on two separate days. I barely caught the end of the first team's summit which looked like it went pretty good, but then when the second team started their attempt it began to go bad quickly. Two of the climbers got stranded behind another group that was transporting a injured climber down the mountain. They sat there for about 2 hours waiting....When they finally got through they were experiencing frostbite and had wasted all kinds of crucial time. By the time most of the team had summited, the two climbers were lagging even further behind and becoming delirious with Altitude Sickness. Before long the group leader radioed up from base camp and told the three (two climbers and one Sherpa) to turn around. Because they were experiencing the effects of the Altitude Sickness they refused to come down. Even the Sherpa, who was the best of the group, asked for more time. By this time the other climbers who had already summited began their descent and some of them were beginning to weaken as well. The episode left off with time running out for the defiant threesome still heading for the world's trouble for some of the descending. I must say that I am addicted and am going to have to watch the next episode, which could be the finale, next Tuesday.

Here is a link to the official site that has some clips of the episodes - Everest: Beyond the Limit


nepalwriter said...

I used to lead treks to the Everest Base Camp and working with a group of Sherpas founded the first hut system in Nepal in 1990. The fall of 1995 had the worst storm in memory. I was appalled at world press coverage of the foreigners who died with no mention of the Sherpas who also perished. I'm a reference librarian and researched the major data bases to discover that while many anthropologists had studied the tribe, no one had dramatized their lives in fiction to reveal their hearts and souls. Beyond the Summit does just that.

A reader posted this comment on Barnes & Noble.

John, a college professor, July 17, 2006,
Best book on Nepal ever
This is the book to read before you embark on your pilgrimage to Nepal. The author knows and loves the people and the country, and makes you feel the cold thin air, the hard rocks of the mountains, the tough life of the Sherpa guides, and you learn to love them too. This is a highly literate, but also very readable book. Highly recommended.

Because the book is so unusual, it immediately generated a great deal of interest. A week after it came out, a Denver affiliate of NBC invited for a live TV appearance and I was interviewed on Colorado Public Radio. Last week while in northern CA, I was interviewed for a one-hour program, A Novel Idea, on KRCB in Rohnert Park, CA; the Pat Thurston Show on KSRO in Santa Rosa; CA and the Morning show on KSVY in Sonoma, CA.

The Boulder Daily Camera published a review on the front cover of the book section Sunday, September 17. The Rocky Mountain News is going to publish a review this Friday. All customer comments on Barnes and Noble and have been 5 star. Readers constantly applaud how much they learned about the Sherpas.

Please visit my web site to read the Camera review and others, listen to the Colorado Public Radio interview, and see sample slides. I offer a slide show about the Sherpas and Everest region followed by an author signing. I realize it is too late to schedule something for December, but I am free to return to NY at a later time.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the recommendation, I will have to check it out

SiBlog said...

Ya, I checked this book out on amazon and it got great reviews. I will have to pick it up and let you know what I think