Nick Ryan's climbing documentary The Summit
- the story of a tragically failed ascent of K2 - has been selected in competition at Sundance which makes now a pretty good time to check the latest trailer for the film.
In August 2008, twenty-four climbers from several international
expeditions converged on High Camp of K2, the last stop before the
summit of the most dangerous mountain on earth. Forty-eight hours later,
eleven had been killed or had vanished, making it the worst K2 climbing
disaster in history.
In a century of assaults on K2, only about 300 people have ever seen the
view from the planet's second highest peak. More than a quarter of
those who made it didn't live long enough to share the glory, or to tell
At the heart of The Summit lies a mystery about one extraordinary man,
Ger McDonnell. By all accounts, he was faced with a heart-breaking
dilemma-- at the very limit of his mortal resources, he encountered a
disastrous scene and a moral dilemma: three climbers tangled up in ropes
and running out of time. In the death zone, above 8,000 metres, the
body is literally dying with each passing second. Morality is skewed 180
degrees from the rest of life. When a climber falls or wanders off the
trail, the unwritten code of the mountain is to leave them for dead. Had
Ger McDonnell stuck to the climbers' code, he might still be alive.
The Summit is about the very nature of modern adventure. Those who
survive carry with them a commodity to sell-- The Story. This one remains
contentious and fiercely debated.
Take a look at the trailer below.
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