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Meru

Meru Lowest new price: $12.72
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In the high-stakes pursuit of big-wall climbing, the Shark's Fin on Mount Meru may be the ultimate prize. Sitting 21,000 feet above the sacred Ganges River in Northern India, the mountain's perversely stacked obstacles make it both a nightmare and an irresistible calling for some of the world's toughest climbers. In October 2008, renowned alpinists Conrad Anker, Jimmy Chin and Renan Ozturk arrived in India to tackle Meru. Their planned seven-day trip quickly devolved into a 20-day odyssey in sub-zero temperatures with depleting food rations. Within 100 meters of the elusive summit, their journey - like all previous attempts - fell short of the goal. Heartbroken and defeated, the trio returned to their everyday lives, where the siren song of Meru continued to beckon. By September 2011, Anker had convinced his team to reunite and undertake the Shark's Fin once more, under even more extraordinary circumstances. MERU is the story of that journey, an expedition through nature's harshest elements and one's complicated inner demons, and ultimately on to impossible new heights.

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Everest

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Brand: Buena Vista Home Video

Relive a breathtaking journey to the top of the world with EVEREST, the spectacular giant-screen motion picture for IMAX theatres! Filmed during the infamous 1996 storm that claimed eight lives, EVEREST documents the filmmakers' harrowing rescue efforts to help surviving members of the ill-fated group. Join an international team of climbers as they scale the world's tallest peak. Witness the perils of skin-blistering cold, violent blizzards that drop the windchill to minus 100 degrees, and air so thin it numbs the mind. EVEREST will take you across creaking icefalls and gaping chasms, up dangerous, towering cliffs and into the death zone of oxygen-thin altitude. Filmed in spellbinding IMAX photography, "the most hyperrealistic format yet invented," says producer Greg MacGillivray. Narrated by Academy Award(R)-nominee Liam Neeson, including the music of George Harrison, EVEREST is a rich, dramatic story -- a daring adventure of triumph and tragedy.

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National Geographic: Climbing Redwood Giants

National Geographic: Climbing Redwood Giants Lowest new price: $190.66
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Brand: NG Domestic Home Entertainment
Model: 727994753858

Climbing Redwood Giants tells the story of a man obsessed with monster redwoods. To say that Humboldt State University's Steve Sillett likes redwoods is like saying Edmund Hillary was keen on mountains or Jacques Cousteau had a fondness for the sea. Just when Steve Sillett thinks he's climbed and measured the tallest living tree on earth, another one turns up in a hidden valley of California and breaks the record. Sillett, the first researcher to explore the redwood canopy, awaits the analysis of a new aerial survey that may point to the next record-breaker. As Sillett studies redwoods limb by limb, explorer Mike Fay is charting the entire redwood range step by step to get a sense of the past and future of the world's tallest living trees.

They are giants—stretching more than 300 feet above the ground, with hidden gardens and mysterious predators thriving within their canopy.

National Geographic reveals the unexplored environment of the California redwoods in an epic, year-long exploration. Obsessive redwood climber Steve Sillett of Humboldt State University investigates their monster crowns, tallying biological material and discovering new record-breaking trees, while escaping falling branches and crashing trees in the process. Down below, National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Mike Fay charts the redwood range to size up the past and future of these primeval trees threatened in 21st century California

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  • Featuring Steve Sillet and Mike Fay
  • Filmed in and around the trees
  • See a habitat that you did not know existed
  • Widescreen format
  • Bonus program: Wildlife War USA: Elk Harvest (25 mins.)

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The Conquest Of Everest

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Ascend to the zenith of filmed adventure with the Edmund Hillary expedition as they climb to the top of the world's tallest mountain, Mount Everest, and into the pantheon of history's bravest explorers.

This award-winning documentary is a record of the entire trek, from base camps in the Everest foothills, to the icy peaks miles above. The party of climbers and their sherpa guides forge ahead step by agonizing step, up through the clouds and into a world of white where the air is thin and the danger of wind, weather and avalanche is thick. In an awe-inspiring finale, Hillary and Tensing Norkay make the last leg of the journey alone, setting foot on the 29,000-foot roof of the world where no man has gone before.

The Conquest Of Everest features dramatic narration (some of it by expedition members), a soaring musical score and, at the end, 'one of the grandest, most throat choking moments this reviewer has ever witnessed on a screen' (Bosley Crowther, New York Times). The film also rose to the heights the next award season, winning top prizes from British Academy of Film and Television Arts and the National Board of Review as well as a 'Best Documentary' Oscar nomination.

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Yukon Passage

Yukon Passage Lowest new price: $17.57
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It's thirty below zero in the Canadian wilderness, your long underwear is frozen stiff on the line, and you're about to relive one of the greatest adventures in North American history. Join four courageous young men on their 1,800-mile, eight-month trek to retrace the steps of the gold stampeders of 1898. You'll build a log raft and steer it through treacherous rapids, and when the river freezes you'll travel by dog sled through freezing rain and thigh-high snow-drifts. Bathe in an icy lake and share a tasty supper of moose meat. You'll reach the gold rush town of Dawson where you'll march in the annual stampeder's parade, and celebrate your thrilling journey through the Yukon Passage.

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Storm Over Everest

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Brand: WGBH HOME VIDEO

As darkness fell on May 10, 1996, a fast moving storm of unimaginable ferocity trapped three climbing teams high on the slopes of Mount Everest. The climbers, exhausted from their summit climb, were soon lost in darkness, in a fierce blizzard, far from the safety of High Camp at 26,000 feet. World-renowned climber and filmmaker David Breashears, who aided the rescue efforts back in 1996, now returns to Everest to tell the fuller story of what really happened on that legendary climb. Through remarkably intimate interviews with the climbers and Sherpas many who have never spoken before on American television Breashears sheds new light on the worst climbing tragedy in Mount Everest s history.

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  • Factory sealed DVD

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Into the Thin Air of Everest - Mountain of Dreams, Mountain of Doom

Into the Thin Air of Everest - Mountain of Dreams, Mountain of Doom Lowest new price: $19.93
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The incredible story of the world's highest mountain and the adventurers who tempt fate to reach its deadly summit.

Reaching five and a half miles into the sky, Mount Everest is a massive pyramid of intimidating rock, freezing cold and hurricane force winds. It towers above all other peaks and is the highest point on earth. Known as Chomolungma, Goddess Mother of the World, by the Sherpa people who live in its shadow, this awesome mountain has become the ultimate test of man's strength, endurance and will power. It is also deadly...for every five people who reach the summit, one dies trying. All who attempt its slopes risk their lives. Some survive in triumph, but many others never return from its icy heights.

This extraordinary collection is the definitive documentary of the history and mystery of Mount Everest.

Part I - "EVEREST: THE QUEST" includes the incredible stories of the early climbers, including George Leigh Mallory and Sir Edmund Hillary's legendary summit climb, and much more.

Part II - "EVEREST: TEMPTING FATE" explores the triumphant (and tragic) expeditions of the modern era and takes an in-depth view of the terrible events of 1996, the deadliest year in the history of Mount Everest (and the subject of the current bestselling book).

Part III - "THE CONQUEST OF EVEREST", is the thrilling Academy Award nominated best documentary about the 1953 British expedition that was the first to reach Mount Everest's summit.

EVEREST - Mountain of Dreams...Mountain of Doom takes viewers on the adventure of a lifetime and vividly captures the haunting beauty and constant danger of the most awesome mountain on earth.

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Seven Wonders of the Industrial World (2003) DVD

Seven Wonders of the Industrial World (2003) DVD Lowest new price: $92.74
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Seven Wonders of the Industrial World (2003) DVD

Meet the most brilliant pioneers of the industrial age, and see how - their burning ambition, extravagant dreams, passion and rivalry as great minds clashed, produced seven key technological achievements of the Industrial Revolution. This series uses a compelling mix of computer-generated and dramatic re-creations to bring these fascinating stories to life. The seven stories that are revealed here are: The Great Ship; the Brooklyn Bridge, the Bell Rock Lighthouse; the US Transcontinental Railway; the London sewer system; the Panama Canal; and the Hoover Dam.

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  • Meet the most brilliant pioneers of the industrial age, and see how - their burning ambition, extravagant dreams, passion and rivalry as great minds clashed, produced seven key technological achievements of the Industrial Revolution. This series uses a compelling mix of computer-generated and dramatic re-creations to bring these fascinating stories to life. The seven stories that are revealed here


Edmund Hillary & Tenzing Norgay - Climbing To The Roof Of The World (PBS)

Edmund Hillary & Tenzing Norgay - Climbing To The Roof Of The World (PBS) Lowest new price: $21.01
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On May 29, 1953, a lanky New Zealander named Edmund Hillary and his climbing partner, Tenzing Norgay, became the first to reach the highest point on earth - the summit of Mount Everest. The few brief minutes these two men spent on top of the world profoundly affected the rest of their lives. Actual footage of the climb, sound recordings, letters, diaries, and intimate interviewers are woven together with evocative new sequences to tell this remarkable tale of human achievement.

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Everest North Wall

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EVEREST NORTH WALL - Join the American China-Everest 1982 Expedition as 16 men and one woman attempt an unclimbed north face route. Members include Marty Hoey, Dave Mahre, Jim Wickwire and leader Lou Whittaker. Hoey, who had hoped to become the first American woman to stand on top of Mt. Everst, falls to her death in a freak accident, just 1500 feet from the summit. With originall music composed by Alan Hovhaness, the film captures the exhilaration and the dangers of living life on the edge. EVEREST NORTH WALL is an engrossing stroy that embraces the human spirit. EMMY AWARD WINNING DOCUMENTARY Running Time: 57 minutes "NORTH WALL captures climb's triumph, tragedy" Journal-American "...more than just another climbing film. It is an adventure, a celebration of living life to the fullest." Seattle Times

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