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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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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.
|Everest: Beyond the Limit
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Experience Everest as it's never been before in this harrowing trek to touch the roof of the world. With unusually severe weather and heartbreaking circumstances, this expedition up the world's tallest peak becomes fraught with unexpected perils, leading to an emotional journey full of fear, hardship, exhaustion, disappointment and unforgettable triumphs. Boasting a crew of climbers each with something to prove, this expedition includes the first-ever double amputee to aim for the summit, an asthmatic climber ascending without bottled oxygen and a motorcyclist embracing life once again after a near-fatal traffic accident. Stunningly captured with high-definition cameras, each episode of this special DVD edition includes additional footage not seen in the original broadcast, plus behind-the-scenes moments you won't want to miss!
Summit Dreams: At Everest Base Camp, newly arrived climbers struggle to acclimate to the Himalayas' extreme altitude. A cameraman collapses with intense stomach pains and is rushed down the mountain.
The Gatekeeper: After they learn of a Sherpa's death from altitude sickness, expedition members struggle to prepare themselves for a climb that will be the ultimate test of their mental and physical capabilities.
To the Summit: The expedition is divided into two teams for the five-day summit assault. The expedition leader warns the group that he will withdraw the Sherpas if any of the climbers disobey his rules.
Into the Death Zone: The expedition is trapped in a high-altitude camp by unexpectedly high winds and is further delayed by a human traffic jam when slower climbers are encountered.
Mutiny on the Mountain: Climbers must deal with one of the coldest days ever remembered on the mountain and get caught in another group's descent lines.
The Final Cost: With the summit just 350 feet above them, struggling climbers, dangerously weak from serious frostbite and insufficient oxygen, are fiercely determined to reach Everest's pinnacle.
- Experience Everest as it's never been before in this harrowing trek to touch the roof of the world. With unusually severe weather and heartbreaking circumstances, this expedition up the world's tallest peak becomes fraught with unexpected perils, leading to an emotional journey full of fear, hardship, exhaustion, disappointment and unforgettable triumphs. Boasting a crew of climbers each w
|National Geographic - Everest 50 Years on the Mountain
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In 1953, Sir Edmund Hillary & Tenzing Norgay made history as the first people to reach the top of Everest. Now, 50 years later, three sons of Everest's most celebrated climbers return to the mountain to challenge it again. Join their journey as they brave the elements and face death to climb 29,000 feet of wind-blasted rock and ice. And, relive the dramatic history of Everest from great triumphs to deadly tragedies, enduring rivalries and the unsung role of the Sherpa people - as National Geographic exposes the untold stories that lurk in the mountain's epic shadow and takes you on THE ultimate Everest experience.
|Man Who Skied Down Everest
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|Coast to Coast Trekking England The Wainwright Way - Part 1
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Alfred Wainwright, in 1973, devised a walk across the North of England whereby the trekker could travel the entire width, from St Bees, in the west, to Robin Hood's Bay, on the North Sea, and across three National Parks. This section of the walk, Part 1, encompasses the western half, from St Bees to Kirkby Stephen, taking in the Lake District and the Eden Valley. The great walk is begun by climbing up St Bees Head, a mirror image of Robin Hood's Bay on the opposite coast. This quintessential English walking excursion leads the trekker into the very heart of the Lake District where the scenery is at its most rugged. Then suddenly the Lake District National Park is behind and the landscape of the Eden Valley offers a softer look with no great climbs or descents, with glimpses of the moors in the distance.
Wainwright loved the lake country and his deep-felt affection is so patently contagious that he has drawn countless other walkers, keen to savour the unique landscape and to follow in his footsteps; alongside a lake, over a meadow and atop a mountain.
Wainwright once said, "The hills are eternal. Always there will be a lonely ridge, the dancing beck, the silent forest; always there will be the exhilaration of the summits."
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|Coast to Coast Trekking England The Wainwright Way Part 2
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Wainwright's Coast to Coast Walk is a walk that is becoming more popular every year and has been described as one of the finest walks in the world taking the walker past old English villages, with quaint pubs and tea rooms, ancient abbeys, Neolithic monuments and medieval ruins.
This second half of the walk from Kirkby Stephen to Robin Hood's Bay, Part 2, begins atop the Pennine Range, on the border between Cumbria and North Yorkshire where the views are most panoramic. From there the River Swale leisurely glides along, leading the way east and growing in size as it heads towards the North Sea. The Swaledale region is a land shaped by glaciers, ten thousand years ago, comprising grey limestone crags and great gills looking down on green sweeping valleys interlaced with stone walls and dotted with stone barns. It is where copses of thickly grown trees stretch up to another boggy rise and a region that sets the pulses racing for those who revel in solitude.
Wainwright was quoted as saying when he finished the Coast to Coast Walk, "I have finished the Pennine Way with relief and the Coast to Coast with regret."
|Globe Trekker: Trekking Turks & Caicos / The Milford Track
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Ian Wright island hops around the pristine coral atolls of the Turks and Caicos in the Caribbean. He begins his adventures on the most developed island, Providenciales. Heading east, en route to North Caicos, Ian learns about the islands heritage at the Wade s Green Slave Plantation, attending some town meetings with real island characters. He then takes a ferry to the neighbouring island of Middle Caicos, for a stunning trek along its wild and deserted north coast. On South Caicos, Ian helps out on an environmental study of lemon shark. Ian searches for the majestic humpback whales before ending his journey at Grand Turk, renowned for its distinctive architecture. While Zay Harding hikes the Milford Track, the most spectacular trekking route in New Zealand. To reach the remote trailhead on the southwestern tip of the South Island, Zay sails in a traditional wooden ketch across beautiful Lake Te Anau, where he starts the 3-day trek over the MacKinnon Pass en route to the Milford Sound. Zay experiences a fitting climax to one of the finest treks on earth, and the eighth wonder of the world, a dramatic fjord enclosed by sheer peaks plunging thousands of feet straight down into the water, the Milford Sound. Along the way... See the humpback whales and lemon sharks in Caicos. Discover the remote trailhead on the tip of South Island, New Zealand. Explore one of the finest treks on earth, known as one of the top ten wonders of the world.
|Storm Over Everest
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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.
|National Geographic: Climbing Redwood Giants
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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
- 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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