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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.
|Trekking in Nepal DVD - Everest Base Camp Trek - Kathmandu city tour - Rough travel guide
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Our tour of Nepal will start off in its capital city, Kathmandu, famous for its many temples and tourist attractions.
We will travel to the ancient city of Bhaktapur which is a popular day-trip destination for people staying in Kathmandu.
5km from Kathmandu city is Pashupatinath Temple. Witness public cremations and savour the atmosphere in this important place of worship for the Hindu people.
The stupa of Baudhanath lies 8 km east of Kathmandu. This ancient colossal Stupa is one of the biggest in the world. It was listed in the UNESCO world Heritage Monument List in 1979.
From Kathmandu, we fly to a small airport in a village called Lukla, where we begin our trek to the base camp of Mount Everest.
We guide you day by day through the following villages:
Lukla - Phakding - 4 Hours trek.
Phakding - Namche Bazaar - 6 Hours trek.
Namche Bazaar - Tengboche - 5 Hours trek.
Tengboche - Dingboche - 6 Hours trek.
Dingboche - Luboche - 5 Hours trek.
Luboche - Gorak Shep - 6 Hours trek.
Gorak Shep - Base camp - 2 Hours trek.
Base Camp - Kala Pattar - 2 Hours trek.
We then journey back to Lukla where we fly back to Kathmandu, from there we journey south to spend some time in the Chitwan National Park, famous for its natural beauty and wide variety of wildlife, including crocodiles, elephants, white Rhinos, tigers plus many more.
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|Seven Wonders of the Industrial World (2003) DVD
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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.]]>
- 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
|The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest
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In 1999, renowned American mountaineer Conrad Anker made a discovery that reverberated around the globe. High in Mount Everest's "death zone," he found the body of George Mallory - 75 years after the British explorer mysteriously vanished during his attempt to become the first man to summit the world's tallest peak.
Mallory had risked everything as he set out, dressed in gabardine and hobnailed boots, in pursuit of his dream of reaching the top of Everest - which in 1924 was the last great adventure left to man. He was last spotted alive just 800 feet below the summit. Then the clouds rolled in and Mallory vanished into legend.
After discovering Mallory's body, Conrad Anker's life became intertwined with Mallory's story. Remarkably, Mallory's body was found with all his belongings intact. The only thing missing was a photograph of his wife, Ruth, which Mallory had promised to place on the summit. Haunted by Mallory's story, Conrad longed to return to Everest to lay Mallory's ghost to rest.
BONUS FEATURES INCLUDE Behind the Scenes Raw Interviews, International Trailers, Original Notes from Mallory's Expedition Team Member, Noel Odell, and more.
|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.
|Beyond the Edge
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In 1953, the ascent of Everest remained the last of Earth s great challenges. Standing at over 29,000ft, the world s highest mountain posed a fearsome challenge and had already claimed thirteen lives in previous expeditions. When Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay finally achieved the impossible and became the first men to stand atop Everest, it was an event that stunned the world and defined an era.
Facing treacherous winds, sub-zero temperatures and battling altitude sickness, Sir Edmund s incredible achievement remains one of the greatest adventure stories of all time; the epic journey of a man from modest beginnings who overcame adversity to reach the highest point on Earth. For the first time ever, and with the support of the Hillary family, Sir Edmund s story is brought to life using both original color footage and photographs and dramatized recreations of the stunning assault. Both a classic triumph of the underdog story and a gripping, cinematic experience, BEYOND THE EDGE is a tale of human endurance, tenacity and courage in the face of overwhelming odds.
|Bannister: Everest on the Track
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History wonks and running buffs will vie for who loves this movie the most. Everest on the Track is as much an historical study of Britain's psychological, if not almost physical, need for something - anything - to erase the woes of World War II as it is a fresh look at the quest for the first sub-4:00 mile, the heretofore deemed physically impossible. Before the war, Britain had bloomed best in its Sporting Tradition, but the amateur accolades leading to Olympic accomplishments were blown off the podiums in the 1952 Helsinki Games. Roger Bannister was the epitome of that disappearing scholar-athlete ideal. Can the lunchtime-trained runner immersed in his medical school studies inject the booster shot into Britain's flagging but still flickering morale?
|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.)
|Everest: Season 2
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A new team of daring men and women, led by legendary expedition leader Russell Brice, takes on the world's highest mountain in the second season of this popular Discovery series. Learn who's got what it takes to make it up this huge peak as high-definition cameras capture the team's exhilaration, exhaustion, fear and hardship. Includes the Bonus Feature: "After the Climb."
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