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National Geographic - Everest: 50 Years on the Mountain

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Nearly one half of a century has passed since Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay scaled Mt. Everest. National Geographic has followed three sons of these two explorers climging in an amazing documentary adventure. History on the mountain is also included … see full wiki

Release Date: 2003
MPAA Rating: Unrated
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The Sons of the Early Climbers Follow in Their Fathers Footsteps

  • Mar 16, 2008
Pros: Great documentary that portrays the daily struggles of making the ascent

Cons: None

The Bottom Line: Well done documentary about the sons of the early Everest climbers following in their fathers footsteps fifty years later.

Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie''s plot.

This is a stunning National Geographic movie about climbing Mount Everest. The movie follows a team that includes the sons of the first two men (Edmund Hillary’s son Paul and Tenzing Norgay’s son Jamling Norgay) to climb Mount Everest, as well as the son of the first American to climb Mount Everest (Barry Bishop’s son Brent). This is a documentary with footage mostly of this team climbing as part of celebrating the 50th anniversary of Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay’s successful ascent. It shows the struggles, disappointments, and sense of accomplishment as they make their way to the top of the world’s tallest mountain. It also includes a look at the life of the Sherpa’s, the mountain people who often serve as guides to climbers of Mount Everest, and shows how some families do not follow the path of mount climbing because of the danger associated with it. Lastly it includes reflections on the early climbers of Mount Everest with some interesting reminiscing by the three sons of the early climbers. Overall it is a great movie that shows the dangers of climbing the mountain and the strength (both physically and mentally) it takes to make it to the top.

The bonus features include an interview with the first blind man, Pete Athans, to climb Mount Everest. It is very interesting to learn about how he accomplished the task. The other bonus feature is a map of Everest, but unless you have a big screen television it is hard to make out most of the points on it.


Viewing Format: DVD
Video Occasion: Fit for Friday Evening

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