Everest: The Death Zone

Everest: The Death Zone

1998, Nature  -   13 Comments
Ratings: 7.09/10 from 64 users.

Nova: Everest - The Death ZoneBecause it is there is the reason so many men and women have risked death to climb Mount Everest, the tallest mountain on earth. NOVA follows a scientific investigation of high-altitude physiology in Everest: The Death Zone, which examines the biological and psychological changes experienced by a group of climbers during their ascent. Jodie Foster's narration accompanies the team as the NOVA photographers capture the stark, alien beauty of the mountain; the drama reaches a crescendo on the descent as it becomes unclear whether or not an ill climber will make it.

Well worth watching by anyone interested in mountain climbing or the limits of human endurance, Everest: The Death Zone is at once cautionary and inspiring. Get ready for a (literally) breathtaking trek up Mt. Everest, from Base Camp at 17,600 feet; through the chilling, corpse-strewn Death Zone; to the very pinnacle of the the Earth, five and a half miles above sea level. For those brave souls who survive the harrowing climb to the top of the world, it is a transformative experience.

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13 Comments / User Reviews

  1. Steve harding

    This documentary channel is great,I love it,its perfecto

  2. Barb

    Wish my health would allow me.to do something so incredible!!

  3. Scott McCarthy

    Wow! What a doc! Thanks!

  4. Lax Tatlaz

    really thanx..

  5. Jack Seahorse

    34:44 is that a bird?!

  6. averageuser

    great docu,but i just dont see the point in climbing that mountain, and risking your life ,doing something totally useless.

    1. Diane Salas

      To folks like these, going to work at a 9-5 job seems totally useless. I would love to do it, its a notch in your belt and self victory.

    2. Kumamori

      I got this drive to climb, to push up. It's an instinct, and I bet those guys and girls who go there, at least some of them feel it too. Being on your own against a mountain... makes me smile. :)

  7. james

    great video!

  8. ace

    fully enjoyed that. thanks

  9. coyote03

    I definitely didn't find this dull, passing by dead bodies from the year before and even the body of a climber who had died that season, then almost losing one of their own on the decent. This was an incredible documentary!

  10. Emmi

    Excellent documentary, very interesting! Thank you =)

  11. Stoke City

    a rather dull documentary but it's watchable.