The Wildest Dream : Conquest of Everest UK Television Premiere

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Climbing Everest is a dream I am unlikely to ever fulfil, but is a subject I have great interest in and I hold huge respect for anyone who has attempted or succeeded in conquering.   There have been some great books published over the years recounting explorers tales and woes of taking on the worlds tallest peak.    Jon Krakauer’s –  Into Thin Air,  The Climb: Tragic Ambitions on Everest by Anatoli Boukreev and Death Zone: Climbing Everest Through the Killer Storm by Matt Dickinson are my personal favs.

How many people realise Brian Blessed attempted to climb Mount Everest on three separate occasions, although never reaching the summit. During his attempt in 1991, the then 55-year-old climbed higher than any other man of his age (8,595 metres).  Impressive stuff and certainly surprised me.   Granted there are tougher peaks and Everest has become the domain of rich tourists rather than hardcore climbers but it is still a challenge few people will take on in their life time.

In 2010, the Wildest Dream : Conquest of Everest was showing in cinemas, something I missed completely.   I recently became aware that the UK TV premiere will be shown on BBC 2, Wednesday 17th August 2011 at 9pm.

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Dressed in gabardine and wearing hobnailed boots. The equipment available to Mallory was a far cry from today's modern technology.

The film documentary comes from Altitude films and was directed by BAFTA and EMMY award winning filmmaker Anthony Geffen.  The film follows a team of modern climbers as they attempt to retrace the footsteps of British explorer George Mallory who disappeared close to the peak of Everest in 1924.  Mallory’s disappearance holds great interest and mystery – could he have actually reached the summit of Everest 29 years before Sir Edmund Hilary?

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Stunning views from Everest

Renowned American climber Conrad Anker and British climbing prodigy Leo Houlding seek to find answers and attempt to replicate as close as possible Mallory’s fateful expedition.  The men retrace the North East Ridge route, they even remove the 90 foot ladder from infamous second step to free climb this crazy section of the mountain (just as Mallory would have done).

In 1999 it was actually Conrad who found the remarkably preserved body of George Mallory high in the mountains “death zone” and his life became intertwined with Mallory’s story.

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American Conrad Anker and British Leo Houlding

The Wildest dream is more than a mountain climbing documentary.  It tells the passionate story of a man torn between his 2 greatest loves – his wife Ruth and the mountain that ultimately took his life.  The film combines footage previously unseen with archived photographs and present day film footage from Conrad’s and Leo’s trip.

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I know which equipment I'd rather be using!

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One Comment on “The Wildest Dream : Conquest of Everest UK Television Premiere”

  1. Watched the preview screener last night – really enjoyed it. Well worth a watch on Wed night.

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