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Mark Whetu, who nine year ago, spend the night out on Everest,
appears to have done it again for his third time according to reports from New
Zealand. We should be able to confirm Mark apparent summit in a few days.
However, Mark is maybe best known for the epic nine years ago
on Everest that resulted in the movie,
Everest-Summit of Dreams. The movie
chronicles the attempt of the American North Ridge Expedition
to summit Mount Everest from the North Side during the Spring of 1994. The
tape opens in Tibet and videos members of the expedition, capturing their
reasons for being there and their hopes relative to Everest.
The video is not of the best quality because the sound is
not synchronized with the speakers. Notwithstanding this technical problem,
the video has some good shots of Everest and the daunting climb up.
Unfortunately, the entire video has all the drama of a cereal commercial.
Notwithstanding its lack of oomph, the video does have some solid moments.
One can see the yak train carrying loads up to Advanced Base
Camp. The Sherpas prayer flag ceremony is likewise captured for posterity. Bad
weather hammers the expedition on their climb to the North Col, preparing them
for existence higher up on the mountain. The expedition struggles to reach
Camp Five which is the gateway to the upper reaches of Everest. Only a handful
of them make it, as they are hit by a raging gale.
At Camp Six, now in the death zone, a number of them turn
back, unable to continue climbing in such inhospitable terrain. A few hardy
souls continue. Cameraman Mark Whetu, a veteran Everest summiteer, continues
on to the summit with Australian climber, Mike Rheinberger, who had climbed
Everest six times before, but never before reached the summit.
Unfortunately, they summit as darkness desends and are
forced to bivouac overnight just below the summit. Mike gets altitude sickness
and is ultimately left behind. Having lost the struggle, he is never seen
again. Mark Whetu barely makes it down, suffering from severe frost bite.
Review from Amazon:
Everest-Summit of Dreams