Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Storm Over Everest

Storm Over Everest will air on PBS, Tuesday, May 13, 2008 from 9:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m. This is the story of David Breashears who was on Mt. Everest during the 1996 expedition leading an IMAX crew. This documentary takes Breashears back to the summit of Everest as he conquers more than the physical demands of the climb, and remembers the rescue efforts (and failures) from 12 years ago.

A line from Beck Weathers, who was rescued on that expedition, "Everybody always says that the definition of character is what you do when nobody is looking. And when we were up there, we didn't think anybody was looking. And so everybody did pretty much what the inner person, the real them, the exposed them would do ... I got to witness those acts--the good ones, the bad ones. And the individuals that came through, that did well, that were selfless ... Every one of them to me is a hero ..."



Dogwood Dell said...

Great quote - but I have to think back upon the tragic moment a few years ago.

There were a number of selfish characters on that climb that caused so many to die.

Anonymous said...

While yes, there were indeed selfish acts done on those few days, I will never be in the position he and the other (stronger) climbers were in that night and cannot judge his actions (or inactions) or those of any of the others.