Coming to theatres from director Nick Ryan, Sundance Selects and IFC Films is the amazing and terrifying story of what happened on THE SUMMIT.
The documentary tells the story of what is considered the deadliest day on the dangerous summit of K2 when 11 climbers mysteriously died. What started out as one of the most beautiful days for climbing the summit became as unpredictable as the weather.
Speaking with the climbers and Sherpa, the events begin to link together of what went wrong and the will of the human spirit to survive!
FINAL WORD: Anytime there is a story about survival in places that are stunningly beautiful and dangerous I am pulled to watch. This is one such documentary filmed wondrously and respectfully yet telling the truth, as everyone knows it.
The world of climbers is so intricate yet surrounded by the love of something indescribable to everyone else. From the bravery of Irishman Ger McDonnell to the man who saw more than any Pemba Gyalje Sherpa – there is a bigger story here.
I was stunned listening to what each member thought went wrong. At one point I found myself hollering at the screen myself with a “why?”
K2 can be found in the Baltistan region of Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan and Xingjiang, China standing at over 9,800 feet tall. First surveyed in 1856, it was named K2 as the second peak of the Karakoram range. Serious climbing began in 1902, again in 1909 and continuing until 2008 when this film’s incident occurred.
There are six different major routes and all of them dangerous. Seventy-five climbers have died with thirty-three while descending K2. Also known as Savage Mountain this film brings new words into our vocabulary such as serac and bottleneck and how they play a part in this film.
Hoselito Bite, Marco Confortola, Pat Falvey, Pasang Lama, Tshering Lama, JJ McDonnell, Lars Nessa, Damien O’Brien, Chhiring Dorje Sherpa, Cecilie Skog, Annie Starkey, Fredrik Strang, Cas Van De Gevel, Wilco Van Rooijen, Alberto Zerain and Pemba Gyalje Sherpa.
Cast: Christo Mitzkov as Marco Confortola, Johannes Moser as Rolf Bae, Lochlainn O’Mearain as Ger McDonnell, Garrett Phillips as Wilco van Rooijen, Christine Barnes as Cecilie Skog, Niall Foley as Fredrik Strang, Stefan Grossniklaus as Lars Nessa.
TUBS OF POPCORN: I give THE SUMMIT three and a half tubs of popcorn out of five. This is a daring story to tell and it is told extremely well. Listening to each of the climbers recall that day and speak on their friends who didn’t make it is so difficult at moments. Knowing they all had family’s each get the opportunity to tell their story and speak highly on each persons life and dedication to climbing.
The photography is absolutely beautiful and the viewer has a chance to see from the top of the world that they will never see in person. The photographs shared by those in the film are filled with triumph and an emotion I can’t even imagine! The memorial at the base of K2, however, is something we all can understand.
In the end – it was the deadliest day on the world’s most dangerous mountain.
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