The Race for Everest

Everest, Chomolungma, Sagarmāthā, five and a half vertical miles of rock, ice and snow and in the winters temperatures can fall to minus 60 degrees celsius, in it’s summer up to 10 feet of snow can fall on its slopes in a single day. It lies on the border of Nepal and Tibet, though far away it has always had a special place in the hearts of British mountaineers.

First measured by the British survey of India back in the 1850’s and identified as the highest mountain in the world. They named it after the surveyor general Sir. George Everest, 70 years later British diplomats secured permission from the Tibetan government for the first of a series of expeditions.

In this film we learn of these expeditions and the historical ascent of Everest made by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay’s in 1953. Through the use of previously unseen material filmed on the expedition itself and interviews with those surviving members of team we gain great insight into the difficulties they faces in an effort to conquer this harsh environment.

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