March 18, 2014
Just returning from a few days in Steamboat, Colorado. I was invited to a benefit screening of The Summit, a riveting film about the worst disaster in modern mountaineering history. In the summer of 2008, 11 men died within 48 hours on K2, the world’s second highest peak (though far more technically challenging than Everest). The film was a sensation at Sundance. The New York Times gave it 4-stars, calling it “a pulse pounding success”. Even if you’re not a high altitude climber, this is a film worth checking out.
Here is the website for the trailer: http://thesummitfilm.com. The film can be streamed on Netflix.
I was invited to the screening because for the last several months I have been trying to get broadcast interest in a program that revolves around a group of climbing survivors returning to K2 to face the demons that still haunt them, and conquer the mountain that conquered them that fatal summer day in 2008. So many questions still remain unanswered. Compounded by the trauma and maelstrom of the international media spotlight that ensued after the disaster happened, the climbers’ memories were confused, and everyone had a different story as to what really happened. The Summit is just one point of view of that moment in time. The goal of the returning expedition team is get to the truth. Potential buyers unanimously agree that it is compelling story: man against the mountain, man against himself. Just need to find one that will give me a green light.
On a travelers’ note, visiting Steamboat is like taking in a breath of fresh air; crisp, fresh mountain air. Everyone there looks so healthy and seems so fit, even more so than LA. And the scenery… well, just take a look above.