If you want to explore the grandeur of the world’s highest peak from your comfy sofa at home, then IMAX: Everest should be the next film you put in your DVD player.
Narrated by Liam Neeson, the film takes the viewer up to the summit and back, but also exposes the harsh reality of climbing. The film was shot in the 1996 climbing season by cinematographer David Breashear’s, author of High Exposure. This was the same year of the tragedy chronicled in Jon Krakauer’s book, Into Thin Air.
The team profiled in the movie is impressive. The famous American mountaineer Ed Viesturs is the climbing leader of the IMAX team, and the viewer gets a peek into his training regimen with some breathtaking helicopter footage of him and his wife biking in Moab, Utah.
What makes the film even more inspiring for Hiking Lady readers is that one of climbers on the team is the youthful Araceli Segarra, who is trying to be the first Spanish woman to summit Everest. To top it off, the son of Tenzing Sherpa who was the climbing partner of Sir Edmund Hilary on the first successful Everest summit climb is a member of the team.
Sit back and enjoy this film; it surely will not disappoint. I definitely liked it, which is why I’ve seen it multiple times 🙂
Hiking Lady’s Recommendation: 5 of 5 stars