High and Hallowed on Mt. Everest: 1963 vs. 2013


This story shows the deeper side of the greatest Himalayan climb in American mountaineering history. Profiling the bold and visionary efforts of the 1963 American Mount Everest Expedition, the film examines the sheer commitment, step-by-step struggle, and lasting impact of the first American ascent of Mt. Everest and the pioneering first ascent of the West Ridge. Fifty years later, we journey back to Everest to discover if the essence of risk, adventure, and the unknown that drew the first Americans to the summit still exists today. The film debuts at Mountainfilm in Telluride, Colorado, on Friday, May 24.