Everest: Beyond the Limit

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  • Episode Guide
  • S 3 : Ep 5

    One Last Breath

    Aired 12/30/09

  • S 3 : Ep 4

    Death Zone Gridlock

    Aired 12/30/09

  • S 3 : Ep 3

    Deadly Countdown

    Aired 12/27/09

  • S 3 : Ep 2

    Impossible Dream

    Aired 12/27/09

  • S 3 : Ep 1

    First Summit

    Aired 12/27/09

  • Cast & Crew
  • Jason Willinger

    Narrator

  • Greg Stebner

    Narrator

  • Russell Brice

    Himex Expedition Leader

  • Eric Simonson (II)

    IMG Expedition Leader

  • Terry O'Connor

    Climber (United States) / Expedition Doctor

  • show Description
  • In April and May 2006, eleven determined climbers from all over the world, and one veteran guide, took to the world's tallest peak in an attempt to reach the summit. Partially filmed with cameras mounted to Sherpas' helmets, and two camerapersons who also summited with high-altitude cameras, this six-part production offers an amazing, unflinching look at this incredible expedition through a zeroing in on the experiences of six of the climbers. Packed with plenty of edge-of-your seat intensity and footage with perspectives never before seen, this series is a must-see for HD television fanatics. Broadcast History: Season One – Tuesdays at 10:00 pm Season Two – Tuesdays at 10:00 pm followed by the companion show Everest: After the Climb at 11:00 pm Season Three – Sunday 12/27/2009 8-11:00 pm episodes one-three, Wednesday 12/30/2009 9-11:00 pm episodes four and five (all times E/P)moreless

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  • Quotes (83)

    • Russell: (referring to the injuries and death of the first episode) Climbing Everest is a very, very, dangerous game. … You're going to see much, much more of this happen before we're finished this year, with us or other teams. It's a pretty stupid game to be playing.

    • Terry: If you were to go straight from sea level to the summit of Everest, get dropped off in some sort of magical helicopter up there, you would probably survive, without oxygen, probably on the order of minutes to a half hour tops before your brain would swell, your lungs filled with fluid and you would essentially asphyxiate and go comatose.

    • Tim: Always late, but worth the wait.

    • Russell: Every minute of the day I'm afraid. We don't know what the weather's going to throw at us, we don't know who's going to have heart attacks, we don't know who's going to fall over and break their leg and just not be able to get back down. No idea of these things. There's so many things that can go wrong.

    • Russell: (of the Sherpas calling him "King of the Mountain") I'm not king on this mountain, then. No one's king. Only the mountain's king. Not us, we're mere mortals.

    • Bob: How come you always express yourself so well? Mogens: I don't know, I'm a romantic guy.

    • Terry O'Connor: (discussing the environment above 26,000 feet) What does the death zone mean? I think, generally speaking, it's a place that the human body could not survive for very long. We do nothing but break down our own tissue. We're doing nothing but starving, and there's only so long that we can do that.

    • O'Connor: (about cerebral and pulmonary edema) Well, there are three remedies. Descent, descent, and descent.

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    Notes (45)

    • Also Featured: Ken Sauls – Expedition Cameraman. Simon Wagen – Expedition Cameraman. Shaun Hutson – Brice Expedition Guide.

    • Although rated TV-PG for language, the second segment from the end is prefaced by the warning, "This program contains subject material which some viewers may find disturbing." Footage includes the Indian climber suffering from high altitude pulmonary and cerebral edema (HAPE and HACE).

    • Special Thanks: Himalayan Experience, Oregon Health & Science University.

    • Discovery Channel Production:

    • Leon Blum - Production Co-ordinator
    • Sarah Hume - Production Manager
    • Jane Root - Executive Vice President and General Manager
    • Tomi Bednar Landis - Executive Producer
    • Special Thanks: Himalayan Experience, Oregon Health & Science University.

    • Also Featured: Blair Fallahay - Rival Expedition Leader Gérard Bourrat - Brice Team Climber

    • Also Featured: Carsang Nemgo - Sherpa Puru Nuru - Sherpa Tashi - Sherpa Faji Saur - Sherpa Leck Wanuri - Sherpa Bob Killip - Brice Team Two Climber

    • Special Thanks: Himalayan Experience, Oregon Health & Science University, METEOTEST, EUMETSAT/Dundee University.

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    Trivia (62)

    • In this year's climbing season, there are around 600 people trying to summit in 71 different expeditions.

    • Before this season's group of climbers goes up, the tally of people who have summited with Russell's expeditions was 137- more than any other expedition leader has done.

    • The body reacts to the thin air by producing more red blood cells, allowing it to carry more oxygen, but this thickens the blood a great deal. It makes climbers twice as likely to have a heart attack or stroke. It also creates a risk of cerebral edema, where the brain swells, causing disorientation, insanity, and even death if untreated. The only sure treatment for this is descent to lower altitudes.

    • At 17,000 ft, Base Camp is higher than any of the mountains in the Rocky Mountains. At 23,000 feet, the North Col Camp 1 is higher than any mountain outside the Himalayas.

    • Effects of the Death Zone:
      * In the Death Zone the air has so little oxygen, and stress on the climber is so massive, the body eats away its own flesh to survive and the brain starts to crash.
      * At the summit, climbers face temperatures of -40 degrees; freezing exposed skin in less than 30 seconds, and they may not make it down alive before their oxygen bottles go empty.

    • All of the climbers of Russell's expedition make it to North Col Camp at 23,000 ft during their first training run except Tim, who stops along the way and takes a nap.

    • Some of the climbers have major physical impairments to overcome:

      * Mogens is attempting to summit without using oxygen despite being asthmatic.
      * Tim was in a major motorcycle accident and has metal screws and plates holding his body together.
      * Mark is a double amputee, his legs ending a few inches below the knees. He lost his lower legs to frostbite while mountain climbing in New Zealand 24 years ago.

    • The climbers each paid $40,000 to go on the expedition with Russell.

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    Allusions (9)

    • Russell: The Sirdar was just here… Sirdar (also Sardar) is the title of the head, or lead, Sherpa. Depending upon the staffing of an expedition, there may be a base camp Sirdar and a climbing Sirdar. The title is possibly adapted from the Persian term that is associated with royalty and military leader positions.

    • Promo: (voice over) ...second deadliest season...
      This is a reference to the deadliest season that claimed 12 lives in 1996, including two expedition leaders Rob Hall and Scott Fischer. Most of these deaths occurred on the more popular Southeast Ridge Route. Accounts of the season can be found in The Climb by Anatoli Boukreev and Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer. This last book was made into the 1997 television movie, Into Thin Air: Death on Everest starring Peter Horton.

    • Yeti Terry: …because he's tulo Yeti. Tulo is Sherpa for "big" or "fat". This is a compliment and endowment of stature; Nepal is a poor country with malnourishment, thus a large person has means and wealth is one measurement of standing in a community. The Yeti is a Tibetan mythological beast also known as "The Abominable Snowman," and is similar to the North American Sasquatch. Yeti comes from two Tibetan words, yeh which means "rock" or "rocky place" and teh which means "bear".

    • Tim: (while fixing a meal) Bam! This is a reference to Emeril Live and Emeril Lagasse's signature phrase, often used as he is adding seasoning to a dish.

    • Star Wars
      Woodward: (to Mogens after he dons oxygen mask) You've succumbed to the dark side!
      This is a reference to the movie Star Wars and Darth Vader's need for a breathing apparatus.

    • The first high camp is called North Col. Col is the Welsh word for "saddle"; North Col is a saddlelike depression between two mountains, Everest and it's near neighbor Changtse.

    • Betsy: (on the double traverse attempt) David's like 007, so I have no, no doubt in my mind he was going to do what he set out to do. "007" is the codename of the fictional British super-spy, internationally known through over a dozen movies and books by Ian Fleming.

    • Betsy: (after failing to reach Camp 2) There's no place like home.
      This is a quote of the famous line from movie The Wizard of Oz. The movie's main character Dorothy, like Betsy, realizes after her adventures that she has taken her life for granted, and desperately wants to return to her everyday life.

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  • Fan Reviews (6)
  • Great show.

    By vishus1990, Jun 25, 2008

  • Thrilling and exciting even for the average teenager!

    By iheartpink77, Jan 01, 2008

  • i like this show

    By northphilly101, Jun 10, 2007

  • Heart pounding adventure drama. Super Tremendous show. It's as if you are with these climbers without the cold. Absolutely a MUST SEE

    By dggpa, Jan 30, 2007

  • Intense show, just like the climb itself.

    By eesti8, Jan 04, 2007

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