Everest: Beyond the Limit

Season 2 Episode 4

World Record

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Nov 20, 2007 on Discovery Channel
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Episode Summary

Finally acclimatized and ready for the final haul to the top, the expedition leaves Base Camp. David Tait and Phurba Tashi are within hours of the summit, but even if they make it, they still have a long way to go to reach their goals.

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    Darius Vaiciulis

    Darius Vaiciulis

    Climber (Lithuania)

    Recurring Role

    Monica Piris Chavarri

    Monica Piris Chavarri

    Team Doctor (United Kingdom)

    Recurring Role

    Rod Baber

    Rod Baber

    Climber (United Kingdom)

    Recurring Role

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (6)

      • David summits for the second time, having first summited in 2005. But he is only one quarter of the way through his double traverse of Everest, having to go down the south face, and then climb back up the south face to summit a second time, and then return back down the north face. This is Phurba's eleventh summit, but he has never climbed the south face of Everest.

      • In the Death Zone, climbers bodies are burning a 1,000 calories an hour, the same as a marathon runner.

      • Aside from being potentially explosive if mishandled, oxygen released from the bottles when opened to connect it to the climbers airmask rapidly cools, and can easily cause frostbite if the climber isn't wearing gloves while changing bottles.

      • David is dedicating his climb to raising awareness of child abuse, and to prove that being the victim of child abuse doesn't mean that a person can't achieve the highest goals in life.

      • To make a safe weather window for the double traverse, David and Phurba are told that they must skip Camp 2 and continue climbing to Camp 3. But previously it was said that climbers must acclimatize overnight every 1,500 feet or risk dangerous altitude sickness, and they will be doubling that distance in their climb.

      • Russell again divides his clients into two teams of climbers going up on different days. Team one is for the faster climbers, and includes Rod, Darius, Fred, and surprisingly, Tim. Team One also includes Chinese climber Li Yong.

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