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A Deadly Ascent

47:55 Min

In Mumbai, an elderly climber is still coming to terms with the death of his wife. He is haunted by the moment he made the decision to leave her on the mountain. In Kashmir, a young climber blames the crowds for his decision to turn back 800 metres from the summit. For one who's always wanted to scale the summit, it has become a pipe dream. Climbers and sherpas weigh in on why and how the mountain has become so over-exploited, and the long-lasting impact of environmental issues.

A Deadly Ascent

A Deadly Ascent - S1E1: Summit Fever At Mt. Everest

14 Dec 2020 10:00pm

In Mumbai, an elderly climber is still coming to terms with the death of his wife. He is haunted by the moment he made the decision to leave her on the mountain. In Kashmir, a young climber blames the crowds for his decision to turn back 800 metres from the summit. For one who's always wanted to scale the summit, it has become a pipe dream. Climbers and sherpas weigh in on why and how the mountain has become so over-exploited, and the long-lasting impact of environmental issues.

A Deadly Ascent

About the show:

This is the untold story of the 2019 Mount Everest tragedy, where 11 people died trying to scale the world’s highest summit. An image that went viral showed a glimpse of what happened that day - a long, continuous line of hundreds of climbers bottlenecked on the summit ridge of Everest, all trying to take advantage of a narrow window to get to the top. 

Weaving first-hand accounts from alpinists, sherpas and those who lost loved ones, find out how and why things went awry. Was the mountain too crowded, and were there too many inexperienced climbers, lured by the magic of the mountain by exploitative companies. And what is the environmental impact caused by the influx of climbers?

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