The Wildest Dream

Our first patron movie review – thanks, Trevor! Interested in writing a review for the library? Contact Eliza at hatfieldpubliclibrary@gmail.com.

by Trevor “The Games Man”

The Wildest Dream

Conquest of Everest

a National Geographic Entertainment film

“An amazing true story of love, courage, and destiny at the Top of the World.”

Narrated by Liam Neeson

From the liner notes: “In 1999, renowned American mountaineer Conrad Anker made a discovery that reverberated around the globe. High in Mount Everest’s “death zone” he found the body of George Mallory — 75 years after the British explorer mysteriously vanished during his attempt to become the first man to summit the world’s tallest peak. He was last spotted alive just 800 feet below the summit. Remarkably, Mallory’s body was found with all his belongings intact. The only thing missing was a photograph of [his wife] Ruth, which Mallory had promised to place on the summit.”

Paced like a suspense thriller, this true story is frequently edge-of-your seat exciting. Did Mallory reach the summit or not? Conrad Anker not only discovered Mallory’s body, but also realized that an important piece of evidence was missing from the story: with the very limited and primitive equipment Mallory had in 1924, could he actually have free-climbed a short but extremely difficult vertical cliff that was ahead of him in that last 800 yards?

This film is about Anker’s quest to find out. He and his crew re-created Mallory’s equipment down to their oxygen supply, gabardine clothing, and hobnailed boots with the intention of doing that last 800 yards of the climb using only 1924 equipment.

But before reaching that cliff, there are many other challenges to overcome which are amply covered in this well-done and often intense documentary. See real actual cliffhangers! Wonder at views of Mount Everest both from afar and from extremely close up! Hear first-hand, on-the-spot accounts of the climb! Watch the slow and sometimes painful progress of professional mountaineers up the world’s tallest peak! And experience from the comfort of your home a raw and brutal trek through one of the world’s most fierce and ruthless environments.

This movie rated: A full 5 stars. Highly recommended.

NOTE: Here’s a link to a 360° view from the top of Mt Everest taken by Roddy Mackenzie in 1989: <http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/astropix.html>.

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