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History and heroes. Intensity and triumph. Disappointment and death. Exhilarating. Captivating. Mesmerizing. Spectacular.
What you see and feel while viewing "Surviving Everest," an upcoming National Geographic Channel special, leaves you wide-eyed and breathless and knowledgeable about the tallest mountain in the world and those who conquered it.

"Surviving Everest" is a two-hour trip to the top of the 29,035-foot peak with a National Geographic team commemorating the 50th anniversary of the first successful ascent.

National Geographic successfully weaves the tale of Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay, who in 1953 were the first to summit Everest, with the anniversary expedition that climbed last year.
The featured trio from the anniversary team are Peter Hillary, Jamling Norgay and Brent Bishop. They are the sons of Edmund, Tenzing and Barry Bishop, who climbed Everest in 1963, during the year the first American was successful.

They were led by climbing legend Pete Athans, who has scaled Everest six times, more than anyone who is not a Sherpa.
Norgay went only as far as Base Camp, offering support from there. He climbed Everest in 1996 when 15 people died on the mountain. He kept his promise to his family that he would never climb it again.

Highlights of "Surviving Everest" are memorable:

A controversy was created from the start as to who set foot on the peak first, Hillary or Norgay. They agreed to become equal partners.
- The Sherpas are duly noted as unsung heroes whose livelihood is working behind the scenes to set ropes and campsites. A windstorm rattles tents and nerves. The noise from flapping tents is deafening.
- Weather forces the team to abort the first summit try from Camp 4. They retreat to Base Camp, prompting Hillary to say, "The thing that really counteracts that disappointment is that if you don't turn around, you're probably going to die. So the benefit is, you turn around and you live."

- The camera crew barely escapes falling ice in the Khumbu Icefall and abandons the trip. A Sherpa learns how to use a video camera.
- Climbers take step by painstaking step, pausing often to catch their breath.
- Spectacular views of Hillary Step, ridges and dropoffs.

- A traffic jam near the Hillary Step and 50 people sharing the top of the world, where Hillary uses a satellite phone to call his father: "Dad, it's Peter. We're on the summit."

"Surviving Everest," set to air at 8 p.m. April 27, grabs you from the beginning and pulls you up the mountain, where it leaves you in awe. Mark your calendars.

More Everest coverage: The folks at National Geographic Adventure magazine also commemorate the 50th anniversary in the April issue.
It features five breakthrough Everest climbs and the various routes and timelines on fold-out maps, and gives brief updates from the survivors of the 1996 catastrophe.
The photo of a climber on a snow-covered Hillary Step is impressive.

Locals on Everest: Jeff Mathy of Fullerton isn't the only Orange County resident making a summit attempt this climbing season.

James Clarke, 39, of Costa Mesa is on the same Alpine Ascents International expedition team.
Clarke has been high-altitude climbing for nine years, first learning mountaineering skills as an Army Ranger.
If successful, Everest will be the fifth of the Seven Summits for Clarke.

Mathy, who aborted an attempt at Everest last year because of illness, sent his first dispatch recently.
He arrived in Kathmandu, Nepal, on March 31, then flew by helicopter to Namche Bazaar at 11,000 feet.

From the Everest View Lodge in Namche Bazaar, team members saw their goal rising before them.
"Today was beautiful!" Mathy wrote. "We could see the summit of Everest in the distance, and we traced our planned route backwards from the summit, down the summit ridge, down the Hillary Step, across the southeast ridge, and toward the South Col.

"I could tell that everyone was excited to see their first glimpse of the mountain."
Since then, the team has moved on to Deboche as the long, tedious hike to Base Camp continues.

Daily dispatches from the team can be found at www.alpineascents.com under Cybercasts. Other sources enabling you to follow the Everest climbing season are www.mountainzone.com and www.everestnews.com.

The Orange County Register

From Ocregister.com
"He who climbs upon the highest mountains laughs at all tragedies, real or imaginary." -- Friedrich Nietzsche


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sounds really cool and interesting, i iwill check up on it
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