Discovery Channel Takes Everest Beyond The Limit

The Discovery Channel has announced a new six part series entitled Everest: Beyond The Limit that will begin airing on November 14th (9PM EST) that will chronicle the climbing season from this past Spring, which happened to be the second deadliest ever. Over the course of the six episodes, they’ll follow a two month long expedition from start to finish, with a team of experienced climbers. In typical Discovery Channel fasion, I expect this to be an outstanding production, as they’ve always done a good job with this kind of show. The only sad thing is that this show doesn’t appear on the Discovery HD Channel schedule, which means we’ll have to enjoy our Everest expedition in Standard Definition for now. Understandable I suppose. No one wants to lug around an expensive HD camera on the tallest mountain on the planet.

While I’m looking forward to seeing this show, I’ll be adding it to my Tivo ASAP, I doubt their six episodes will be able to compare with the “Unabridged Expedition Experience” you’ll find over at The Rest of Everest.

10 thoughts on “Discovery Channel Takes Everest Beyond The Limit”

  1. Thanks again for your continued support of my podcast!

    I, too am looking forward to this Discovery Channel series. I respect everyone who was there to climb and the crew for producing the entire gig.

    However, I have to say that I’m getting a little tired of the approach they seem to have taken from the promo ads. Everyone always puts Everest into the “it’s soooo dangerous” theme. Now, it’s true, it is dangerous but it’s so much more than that!!! Go there once, and I’m sure you’ll return not for the danger but for the beauty, the culture and the camaraderie. Maybe even for the climbing!

    All I’m saying is that these televised specials on Everest typically perpetuate the negative stereotypes, in my opinion.

    Everest changed my life in so many positive ways I can’t even begin to explain. Maybe it’s because I wasn’t there to summit. Maybe I have a skewed perspective because of that.

    The promo ends with a head & shoulders shot of Russell Brice crying and saying how sorry–how desperately sorry he is about something. I’m interested to see if anything there is alluding to stranded British climber David Sharp. and reported that the Discovery team had footage of Dave talking up above high camp but below the First Step. He eventualy died there. I knew Dave personally as his 2003 team and my team were all very good friends. I’m afraid they’re going to use Dave to set an example of how dangerous and evil the mountain can be.

    The truth us, though, that the mountain isn’t good or bad. It’s the climbers on her flanks that create the danger. Miscalculations, successes, selfishness and generosity–it’s all there.

    I don’t know. I guess I’m just rambling. Everest is wonderful. Magical, even. I just want that to be known and I’m trying my best to show a more complete picture through my podcast. It’s important to me. That’s one of the reasons I named the series “The REST of Everest.” It’s easy to show the dramatic side. People like experiencing danger vicariously. But it’s not authentic if that’s all you focus on.

    I guess I’ll come down off of my soapbox now!

    I really enjoy this blog. Thanks for keeping it going.


  2. Hi Jon!

    Thanks for the kind words about my blog. I love doing it, and I’m really enjoying the things I write about.

    I also think it’s pretty obvious how I feel about your Podcast. In short, I love it! I love the fact that you are looking at the “rest” of Everest. I’m learning a lot about so many aspects of the mountain that I didn’t have the chance to see before, and I really enjoy seeing the expedition in it’s entirety. I can’t wait to see the future episodes, and I’ll of course continue to blog about it. 🙂

    I know exactly what you mean about mainstream programs only showing the dangerous side of Everest. It’s only gotten worse since 1996, and of course this past season isn’t going to help matters. But the truth is, there are far more dangerous mountains than Everest, but the general public only knows that it is the tallest, so it’s easy to sell them on the idea that it’s so dangerous. Everest is sexy to the mainstream audience, which bring ratings of course.

    I will say that I’m looking forward to the Discovery series as well, but I’d much rather see a 14 part mini-series on the 14 8000 meter peaks. An indepth program on each of them. History of the climbs, the experience of climbing them, routes, and more. Now that would get my attention. Probably will never happen, but it would be great.

    As for Everest, I do hope to visit it some day. At least getting to base camp. It’s unlikely that I’d ever summit, but I’d love to experience the scenery, culture, and camaraderie that you’ve mentioned. Just trekking in the shadow of Everest sounds amazing to me. 🙂

  3. I have to say, however, that Discovery Channel has taken this “reality” show to a new low level of profit making and inconsideration to human life. Very disappointed. I cannot imagine Russell Brice using the footage of the dead sherpa in their advertising pitch. It makes me really sick.

  4. I have to agree on your comments on the Discovery Channel and their take on Spring Season on Everest. I posted my thoughts on the show following the first episode. I haven’t had the opportunity yet to see the second episode, so I can’t comment on where things have gone.

    But Brice is certainly the guy who comes off looking the worst here. He seems like a shameless self promoter, and someone who epitomizes everything that is wrong with these guided climbs on Everest.

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