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By David Breashears

This amazing memoir is the tale of the famed IMAX cinematographer, adventurer, and mountaineer, whose terrifying reviews through the 1996 season on Mt. Everest grew to become the defining second of his existence. of full-color photographs.

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Prime Drop Line, Franconia Notch, New Hampshire, wintry weather 1983. Soloing steep ice, Crow Hill, Massachusetts, wintry weather 1983. getting ready an uncovered digicam place throughout the taking pictures of Cloffhanger within the Dolomites in Italy. The actress Michelle Joyner and Stallone’s stunt double, Mark De Alessandro, in motion for the movie’s establishing fall scene. At my digital camera place at the wall of the tower of Torre Divise, a four-foot-by-four-foot aluminum ledge 500 toes above the floor. My camera’s-eye view among the towers as Gea Phipps is ready for her 400-foot drop at the descender rig. Araceli Segarra. Jamling Tenzing Norgay. Robert Schauer. Ed and Paula Viesturs. Sumiyo Tsuzuki. Wongchu Sherpa. The Sherpa digital camera staff. Jangbu Sherpa is at the left. The Everest IMAX Filming day trip at Base Camp. With Robert Schauer and the digital camera at Camp III, overlooking the Western Cwm, 24,000 toes. Passing Rob corridor on mounted ropes lower than Camp III, the final time I observed him alive. Bringing Chen Yu-Nan’s physique down the Lhobe Face with Ed Viesturs, may possibly eight, 1996. In Rob Hall’s Camp II communications tent speaking with Rob, who's stranded at the South Summit, 28,700 toes, within the early morning of could 11,1996. the 1st time I observed the significantly frostbitten Beck Weathers after his ordeal at Camp III, might 12, 1996. I’m retaining a cup of tea to his lips so he can drink. Evacuating Beck down the Lhotse Face, may possibly 12, 1996. Beck braced his frostbitten palms on my shoulders for aid. sundown at the South Col at Camp IV with the summit pyramid in the back of, may well 22, 1996. Jamling Tenzing Norgay imminent the Balcony, 27,600 ft, may well 23,1996. The South Col is under Our staff at the traverse from the South Summit to the Hillary Step and the summit slopes, ten A. M. , may perhaps 23, 1996. ultimately, at the summit with the IMAX digital camera balanced on a monopod, with Robert Schauer, filming the arriving of Jamling Tenzing Norgay and Araceli Segarra. Ed Viesturs at the summit of Mount Everest, 29,028 ft, for the fourth time, his moment ascent with no supplemental oxygen. Dick had accredited that there will be no handrail for him and i had no goal of slowly belaying him around the traverse: It easily wasn’t secure or possible. Being roped jointly the following intended if both people fell he could pull the opposite off to our deaths. He may well both move the uncovered traverse as a climber, together with his ice awl in hand and religion in his skill, or he might flip round and move down. I crossed the traverse first and waited for Dick on the Hillary Step. He came upon slowly yet easily. Ang Phurba climbed the Step first and as I I untied a piece of the fastened rope and threw it right down to belay Dick up the Hillary Step simply because I now had an outstanding belay stance. A mist had swirled in as we headed for the summit and it used to be very unlikely to determine the higher mountain. Forty-five mins later all of us stood on best. i used to be too weary to rejoice and there has been no view to enjoy; we couldn’t see various hundred toes. i used to be fascinated about Dick and in basic terms desired to head down.

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