The Summit

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“NYT Critics Pick! A pulse pounding success … a riveting documentary about a disastrous moment in mountain climbing history.” – Neil Genzlinger, New York Times

“Absorbing … gut-wrenching … The Summit tells a multifaceted story that deals with more than the expected peril and exhilaration of adventure tales.” – Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

The Summit does an amazing job of putting you on the mountain, making it one of the most terrifying horror films a climber or an acrophobe could ever see.” – Marc Mohan, Portland Oregonian


August 1, 2008 was the deadliest day on the world's most dangerous mountain. Eighteen mountain climbers had reached the top of K2 - commonly known as Savage Mountain - but 48 hours later, eleven of them had been killed or simply vanished into thin air. Like a horror movie come to life, it was as if the mountain began stealing lives, one climber at a time. While memorials paid tribute to those killed, there were also condemnations about 'the why.' Why do these athletes risk everything to reach a place humans are simply not meant to go? With breathtaking cinematography and jaw dropping reenactments based on the testimony of those who survived the climb, The Summit is a thrilling documentary about the very nature of adventure in the modern world. (Dir. by Nick Ryan, 2013, 99 mins., Rated R, IFC Films) Digital


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