The Summit

Synopsis: The story of the deadliest day on the world's most dangerous mountain, when 11 climbers mysteriously perished on K2.
Director(s): Nick Ryan
Production: IFC Films
  3 wins & 3 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
95 min

I think people are

interested in trying to know

what actually happened

to our minds.

8,000 meter,

you're in the death zone.

There is a struggle.

There is a fight

in every breath,

in every thought.

Everything hurts.

Every limb,

every cell is screaming,

"Oxygen, oxygen, oxygen."

You don't feel the cold anymore.

Time seems to stand still.

There's so many reasons

to turn around

and only a couple of reasons

to continue.

In one hand,

people question us

climbing a mountain like K2.

In the other hand,

they're upset

why people don't go up

and rescue people

in this dreadful environment.

Where you likely will be killed

by doing so.

There will be things

we never will know,

but the question

you should ask yourself.

"What would you do?"

Mind you, K2 climbers, huh?

This is unbelievable.

There's Nanga.


Nanga. Nanga.

Nanga Parbat.

- Yeah.

- Oh, my God.

And then we'll show you K2,

your destination, okay?

We're on our way in.

- Up there.

- Yeah?


You're gonna have to run this bit

'cause there's rockfall.


Yeah, they've been running it.

Go. Go. Go.


It's good to be back here,

and it's nice to wake up

to this sight this morning.

It's my belief that everybody

has the love of climbing.

You know, the first thing

a child Wants to do

is climb something.

The art of rock climbing

is relearning

what you knew intuitively

as a child.

You get such a big respect

for this mountain

and all the climbers

who did it before you.

If you want to have a nice story

on the birthday parties,

you know, you climb Everest,

but K2 is really, I think,

for the real mountaineers.

- Hello!

- Hello.

How are you?


Pretty good view, I reckon.

I think it's pretty hard

to beat, actually.

There is quite different

between people from Himalaya

and from Western world.

It's quite different,

because the Western people,

they are more adventurer.

They love more adventure.

Our people also like adventure,

but they love climbing.

Where are we?

Oh, we are now climbing K2.

All right.


The first man to climb K2

was from my valley,

Achille Compagnoni.

So K2 is our mountain.

Everything is raw.

It's glaciers.

It's black mountains.

It fills you with respect.

K2 is absolutely the king.

The higher it gets,

the more interesting it gets.

So when it comes to climbing

8,000-meter peaks,

you want to do it,

but at the same time,

you have this fear.

This is serious.

This is for real.

If you make one step wrong,

you're history.

Finally here.

Such a relief.

Fantastic job.

Good job.

Let's get the tents up,

the stoves going,

and prepare for tonight.



For three months,

we were on this expedition,

so when we reached Camp Four,

it was already a magic moment.

The whole Earth is beside you.

And then you look behind you.

You see another mountain.

And that's K2.

It's a mountain on a mountain.

Ger was coming.

I was filming.

I was asking Ger,

"How are you feeling?"

And, you know,

he was almost crying.

Ah, so happy to be here,

I could almost cry.

'06, we failed to get here.

Here we are now,

and it's wonderful.

You could hear his voice, you know.

"It's something what we

already achieved," you know?

"It's already something."

That's what he said.

We had a brilliant night.

There were no clouds.

There was nothing.

And then we went to the summit.

- Are you afraid?

- No.

- No?

- I am.

- No.

- I'm scared to death.

It felt, overall, like...

like this was our day.

So we moved up

along the slopes above Four.

Fred and I started out

a little more slowly.

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