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Old 25 September 2015, 09:23
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Saw it last night, 2 thumbs way up. Based on Into Thin Air by Krakauer, it hits the right high points of the 1996 tragedy. It mainly focuses on 2 companies, Adventure Consultants (Rob Hall), and Mountain Madness (Scott Fischer), and their struggle to get a mixed bag of climbers up the hill.

Absolutely worth the 3D price. Cinematography and scenery looked fantastic in the 3D format - you will be cold and tired at the end of the movie.
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Old 25 September 2015, 09:25
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Is this a documentary?
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Old 25 September 2015, 09:29
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No. Outdoor action/adventure recreating true events as written by an eyewitness and professional writer for Outside magazine.
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Old 25 September 2015, 15:06
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Good movie. Well worth seeing in theaters.
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Old 25 September 2015, 15:18
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Did a climb with AC in NZ a few years back. Wife did some Cascade peaks with MM. Despite what happened to their founders, both AC and MM are going strong as companies.

I'll be checking this flick out.
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Old 25 September 2015, 15:23
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...Into Thin Air by Krakauer...
Was a good book ... looking forward to the movie.
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Old 25 September 2015, 19:34
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Not based on Into Thin Air according to the LA Times a couple hours ago. Krakauer is calling it bullshit.

But, I can't wait to see it.

This was big news in Seattle as it was happening. Mountain Madness was based here and Fischer seemed legendary already. There were some extraordinary (for then) comms taking place--sat phone and some early web stuff. I was having lunch in a place next to a group of people who were working the Seattle side of it. This was a day before the climb went to shit.
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Old 25 September 2015, 20:09
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. There were some extraordinary (for then) comms taking place--sat phone and some early web stuff.
I found that pretty interesting. One of the climbers(forget who) asks to send a fax to his wife because it was their anniversary, then learns he received one from his wife already. He asks to use a sat phone and someone says that it's $25 a minute.

One of these days I'm going to reread Into Thin Air, then I'm going to read The Climb right after, so I can compare the two. I've had a copy of Boukreev's book for years, but it has sat on the shelf unread.
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Old 25 September 2015, 23:05
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Even though Krakauer is critical of Boukreeve in Thin Air I remain convinced that he was the alpha dog of the whole thing--thought so then, think so now.

I hate to go to movies in theaters--the only one in the past three years I've seen was Lone Survivor. But I'm thinking I may take my son to Everest tomorrow night.
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Old 26 September 2015, 00:32
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I enjoyed The Climb even more than ITA. What isn't mentioned in either is that Anatoli did a solo speed ascent of Lhotse 1 week after the disaster to clear his head. Ed Viesturs spoke highly of him after his death.
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Not a bad movie, shit depiction of Christchurch airport, shit accents from the supposed Kiwis, one token, Nice to see Maden.
3D was poor, blurred edges etc, best in 2D on the biggest screen you can find.
Not a dry eye in the house, cause we all know what happens.
Not bad SF
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Old 26 September 2015, 07:21
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Article in question where Krakauer calls BS.
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Old 26 September 2015, 08:14
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Article in question where Krakauer calls BS.
Thanks for posting that Kip. If you were to ask me before I read that, I would've predicted that they brought Krakauer in on the production for at least a few weeks. THAT's how close it is - in my opinion. To be fair, I haven't read it since the 90s.

His comments bum me out a little bit - but his final opinion echoes mine when authors sell the rights: once you sell out, they can do whatever the f*ck they want with your material.

His feelings aside - which are NOT marketable - the movie was done well, and is a fitting tribute. Without ever having met Hall or Fischer, I came away wishing I had.
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Thanks for the review. I'll be seeing it soon. Maybe this weekend.

Sidenote - Ed Viesturs is the man.
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http://imgur.com/gallery/4UJj0

Interesting photos of climbers who died and have remained on the mountain. I'm not a climber but I assume the bodies are left to as serve multiple reminders to fellow climbers.
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Old 29 September 2015, 09:37
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Interesting photos of climbers who died and have remained on the mountain. I'm not a climber but I assume the bodies are left to as serve multiple reminders to fellow climbers.
Excellent link! Leaving the bodies is more religious/superstitious. If the mountain takes you, you stay where you lay.
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I thought that leaving the bodies of those who didn't make it is simply a matter of logistics... try to take one down and you'll likely be joining him in that long freeze.
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Old 29 September 2015, 10:41
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I thought that leaving the bodies of those who didn't make it is simply a matter of logistics... try to take one down and you'll likely be joining him in that long freeze.
Again, I'm no climber, but that is probably legit. The article mentions at least one of the bodies serves as a waypoint/marker for climbers...another may be to not out-climb your skill set.
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Old 29 September 2015, 11:05
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Good movie that could (should) have been an hour longer...
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The wife and I saw it last night. It was OK. I really wanted to see it, but it wasn't epic(other than some visuals) to me.
They could've touched more on the Sherpas and even a couple more of the deaths.
Definitely see it on a big screen though.
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