[TV] The Wildest Dream: Conquest Of Everest

Back in 2004 I read Ghosts of Everest the story of the expedition and search for Mallory & Irvine;

Ghosts of Everest: The Search for Mallory & Irvine
by Jochen Hemmleb, Eric R. Simonson, Larry A. Johnson (1999)
Ghosts of Everest is a riveting recounting of a story that is capturing the world’s attention, three-quarters of a century after the mystery began. What happened to Everest climbers George Mallory and Andrew Irvine on June 8, 1924, the day they set out on their summit bid only to disappear without any evidence of their fate or possible achievement? Were these two brave pioneers, whose determination has inspired generations of climbers, the first to reach the summit of the world’s highest mountain, 29 years before Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay? How did they perish? Seventy-five years later, do we now have the answers? …
Meticulously researched and with new evidence and artifacts found on the mountain, this narrative promises to shed a revealing light on the seventy-five-year-old Mallory/Irvine mystery and two of the greatest heroes of our time.

The Wildest Dream: Conquest Of Everest
On ABC1 8.30pm tonight [1] The Wildest Dream: Conquest Of Everest covers Conrad Anker, one of expedition mountaineers in Ghosts of Everest, as he retraces Mallory’s final attempt to reach the summit of Mount Everest.

Accompany present-day adventurer Conrad Anker as he recreates the 1924 ascent of George Mallory to the top of Mount Everest to solve a 75-year old mystery.
THE WILDEST DREAM brings to the giant screen the last days of adventurer and Mount Everest climber George Mallory the man who may or may not have been the first to scale the worlds most challenging peak. After disappearing 800 feet from the summit in 1924, Mallorys body was never found until present-day climber Conrad Anker discovered it, frozen and intact, 75 years later. …

It is very interesting to hear the modern mountaineers commenting on the equipment that Mallory & Irvine used for their climb – “the gear I would use for a walk in the forest”.

How to get the best of it all? One must conquer, achieve, get to the top; one must know the end to be convinced that one can win the end — to know there’s no dream that mustn’t be dared…Is this the summit, crowning the day? How cool and quiet! We’re not exultant; but delighted, joyful, soberly astonished. Have we vanquished an enemy? None but ourselves. Have we gained success? That word means nothing here. Have we won a kingdom? No…and yes. We have achieved an ultimate satisfaction…fulfilled a destiny. To struggle and to understand — never this last without the other; such is the law.
— George Mallory

Everest – Shooting The Impossible
A compelling behind-the-scenes companion program – Everest: Shooting The Impossible, documenting the perils involved in shooting a film in one of the most inhospitable environments on Earth, will screen on ABC2 on Sunday, August 21st at 10.00pm.

A classic quote discussing the filming of climbing in the historical equipment;

This is possibly the highest costume drama ever filmed, at 26000 feet. I can understand why now.

[1] The Wildest Dream: Conquest Of Everest [ABC]
[2] The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest [National Geographic]
[3] The Wildest Dream

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