Wednesday Win (2019-JUL-03)

60 Minutes Australia has recently been uploading a lot of footage onto YouTube; here is a selection from their archives.

Everest ER: Where doctors rebuild mountaineers’ broken bodies
In 2013, 60 Minutes travelled five and a half thousand metres above sea level, at Everest Base Camp, where mountaineers launch their quest for the summit. It’s a deadly pursuit and more people than ever are risking their lives to scale Everest. But even the most experienced climbers can develop deadly altitude sickness and they end up in the world’s highest hospital. They call it “Everest ER”, a tiny tent where volunteer doctors try to rebuild broken bodies, and shattered dreams.

Death defying sport – Frozen waterfall climbing
In 2013, 60 Minutes witnessed an incredible death defying sport. In the bitter temperatures of winter, a growing number of adventurous and audacious climbers around the world are now scaling frozen waterfalls. As they cling to brittle ice their every move is heart-stopping, one false step and they can fall to their death. Even for the most experienced it is a serious test of their physical and mental skills.

The deadliest disaster on Mount Everest
In May 1996 on the roof of the world, groups of exultant mountain climbers congratulated each other on completing the ultimate adventure. They had scaled Mt Everest — all 8848 metres of it. But their celebrations were premature. The weather was closing in. With 30 climbers on, or descending from the summit, a blizzard hit. In the next 36 hours, eight climbers would die in Everest’s worst tragedy. But not before extraordinary heroics and terrible suffering. For the first time on television, two Australian survivors tell the dramatic story of death and courage on Everest. And from America, a third survivor, Beck Weathers, tells of his ordeal and the frostbite that could mean both his hands being amputated (1996).

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