EVEREST - At The Imax A Review By Sophie Martin-Castex

This article is copyright of Sophie Martin-Castex and UKlandscape © July 2003 and must not be reproduced without written permission of the author or the editors at UKlandscape. However please feel free to print the article for your later personal reading pleasure. Images of Everest copyright BFI-Imax © 2001.

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the conques of Everest by Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tensing UKL went to see Everest at the BFI Imax in Waterloo; here are our thoughts.

This year we celebrate the first successful ascent of Everest fifty years ago with the release of this superb Imax presentation “Everest”! Of course today’s expeditions are very different. You can even try it yourself for only £35,000! But two questions still remain. Why this irresistible desire to put oneself between ice and sky? Why are some human beings prepared to risk their life even when they have a family? Through creaking icefalls and gaping chasms we each might find our own answers. Immersed in the film another journey appears; an intimate journey. The mountain is no longer a battlefield, no longer a space to be conquered but simply a path, a path to finding ourselves. These stunning mountain-scapes are perfect for the inner adventure we are all looking for! Definitely something extra – ordinary to show to the children.

Comment By Brian Sharland

As a climber and mountaineer myself I am ever fascinated by big landscapes! Where the sky can be searched from horizon to horizon without a trace of human habitation to be seen. This is possible even in today's Britain; but to achieve the sense of sitting at the highest point in the world I can understand as that is the ultimate limit to a climbers desire for space. But I never understood before the sheer scale of the size of Everest. In a section which is called the "Ice Fields" climbers struggle across a frozen river which produces blocks of ice the size of 4 storey buildings. The ice is fragile and produces chasms which are almost infinite in depth. To fall in one would have serious consequences indeed. Yet this was only one of the many obstacles, each as tough, that climbers have to face on their ascent.


On the Ice Fields"

So celebrate the achievements of Hillary and Tensing, as well as those who went before such as Mallory and Irvine who lost their lives. UKL dedicate this article to all who have succeeded, died, attempted or even thought about attempting possibly the worlds toughest route.

Copyright © July 2003 UKlandscape And Sophie Martin-Castex.

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