The Summit is one of the most intense documentaries that I've seen, and if you enjoy watching docs, then this is one that you have to see! The fact that this really happened and there is footage from it makes the intensity level so much greater. The movie follows a group of people who attempt to climb one of the most dangerous mountains on the planet, K2. Here's the synopsis,
On August 2008, twenty-four climbers from several international expeditions converged on High Camp of K2, the last stop before the summit of the most dangerous mountain on earth. Forty-eight hours later, eleven had been killed or had vanished, making it the worst K2 climbing disaster in history.
At the heart of The Summit lies a mystery about one extraordinary man, Ger McDonnell. By all accounts, he was faced with a heart-breaking dilemma-- at the very limit of his mortal resources, he encountered a disastrous scene and a moral dilemma: three climbers tangled up in ropes and running out of time. In the death zone, above 8,000 metres, the body is literally dying with each passing second. Morality is skewed 180 degrees from the rest of life. When a climber falls or wanders off the trail, the unwritten code of the mountain is to leave them for dead. Had Ger McDonnell stuck to the climbers' code, he might still be alive.
Here's what I had to say in my review:
It was crazy watching this story unfold, and it utilizes real footage and interviews with the survivors. There were several moments throughout the film where my heart stopped. I couldn't help but gasp watching a man slide down a mountain and off a cliff, or seeing an avalanche threaten the lives of people. I can't believe people actually risk their lives to do this kind of stuff, but they love it; they get a rush out of it. They do it knowing that they could die.
The movie is scheduled to be released on October 4th, and I strongly suggest that you check it out!