NHK TV Documentary: Everest

(cross-posted to

Channel surfing this evening (Monday, January 2nd, 9pm), we stumbled onto NHK’s broadcast of “Everest: the Highest Peak on Earth,” which may or may not be the first HD film successfully shot from the summit of the world’s highest point (8,848 meters, for the record).

Whether it is a world first or not (the English-language website claims “successfully captured in high-definition images by NHK TV crew for the first time ever,” which literally claims something considerably less noteworthy), the HD images of the group’s route through the Khumbu Icefall and the Western Cwm, as well as landscape shots of the surrounding peaks and the view from the summit, are breathtaking. I hope this one will be available on Blu-Ray (please take the hint, NHK execs)…

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