The Summit

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August 1, 2008 was the deadliest day on the world’s most dangerous mountain. Eighteen mountain climbers had reached the top of K2 – commonly known as Savage Mountain – but 48 hours later, eleven of them had been killed or simply vanished into thin air. Like a horror movie come to life, it was as if the mountain began stealing lives, one climber at a time. While memorials paid tribute to those killed, there were also condemnations about ‘the why.’ Why do these athletes risk everything to reach a place humans are simply not meant to go? With breathtaking cinematography and jaw dropping reenactments based on the testimony of those who survived the climb, The Summit is a thrilling documentary about the very nature of adventure in the modern world. (Dir. by Nick Ryan, 2013, 99 mins., Rated R, IFC Films) Digital