Thursday, March 6, 2008

Another Everest trek...

...filmed in a documentary to be released tomorrow entitled "Blindsight". The film is discussed in a recent Sports Illustrated magazine article.

Filmed by Lucy Walker, it sounds like another inspirational film, but it wound up with a twist: some of the blind students and teachers on the trek wanted to turn around after they got halfway up a 23,000 foot peak on the side of Everest. 19 year old Tashi who, along with a few other students had altitude sickness, wanted to go back. Erik Weihenmayer, the first blind person to climb Everest, accompanies the group and makes it clear they should go on to the teachers and students.

The resulting conflict is caught on film as dissensions cause rifts, etc. Even the director's motivations, according to the article, are put up for "inspection", as well as everyone else's motivations for the decisions that get made.

The article emphasizes that there is not a neat Hollywood ending. I'm curious to see this film.