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Everest Expedition - New Series starts on Oct 19 on the Discovery Channel

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(Silver Spring, Md.) - Discovery Channel sends its most advanced high-altitude cameras once again to the world's tallest mountain to document an epic climb where ambition overrides agony, exhaustion -- and the chances of survival. EVEREST 2: BEYOND THE LIMIT, the second season of Discovery Channel's acclaimed series, documents the grueling April/May 2007 summit attempt by an international group of climbers. Airing in eight parts, the series makes its world premiere on Tuesday, October 30, at 10PM ET/PT, and airs every Tuesday at 10PM through Tuesday, December 18. Its companion website received a 2007 "Online Journalism Award" this week for best use of digital media, and it brings visitors an intimate look at the dangers on the mountain through interactive Sherpa-cam video-players, games and webisodes.

New this year, beginning November 27 at 11PM ET/PT and airing following the last four episodes of the series, viewers can catch the world premiere of AFTER THE CLIMB, hosted by Phil Keoghan (The Amazing Race). This four-part series features amateur climbers from the 2007 climb, joined by an illustrious pantheon of Everest mountaineers, for a candid conversation about climbing the mother of all mountains, their individual climb experiences, their motivations and concerns about attempting something so dangerous, whether technology and willpower are enough in the face of the power of nature, whether any of them could survive without the Sherpas, and more.

The 2007 climbing season was the busiest yet, as more climbers than ever before faced the extreme conditions on Everest in an attempt to fulfill a dream. Seven lost their lives, most did not reach the summit, and those who did will never be the same.

For EVEREST 2: BEYOND THE LIMIT, a 17-member production team followed an expedition of climbers and professional mountain guides, organized and led by New Zealander Russell Brice. Throughout the eight-hour series, viewers go on a journey with the climbers, gaining a unique insight into the physical and mental strength needed to conquer Mount Everest. High-resolution Sherpa-cams give viewers a unique insight into the dangers of the mountain and what climbers go through for the chance to briefly stand on top of the world.

Returning this year are asthmatic Iron-Man competitor Mogens Jensen from Denmark, who once again tries to summit without supplemental oxygen, and Hollywood motorcycle enthusiast Tim Medvetz, who had to be talked into turning back last year only 350 feet below summit. Joining them are several climbers new to EVEREST: BEYOND THE LIMIT, including Katsusuke Yanagisawa of Japan who, at 71 years old, wants to become the oldest man ever to summit Everest; Monica Piris, from England and the team's high altitude doctor; Betsy Huelskamp, a Los Angeles-based journalist who interviewed Medvetz after his failed 2006 attempt and was inspired to try the climb herself; David Tait, attempting a world-first double traverse to raise money for a charity close to his heart; and Phurba Tashi, Himalayan Experience's most experienced Sherpa who accompanies Tait. Other climbers include Rod Baber from England and California physician Fred Ziel.

Discovery Channel's award-winning EVEREST: BEYOND THE LIMIT fan site,, will once again feature immersive Sherpa helmet-camera segments, this year with even greater functionality. Visitors can also watch webisodes, meet the climbers through video profiles and interviews, explore Mount Everest through video clips from each camp and read exclusive journals from crew members who also risked their lives to tell the story of their fellow climbers.

EVEREST: BEYOND THE LIMIT is produced for Discovery Channel by Tigress Productions. Dick Colthurst is the executive producer for Tigress. Mark Allen is the executive producer for Discovery Channel.

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reality-show on the mountain?
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that show is a disgrace. it promotes people to think that they can climb a difficult mountain because they have the money and believe they can do it. its a highway up there that has a multiple car pile-up. my point is everest is a shit-hole, in many ways including the trash left at high altitudes, so i'm staying far from that mountain.
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Discovery Channel...GIVE IT UP! Climbers don't give a damn about your shows and opinions of climbers dramatic attempt to stand atop the world. Last season was bad enough. Are "technology and willpower [are] enough in the face of the power of nature" for men and women to summit Mt. Everest? Please ask that to George Mallory ask that to Sir Edmund Hillary!
Enough of the docudramas at high altitude. Armchair mountaineers are bad enough as it is.
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Watched about 30 min. of the show to see what it was all about. I was not at all impressed with a mob of people with little to no climbing knowledge being nurse maided up, the sherpas doing all the real climbing, and the whole reality show thing. What a crock of s%$# Just more trash being piled on the mountain.
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Definitely unfortunate. This is the kind of thing, more and more, that leads to seriously underqualified folks attempting to "buy" their way up.

Taking fixed ropes all the way to the top is a questionable ascent in most circles. I leave it at questionable because I haven't done Everest myself (yet - it's on the "years from now" goals list). However, I'm not sure I'd want to with so many expeditions up there these days. It seems to destroy the spirit of the setting some.

In any case, I think something like this only serves to misinform the public about climbing...but then, there's a lot of money coming out of the "explornography" trend these days of young professionals who don't realize they've left college and are no longer in a frat trying to out-Xtreme one another, so the trend will probably continue. In any case, most of the people you see on these types of things aren't climbers, they're more like high altitude sheep in crampons.

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