K2: Siren of the Himalayas

2014 • 74 minutes
36 reviews
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K2: SIREN OF THE HIMALAYAS is a 75-minute FEATURE DOCUMENTARY showing the adventure, peril and serenity of a group’s attempt to climb the world’s most challenging peak. Featured are world-class alpinists Fabrizio Zangrilli and Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner, National Geographic’s 2012 Explorer of the Year and the first woman to summit all 14 of the world’s 8,000-meter peaks without supplemental oxygen or high altitude porters. While their summit attempt hangs in the balance, the film examines the risks, rewards and deeply personal nature of exploration. Rare footage and still images from the 1909 Duke of Abruzzi expedition make this a definitive historical piece on K2, tracing the parallels of high altitude exploration over the last century. Harsh weather conditions and demanding technical climbing have made producing films on K2 extremely difficult, and footage from these expeditions is rare compared to its slightly taller and more frequently scaled counterpart, Mount Everest.

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36 reviews
Agnes “MissStarDust” Treleaven
April 7, 2016
Good documentary, however Messner did find it himself never finished the route, but was the one to name it. not like suggested in this documentary. Magic line was completed in fact so called Magic Line route (South West Pillar of K2) was first climbed by a Polish/Slovak team. Many said that Messner called Magic line suicide! However in TV interview he said:I Never called it suicidal: "It's a safe route. The South face (climbed by Kucuczka in 1986 and called Polish route) is too dangerous. In fact so called Polish route was not yet repeated. Documentary was good however it didn't show real difficulty and human struggle against the mountain.
Gary K
March 17, 2019
Ryan brophy , are you mentally retarded ? Every time you review something you talk utter bollocks & give everything 1 star . Go get a life
Ryan Brophy
December 7, 2016
Foo yup yup yup up up
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