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K2: Triumph and tragedy

Production year: 2009 | 1x42' | Genres: Lifestyle / Travel
On one of the world's most dangerous mountains, a disastrous summit atte …
Origin country: Norway
Production company: TV2 AS (Norway)
Original title: Drømmen om K2

On one of the world's most dangerous mountains, a disastrous summit attempt claims the death of 11 people, including Norwegian climbing legend, Rolf Bae. In this documentary, his wife and K2 climbing companion Cecilie Skog, tells the story of what really happened on that tragic day. With unique footage from the expedition, this is a detailed and riveting account of the fatal climb, but also a love story between two exceptional people.

On the deadliest day in K2 history, climbers Skog and Lars Nessa reach the summit in the afternoon of Aug. 1, 2008. Skog’s husband, the experienced climber Rolf Bae does not attempt for the summit, but waits for the others 300 ft below. Three hours later, Bae leads the group on a traverse from the infamous Bottleneck gulley, when an ice cliff breaks off above. Bae disappears as the rope is cut just a few feet in front of his wife.

Skog and Nessa, shocked and powerless, are left standing in the dark, with a 2400 foot drop below and 150 feet of rope in the backpack. They are in what is called the “K2 death zone”.
None of the expedition members have ever spoken to the media. In this documentary, they tell their story for the first time.

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