High Exposure: An Enduring Passion for Everest and Unforgiving Places
This extraordinary memoir is the story of the famed IMAX cinematographer, adventurer, and mountaineer, whose terrifying experiences during the 1996 season on Mt. Everest became the defining moment of his life. of full-color photos.
Rob’s body, wanting to take something down for his unborn child. His ice axe was standing there within reach but I couldn’t bring myself to take it. Two hours lower I stopped alone at Scott’s body. I could see our tents down on the South Col. There was no wind; I could relax now. My only thought was, Scott, what are you doing here? You were so strong. Camp’s only an hour away. As I staggered back to our tents on the South Col, Sumiyo came out to greet me with a mug of hot tea. It was an awkward
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the spell of the tale all the same. I was in the Himalayas, a place of stupendous climbs, bizarre characters, and abominable snowmen. By late afternoon we reached a lovely flower-strewn meadow, the site for our Base Camp. At 15,000 feet, we were staring right up at the summit and the route we would take. The plan of ascent was to fix ropes as the climbers established our three camps along the route to the summit. Jeff and Martin fixed most of the rope. Tom did some. I did none. I was never a
shrug of the mountain, a tiny slough of snow, and you are gone. I thought about the powerful effect of the mountains on human imagination. If ever there was a mountain that can temper human arrogance and teach humility, it’s Everest. Whatever name you want to give it, the Nepali Sagarmatha, or the Tibetan Chomolungma—the Mother Goddess—or the British surveyor general’s name, Everest, the mountain is a massive, living presence that changes every day. With the terrible winds of 1986, it seemed
My goal in filming the NOVA documentary was to see Everest the way the earliest surveyors viewed it, from one of the surveying towers constructed of mud bricks. Hundreds of thirty-foot towers, or stations, had been built throughout India for the sole purpose of achieving a line of sight with other stations or points not yet on the map. The British surveying teams placed an instrument called a theodolite on top of each of the stations to take their exacting measurements. Nepal was closed to