It is the story of 11 climbers, with eyewitness accounts of their astonishing survival in the world's most unforgiving environment.

climbing Everest

In the FRONTLINE special presentation, Breashears returns to summit Everest and to reflect on the fateful storm that resulted in the deaths of five climbers on the south side of the mountain. Combining breathtaking original cinematography with dramatic recreations of the storm conditions of May 1996, the two-hour, high-definition documentary transports viewers to the slopes of Mount Everest.

Interviews with climbers who survived the harrowing ordeal record the events — and the decisions that were made — that resulted in seasoned mountaineers losing their lives alongside less experienced climbers drawn to the mystique of Mount Everest.

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