The Summit

The Summit

DVD - 2013
Average Rating:
Rate this:
In August of 2008, eighteen mountain climbers reached the top of K2, the second-highest mountain in the world. 48 hours later, eleven people were dead, making it the deadliest day in modern mountain climbing history. While memorials paid tribute to those killed, there were also condemnations about why. Why do these athletes risk everything to reach a place humans are simply not meant to go? Why do they put their lives and the lives of others on the line in order to satisfy some indefinable need?
Publisher: New York : IFC Films, c2013
ISBN: 9780788617591
Branch Call Number: 796.522 SUM
Characteristics: 1 dvd (102 min.) : sd., col. ; 12 cm


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment

Apr 04, 2018

Interesting, but I agree, pretty jumbled and hard to follow sometimes.

Feb 12, 2018

Poorly made movie with an obvious ending. Not worth your time unless you are a mountain climbing junkie.

Nov 09, 2017

What a total jumble. Take five documentaries, cut them into episodes, put them in a mixer, and what comes out is this documentary. In addition, too little scenery, and too much emotional talk.

Oct 30, 2015

Oct 29 2015.......Wow, what a great show. It felt like I was up there with them. (And, that's as close as I ever will be!) The scenes at the top were amazing, that shadow of K2 jaw dropping. I have read quite a few mountaineering books, and to see the terrain through these films is so.......thrilling. I really have to thank the film crews that do this. This armchair mountain climber is very appreciative!

Sep 26, 2015

This is an amazing and fascinating documentary originally released as a motion picture in 2012.
With breathtaking cinematography and jaw-dropping reenactments based on the testimony of those who survived the climb, the film will give you thrilling, chilling and mind-boggling moments that might uncover the truth behind the deadliest day in modern mountain climbing history.
It is an awe-inspiring, gripping and mystifying story.

Jul 22, 2015

I saw the documentary, and, I had liked it, this is based on a true story, not recommended for children to watch

Jun 16, 2015

A compelling and gripping core story... but there are problems. Rather than present the story of a disastrous few days on the world's most dangerous mountain in a chronological way, the film goes back and forth in time, emphasizes some people at the expense of others, and leaves one wondering what's original footage and what's re-enactment. The problems are a hindrance to what is otherwise a story that draws the viewer in. I found myself thinking of the expert work by David Breashears in the documentary Storm Over Everest, a similar disaster documentary that was done in the right way, profoundly compelling, and that had a strong narrative flow. There are a couple of climbers in this film, one living and one dead, who come out as high minded, heroic men for what they did. Just as there's one climber in particular who comes across as a self centred egotistical man, and a team leader who comes off the worst of the lot, an utterly callous man with no regard for the porters working for his climb, and who couldn't muster the guts to actually be interviewed for this film.

Jan 14, 2015

As a couple of other reviewers pointed out, a jumbled mess but still very entertaining and gripping. Having the Italian climber who climbed it 50 years ago interviewed was not needed. Could have been better but still a good watch.

BookReviewer2015 Jan 06, 2015

Very interesting documentary about the disasterous 2008 climbing season. Tragic yet profound in its examination of humanity conquering one of the largest peaks.

Sep 04, 2014

As decent a documentory this is, I'd sadly have to agree with one of the reviewers below. The film is a jumbled mess of scenes jumping from one point to another with no cohesiveness in the timeline of events.
But what seemed to bother me the most was the fact that this entire film seemed incredibly focused on just one Irish climber ("Gerard McDonnell" or something...can't exactly recall his last name). Though the film does indeed contain interviews with several other climbers, and tells a little about their role in the events, a larger majority of the spotlight in the story dealt with the Irish climber, his upbringing, his triumphs in climbing, his "mysterious" death on K2, and is the only person in this film to have several family members being interviewed.
Some of this is indeed warranted as the Irish climber performed a heroic and morale deed by coming to the aid of 3 Korean climbers who were found entangled and dying / dead lower on the slopes during their decent.
Nevertheless, I had the first impression that this film would be the story of all 11 climbers who perished, with the events documented in a cohesive timeline. Instead, this film was a jumbled mess of interviews, re-enactments / actual footages, "idolizing" of the Irish climber, etc. By the end, I was left feeling disappointed with "The Summit". The tragedy that occured that year on K2 deserved an honorable telling. "The Summit" sadly falls short of just that.

For comparison, watch "Storm Over Everest"...a film by reknowned mountaineer and IMAX filmaker David Breashears, documenting the tragedy that occured on Mt. Everest in May of 1996. Extremely well-made film in terms of interviews and cohesiveness in its timeline of events.

View All Comments

Age Suitability

Add Age Suitability

There are no age suitabilities for this title yet.


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number


Subject Headings


Find it at the Library

To Top