Tuesday, 13 August 2013

K2: Siren of the Himalayas

The climb retraces the Abruzzi route taken in 1909, the documentary examines the history and geography of the Karakoram mountains while contemplating the risks, rewards and personal nature of exploration.
courtesy K2: Siren of the Himalayas, 
(Newsdesk) "Nobody goes to the mountains to die, [...] we come here because this is where we feel most truly alive." "The element of danger in alpinism is a hundred present part of the game, as soon as you eliminate the danger it is just every other sport." These are some of the thoughts shared in K2: Siren of the Himalayas. 
Another K2 season has finished and the 8,611m summit has eluded yet another group of skilled mountaineers. A documentary, K2: Siren of the Himalayas, shows the adventure, peril and serenity of a group's attempt to climb the world's most challenging peak on the 100-year anniversary of its landmark expedition. Director Dave Ohlson sent news over to ExplorersWeb about the film. 
This film features alpinists Fabrizio Zangrilli and Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner with Jake Meyer, Chris Szymiec, Dave Ohlson and other climbers in a rare glimpse into the world of high altitude mountaineering. 
K2 is the second highest peak on earth and recond as one of the most difficult mountains to climb. Harsh weather conditions and demanding technical climbs have made producing documentary films on K2 extremely difficult, and footage from these expeditions is rare. 
Director Dave Ohlson joins a team of mountaineer’s epic K2 journey on the 100-year anniversary of the Duke of Abruzzi’s landmark expedition in 1909. The documentary also examines the history and geography of the Karakoram Mountains while contemplating the risks, rewards and personal nature of exploration in an age when there are few blank spots left on the map. 
Basic information
 Launched: January 2012
Genre: Documentary / Historical / Adventure
Studio: Ursus Films / 2R Productions
Starring: Fabrizio Zangrilli, Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner, Jake Meyer, Chris Szymiec
Directed by: Dave Ohlson
Written by:  Dave Ohlson, Jason Reid
Produced by: Andy McDonough, Dave Ohlson, Jason Reid