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Everest: Beyond the Limit



Climbers risk it all to stand on top of the world.
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Positive messages

The show exemplifies persistence, personal determination, and overcoming adversity.


Some scenes include graphic shots of frostbite or effects of altitude sickness (vomiting, disorientation, severe shortness of breath).

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Infrequent uses of "damn." Anything stronger is edited out.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this intense documentary series includes some potentially upsetting shots of hands and feet blackened by frostbite and climbers suffering the effects of altitude sickness. In one scene, a man vomits and has difficulty breathing because of life-threatening cerebral edema (swelling of the brain). Much of the commentary by both the narrator and the climbers centers on the health risks the climbers face (like a body eating its own flesh to survive an oxygen shortage) and the real possibility that they could die on the mountain. But on the upside, the show celebrates overcoming adversity to meet goals, which is best personified by double amputee Mark Inglis' attempts to make history by reaching the summit.

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What's the story?

EVEREST: BEYOND THE LIMIT takes viewers on an intense journey to the world's highest point: the top of Mount Everest. Using high-altitude video technology and cameras attached to helmets, the six-part series documents the physical challenges and raw human emotion of this inspiring but life-threatening climb. Over the course of two months in the spring of 2006, the international team, led by legendary mountaineer Russell Brice, climbs from base camp (at an altitude of 17,600 feet, higher than any mountain in the Rockies) to the summit at 29,028 feet -- 5.5 miles above sea level.

Is it any good?


Everest's powerfully dramatic storyline is a result of the very real dangers the climbers face, which are discussed at length throughout the show. The all-male team of climbers includes Mark Inglis, a double amputee who lost his legs to frostbite on another mountain over 20 years ago; emergency-room doctor Terry O'Connor; firefighter Brett Merrell; and asthmatic Iron Man contender Mogens Jensen. All of the climbers have come to Everest for personal reasons -- to conquer their fears, push themselves to the limit, and hopefully stand for a moment at the top of the world.

Candid interviews with team members reveal their fears about life-threatening altitude sickness, frostbite, heart attacks, and cerebral edema, and a few scenes show climbers suffering the dangerous effects of some of these conditions, so parents will want to preview the show before sharing it with youngsters. Parents should be prepared for questions from tweens about the physical ailments and mental distress the climbers suffer.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about extreme sports like mountain climbing. What drives people to push their bodies to the limit to reach a difficult goal? How do they prepare both mentally and physically for a challenge like tackling Everest? How do they reconcile the danger of it all? Do the risks make success that much sweeter? In what ways do the climbers rely on one another during their journey?

TV details

Premiere date:November 14, 2006
Cast:Mark Inglis, Russell Brice
Network:Discovery Channel
Genre:Reality TV
TV rating:TV-PG
Available on:DVD, Streaming

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Adult Written bytashafallen April 9, 2008
Adult Written byjeffwho April 9, 2008

should be titled over the limit

how many times can you say death zone would be another title for this show . overdramatized , overplayed . plus a little loose on the timeline ie:7:30 am 2 hours of oxegen left 11:30 am still no new oxegen but?? low and behold were still breathing . granted the everest summit is hard work , the show suffers from robert scott syndrome "make everything seem 10 times harder for ratings" on another note watch it with the sound off as the scenery is SPECTACULAR!!!! and is the only reason i made it to the end , that and hoping i'd see Tim fall off the mountain . sounds harsh but he was rather a jerk well i need to go as ive been up in the death zone for too many hours .
Adult Written byijklukowski April 9, 2008


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