The deadliest day on the worlds most dangerous mountain. Trailer for the feature book and documentary ‘The Summit’

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The Summit Book: Authors Pat Falvey and Pemba Gyalje Sherpa.
Publishers Beyond Endurance. official web site launching soon. also

Available in all good book stores from the 1st November in Ireland the rest of the world to be confirmed dates. Coming shortly in digital form and Audio downloads for world sales. For more information Ring +353 64 6644181. email

The Summit Documentary: An Image Now / Pat Falvey Production Film. Produced and Directed by Nick Ryan. Cinematic Release America from the 4th October 2013. DVD and downloads available early 2014.

On 1 August 2008, 18 climbers from across the world reached the summit of K2, the world’s second highest and most dangerous mountain – a peak which claims the life of one in every four climbers who attempt it. Over the course of 28 hours, however, K2 had exacted a deadly toll: 11 lives were lost in a series of catastrophic accidents.

Attracting a climbing elite and standing at 8,611 metres on the Pakistan-China border, K2 is known as the ‘Mountaineer’s Mountain’ because of its extreme technical challenges, its dangerously unpredictable weather and an infamous and hazardous overhanging wall of ice known as the Serac.

Snow-bound at Base Camp for weeks on end and increasingly despairing of their prospects of success, an unexpected weather window gave the climbers the opportunity they were waiting for. In their collective desire to reach the summit, seven expeditions agreed to co-ordinate their efforts and share their equipment. Triumph quickly turned to tragedy, however, when a seemingly flawless plan unravelled with lethal consequences.

Over the course of three days, a Nepalese Sherpa called Pemba Gyalje, along with five other Sherpas, was at the centre of a series of attempts to rescue climbers who had become trapped in the Death Zone, unable to escape its clutches and debilitated by oxygen deprivation, chronic fatigue, delirium and a terrifying hopelessness.

The tragedy became a controversy as the survivors walked from the catastrophe on the mountain into an international media storm, in which countless different stories emerged, some contradictory and many simply untrue.

Based on Pemba Gyalje’s eyewitness account and drawing on a series of interviews with the survivors which were conducted for the award-winning documentary, The Summit (Image Now Films and Pat Falvey Productions, 2012), The Summit: How Triumph Turned to Tragedy on K2’s Deadliest Days is the most comprehensive interpretation of one of modern-day mountaineering’s most controversial disasters.

Also at the heart of The Summit lies a mystery about one extraordinary man, Ger McDonnell. By all accounts, he was faced with a heart-breaking dilemma— at the very limit of his mortal resources, he encountered a disastrous scene and a moral dilemma: three climbers tangled up in ropes and running out of time. In the death zone, above 8,000 metres, the body is literally dying with each passing second. Morality is skewed 180 degrees from the rest of life. When a climber falls or wanders off the trail, the unwritten code of the mountain is to leave them for dead. Had Ger McDonnell stuck to the climbers’ code, he might still be alive. The Summit is about the very nature of modern adventure. This one remains contentious and fiercely debated. The Book the Summit deals with the logistics, excitement, fears, success, rescues, and fatalities of these ill fated days on the worlds most dangerous mountain,

The Summit – Book.
Authors. Pat Falvey and Pemba Galje Sherpa
Publishers: Beyond Endurance Publishing

The Summit – Documentary.
An Image Now / Pat Falvey Productions Film
Image Now Films & Pat Falvey Productions film in association with
Passion Pictures, Diamond Docs, Fantastic Films, BBC & RTE

Produced and directed by Nick Ryan
Executive Producer John Battsek, Pat Falvey, Darrell Kavanagh, John McDonnel
Image Now Films & Pat Falvey Productions in association with
Passion Pictures, Diamond Docs, Fantastic Films, BBC & RTE

Directed by Nick Ryan
Written by Mark Monroe
Edited by Ben Stark
Music by Nick Seymour
Director of Photography Robbie Ryan & Stephen O’Reilly
Executive Producer John Battsek, Pat Falvey, Darrell Kavanagh, John McDonnel and