David Breashears co-produced and
photographed "Everest: The Death Zone" for the PBS
science series NOVA he was well familiar with his
subject having made his fourth ascent of Everest at the
His first summit
of the world’s tallest mountain came in 1983 when he also transmitted the
first live pictures from atop Everest, and in 1985 he became the first
American to reach the summit twice. He co-directed, photographed, and
co-produced the famous IMAX film “Everest” in 1996. He has also worked on the
feature films “Seven Years in Tibet” and “Cliffhanger”, and the documentary
“Red Flag over Tibet”.
Zone” (above 25,000 feet) is not so named lightly, as Breashears experienced
himself during the tragic 1996 climbing season. Although Breashears was not a
member of the expeditions which experienced tragedy he was on the mountain
filming at the time. His team climbed up following the May blizzard and
helped rescue nearly a dozen survivors and later managed to help with a
helicopter evacuation of a climber from the mountain.
Breashears is an accomplished filmmaker, adventurer, author, mountaineer, and
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