/ BBC4, Thursday 9pm
Er, they get paid for it, don't they? That counts as reward in my book.
It's available on IPlayer, but I can't post the link as I get an error concerning very long words without any spaces.
Which media are you referring to?
> Which media are you referring to?
Well known Everest expose books.
I thought it was interesting last night
I know it is not 'cool' to say on here but I don't think I have ever seen or read anything that doesn't recognise the worth of the Sherpas and rightly so. Some books/ films don't focus on them as much as last night but they are certainly not dismissive (at least not any I have read)
> It's available on IPlayer, but I can't post the link as I get an error concerning very long words without any spaces.
Worked ok for me this morning!
Good proram with an interesting insight into the Sherpa's culture. Amazing tenancity when searching for Irvine's body, but it must be like looking for a needle in a haystack.
Beautiful to look at.
It had some interesting insights into life as a Sherpa.
But I wish it had stuck to the title. It felt that half the programme was about a specific expedition that had little or nothing to do with Sherpa life.
One thing was clear: as one of the Sherpas said, they want repeat business. It is their livelihood. And so there was no mention of any awkward topics, like how a Sherpa deals with a client who refuses to turn back.
It's always nice to see something about mountaineering on mainstream media but I couldn't help but be a little disappointed with this programme...I hoped it would follow Sherpa on the mountain and show what an asset they are to expeditions across the region more than it actually did. Instead it felt more like typical wooly BBC fodder that focussed on trying to make us feel sorry for Sherpa rather than increase respect for them in the general public.
I was pretty disappointed too, on many levels. For a starters it seemed to suggest it was going to be focussed on Sherpa life and then ended up being a lot about the expedition to find Andrew Irvine's body. Way too much voice-over and not enough interviewing of Sherpas.
A film maker called Margriet Jansen made a doc about Nima Temba a few years back that was pretty interesting: http://www.ucfilms.in/subject/exclusion/nima-temba-sherpa/
There's a brilliant film to be made about Sherpas on Everest, but this wasn't it!
Agree, fell between two (at least) stools. Also kind of ignored the poor old sherpa-porter, who carries vast loads often in flip-flops and can be the backbone of a trip. Interesting but not compelling.
I got the impression it started out as documentary about an expedition to find Irvine's body. But they didn't find it, and nothing much of interest was found, so they tacked on the stuff about Sherpas to pad it out a bit.
There is a scene of a steep bit on Island Peak, with the peak in the background. They used that as acclimatisation.
Then later on when they were supposed to be going up to the N.Col the same shot appeared again.
yeah I know, very sad
Poor show in general, could have been so much more.
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