To load the film requires me to remove my gloves. Soon after I remove my gloves, my hands begin to shake. All around me the white out goes a-shivering and a-howling, and the prayer flags are flapping blue white red green yellow. The ambitious ascent of 2000 metres over the past days has me feeling dizzy and disoriented— I load the roll of film incorrectly.
Sherpa director Jennifer Peedom continues to document our relationship with risk in her new film Mountain
Just three centuries ago we were terrified of mountains because gods and monsters lived there, yet in this incredible short period of time we’ve come to throwing ourselves off them.
My feet were in agony, my fingers once again were being stabbed by the cold. Putting my pack back on will remain one of the most demoralising things I’ve ever had to do.
So many climbers died trying to conquer it, in the 1960’s it was declared sacred to the god Shiva and became off-limits. It is the only mountain in the Himalayas which has never been climbed to the top.
The smell of earth cut through the clay dust that covered us head to toe. Static raised hairs on our necks and the sky was turning ominous…