Everest: Beyond the Limit (2006–…): Season 2, Episode 2 - Everest: Beyond the Limit - full transcript

The climbers face their first big test when they must reach a high camp by the deadline fixed by expedition leader Russell Brice. The climb is especially hard on Betsy, whose inexperience is threatening her summit dreams.

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>> Narrator: HURRICANE-FORCE

WINDS, SUB-ZERO TEMPERATURES,

MINIMAL OXYGEN.

IT'S NO WONDER EVEREST HAS

CLAIMED THE LIVES OF OVER 200

PEOPLE.

>> IT'S A PRIVILEGE TO SURVIVE

THIS LONG, I SUPPOSE.

>> Narrator: YET THE

DETERMINATION OF THE HUMAN

SPIRIT HAS DRIVEN A TEAM OF



AMATEUR CLIMBERS TO CHALLENGE

THE HIGHEST MOUNTAIN ON EARTH.

>> THIS IS EXTREMELY DANGEROUS.

TREAT IT AS DANGEROUS.

>> Narrator: BUT THE TEAM'S A

LONG WAY FROM CONVINCING

EXPEDITION LEADER

RUSSELL BRICE THEY'VE GOT WHAT

IT TAKES.

BIKER TIM MEDVETZ IS DANGEROUSLY

ARROGANT.

>> OH, EASY, PIECE OF CAKE.

>> Narrator: AND NOVICE

BETSY HUELSKAMP HAS BEEN HIT BY



THE ALTITUDE.

>> GOD, I FEEL LIKE I'M GONNA

THROW UP.

>> Narrator: HIGH ON THE

MOUNTAIN, TWO CLIMBERS ARE

MISSING.

A SEARCH PARTY'S ON ITS WAY, BUT

WILL THEY FIND THEM IN TIME?

>> COME TO EVEREST -- THE STRONG

SURVIVE.

THE WEAK WILL GET EATEN.

>> Narrator: DAWN AT ADVANCED

BASE CAMP -- THE START OF THE

MOST FRIGHTENING DAY YET FOR

RUSSELL BRICE'S TEAM.

THE TWO CLIMBERS ARE STILL

MISSING.

IT'S AN UNNERVING WAKE-UP CALL

FOR TEAM MEMBERS LIKE

BUSINESSMAN DAVID TAIT.

>> I'M A LITTLE CONCERNED FOR

THE KAZAK CLIMBERS BECAUSE

THEY'RE WITHOUT OXYGEN, AND IF

THEY ARE UP THERE WITHOUT

OXYGEN, AS THE RUMORS GO -- THE

BLOOD THICKENING, THE TIME, THE

CLOCK AGAINST YOU IS FAR MORE

DANGEROUS THAN GOING WITH

OXYGEN.

>> 10 HOURS, MINIMUM.

>> IT REMINDS ME THAT THESE GUYS

WERE PLAYING RUSSIAN ROULETTE.

>> Narrator: IF TWO HIGHLY

EXPERIENCED CLIMBERS MIGHT

ALREADY BE DEAD, WHAT HOPE FOR A

BUNCH OF AMATEURS?

>> PERFECT.

>> Narrator: TODAY IS THEIR

FIRST BIG TEST -- THE NORTH

COL.

THEY FACE AN EXHAUSTING GRIND UP

A 1,000-FOOT ICE CLIFF...

THEN A MISERABLE NIGHT TRYING TO

SLEEP AT 23,000 FEET.

IF THEY FAIL TO MAKE IT WITHIN

FIVE HOURS, THEY'RE OFF THE

TEAM AND ON THEIR WAY HOME.

>> [ COUGHS ]

OW.

>> Narrator: BIKER TIM IS GOING

NOWHERE.

>> I WOKE UP IN THE MORNING AND

KIND OF HAD A STIFF BACK, AND

THEN I BENT OVER TO ADJUST MY

BOOT OR SOMETHING, AND I HEARD

SOMETHING KIND OF CRACK.

NOTHING'S WORKING.

OHH!

IT'S JUST MY BACK.

SOMETIMES IT JUST TIGHTENS UP,

ALL THE MUSCLES AROUND IT,

AROUND MY CAGE.

>> Narrator: HIS BODY'S FULL OF

METAL AFTER A NEAR-FATAL

MOTORCYCLE CRASH.

AND HIS SPINE IS SURROUNDED BY A

WIRE CAGE.

>> IS IT MUSCLE PAIN THAT YOU

GET?

>> IT TIGHTENS UP.

MY BACK TIGHTENS UP.

>> Narrator: THERE'S NOT MUCH

EXPEDITION DOCTOR MONICA PIRIS

CAN DO AT 21,000 FEET OTHER THAN

FIT TIM WITH A PAINKILLER PATCH.

>> I SLEEP ON THEM ROCKS.

>> YEAH.

>> Narrator: BUT HE'S NO

QUITTER.

>> AIN'T NO SHERPA GONNA CARRY

ME UP, AND AIN'T NO SHERPA GONNA

CARRY ME DOWN, PERIOD.

>> Narrator: TODAY'S CLIMB TO

THE NORTH COL IS A TIME TRIAL,

BUT IT'S ALSO VITAL ACCLIMATION

TRAINING.

EVERY TIME THE TEAM CLIMBS

HIGHER, THEIR BODIES ARE SHOCKED

INTO PRODUCING MORE RED BLOOD

CELLS.

THE MORE RED BLOOD CELLS YOU

HAVE, THE MORE OXYGEN YOUR LUNGS

CAN ABSORB.

AND UP HERE, EVERY OXYGEN

MOLECULE IS PRECIOUS.

>> [ Coughing ] GOT TO WAKE UP.

AAH!

>> Narrator: MONICA PIRIS IS A

SPECIALIST IN HIGH-ALTITUDE

MEDICINE.

SO SHE KNOWS THE DANGERS OF

GOING FURTHER WITHOUT

ACCLIMATING PROPERLY.

>> YOU'D INITIALLY FEEL SHORT OF

BREATH, AND THEN YOUR BRAIN

WOULD START TO SWELL.

YOUR LUNGS WOULD PROBABLY START

TO FILL WITH FLUID.

YOU'D LOSE CONSCIOUSNESS, AND

YOU'D DIE.

>> JUST WALKING BACK FROM THE

TOILET MAKES YOU REALLY TIRED.

SO IMAGINE HOW TIRED IF YOU'RE

WALKING UP THERE.

EVEN THOUGH IT'S REALLY FAR AND

IT'S REALLY TIRING, I'M MORE

SCARED ABOUT THE COLD.

>> Narrator: CALIFORNIA

JOURNALIST BETSY HUELSKAMP

BEGGED RUSSELL FOR A PLACE ON

HIS EXPEDITION AFTER

INTERVIEWING BIKER TIM LAST

YEAR.

>> AS FAR AS PHYSICAL QUESTS IN

OUR WORLD GO, IT'S TAKING ON

SOMETHING THAT'S REALLY

MONUMENTOUS, ESPECIALLY FOR SOME

SKINNY LITTLE GIRL FROM

LOS ANGELES.

>> Narrator: BUT NOVICE BETSY

HAS FOUND IT DIFFICULT TO KEEP

UP WITH THE OTHERS, AND

RUSSELL'S GUIDES ARE WATCHING

LIKE HAWKS.

>> I THINK SHE IS QUITE

UNDERPREPARED BECAUSE SHE DIDN'T

REALLY KNOW WHAT SHE WAS GETTING

HERSELF IN FOR.

YOU'VE GOT TO BASICALLY BE ABLE

TO GET TO THE NORTH COL IN FIVE

HOURS.

IF YOU CAN'T, THEN YOU'RE NOT ON

THE SUMMIT TEAM.

>> Narrator: RUSSELL IS STUNNED

TO FIND OUT BETSY DIDN'T KNOW

HOW TO ATTACH CRAMPONS, THE

SPIKES USED TO CLIMB ON SNOW AND

ICE.

>> I'VE SEEN PEOPLE PUT THEIR

CRAMPONS ON UPSIDE DOWN BEFORE,

BUT NOT UPSIDE DOWN AND

BACKWARDS.

[ LIGHT LAUGHTER ]

>> MAYBE WE'LL REGRET IT, AND

MAYBE WE WON'T.

>> SHE NEEDS A LOT MORE

EXPERIENCE.

HER FOOTWORK WITH CRAMPONS IS

NOT GOOD ENOUGH, EVEN ON JUST

SNOW AND ICE THAT SHE'S WORKED

ON SO FAR.

IT'S BEEN SATISFACTORY ONLY.

AND ONCE YOU START GOING INTO

MIXED TERRAIN, IT DOESN'T WORK.

>> * JOY TO THE WORLD

* ALL

>> WE'RE NOT THE SAME, AMERICANS

AND ENGLISH PEOPLE, ARE WE?

THERE'S THIS BIG PIECE OF OCEAN

BETWEEN US.

HAVE YOU LOST IT?

>> [ LAUGHS ]

>> [ CHUCKLES ]

>> I DON'T EVEN KNOW HOW TO GET

OUT OF HERE.

>> Narrator: ROD BABER FIRST

DECIDED TO CLIMB EVEREST DURING

A DRINKING SESSION WITH HIS

BUDDIES.

BUT NO HANGOVER CAN COMPARE WITH

THE POUNDING HEADACHES HE'S

SUFFERED ON EVEREST.

>> I'VE HAD A FEW HANGOVERS

BEFORE, BUT NOW I CAN MIX DRINKS

AND DRINK AS MUCH AS I LIKE FOR

AS LONG AS I LIKE AND WAKE UP

THE NEXT DAY, AND IF I HAVE A

LITTLE HEADACHE, I GO, "OH!

OH, THAT'S NOTHING."

>> Narrator: ROD'S STRUGGLING TO

DEAL WITH THE HARDSHIPS OF

EVERYDAY LIFE AT ABC.

LAST NIGHT IT WAS MINUS 3

DEGREES FAHRENHEIT.

>> THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS TO YOUR

DRINKING WATER WHEN IT'S INSIDE

YOUR JACKET, INSIDE YOUR

SLEEPING BAG, AT NIGHT.

>> Narrator: BUT FROZEN WATER

BOTTLES ARE NOTHING COMPARED

WITH THE DEVASTATING COLD

THEY'LL FACE HIGHER UP THE

MOUNTAIN.

[ WIND HOWLING ]

LAST YEAR FRENCHMAN

GéRARD BOURRAT TOOK HIS GLOVES

OFF TO TAKE PHOTOS...

AND LOST ALL HIS FINGERS TO

FROSTBITE.

THE TEAM IS READY TO START THEIR

FIRST SERIOUS CLIMB, AND THE

CLOCK IS TICKING.

THEY HAVE THE NEXT FIVE HOURS TO

REACH THE TOP OF THE NORTH COL

AND PROVE TO RUSSELL THEY HAVE

THE STRENGTH AND SKILL TO CLIMB

THE WORLD'S HIGHEST MOUNTAIN.

>> [ SIGHS ]

>> Narrator: BIKER TIM HAS

CONVINCED THE DOCTOR HE'S GOOD

TO GO.

>> I WANT TO MAKE SURE I MAKE

THAT DEADLINE.

THEY JUST CAN'T WAIT TO KICK ME

OFF THE TEAM.

AIN'T GOING TO HAPPEN, THOUGH.

>> Narrator: EVERY ONE OF THEM

HAS GOT IT ALL TO PROVE.

IT'S 10:00 IN THE MORNING.

THE SHERPA RESCUE TEAM ARE

FIGHTING THEIR WAY UP THE

MOUNTAIN AS FAST AS THEY CAN TO

REACH THE MISSING CLIMBERS.

THE MEN ARE FROM KAZAKHSTAN AND

MADE FRIENDS WITH ANOTHER

EXPEDITION BEFORE THEY LEFT FOR

THE SUMMIT.

>> [ SPEAKING NATIVE LANGUAGE ]

COPY ME? OVER.

>> THERE WAS NO SIGN OF THEM BY

YESTERDAY EVENING.

IT CERTAINLY ENTERED MY MIND

THAT THERE WAS SOMETHING AMISS.

>> KAZAKHSTANS.

THIS IS MAXUT. HE'S 30 OR 31.

AND THIS HERE IS VASSILY.

>> THE TWO OF THEM HAVE CLIMBED

TOGETHER FOR MANY YEARS, SO THEY

KNOW EACH OTHER WELL.

[ STATIC CRACKLING ]

>> LAST YEAR, I THINK IT WAS,

THEY SPENT FOUR NIGHTS STRANDED

ON K2 AND GOT OUT OF THAT

SUCCESSFULLY.

>> THEY NEED TO RADIO FOR HELP.

THEY'RE DEFINITELY IN A BAD

POSITION.

I MEAN, THEY'RE NO DRAMA QUEENS.

>> Narrator: AFTER HOURS OF

SILENCE, THE RADIO FINALLY

CRACKLES TO LIFE.

[ INDISTINCT SPEAKING OVER

RADIO ]

>> THIS IS RONNY IN ABC.

DO YOU COPY?

[ INDISTINCT SPEAKING OVER

RADIO ]

>> Narrator: THIS IS THE FIRST

NEWS OF THE MISSING MEN.

>> [ INDISTINCT SPEAKING OVER

RADIO ]

>> THAT'S MAX.

>> THAT'S MAX.

>> THAT'S MAXUT.

>> YEAH.

>> Narrator: THE MISSING

CLIMBERS ARE ALIVE, BUT THEY'RE

REFUSING HELP.

[ INDISTINCT SPEAKING OVER

RADIO ]

>> HE DOESN'T WANT TO USE THE

OXYGEN.

>> HE DOESN'T WANT TO USE IT?

>> YEAH.

>> ...CLIMBED 1,600 METERS

TODAY ALONE CARRYING OXYGEN.

>> AND NOW THEY DON'T WANT TO

TAKE IT.

>> THEY DON'T WANT TO TAKE IT.

>> Narrator: THE KAZAKS KNOW

THEIR ACHIEVEMENT OF SUMMITING

WITHOUT OXYGEN WON'T BE

RECOGNIZED UNLESS THEY MAKE IT

BACK TO ADVANCED BASE CAMP

WITHOUT USING IT.

[ INDISTINCT SPEAKING OVER

RADIO ]

>> WHAT THEY'RE DOING IS UNFAIR

BECAUSE THERE'S A BUNCH OF

SHERPAS UP THERE PUTTING THEIR

LIVES AT STAKE, AND THEY'RE NOT

PLAYING BALL.

>> Narrator: THE KAZAKS'

DETERMINATION GOT THEM TO THE

SUMMIT, BUT NOW IT'S THREATENING

TO BE THE DEATH OF THEM AND

THEIR RESCUERS.

>> Narrator: RUSSELL BRICE'S

TEAM ARE AT 21,750 FEET AND

HEADING FOR THE MASSIVE CLIFF OF

THE NORTH COL.

AS THEY CROSS THE EAST RONGBUK

GLACIER, EVERY STEP HURTS MORE

THAN THE LAST.

THEIR HEARTS ARE RACING OUT OF

CONTROL.

THEY'RE GETTING SEVERELY

DEHYDRATED, AND THEY'RE GASPING

FOR BREATH AS THE AIR GETS

THINNER AND THINNER.

>> I NEED SOME PILLS.

I NEED TO GET SOME PILLS AT THE

BOTTOM OF THE ROPE.

>> Narrator: ROD HASN'T EVEN

REACHED THE CLIMBING ROPES WHEN

HE'S HIT BY A SEARING

HEADACHE, A SIGN THAT SOMETHING

COULD BE SERIOUSLY WRONG.

AT THIS ALTITUDE, A HEADACHE

COULD BE CEREBRAL EDEMA, A

HIGH-ALTITUDE CLIMBER'S GREATEST

FEAR.

IT STRIKES SUDDENLY, AND VICTIMS

CAN BE DEAD IN MINUTES.

LIKE ROD, THIS CLIMBER WAS ON

HIS WAY TO THE NORTH COL.

>> COME ON. CALM DOWN.

CALM DOWN.

>> CEREBRAL EDEMA IS ONE OF THE

MOST DANGEROUS CONDITIONS, IF

NOT THE MOST DANGEROUS

CONDITION, RELATED TO BEING AT

HIGH ALTITUDE.

>> Narrator: THIS MAN WAS LUCKY

TO SURVIVE.

MANY OTHERS DON'T.

>> CEREBRAL EDEMA IS SWELLING OF

THE BRAIN.

IT HAPPENS AS A CONSEQUENCE OF

THE DECREASED OXYGEN THAT THERE

IS IN THE AIR.

YOU HAVE SEVERE BRAIN SWELLING.

YOU'RE IN A COMA, APPROACHING

DEATH.

>> [ INDISTINCT SPEAKING ]

[ COUGHS ]

>> Narrator: ROD'S ANXIETY IS

MAKING THE SITUATION EVEN WORSE.

SCIENTISTS HAVE PROVED THAT

PEOPLE WHO ARE STRESSED ARE MORE

LIKELY TO GO DOWN WITH ACUTE

MOUNTAIN SICKNESS.

>> IF IT DOESN'T GO, THEN I

HAVEN'T GOT A CHOICE.

I WON'T BE -- I WON'T BE -- I

WON'T BE ALLOWED TO CLIMB.

>> Narrator: FROM HIGH UP THE

MOUNTAIN, THE SHERPA RESCUE TEAM

RADIO THAT THE KAZAK CLIMBERS

ARE IN A BAD WAY.

>> AND IS IT ONE OF THEM OR BOTH

OF THEM?

>> I DON'T KNOW.

>> DON'T KNOW.

>> I MUST BE HONEST.

IT'S BLOODY SCARY, YOU KNOW?

I MEAN, EVEN WITH HELP NOW, IF

YOU'VE GOT FROSTBITE, AND THIS

WEATHER'S COMING IN...

PHEW.

AND THE THING IS...

I MEAN, HOW MUCH DAYLIGHT HAVE

WE GOT LEFT?

WE'RE PROBABLY LOOKING AT ABOUT

SIX HOURS OF TRYING TO HELP

PEOPLE WHO ARE PRETTY IMMOBILE

GET DOWN.

AND THAT'S PUSHING IT.

>> [ CLEARS THROAT ]

I'D TALK A LOT MORE IF THE

HEADACHE WASN'T HERE.

>> Narrator: ROD'S HEADACHE IS

GETTING WORSE, AND HE'S NOW

GAMBLING WITH HIS LIFE.

AS THE TEAM GET THEIR FIRST LOOK

AT THE NORTH COL, THEY'RE HIT BY

THE MASSIVE TASK AHEAD.

A 1,000-FOOT ICE CLIFF AWAITS --

HARD ENOUGH TO CLIMB AT SEA

LEVEL, AT FOUR MILES UP,

AGONIZING.

>> EACH STEP, YOU FEEL LIKE

YOU'RE GOING TO DIE.

YOU FEEL LIKE YOU'RE THAT CLOSE

TO NOT HAVING ENOUGH AIR,

PASSING OUT, AND FALLING DOWN

WHERE YOU STAND.

>> Narrator: BACK HOME, BETSY'S

A FIT WOMAN, A KARATE BLACK BELT

AND FITNESS INSTRUCTOR.

BUT FITNESS HAS NO BEARING ON

WHO CAN ACCLIMATE.

>> I FEEL SO TIRED.

IT'S JUST LACK OF OXYGEN IN THE

AIR THAT MAKES YOU THINK, "HOLY

CRAP, I CAN'T GO.

I CAN'T DO THIS."

>> Narrator: BUT DO THIS BETSY

MUST, OR RUSSELL WILL THROW HER

OFF THE TEAM.

22,300 FEET, AND ONE MOUNTAIN IS

TAKING ON ANOTHER.

BIKER MEDVETZ IS ON THE ROPES.

>> OHH.

I COULD USE A NEW BACK.

OTHER THAN THAT, I FEEL GREAT.

>> I'M GOING SLOWLY, BUT, YOU

KNOW -- SLOWLY BUT SURELY.

>> Narrator: THE FASTEST

CLIMBERS ARE 45-YEAR-OLD

ENGLISHMAN DAVID TAIT AND DANISH

TRIATHLETE MOGENS JENSEN, WHO IS

ON TARGET TO CUT THE FIVE-HOUR

DEADLINE IN HALF.

>> IT'S NICE.

BUT, YEAH, JUST DOING A STEADY

PACE, NOTHING CRAZY, CONSERVING

ENERGY.

>> Narrator: LOWER DOWN THE

ROPES, BETSY IS HITTING THE

WALL.

>> I'M GOING TO LET PEOPLE PASS.

>> Narrator: IT MIGHT LOOK LIKE

A NICE, SUNNY DAY, BUT IMAGINE

HAVING HALF AS MUCH AIR AS YOU

DO BACK HOME, A POUNDING HEAD,

AND FEELING UTTERLY EXHAUSTED.

WELCOME TO BETSY'S WORLD.

>> I FEEL LIKE I'M GONNA THROW

UP.

>> Narrator: WHILE SHE SUFFERS,

MOGENS CRUISES OVER THE

FINISHING LINE, JUST 2 1/2 HOURS

AFTER LEAVING ADVANCED BASE CAMP

2,000 FEET BELOW.

HALFWAY UP THE ICE CLIFF,

ROD BABER IS STRUGGLING.

>> [ Breathing hard ] PRETTY

HARD.

WHAT TIME...

[ COUGHS ]

10 MINUTES.

FIRST TIME.

[ BREATHES HEAVILY ]

>> Narrator: HE'S HIGHER THAN

HE'S EVER CLIMBED BEFORE, AND

HIS BODY IS SCREAMING OUT TO

STOP.

IF HE CAN'T KEEP GOING, HIS

DREAM OF CLIMBING EVEREST WILL

END BEFORE IT'S BEGUN.

>> Narrator: AMATEUR CLIMBER

ROD BABER GOT INTO

MOUNTAINEERING THROUGH A BET

WITH HIS DRINKING BUDDIES.

>> [ COUGHS ]

>> Narrator: BUT NOW HE'S IN

BIG TROUBLE HALFWAY UP

MT. EVEREST, ON THE NORTH COL,

AND THERE'S ONLY 50 MINUTES LEFT

BEFORE THE 5-HOUR DEADLINE

EXPIRES.

>> [ COUGHS ]

10 MINUTES.

FIRST TIMES.

[ BREATHES HEAVILY ]

>> Narrator: ROD HAS A YOUNG

FAMILY AND KNOWS HE SHOULD BE

TURNING BACK AS HIS HEADACHE

GETS WORSE AND EVERY STEP

INCREASES THE RISK OF CEREBRAL

EDEMA.

>> I'VE GOT TWO KIDS -- FLASH

AND JAUNTY.

I'LL CERTAINLY BE CONSIDERING

THEM EVERY SINGLE MOVE I MAKE

UPWARDS BECAUSE OBVIOUSLY

THEY'RE THE MOST IMPORTANT THING

TO ME.

>> Narrator: ROD IS A CLIMBING

INSTRUCTOR BACK HOME, BUT THAT'S

NOTHING TO RUSSELL BRICE.

>> I'M NOT EVEN SURE HE'S

ACTUALLY FIT ENOUGH, FRANKLY.

SURE, HE RUNS A CLIMBING GYM,

BUT IT DOESN'T HAVE ANY MOUNTAIN

WINGS.

>> Narrator: BUT SHEER GRIT

COUNTS FOR A LOT ON EVEREST.

BIG TIM MEDVETZ HAS PUSHED ON

AND IS NOT FAR FROM THE END OF

THIS MONUMENTAL CLIMB.

>> I'M DOING GREAT, JUST HUNGRY,

HUNGRY AND BACK PAIN.

BUT I GOT MY MUSIC ON.

TRY NOT TO THINK ABOUT IT.

>> Narrator: AFTER 4 1/2

PUNISHING HOURS, TIM MAKES IT --

A STAGGERING SUCCESS COMPARED TO

LAST YEAR, WHEN HE HAD A

MOTIVATION CRISIS AND WAS TOO

TIRED TO CARRY ON.

AND DESPITE HIS PAIN, ROD BABER

HAS MADE IT JUST INSIDE THE

FIVE-HOUR DEADLINE.

>> IT'S NOT ABOUT BEING PRETTY.

[ COUGHS ]

IT'S ABOUT GETTING TO THE

[ BLEEP ] TOP.

[ COUGHS ]

>> Narrator: BUT ROD'S SO

EXHAUSTED HE COLLAPSES INTO HIS

TENT RIGHT AWAY.

>> EACH TIME YOU GET TO THE TOP

OF THE ROPE AND YOU GET TO

SWITCH ROPES, IT'S LIKE SOME

KIND OF A LITTLE VICTORY IN YOUR

HEAD.

>> Narrator: THAT MAY BE SO, BUT

TIME'S UP.

AND RUSSELL'S HAWKS ARE

CIRCLING.

GUIDE DEAN STAPLES HAS BEEN

INSTRUCTED TO KEEP A CLOSE EYE

ON BETSY.

THE FIVE-HOUR DEADLINE HAS

PASSED, AND SHE'S NOWHERE NEAR

THE TOP.

>> SO, HOW YOU FEELING,

HONESTLY, BETSY?

I THINK IT'S KIND OF A LITTLE

DECISION TIME FOR US.

>> [ COUGHS ] I'M FEELING FINE.

I'M JUST SLOW.

>> WELL, IF YOU WANT TO KEEP

GOING UP, I'LL STAY WITH YOU.

BUT REALISTICALLY, AT THE SPEED

WE'RE GOING, WE'RE LOOKING AT

TWO HOURS MINIMUM, IF NOT MORE.

THE TERRAIN IS STEEPER, LITTLE

COLDER.

REALLY, I'D LIKE TO NOT HAVE TO

TURN BACK BETWEEN HERE AND

THERE.

SO, EITHER WE GET THERE, OR WE

TURN BACK HERE.

>> Narrator: BETSY'S HANDED DEAN

A DILEMMA.

HE'S IMPRESSED BY HER

DETERMINATION, BUT HE'S NOT SURE

SHE'LL MAKE IT.

>> YOU GOT TWO MORE HOURS IN

YOU?

>> YEAH.

I'M GOOD TO KEEP GOING.

>> OKAY.

ALL RIGHT, WELL, YOU GET WARMED

UP, THEN.

>> ALL RIGHT.

>> AND WE'LL CARRY ON.

>> ALL RIGHT.

>> Narrator: UP AT THE NORTH COL

CAMP, THE OTHER CLIMBERS ARE

WORRIED ABOUT ROD BABER,

>> ROD DOESN'T LOOK GOOD -- JUST

EYES IS...

>> LYING DOWN?

>> YEAH.

YEAH, WE TOLD HIM NOT TO.

>> HE'S TAKEN PAINKILLERS.

HE'S TAKEN TOO MANY.

>> Narrator: ROD'S DOSING UP ON

PAINKILLERS, BUT THEY'RE NOT THE

CURE.

HE HAS THE CLASSIC SYMPTOMS OF

ACUTE MOUNTAIN SICKNESS.

>> HE DON'T WANT TO EAT NOTHING.

HE'S JUST LYING AND...

>> HAS HE GOT ENOUGH WATER?

>> HE SAID HE HAD HALF A BOTTLE.

>> OKAY, A HALF A BOTTLE.

>> BRING HIM MORE LATER?

>> YEAH, MAYBE WE GET HIS BOTTLE

AND FILL IT UP.

>> Narrator: AFTER 7 1/4 PAINFUL

HOURS, BETSY ARRIVES AT CAMP 1,

HIGHER THAN ANY POINT ON EARTH,

OUTSIDE THE HIMALAYAS.

>> IT'S NOT A SURPRISE TO ME.

IT'S A SURPRISE TO EVERYBODY

ELSE.

[ CHUCKLES ]

>> Narrator: ESPECIALLY THE

GUIDES.

>> TAKE CRAMPONS OFF AND GET

WARM, OKAY?

>> ALL RIGHT.

>> OKAY? GOOD JOB. GOOD JOB.

>> Narrator: BUT RUSSELL WILL

DECIDE JUST HOW GOOD A JOB.

BETSY ARRIVED TWO HOURS LATE.

A PLACE ON THE SUMMIT TEAM IS

FAR FROM GUARANTEED.

UP HERE, THERE'S 44% OF THE

OXYGEN THERE IS AT SEA LEVEL.

IT'S A WRETCHED PLACE TO CAMP

AND ONLY HALFWAY UP THE

MOUNTAIN.

THE GUIDES ARE INCREASINGLY

WORRIED ABOUT ROD.

>> WHAT DO YOU RECKON, DEAN,

FROM THE BOTTLE -- HALF-LITER OR

SOMETHING?

>> WE'LL SEE WHAT HAPPENS FOR A

MINUTE.

I RECKON GET SOME WATER INTO HIM

FIRST.

>> WELL, HE HAS BEEN HYDRATED.

>> IS HE?

>> Narrator: THEY'VE PERSUADED

ROD TO GET UP AND HAVE SOME TEA,

BUT HIS HEADACHE REMAINS.

[ COUGHS ]

BACK AT ADVANCED BASE CAMP,

THERE'S STILL NO SIGHT OF THE

KAZAK CLIMBERS, BUT THE SHERPA

WHO LED THE RESCUE IS BACK AFTER

AN 18-HOUR MISSION.

>> YOU'VE HAD A LONG DAY.

>> YEAH.

[ SPEAKING NATIVE LANGUAGE ]

YEAH.

YEAH.

>> PHEW, YEAH, SURE. WELL DONE.

>> Narrator: AND THEN, THE FIRST

SIGN OF THE MISSING CLIMBERS...

OR JUST ONE.

ONLY MAX HAS RETURNED.

>> IS THAT MAXUT I JUST SAW UP

THERE?

>> OH, MAXUT, YEAH.

>> IS THAT MAXUT?

>> [ COUGHS ]

>> [ EXHALES ]

>> Narrator: IT'S A HUGE RELIEF.

THE OTHER CLIMBER IS STILL

ALIVE.

>> OH, IS THIS VASSILY?

>> IT'S VASSILY?

>> Narrator: 29 HOURS AFTER HE

REACHED THE SUMMIT, VASSILY

ARRIVES BACK AT ADVANCED BASE

CAMP.

HE'S IN A BAD WAY COMPARED WITH

MAX.

THEIR CLIMB TO THE TOP OF THE

WORLD WITHOUT BOTTLED OXYGEN HAS

TAKEN THEM TO THE LIMITS OF

HUMAN ENDURANCE.

>> A LITTLE FROSTBITE?

>> DEFINITELY PUT THINGS INTO

PERSPECTIVE.

THESE ARE TOP ATHLETES, AND THIS

HAPPENED TO THEM.

>> WE HAVE A LONG, LONG DAY.

TWO DAYS WITHOUT WATER --

IT'S -- IT'S NO GOOD.

>> AN INCREDIBLE ACHIEVEMENT, TO

GET ONTO THE SUMMIT OF EVEREST

WITHOUT OXYGEN -- I MEAN, A

HANDFUL OF PEOPLE HAVE DONE

THAT, AND THAT'S AMAZING.

>> Narrator: THE KAZAKS HAVE

LIVED TO TELL THE TALE, BUT UP

AT THE NORTH COL, ROD IS FACING

A GRIM NIGHT.

HIS EVEREST DREAM IS HANGING BY

A THREAD.

>> Narrator: DAWN AT 23,000

FEET, NEARLY 4 1/2 MILES ABOVE

SEA LEVEL.

RUSSELL BRICE'S CLIMBERS HAVE

SPENT THEIR FIRST NIGHT AT

EXTREME ALTITUDE.

ROD BABER BARELY SLEPT AND HATED

EVERY MINUTE.

>> THE WORST MOMENTS WERE HUGE,

MASSIVE, CHRONIC, SONIC, MEGA

HEADACHE.

IT'S LIKE A POUNDING

SLEDGEHAMMER CONTINUOUSLY

BANGING YOUR HEAD.

WHEN I GOT HERE YESTERDAY, I WAS

LITERALLY CRYING BECAUSE OF THE

PAIN, AND I HAVEN'T DONE THAT

EVER.

GOING RIGHT DOWN TO ABC, AND

THEN WE'VE GOT TWO DAYS HOLIDAY.

HOORAY!

>> AW, IT WAS ALL RIGHT -- A BIT

COLD IN THE NIGHT.

THAT'S WHAT IT ALWAYS IS, AND

SLEEPING PATTERN ON AND OFF.

BUT, YOU KNOW, FIRST TIME UP TO

NORTH COL -- SLEEPING, YOU

ALWAYS SUFFER.

>> Narrator: THE FIRST THING

MOGENS DOES IS VISIT THE KAZAK

CLIMBERS.

LIKE THEM, HE'S DETERMINED TO

SUMMIT EVEREST WITHOUT OXYGEN.

>> WHAT WAS THE MOST SCARY

MOMENT YOU EXPERIENCED?

>> NO FOOD, NO GAS, NO STOVES,

NO MATCHES, NOTHING, TWO DAYS

WITHOUT WATER.

>> YEAH. WHEW.

>> Narrator: YET MOGENS IS STILL

OBSESSED WITH JOINING THIS ELITE

CLUB.

MEMBERSHIP IS LETHALLY

DANGEROUS, AS HE DISCOVERED LAST

YEAR, WHEN HE FAILED 3,000 FEET

FROM THE SUMMIT.

>> HOW YOU DOING?

>> [ SNIFFS ]

>> IT'S OKAY.

>> I WAS JUST FEELING REALLY

GOOD.

AND THEN THE NEXT MINUTE IT'S

LIKE, "[BLEEP] I'M GONNA DIE

HERE."

>> DO YOU THINK RUSSELL'S TENT

BEING THERE MAYBE SAVED YOUR

LIFE?

>> YEAH, SURE.

>> SO HIGH.

>> YEAH, OF COURSE.

>> AND WITHOUT OXYGEN.

>> TAKE EVERYTHING.

JUST DON'T TOUCH OXYGEN BOTTLE.

>> NO, EXACTLY. NO OXYGEN.

>> THANK YOU.

>> THANK YOU.

CONGRATULATIONS.

>> THANK YOU.

>> STRONG BOYS.

>> Narrator: BETSY FEELS AS

EXHAUSTED AS THE KAZAKS, AND

SHE'S ONLY BEEN HALFWAY UP THE

MOUNTAIN.

>> EVERY STEP YOU GO UP, IT GETS

WORSE AND WORSE AND MORE AND

MORE DIFFICULT, BUT I'M NOT

EXPECTING IT TO GET NICER.

>> Narrator: EVEREST IS A

MASSIVE CONTRAST TO LIFE BACK

HOME FOR THE CALIFORNIAN.

>> OH, IT WAS SO MISERABLE AND

COLD THERE AND WINDY.

OH, I HAVE SORES ALL OVER MY

LIPS AND SORES ALL OVER MY

FINGERS.

I'M GONNA BE SO UGLY WHEN I GET

HOME.

I DON'T WANT TO MARRY A DOCTOR

LIKE MY MOM SAID.

I NEED TO MARRY A PLASTIC

SURGEON SO THEY CAN PUT

HUMPTY DUMPTY BACK TOGETHER

AGAIN.

[ LAUGHS ]

OH [BLEEP]

>> Narrator: BETSY'S A BIG

WORRY TO THE GUIDES, BUT RUSSELL

ADMIRES DETERMINATION, SO HE'S

DECIDED TO GIVE HER ONE MORE

CHANCE.

>> I'VE GOT TO GIVE HER THE

BENEFIT OF THE DOUBT OF AT LEAST

GETTING TO NORTH COL.

>> Narrator: BUT EVEN BETSY GOT

BACK TO CAMP BEFORE BIKER TIM.

HE'S LAST AGAIN.

>> DID YOU FIND YOUR LITTLE SPOT

IN THE GLACIER AGAIN?

>> I ACTUALLY HAD A NICE LITTLE

NAP.

>> THERE YOU GO.

>> I WAS GONNA CALL YOU ON THE

RADIO, BUT I THOUGHT THAT IT'D

WAKE YOU UP.

>> I'M JUST IN TIME FOR LUNCH.

>> OF COURSE.

COME ON. IT 12:30. COME ON.

[ LAUGHTER ]

YOU THINK I'D BE LATE FOR LUNCH?

>> WOULD YOU MISS LUNCH?

[ LAUGHTER ]

>> Narrator: TIM HAS

CONSISTENTLY IGNORED ORDERS TO

BE ON TIME AND WORK WITH THE

REST OF THE TEAM.

RUSSELL'S ANGRY AT HIS LACK OF

RESPECT, AND AS FAR AS HE'S

CONCERNED, TIM STILL HAS A LOT

TO PROVE.

>> LAST YEAR, IF HE HAD LEFT ON

TIME, I SUSPECT THAT HE WOULD

HAVE REACHED THE SUMMIT ALONG

WITH EVERYONE ELSE.

IT WOULD TAKE A BIT LONGER TO

GET DOWN, BUT HE DIDN'T.

>> Narrator: AND NOW ANOTHER OF

RUSSELL'S TEAM IS IN TROUBLE.

DR. MONICA PIRIS HAS BEEN CALLED

TO AN EMERGENCY.

>> COLD.

>> HOW ARE YOU FEELING?

>> BETTER WITH OXYGEN.

>> BETTER WITH OXYGEN. YEAH?

>> Narrator: JAPANESE CLIMBER

WAKUI MASAJI GOT SICK ON A SHORT

TRAINING WALK.

>> HE LABORED AN AWFUL LOT --

IT TOOK HIM 2 1/2 HOURS -- AND

DIDN'T QUITE GET THERE, AND THEN

ANOTHER HOUR AND 3/4 TO COME

BACK.

HE WAS HAVING TO STOP EVERY 50

METERS TO CATCH HIS BREATH.

>> Narrator: MONICA SUSPECTS HE

HAS CEREBRAL EDEMA, SWELLING OF

THE BRAIN.

>> ONE FOOT RIGHT IN FRONT OF

THE OTHER.

>> [ SPEAKING JAPANESE ]

[ MONITOR BEEPING ]

>> SIT HERE, AND I LISTEN TO HIS

CHEST.

>> YEAH.

>> ASK HIM TO TAKE DEEP BREATHS.

>> Narrator: AT SEA LEVEL, 100%

BLOOD OXYGEN IS NORMAL.

AT ADVANCED BASE CAMP, 75% IS

COMMON.

ANYWHERE ELSE, THAT LEVEL WOULD

PUT YOU IN INTENSIVE CARE.

MASAJI HAS ONLY 50%.

HE HASN'T GOT ENOUGH RED BLOOD

CELLS TO CARRY THE OXYGEN HE

NEEDS AROUND HIS BODY.

>> HIS CHEST IS STILL OKAY.

THIS IS LOW.

BACK TO BED.

>> [ SPEAKING JAPANESE ]

THE UNSTEADINESS ON HIS FEET,

WHICH WE CALL ATAXIA, THAT'S --

IT'S ONE OF THE FIRST SIGNS OF

CEREBRAL EDEMA.

SO, YOU KNOW, I'M WORRIED ABOUT

HIM.

>> Narrator: IF MASAJI DOES HAVE

CEREBRAL EDEMA, HIS DREAM OF

CLIMBING EVEREST WILL BE OVER.

>> THE DOCTOR WILL CHECK HIM

AGAIN LATER, AND, YEAH, IT'S A

DEFINITE CEREBRAL EDEMA.

FINISHED.

CAN NEVER COME BACK.

>> Narrator: IT'S A NEW DAY AT

ADVANCED BASE CAMP, BUT IT'S

LOOKING GRIM FOR JAPANESE

CLIMBER WAKUI MASAJI.

HE'S GOTTEN WORSE OVERNIGHT, AND

EXPEDITION DR. MONICA PIRIS

ORDERS HIM DOWN THE MOUNTAIN.

>> AS FAR AS I'M CONCERNED, HE

HAS CEREBRAL EDEMA, AND THE ONLY

TREATMENT FOR CEREBRAL EDEMA IS

DESCENT.

HE DOES NOT HAVE PULMONARY

EDEMA.

HIS CHEST IS OKAY.

HE HAS ACUTE MOUNTAIN SICKNESS

AND A LITTLE BIT OF CEREBRAL

EDEMA.

>> [ SPEAKING JAPANESE ]

>> Narrator: IT'S THE END OF THE

ROAD FOR MASAJI.

ONLY ONE IN THREE CLIMBERS MAKES

IT TO THE SUMMIT OF EVEREST.

HE WON'T BE ONE OF THEM.

>> OKAY.

BASE CAMP.

>> [ SPEAKING JAPANESE ]

>> OKAY.

>> Narrator: MONICA'S GOT HER

WORK CUT OUT FOR HER THIS

MORNING.

MEMBERS OF THE FILM CREW ARE

ALSO REELING WITH SYMPTOMS OF

ACUTE MOUNTAIN SICKNESS.

>> OKAY, ALL RIGHT.

>> SORRY.

>> AT THIS ALTITUDE, PEOPLE

DON'T GET BETTER.

THEY GET WORSE.

ALMOST ALL CASES OF CEREBRAL

EDEMA FROM HIGH ALTITUDE ARE ON

THE BACK OF SOMEONE WHO HAS BEEN

SUFFERING FROM MOUNTAIN SICKNESS

AND HASN'T TREATED IT OR GONE

DOWN.

SO IT'S POTENTIALLY SERIOUS,

POTENTIALLY FATAL.

WE'VE GOT TO GO.

>> ARE YOU TELLING ME I'VE GOT

TO GO DOWN?

>> YEAH.

DON'T GET AGGRESSIVE.

>> I'M NOT GETTING AGGRESSIVE.

I'M GETTING SLIGHTLY ANNOYED.

I WALK, WHEN I'M TIRED, THAT

SAME WALK.

>> THE DIAGNOSTIC CRITERIA OF

ACUTE MOUNTAIN SICKNESS --

HEADACHE PLUS NAUSEA AND

VOMITING OR POOR SLEEP OR

FATIGUE AND LETHARGY.

>> ALL OF THE ABOVE.

>> ALL OF THE ABOVE.

YOU HAVE ACUTE MOUNTAIN

SICKNESS, JOHN.

YOU'RE TICKING ALL THE BOXES.

YOU'RE EVEN TICKING THE DENIAL

BOX.

>> YEAH.

[ BOTH LAUGH ]

>> YOU'RE TICKING ALL THE BOXES.

>> Narrator: THE LAST THING THE

CREW FEELS LIKE IS A 14-MILE

HIKE BACK DOWN TO BASE CAMP, BUT

MONICA HAS NO CHOICE.

>> THEY'RE JUST NOT WELL, YOU

KNOW?

THEY'VE GOT BAD A.M.S., AND THE

TREATMENT FOR BAD A.M.S. IS

GO DOWN.

THERE'S JUST NO TWO WAYS ABOUT

IT.

>> Narrator: THOSE WHO REMAIN

FACE THE HARSHEST TEST YET -- A

GRUELING TREK TO CAMP 2 AT

24,500 FEET TO COMPLETE THEIR

ACCLIMATION.

ONLY THEN WILL RUSSELL PICK HIS

SUMMIT TEAM.

THE CLIMB WILL MAKE EXTREME

DEMANDS ON THE TEAM, SO THEY

HAVE TWO DAYS TO RELAX.

>> LET'S GET IT ON.

[ ROCK MUSIC PLAYING ]

>> Narrator: BUT WHILE THE

CLIMBERS REST, THEIR BODIES ARE

PRODUCING THE EXTRA RED BLOOD

CELLS THEY'LL NEED WHEN THEY

CLIMB HIGHER UP THE MOUNTAINS.

SHERPAS ARE BETTER ABLE TO WORK

AT ALTITUDE BECAUSE THEY WERE

BORN AND RAISED IN THE

HIMALAYAS.

YOU WASH WHEN YOUR CONSCIENCE

DICTATES AT ABC.

ALL THE WATER COMES FROM ICE

HACKED OUT OF A GLACIER AND

HAULED TO THE COOK TENT.

>> I HAVEN'T WASHED MYSELF FOR

TWO WEEKS NOW.

>> Narrator: EVEN WHEN THE

CLIMBERS ARE CHILLING OUT, THEY

CAN'T RESIST A LITTLE FRIENDLY

COMPETITION.

>> IT'S NOT!

[ LAUGHTER ]

10 AND 10.

>> SO, WHAT HAPPENS?

>> SO, I WIN.

>> FAR FROM IT BEING ALTITUDE, I

THINK IT'S PERMANENT BRAIN

DAMAGE.

[ LAUGHS ]

>> IT'S SO IMPORTANT TO

RE-ENERGIZE YOURSELF, YOUR

BEING, AND RELAX.

SO I QUITE LIKE DOWNTIME.

AND IT HELPS YOU ACCLIMATIZE, AS

WELL.

AND WITHOUT IT, THAT WOULD BE

DIFFICULT.

SO, YEAH, POWER TO DOWNTIME.

>> Narrator: THEY'LL NEED THEIR

REST.

THE CLIMB TO CAMP 2 WILL BE THE

HARDEST TEST YET.

>> I THINK WE'LL START WEEDING

OUT THE MEN FROM THE BOYS.

>> Narrator: GOOD FOOD IS VITAL

TO THE TEAM'S CHANCES OF

SUCCESS.

>> MY THEORY IS EAT AS MUCH AS

YOU CAN DOWN HERE, AND THEN

HOPEFULLY THOSE RESERVES WILL

GET YOU TO THE TOP.

>> YOU TRY TO, LIKE, ENJOY IT,

CONSIDERING THE TORTURE WE'RE

BEING PUT THROUGH.

>> I FEEL MUCH BETTER THAN I DID

A WEEK AGO, AND MAYBE BECAUSE

I'VE ACCLIMATIZED.

I'M HOPING IT IS BECAUSE LAST

TIME I WENT UP THERE IT WAS

PRETTY BAD.

FOR SOME REASON, THE HEADACHE'S

GONE, AND EVERYTHING'S GONE, SO,

YEAH.

SO I'M NOT TOO WORRIED.

>> Narrator: AS THE CLIMBERS SET

OFF, THEY KNOW THAT IF THEY FAIL

TO REACH CAMP 2, IT'S ALL OVER.

THEY WON'T BE ON THE SUMMIT

TEAM.

>> Narrator: THE TEAM HAS LEFT

ADVANCED BASE CAMP FOR THE

HIGHEST POINT YET -- CAMP 2 AT

24,500 FEET.

IT'S BETSY HUELSKAMP'S LAST

CHANCE TO CONVINCE RUSSELL SHE'S

GOOD ENOUGH TO MAKE HIS SUMMIT

TEAM, AND HE'S RULED THAT SHE

MUST CLIMB WITHOUT THE HELP OF A

GUIDE.

ONCE AGAIN, MOGENS JENSEN HAS

BLAZED AN EASY TRAIL AND IS FAR

AHEAD OF THE OTHERS, DESPITE

BEING A CHRONIC ASTHMATIC.

>> I'M CONSERVING AS MUCH ENERGY

AS POSSIBLE.

THAT'S A VIEW...TO DIE FOR...

ALMOST.

>> Narrator: ALREADY BETSY'S

STRUGGLING AND SHOWING NO SIGNS

OF IMPROVEMENT AFTER TWO DAYS

OFF.

>> I'M REALLY TIRED.

I'M WILLING TO PAY $50 FOR

ANYONE WHO WANTS TO CARRY MY

BACKPACK.

>> Narrator: SO FAR, THE

MOUNTAIN GODS ARE SMILING ON

ENGLISHMAN ROD BABER.

>> THERE'S NO HEADACHES THIS

TIME.

WE'RE GOING AT A REASONABLE

PACE.

>> Narrator: THE WEATHER HAS

CLOSED IN.

BUT BIKER TIM IS A DRIVEN MAN.

>> YEAH!

>> Narrator: DRIVEN BY FAILURE.

IT'S ONE YEAR SINCE HE TURNED

BACK ONLY 320 FEET FROM THE TOP

OF THE WORLD.

>> JUST READY.

I'M STRONGER AND FASTER, KNOW

WHAT'S IN FRONT OF ME, BEEN HERE

BEFORE, HUNGRY...REAL HUNGRY.

GOT TO SEE WHAT'S AROUND THAT

CORNER WHERE I GOT TURNED

AROUND.

IT'S BEEN EATING ME UP FOR A

YEAR.

I LOVE THIS, MAN.

IT'S SNOW, SPIKES ON MY FEET,

BACKPACK ON, GOT MY MUSIC, ICE

PICK.

THIS IS GREAT, MAN.

DON'T GET NO BETTER THAN THIS.

COMES DOWN TO IT, MAN, THIS IS

LIVING.

SO, LET'S GET IT ON.

BAM!

>> Narrator: ALL THE TEAMS

SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETE THE FIRST

LEG OF THE CLIMB, WHERE THEY

ENDURE ANOTHER NIGHT IN SUB-ZERO

TEMPERATURES AT THE NORTH COL.

>> I HOPE THE WEATHER IS GONNA

BE FINE.

IT'S BEEN SNOWING A BIT DURING

THE NIGHT, SO WE'LL SEE.

>> Narrator: THE SECOND LEG OF

THE CHALLENGE -- THE CLIMB TO

CAMP 2 -- WILL PUSH THEM HARDER

THAN EVER BEFORE.

>> TODAY WE ARE GOING ALL THE

WAY UP THERE, TO CAMP 2.

IF YOU LOOK AT IT, IT LOOKS LIKE

IT COULD TAKE NO MORE THAN AN

HOUR.

BUT IT'S VERY DECEIVING.

>> Narrator: THEY'VE BEEN GIVEN

A TARGET TIME OF FIVE HOURS TO

REACH CAMP 2.

>> A BIG PART OF THIS MOUNTAIN

IS MENTAL, YOU KNOW?

A LOT OF TIMES, YOUR MIND'S

GONNA TELL YOU, "TURN AROUND.

TURN AROUND.

YOU CAN'T GO ANY FURTHER."

AND I THINK THAT'S PROBABLY

GONNA BE THE OUTCOME TODAY FOR A

LOT OF PEOPLE.

THEY DON'T DIG DEEP, THEY AIN'T

GONNA MAKE IT.

>> Narrator: BETSY KNOWS IT'S

HER LAST TIME TO IMPRESS GUIDE

DEAN STAPLES AND SECURE A PLACE

ON THE SUMMIT TEAM.

>> SO, YOU HAD A GOOD NIGHT'S

SLEEP THEN?

>> A GOOD NIGHT'S SLEEP?

>> WELL, RELATIVE FOR --

>> IS THAT AN OXYMORON? YEAH.

ONE-PIECE SUIT WEATHER OR --

>> DEFINITELY.

>> YOU HAVE YOURS TIED AROUND

YOUR WAIST.

>> YEAH, SO, ALWAYS PUT THE SUIT

ON BECAUSE WE'RE A LITTLE BIT

SHELTERED HERE.

IT FEELS QUITE WARM.

AND SOMETIMES YOU'RE

OVERHEATING, EVEN WITH YOUR SUIT

ON.

IF YOU'RE HOT, JUST TIE IT

'ROUND YOUR WAIST.

OFTEN YOU WALK ABOUT 50 METERS

HERE, YOU'RE IN THE COLD, WIND

COMES ACROSS.

AND THERE'S NO WAY -- IT'S A

QUITE A STEEP SLOPE TO TRY AND

CHANGE AND PUT A DOWN SUIT ON.

YOU LOSE A BOOT OR SOMETHING,

IT'S ALL QUITE SERIOUS.

>> Narrator: THE NORTH RIDGE IS

NOTORIOUS FOR SUDDEN WINDS THAT

CAN TURN SEARING HEAT TO SAVAGE

COLD IN SECONDS.

RUSSELL BRICE FORBIDS HIS

CLIMBERS TO STEP ONTO THE RIDGE

UNLESS THEY'RE WEARING A DOWN

SUMMIT SUIT.

>> [ INDISTINCT SPEAKING OVER

RADIO ]

>> Narrator: IT'S THE HOTTEST

DAY OF THE YEAR ON EVEREST, AND

EVERYBODY IS STRUGGLING IN THE

GRUELING CONDITIONS.

BUT THE HEAT, ALTITUDE, AND HER

LACK OF EXPERIENCE HAVE HIT

BETSY HARDEST OF ALL.

NONE OF THE CLIMBERS EXPECTED

THIS.

EVEN MOGENS JENSEN IS FINDING IT

HARD.

BUT BETSY ISN'T MOVING AT ALL.

DEAN STAPLES IS WORRIED AND

ALERTS THE OTHER GUIDES.

>> WHAT DO YOU THINK?

>> GO AHEAD.

>> HEY, WOODY.

I'M GONNA HAVE TO DESCEND.

SHE'S BEEN LYING IN THE SNOW FOR

THE LAST 10, 15 MINUTES, SO I

DON'T KNOW.

I'VE GOT TO GO DOWN AND CHECK IT

OUT.

SO, I'LL GIVE YOU A CALL. LATER.

>> YEAH, THAT'S FINE.

>> Narrator: DEAN'S SCARED THAT

BETSY MIGHT BE IN SERIOUS

TROUBLE.

SHE MAY HAVE BEEN HIT BY HEAT

EXHAUSTION, ACUTE MOUNTAIN

SICKNESS, OR EVEN CEREBRAL

EDEMA, ANY OF WHICH COULD BE

FATAL.

NEXT TIME, HAS BETSY'S

DETERMINATION TO SUCCEED PUSHED

HER ONE STEP TOO FAR?

AND THE REST OF THE TEAM ARE

REELING AS THEY CONTINUE THE

FIGHT UP TO CAMP 2.

>> THE SUN WAS BEATING DOWN ON

US SO HARD, AND IT WAS KILLING

ME.

>> Narrator: JUDGMENT DAY LOOMS

FOR THE CLIMBERS...

>> WE'RE NOT SURE THAT YOU CAN

DO IT.

>> Narrator: ...AS RUSSELL

DECIDES WHO IS ON AND WHO IS OFF

THE TEAM.