Ultimate Survival: Everest (2004–…): Season 1, Episode 4 - Push for the Summit - full transcript

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Plans unravel for Team Discovery.

Ben Webster had maneuvered
his climbing party

into the head of the pack, but bad weather

on the summit stopped them cold.

Allowing slower teams
on the worlds tallest

mountain to catch up.

- The word I'm hearing here is that

they're prepared to go
on this first window.

Nobody's going to wait.

Worried about being

caught in a human traffic jam,

Ben devised a new plan.

He and his girlfriend, Shaunna Burke

will wait and head for
the summit next week.

I mean, I obviously prefer to go

and try to get my summit out of the way,

but that's being selfish.

That leaves just the team's

professional climbers able
to summit with the crowd

in the first window of opportunity.

Hector Ponce De Leon is
ready, willing, and able,

but Andrew Lock is sick, flat on his back.

It's May 11th.

Ben and Shaunna have spent three days

down valley recuperating
in oxygen-rich air.

They arrived back at basecamp to find

Andrew still under the weather.

If Andrew can't get on his
feet by tomorrow morning,

Shaunna might get to take his place

in the first group of
team Discovery climbers

heading for the summit.

Knowing that his climb is on the line,

Andrew gets to his feet
and begins packing gear.

This has
left me very, very weakened

and quite concerned about whether I have

the strength or not to make the summit.

Bond, a British socialite

along with her climbing
partner, 50-year-old

Chilean bank owner, Andrónico Craig are on

their summit push.

They've made it through the Ice Fall

and are headed past Camp
One en route to Camp Two.

I think
it's quite windy today,

and on the 15th, we want no wind at all.

As Annabelle
heads onwards, Will Cross,

a diabetic high school
principle from Pittsburgh

sorts through his supplies at basecamp.

It's a chance for Will to
take one last deep breath

before committing to his summit assault.

- It's kind of silent moment around camp

because this is what, this
is what it's all about,

this is what it's led up
to, so there's probably

a lot on our minds, and, you know,

kind of thinking about the family,

thinking about the whole project.

That we need to get up that hill

and back down in one piece.

That's my responsibility to myself,

and to be honest with
oneself when you're up there.

If it does start to get dicey, to make

honest and accurate assessments whether

to go up or down.

So that at the end of the day,

you're alive and ready
to go for the next one.

Will is taking a risk.

The oxygen system he
is using is new to him.

In fact, it's a brand new product.

The small aluminum tanks are lighter

than the standard steel ones.

It's probably fine, but trusting

an untested product on Everest requires

more courage than most climbers have.

- Here's our goal.

I'm just looking up at Everest.

It seems a long way from here,

but it seems like there's
not much snow on it.

Anyway, step by step,
and I guess I go down

into this crevasse.

Hate it, hate it.

On her way to Camp Two,

Annabelle will climb through
dozens of these crevasses.

The glacier is so carved
up, there are more ladders

here than in the Ice Fall.

It's like the landscape
is made of enormous

shifting ice plates.

Annabelle will travel through this valley

known as the Western
Cwm with the blistering

sun pounding down on her.

When non-climbers think of Everest,

they think of the cold,
but some of the most

debilitating conditions are caused

by the excessive heat
generated by sun rays

reflecting off the bright white snow.

Today, it's 35 degrees celsius in the Cwm.

It's like climbing through a solar oven.

Annabelle is sweating bullets.

The final crevasse in the
Western Cwm is 10 stories deep.

To position her feet properly,
she's forced to look down.

This gorge is bridged by
three aluminum ladders

latched together with climbing rope.

Everything about this situation
is sickening to Annabelle.

The view, the thin air, and the heat

combine to make her feel
like she might faint.

This is no place to faint.

- I've been feeling a little ill

on the way up the Cwm,
it's been unbelievably hot.

I'd heard about the heat, but this is

the first I'd experienced it.

And I've got a whole bunch
of snow underneath my hat.

I don't know what I've got.

I've got like, my panic attacks,

some kind of nausea, it's
really slowing me down.

Anyway, I'm really, really looking forward

to getting to camp two.

Thank you, that's perfect, thanks.

Well, you're meant to finish each workout

with a little bit of excess energy,

and I'm afraid I've
got none, I'm on empty.

Annabelle is hoping to spend

the night on a bed of rocks next to

a snow field at an
altitude of 6,000 meters.

That's a different part
of the Earth's atmosphere.

Camp Two is so high,
it's in the troposphere.

Team Discovery's tireless
head Sherpa's, Lhapka Gelu

right hand man, Migma
are in Camp Two already,

putting together a high
altitude communication tower.

When this UHF radio antennae is rigged up,

the preparations for the
summit push will be complete.

After climbing for eight solid hours,

Annabelle plods her way into Camp Two.

It's been the most
punishing day of her life.

It's a
tiredness that I just cannot,

I've never come across in my life before.

In my sort of competitive running,

I've never felt this kind of,

it's draining, you just,
it's, I can't explain it.

I've always read about it and I just

thought, God, those guys are unfit,

and when it actually happens to you,

you cannot literally get
one leg off the floor,

it's so exhausting.

Tomorrow, Annabelle
will have her final day

of rest, gathering her
strength for her last

big push up the mountain and
on to the top of the world.

As the sun sets, Team
Discovery plans for the worst.

Death is part of life on Everest,

so team members want to
know their partner's wishes

in case of disaster.

Do they want their body collected,

should their remains be shipped home?

To outsiders, this may seem morbid,

but to climbers, becoming a literal part

of Mount Everest is
romantic and honorable.

In the event of death, most climbers

want to bond with the mountain

in a way that no living soul can.

- At the bottom of my
last mountain climbing,

so actually I would like my body

to stay in the mountain, definitely.

If I happen to fall off a cliff

or something, well, wherever I land,

that's where I want to rest.

- In my case, if somehow I was killed

on the mountain, then
there is a climber's code,

which I ascribe to, and that is to

put the climber's body down a crevasse

on the mountain if it's safe to do so.

And that's what I'd
like done with my body.

- I try not to think about it too much,

I try to push it out of my mind

because it makes me uncomfortable
just thinking about it.

- For me, I've never
really attached too great

a, you know, purpose or whatever

in terms of the physical
nature of you being here.

So once that ends, once
the sort of spiritual thing

ends or the energy dies
out, then it doesn't really

matter to me, it's just, you know.

It's litter at that point, I guess.

- If it were to happen, I wouldn't want

any one else's life to
be put in danger just to

go up and get my, which I agree is just

a physical body.

I mean, just leave me where I lie.

I guess I would just want
my family and the people

that I love to know that I love them.

- If I have any wish or desire,

it's that it is not seen as a tragedy.

I've, mountains have given me so much,

much more than I can ask for,

so if it happens to me
here on this particular

climb, I really would want, like,

all my friends, relatives, girlfriend,

parents, just to see, you know,

it's part of life that
I've been very happy with,

and as I said, not to
be seen as a tragedy,

as something sad or terrible.

That's something that I
would really like to happen.

At the crack of dawn,

Andrew heads for Camp Two.

He likes to leave early so he can

avoid the crippling heat of the afternoon.

Back at basecamp, an offering of juniper

burns for safety.

This smoldering fire is lit whenever

a member of Team Discovery
is on the mountain.

At 5:30 AM, Hector also heads for Camp Two

with Ben and Shaunna hot on his heels.

Ben has split the team in two.

Hector and Andrew will go for the summit

as soon as possible.

Ben and Shaunna will wait
for the crowds to thin out.

They'll try to summit in a week.

Ben is climbing to Camp Two this morning

so he can organize the
expedition from there.

Shaunna is going up to feel
like a part of the team.

Try to put two on.

No, two bars, you're balancing on one.


There, there.


Okay, make sure, hold it.

Come on, focus.

Walk it, there, there.


Okay, make sure, hold it.

Before coming
here, Ben and Shaunna

dreamed of standing on
the summit together.

Tomorrow, they'll stand
together at Camp Two

waving goodbye to Andrew and Hector

who will make their way towards

the highest piece of land on Earth.

Shaunna wants to go to
the summit with them,

but Ben is making her
way so he can stagger

his climbers and maximize his chances

of getting a video camera to the top.

It's hard to believe that
the world's tallest mountain

would have a big city
problem, but this morning,

there's a rush hour traffic
jam on Mount Everest.

50 climbers are on the same schedule,

all hoping to summit on the 15th of May.

Andres Delgado is
leading a commercial team

in the most dramatic fashion, he's trying

to summit without oxygen,
a deadly proposition.

- I know I'm gonna be
sad if I don't make it.

I'm not gonna die here.

There are reasons more important

to be alive right now.

If I don't make it, I mean, I'm gonna

give it as many tries as my strength

allows me, but if I cannot make it,

I'll just go home and hug my wife.

Nobody thinks he's gonna be the one

who's gonna die, you know?

You want to think that you are able to

turn back before things turn too bad,

but I want to show strength here,

trying, daring to dream.

That's what nobody dares
these days, dare to dream.

Will Cross dares to dream.

This diabetic wants to
climb the highest mountain

on every continent and get to both

North and South Poles on foot.

So far, he's skied to both Poles

and has summited four
of the seven mountains.

Everest will be the next
notch in his climbing harness.

If he can make it.

- The only thing I question with Will

is whether he'll be able
to sustain the breakdown

that happens, and certainly once

you get above Camp Two
and into Camp Three,

the breakdown can be violent on the body,

and I don't know if his affliction

will actually not allow his
body to recover quick enough

or that the breakdown
will be that much more

violent with him than it
would be with somebody else.

On her final day at Camp Two,

Annabelle Bond is reevaluating her needs.

Vanity carries a lot of
weight for Annabelle,

so she must ask herself, is she really

dying to be seen in lipstick.

- I was too heavy on my backpack,

that's something I confess, I was wrong.

And I had to give some of my clothes

from pack to Andrónico
to carry, and I always

see this as a sense of failure, because

I always think you should
carry your own stuff,

that's part of my deal.

I always sneak in a couple
of creams, my lipstick,

and I know I shouldn't, so I always

feel like I should take my own stuff.

And Andrónico carried a few
of my clothes, my water,

and we got to Camp Two in like four hours,

which is really slow from Camp One.

And miraculously, I felt a lot better

when I got to camp, so I don't know,

I have to take a good look at whether

I'm focusing properly, like, whether I've

got the mental ability,
which is what it takes

to get to the top of Everest

or whether I'm just slacking off a bit.

One group
that never slacks off

are the sherpas, they work continuously,

and they get paid well.

The head climbing Sherpa will make

over $9,000 U.S. while men in the kitchen

will earn between $1,500 and $3,000 U.S.

for their two months work.

This in a country where the average income

is $250 U.S. a year, this is a good job.

Andrew arrives in Camp
Two and radios basecamp.

- Discovery, base, Discovery, base,

from Andrew, Camp Two, over.

A thousand
vertical meters below Andrew,

his call is received in
Team Discovery's orange

dome tent.

The communications expert,
Mike Swarbrick has been waiting

with good news, the weather
at the summit is changing.

The weather on the summit
of Mount Everest means

basically one thing, the
jet stream, where is it?

If it's cutting across the
summit, the weather's bad,

if the jet stream avoids the summit,

the weather is good.

Imagine you're in a jumbo
jet cruising at 8,848 meters,

the height of Mount Everest.

Now imagine your plane
hits violent turbulence,

the wind that can toss
around a 747 is the same

wind the climbers must deal with.

On the mountain, you can't
buckle up for safety,

so weather reports are
listened to religiously.

According to the
European weather service--

15, the morning is a bit windy.

It calms in the afternoon.

One potential problem would be higher

moisture levels up to Camp
Four, higher humidities.

The 16th looks great and improves,

the winds improve right
through to the 20th, over.

- Holy moly, okay, thanks for that, Mike,

that's great news.

The latest forecast is better

than Andrew had dared even hope for.

A six day string of clear, calm days

that could allow every healthy climber

to summit without a problem.

But that creates its own problem.

Ben calls a meeting to
talk about the weather

and the plans of other teams.

He thinks it would be
safer to avoid the rush

and let the other climbers summit first.

Avoiding traffic jams is crucial to Ben's

recipe for success.

- Right from the beginning, when we had

group discussions in terms of climbing

strategy, it was always to push to the

front edge just so that we could

not be caught in the sort of, you know,

the sort of--


- Yeah, the masses, the
lemming march that happens.

It might
sound redundant, but when

Team Discovery is climbing, Ben wants them

to climb, he doesn't want them

standing still, stuck in
lineups, freezing to death.

- The last thing you want to be doing

is be in a position where you're in with

50 other climbers, some
of which are very suspect.

In 1996,
a pack of slow climbers

held up progress near the summit

and created a bottleneck of people.

When a vicious storm blew
through, 16 of them died.

Ben's decision is to hold
Hector and Andrew back

for another 24 hours.

It's a tough call for him to make,

but it's even tougher for Andrew to hear.

- The risk there, of course, is that

we could lose the good weather,

the forecast said the 15th
of May will be very good.

If that weather then
deteriorates, we could

have lost our one and
only summit opportunity

on this expedition, which
would be quite tragic.

But more tragic would be to get caught up

there with other teams in bad weather

and have another potential '96,

so we've decided to sit here for a day.

It's frustrating, but it's
probably the best decision.

- Decisions, decisions.

Will Cross is moving so slowly, he decides

to abandon his plan of
climbing to Camp Two,

choosing instead to stop at Camp One.

After living with diabetes for 25 years

and climbing seriously for eight,

Will knows the limits of his body.

- See, now the sun's up, so the heat

creates the Khumbu oven.

We're actually just gonna stay at One

rather than get melted by the heat

and what the Swiss call, I think,

the Valley of Silence or
the Khumbu waktu, Camp Two.

Going up slowly, never a bad idea.

Everest may seem
like a whole other world,

but it's not.

This is part of the Earth we all inhabit.

Will is going to be reminded of that

the next time he goes down to basecamp.

His wife is on her way there.

She'll be waiting for him.

Rising with the sun, Annabelle Bond

is on pins and needles as she hugs

her team manager, Rodrigo.

This is it, she's headed for
the summit of Mount Everest.

Will she live, will she die?

All she knows is that her plan tonight

is to camp just below
the 8,000 meter mark.

Tomorrow, if all goes well, she'll climb

to the highest point
of land on the planet.

- That was sort of an emotional departure,

saying goodbye to Rodrigo and Pipe.

It really feels like we're going for it.

And there's a lot of
people going up today,

there's about 30 people ahead of us.

I'm feeling good, just a little teary.

But I'm sure I'll recover soon, I hope so

as the pain kicks in.

Discovery enjoys the luxury

of sleeping in.

Today is not a climbing day for them.

Andrew and Hector will head
for the summit tomorrow

while Ben and Shaunna will remain in their

cocoon until some time after May 20th.

Shaunna reveals what it's
like to climb with your lover.

- It's very nice.


- It makes the journey much more enjoyable

and much more warm.

- If they succeed, Ben and Shaunna

will be the first Canadian couple

to make it to the summit
of Everest together.

- Yeah, it is, it's a
double edged sword though,

because on one hand, yeah, you get all

the benefits of having
somebody share your sleeping

bag and your warmth and all that stuff.

The flip side to it is, you also

end up thinking about
that person a lot more,

especially up on the mountain.

- If anything were to happen to me,

I know that he would be right there

to help me out, and vice versa.

If anything ever happened to him,

I would do everything in my power

to help him out, so it gives
me a lot of confidence.

- That's such a right, such a good answer.

Such the right thing to say?

- Well, it's true.

Even though
all the weather forecasts

said that Mount Everest would be calm

for the next six days, the wind is slicing

through the Western Cwm, the valley Will

is headed through on his way to Camp Two.

For the climbers headed to Camp Three,

this strong wind could
shatter their dreams.

Getting turned around by weather

during the final summit
push often means defeat.

- You got about 50
people in place right now

who are gunning for the summit, meaning

there's high anxiety, a
lot of physical output,

and of course there's a
lot of money on the line

for a lot of people.

And what it comes down to is high winds.

Mother nature taking control,
as she does and will.

And different teams and their strategists

now have to make decisions in terms of,

can they get their guys
to the summit and back

fast enough, is it even worth going

up to Camp Three, are
you gonna get stalled

at 24,000 feet and just
exhaust your oxygen supply

and your climbers themselves?

So, what you tend to have right now

is, a lot of concern about the weather

and a lot of concern about
what other people are gonna do,

who's gonna go for the summit when.

At sea level,
Annabelle is capable

of running back to back marathons,

but this is not sea level.

Halfway up the Lhotse face
at 7,000 meters altitude,

she is more fatigued than
she's ever been in her life.

The air pressure up here is just 40%

of what it is in London, England.

Meaning, at this altitude,
Annabelle must take

two and a half breaths for
every one she'd take at home.

Even resting, her heart
beats twice a second.

To make the situation more dire,

Annabelle's hands are still recovering

from a recent case of frostbite.

The circulation in her digits are so weak

that she's losing her grip.

If she's not careful,
she'll lose her fingers.

If she's not lucky, she'll lose her life.


Clap clap.

- Real cold

Thank you.

Thanks, that's better.

What hurts?

- Everything.

Yeah, okay, good.

- It's taking a while
just to catch my breath.

My hands are cold and I just
feel like taking a breather.

I hate having all these
people behind me on the line.

I really feel pushed to just go fast.

But Annabelle can't go fast,

in fact, she can't go at all.

She's unable to move her ascender.

It's exhausting trying to

work your equipment with these gloves.

doesn't want to be a burden

on her team, she wants
to be self-sufficient,

but she's losing dexterity in her fingers.

As a climber, this is
where she needs to make

a responsible decision.

Is it safe for her to keep climbing up

or should she bow out.


Thank you.

She accepts
the help from her guide

and prepares to head
stubbornly up the mountain.

Armchair critics say that
communal safety lines

have made climbing Mount Everest too easy.

They should come here and say that.

Mount Everest is studded
with haunting reminders

that human beings really
shouldn't be here.

As Annabelle enters Camp Three,

she arrives at the shredded tents

that belonged to a past team.

These flapping yellow flags were supposed

to be their shelter.

It's not a comforting sight.

After eight hours of climbing, Annabelle

can see her tent, but
she wants to lie down

and rest right here.

It's one hell of a mountain.

It's one tough challenge
is how I would put it.

You can glance up at the Lhotse face

and think, my god, can I do that?

But I think if you just resort to that

one step at a time and
just take it slowly,

I think it's, you know, if you feel good

and the weather's okay,
I think it's doable.

In the Western
Cwm, the strong wind

is getting stronger.

Will Cross is concerned
about the gusting conditions,

but he's even more concerned about his

less than stellar performance.

- No energy and no tank.

Which I don't recommend.

Because it hurts.

With the Lhotse
face looming in front of him,

Will shuffles toward Camp Two.

Already there, Andrew and Hector
giddily prepare their bags.

Tomorrow they'll continue their summit bid

by heading for Camp Three.

It's the morning of
May 14th, a perfect day

for climbing Everest.

At Camp Two, Andrew and Hector are making

the final preparations for
their big push up the mountain.

- Just packing up the gear.

Just about everything that we have here

at Camp Two needs to come
with us to Camp Three,

so that's our sleeping
bags, our down suits,

a mid layer of clothing,
our eating equipment,

water bottles, camera gear,
all the big, heavy mitts,

sunscreen, it's gonna be quite a load.

We'll end up carrying, not too much,

but probably about 15 kilos.

Whilst this extra day
at Camp Two was pretty

much forced on us by circumstance,

I think it's working
very much in our favor.

The weather forecast
for the 16th was great.

It gave us an extra day
to recover at Camp two

after our climb up from basecamp.

And I feel strong, I feel super psyched

and ready to go, so I
think it's really good,

I'm happy to get on with it.

Shaunna wants to go

with Hector and Andrew, but Ben

has made his decision and
he sticks by his guns.

He and Shaunna will wait to climb sometime

after May 20th when the crowd thins out.

- My shots waiting, but
I'm actually super excited

for the boys, I have
complete confidence in them,

I think they're gonna do a fantastic job.

I don't think anything's gonna stop them

except maybe, you know, the weather

or something that's out of their control,

but I think everything
that's within their control,

they're not gonna have a problem at all.

There's a
joke that goes, climbing

Everest is 50% physical and 90% mental.

Hector understands, his mind has been

playing tricks on him.

- I was a little down, honestly.

That's sometimes the
problem of not doing nothing

for a day up here, that you're like

emotional energy just goes down.

But once you know you gotta
move, then it comes back.

Andrew and
Hector plan on climbing

to Camp Three today.

Tomorrow morning, they head to Camp Four,

then in the middle of the night,

they'll steal the summit.

- My pleasure, guys.

This is your story, go tell it.

- We will.

Thanks for all the support.

- My pleasure, man.

- We'll see you, Shaunna.

- Thanks, see you in a few days.

- Talk to you soon.

- Okay.

- There's an element there of excitement

to watch them go up and get it done.

It's always an exciting
time, always, always, always.

A thousand meters above Ben,

Annabelle has on her oxygen mask

and glacier glasses.

Underneath that, she on mascara,

all the essentials for a Bond girl

headed for the summit of Mount Everest.

This is a proud moment for Annabelle.

Her impossible dream is
actually within reach.

- It makes all the difference,

I mean the oxygen.

I'll take it off to talk
whenever we take a break,

but it's enabled me to
have a great night sleep.

We'll see how we do today.

Yeah, I'm nervous, but I think that's

only natural when you've got
a climb like Everest ahead.

But I'm feeling good here and, you know,

just gonna give it my best shot.

Andres is leading
his team out of Camp Two.

The members carry oxygen as a precaution,

but they still don't intend on using it.

- What an incredible day for going up

the Lhotse face.

Beautiful, sunshine, not too much wind,

not too cold, and feeling on top of it.

Can't ask for much more.

This is great, glad that
we're here together.

Together is
the operative word today.

Almost 50 climbers have
begun their final push

for the summit.

Their lineup on the steep trail

looks stagnant, but it's not.

Climbers are able to fall into a rhythm

with only themselves and
the mountain in their focus.

As 50 climbers head for the summit,

one heads down.

Shaunna Burke feels ready to climb,

but her boyfriend, the expedition leader,

Ben Webster, is sending
her back to basecamp

so she can rest before her summit attempt,

which will hopefully
happen sometime next week.

Emotions and mountain
climbing are a dangerous

combination, that's why you don't see

many couples up here.

- For someone I care about a great deal,

very hard decision, and as she was crying

in the tent with me saying to her,

you know, at the end of
the day, it's my call.

- I was very, very disappointed.

I felt super strong at the time,

I knew I was ready, the weather was great,

and I know that when
you're in the mountains,

your opportunity to summit
can be very minimal.

- By sending Shaunna
down and me having to be

up here to manage the summit pushes,

I probably won't be able to get down for

a few more days if I get down at all,

depending on when the weather
comes in for the next push.

Very difficult, you can
feel your energy draining

everyday when you're sitting up here,

and not the best place to be.

And then the knowledge that at some point,

hopefully in the near future, I'll have to

go high on the mountain and go to

at least 8,000 meters,
and that is a hard process

for me right now, because
I do feel drained.

Ben is having
second thoughts about

going for the summit.

He's been there before, he knows the pain.

At the 7,600 meter mark on Mount Everest,

there is a distinctive seam of pure marble

called the Yellow Band.

Incredibly, this area is
full of marine fossils,

meaning this piece of
Earth was once underwater.

Annabelle would marvel at that irony,

but she has bigger fish to fry.

She has to figure out
which one of these ropes

is this year's safety line.

If she clips into the wrong
one, it could easily snap.

Climbing up the Yellow Band
is a hard way to have fun.

The pointy steel crampons the climbers

have attached to their
boots are designed for ice.

On marble, they're worse
than skates on concrete.

Even with bottled oxygen, breathing rates

at this altitude are so accelerated,

climbers sound like they're
constantly panicking.

If Andrónico falls during
the act of detaching

and reattaching his safety line,

his vertical drop will be uninterrupted

for a full kilometer.

Maybe he is panicking.

Down on the Lhotse face, the conditions

for Andrew are not much safer.

- Half the oxygen means
my brain is only getting

half the oxygen of all.

Any mistake on the ropes
is going to be fatal.

So when I change over, when I come

to a knot like this, I have to remember,

first carabiner, then the ascender.

If I do it the other way,
I'm going to come unstuck

and take a big fall to the bottom

like so many other climbers have done

on this face over the years.

We're very, very close to our tents

at Camp Three, and I'm glad because

although it's been a
beautiful day, not too cold.

The climbing's been fairly tough,

and I'm getting very tired,
I can feel it in myself.

Back at advanced basecamp,

things are a little more relaxed.

- Camp Two, this is Camp Three,

do you copy, over?

Hector, how are you buddy?

I heard you're in Camp
Three, well done, over.

- Yeah, we just walked
into camp a minute ago.

And we're doing great.

- Here's the, here's the situation, bud,

I don't know if your radio's been on

so you can hear this,
but here is an update.

Lama and the Chileans
just reached the call

maybe 15 minutes ago, 10 minutes ago,

and it's just pounding in there.

- It's freezing, I also
want to get some sleep

before we leave at 10:00 o'clock tonight

to try and summit.

We're actually waking up at 8:00.

I can see the lack of oxygen in the air.

I'm very happy to be here, and I'm scared

about what tomorrow entails.

Anyway, tomorrow's going
to be one tough day,

who knows what's gonna happen.

I don't even know if I'm doing it.

Anyway, that's it for the South Call.

I'm gonna put my mask on.

The South Call,
Camp Four, the death zone.

The place where Annabelle is right now

is called many things, none of them nice.

Annabelle is dying right now.

Everyone at this altitude is.

They need rest.

The team will sleep, if that's possible,

for six hours, then they'll
head for the history books.

The summit of Mount Everest is Annabelle's

next order of business.

Camp Three?

- Camp Three.

Good to be here.

The peak of
Mount Everest is within sight.

Team Discovery's professional climbers

are in Camp Three, elevation 7,500 meters.

Just staying alive up here is hard work.

- We need to start
melting snow right away.

For that, we need a stove and propane,

to drink as much as possible.

Sometimes up here, you don't realize it,

but you, by the minute, you're just losing

water, you're dehydrating because

you breathe much harder,
and just from breathing,

you lose a lot of water,
so that's what's next.

Melt snow, prepare drinks,
and just drink a lot.

- I'm collecting snow
for the drinking water,

probably before we go tomorrow morning

to Camp Four, we'll have to do this

two or three more times to get enough

water to drink and to eat tonight.

I'm doing it now while it's warm.

Hector can do it later when it's cold.

As a murderous wind rips

through the Buddhist prayer flags

of Camp Four, Annabelle sits in her tent,

defying the skeptics.

- So here we are, the eve
before one of the biggest

days of my life.

Yeah, I'm a little teary, I'm nervous,

I really want to do it, I
know it's gonna be hell,

it's gonna be pushing
through a pain barrier,

which I don't think I've ever done before.

I need to get some sleep before I put

in this huge exertion, we're thinking

it's gonna be 18 hours if we're lucky,

and yeah, wish me luck,
that's all I have to say.

Wish all of our team luck.

I guess we're feeling the best we can.

My headaches getting worse as I carry on

talking to you, I haven't
washed my hair in days,

being a girl, that's important.

And yeah, I don't want to spend too much

time on the South Call, it's an altitude

record for me, we're at 8,000 meters.

I'm cheating a little bit because

I'm on oxygen, but it's
definitely a new high.

And if I get no further than
this, I've done my best.

Mount Everest
can be a lonely place.

Shaunna is by herself at basecamp

wondering what will happen to her dream.

Ben is at Camp Two stressing over details

he often can't control.

And Andrew is at Camp
Three dreaming of a meal

he can't have.

As the sun drops over the Khumbu Valley,

former climbing partners,
Andres and Hector

share a moment of beauty and peace.

For elite mountaineers,
this loneliness is heaven.

It's a great day to be alive.

On the next episode of
Ultimate Survival: Everest,

Annabelle Bond goes for the summit.

- That frantic screaming is because

I'm about to run out
of oxygen, and I really

don't want that to happen.

oxygen, Andres Delgado

suffers intensely.

And Ben must
reevaluate his own ambition.

- I'm struggling.

It feels like I'm gonna
vomit most of the time,

which is never fun.

I'm just really suffering.