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Simonson, IMG star in “Everest: Beyond the Limit”

Post by Jeff Mayor / The News Tribune on Dec. 28, 2009 at 10:10 am |
December 28, 2009 10:10 am

I caught a couple of the season opening episodes of “Everest: Beyond the Limit” on the Discovery Channel.

This season the show focuses on the summit attempts led by International Mountain Guides and IMG’s Eric Simonson.

I thought Simonson came off pretty well on the two episodes I watched, especially when he had to tell an injured climber he could not make another summit attempt. With a dozen Everest expeditions under his belt, Simonson understands the mountain and the effort needed to reach the top of the world.

At times it might have seemed as if the Ashford resident might have come across as matter of fact, but he knows the risks and the price paid for mistakes.

I also thought these first episodes did a better job of portraying the difficulty of the climb. Past seasons seemed to focus more on the strong personalities of director Russell Brice and some of the climbers.

Some of the footage last night showed just how little room for error there is. Scenes of climbers carefully tackling the Cornice Traverse showed a track not much wider than a couple of steeps, with an 8,000-foot drop awaiting any misstep.

The series continues Wednesday at 8 p.m.

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