Is it possible to climb the most difficult route on Mount Everest in alpine style? Chris Bonington, who led the expedition that made the first ascent of the southwest face of Everest in 1975, named this route The Hard Way. The expedition used “heavy” means, high altitude camps, oxygen, fixed ropes, support of Sherpas… The most difficult route, on the highest mountain in the world, the success of the British was widely celebrated and Chris became Sir Bonnington.
But in the early 1980s the “alpine style” appeared in the Himalayas. Light climbing, no high camp, no fixed rope, no oxygen, no porter… Big walls started to be climbed, but the southwest face was considered as an inaccessible absolute. “Impossible” said the specialists. Too steep, too high, too committed… In 1988, four Slovakian climbers set out on the wall. The only deviation from the “alpine style” ethic, they put some fixed ropes at the bottom of the face. They set off into the unknown, with no possibility of escape, except by the summit. They will write one of the most heroic and tragic pages of modern Himalayan climbing. This film tells the story of their forgotten ascent on a wall that may never be climbed again.
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