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Gasherbrum II - Best Of E.O.F.T. No. 3

Gasherbrum II - Best Of E.O.F.T. No. 3 , Pakistan, 24 November 2006

The Best Of The European Outdoor Film Tour Number 3 features 4 videos: Gasherbrum II (30 minutes, German) - an attempt to speed climb Gasherbrum II in 2006 and ski down; Deep Water Soloing - South East Asia (8 minutes, English) - young teenagers rock climb on the unclimbed islands off the coast of Thailand; Ice Trek Northpole (33 minutes, English) - Jon Muir and Eric Phillips ski-trek 908km in 58 days in 2002 from Siberia to the North Pole; Tracking The Soul (24 minutes, German) - 2004 film about two young and reckless cross-country skiers on the search for their perfect tracks, traveling through the alps in a run-down bus.


Gasherbrum II, a film from Niko Jaeger And Michael Halberstadt, opens with interviews with Benedikt Bohm and Sebastian Haag, two extreme mountaineering skiers. There also are interview with mountaineer Hans Kammerlander. They travel up the Karakorum Highway and on to Askole and trek to Gasherbrum Base Camp. After clearing the camp sites and seeing some of base camp life, they climb on the glacier to Camp 1 and descend to Base Camp in snowy weather where they relax. They then climb up to Camp 2 and ski down, climb up to Camp 3 at 7000m and ski down again. After climbing up to the summit ridge, Benedikt Bohm and Sebastian Haag reached the summit of Gasherbrum II at 8am on July 29, 2006. They ski down slowly and carefully to within 500 vertical metres of Gasherbrum Base Camp.

Now they are ready to try their speed ascent of Gasherbrum II. They climbed to Camp 4 at 7500m in just 6 hours, but took another 6 and a half hours of tough climbing to reached the Gasherbrum II summit for the second time in a week on August 4, 2006. They then ski down again in 4 hours back to Camp 1, and then trek out to base camp, physically beat.

The filming is excellent, showing the beauty of Gasherbrum II, the expansiveness of the surrounding area, and all aspects of the climb. The pacing is tight with good use of the climbers sharing their thoughts. The skiing scenes using helmet cams are especially good, giving you a firsthand view of the dangerous terrain and the exhilaration of the skiing.

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