Karakorum (Al Filo de lo Imposible)

Karakorum (Al Filo de lo Imposible), Pakistan, 24 November 2005

by Sebastian Alvaro. Al Filo De Lo Imposible, Spanish TV. 57 minutes. Released 2005. Karakorum contains three films: a 1997 attempt on the west face of Amin Brakk (5850m) (15 minutes), a 1996 kayak trip down the rapids of the Indus River (15 minutes), and 1996 expeditions to Gasherbrum I and Gasherbrum II (24 minutes). This DVD has one other film, El Territorio del Leopardo, 72 minutes, that shows an attempt to climb Broad Peak in the Winter of 2003.

Story

The Gasherbrum film starts with the trek to base camp, showing somewhat frightening scenes of crossing a river in a basket, doctor Jose Gazo treating porters, arriving at base camp, and crossing glaciers on the way to the Gasherbrums.

Juan Tomas and Iñaki Ochoa de Olza reached the summit of Gasherbrum I on July 10 and safely returned to Base Camp. While Al Filo was following Spanish climbers attempting Gasherbrum II, they were interrupted to try and help Manuel Alvarez Diaz who fell while descending from the summit of Gasherbrum I on July 11, injuring his back, neck, and one eye. He was unable to continue and was lowered by his partner Alfonso Juez to Camp 3, but rescue was impossible due to avalanche hazard. He died on July 17. There is radio communication with Camp 3 and interviews with climbers and the doctor.

The climbing continues on Gasherbrum II with Jose Carlos Tamayo, Ramon Portilla, and Iñaki Ochoa de Olza reaching the summit of Gasherbrum II on July 29, 1996.

The filming is very good, showing the climbing routes, and the story is exciting.

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