Getting to the bottom of a trip to the top

October 4, 2013


Even as he started talking to people for his documentary, “The Summit,” filmmaker Nick Ryan had his own skeptical view of mountain climbers and the risks they take.

Those views seemed to be confirmed by the subject matter of the film: the disastrous attempt to climb K2, the world’s second-highest mountain, on August 1, 2008, that left 11 climbers dead.

“I thought, ‘What kind of insanity is that? Who puts themselves at risk like that?’” Ryan says, finishing an espresso in the lobby of the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, Queens, during a recent screening of the film. “I mean, I understand that it’s human nature to explore. But the numbers are there: For every four people who have reached the summit of K2, one has died. So the odds are worse than in Russian roulette.” (More…)