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High and Hallowed: Everest 1963

USA, 48 minutes, 2013
Directed by David Morton, Jake Norton & Jim Aikman
Screening: Himalayan Climbing Matinee, Sat Feb 8 @ 2:00pm (doors 1:30) - Canadian Premiere
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The deeper story of the greatest Himalayan climb in American mountaineering history.

High and Hallowed: Everest 1963 is the deeper story of the greatest Himalayan climb in American mountaineering history. Narrated by best selling author, and Everest veteran, Jon Krakauer, High and Hallowed takes us from the turbulence of America in the early 60's to the solace of the highest mountain on earth where man pits himself against nature. Profiling the bold and visionary efforts of the 1963 American Mount Everest Expedition, the film examines the sheer commitment, step-by-step struggle and lasting impact of the first American ascent of Mt. Everest and the pioneering first ascent of the West Ridge by Tom Hornbein and Willi Unsoeld. Five decades later, a team of elite mountaineers journey back to Everest to attempt the same routes climbed in 1963 and discover if the essence of risk, adventure and the unknown that drew the first Americans to the summit still exists on Everest today.

David Morton splits his time between guiding in the high mountains, photography, videography and speaking. To honor the 50th anniversary of the first ascent of Mount Everest’s West Ridge, Morton and a team of climbers (Jake Norton, Charley Mace and Brent Bishop) traveled to Everest and followed the footsteps of Unsoeld and Hornbein's route, which resulted in the film High & Hallowed: Everest 1963. His association with the subject of Everest is lengthy: On six occasions he has stood on the summit of the mountain, either in the capacity of expedition leader or assigned to shoot stills and motion. After witnessing unmet obligations in the mountain-based adventure industry, he founded The Juniper Fund, a 501(c)3 tax exempt organization that provides assistance to individuals, families and communities in underserved countries who are adversely impacted by working for the industry **
Jake Norton has a long relationship with Everest and its history. He helped discover the remains of George Mallory on Everest in 1999 and returned to tell more of the Mallory and Irvine story in 2001 and 2002. Norton has made seven expeditions to the mountain, climbing it by the Northeast and Southeast Ridges and attempting the West Ridge in 2012. A guide, photographer, videographer and speaker, his life and career are entwined with the high mountains of the world. In recent years, Norton has focused his efforts on the global water and sanitation crises, founding Challenge21 and partnering with nonprofit Water For People. Since 2011, he has raised over $260,000 — every penny of which has gone directly to Water For People and their programs. Norton lives in Golden, Colorado, with his wife and two children.

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