The Summit is a feature length documentary about the deadliest day in modern mountain climbing history. In August 0f 2008, 24 climbers converged on High Camp of K2, the last stop before the summit of the most dangerous mountain on Earth. 48 Hours later, 11 had been killed or simply vanished into thin air.
At the heart of The Summit lies a mystery about one extraordinary man, Ger McDonnell. Faced with a heart-breaking dilemma he stumbled onto a disastrous scene - three climbers tangled up in ropes and running out of time.
When a climber falls or wanders off the trail, the unwritten code of the mountain is to leave them for dead. Had Ger McDonnell stuck to the climbers' code, he might still be alive.
Nick Ryan was a founding director of Image Now Films in 1995, and works as a director and producer of films.
His first feature The Summit, won the World Cinema Best Editing Award at Sundance in 2013.
Nick wrote, directed and produced the award winning short film A Lonely Sky. In 2008 he wrote and directed the award winning The German.
Nick also produced Ruairi Robinson’s acclaimed short films The Silent City, Blinky™and Imaginary Forces.