NEW YORK (August 29, 2016) – Standing at a jaw-dropping 29,029 feet above sea level, Mount Everest is the climber’s trophy that many, including a high-altitude rescue team led by Jeff Evans – an Everest expert mountaineer, adventurer and medic – have dared impossible missions to conquer. Now, in Travel Channel’s “Everest Air,” a special six-part event premiering on Wednesday, October 26 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT, the real-life experiences and adventures of Evans and his skilled crew of Sherpas and helicopter pilots reveal another side of the iconic mountain. Each hour-long episode of “Everest Air” also provides a rare glimpse into the exhilarating encounters and unrivaled majesty that compel climbers to take on the world’s highest peak.
“There’s no doubt that Mount Everest casts a mystical net at those who have marveled at the idea of climbing the mountain,” said Evans. “Every person that decides to climb it has a deep-seated desire to push themselves – it’s an itch that has to be scratched. Leading an Everest rescue team was one of my most satisfying projects. Every day I witnessed an extraordinary group effort.”
Patrolling Everest’s slopes from basecamp to its balcony, Evans and the Alpine Rescue Service team go higher and further than any group has gone before to aid climbers in need. With unprecedented access, “Everest Air” captures the mountain’s most fascinating stories, right from the frontlines.
“The mix of incredible beauty, awesome risk and the promise of a life-changing reward make Mount Everest one of the most compelling places on the planet,” said Courtney White, senior vice president, programming, Travel Channel. “‘Everest Air’ offers a unique perspective on what can happen when anyone dares to tackle that imposing mountain.”
Series Co-Creator & Executive Producer: Anthony Gordon
The human body was never designed for high altitude – once you climb beyond 26,000 feet (8,000 metres) above sea level, your body starts shutting down. That is why they call it “The Death Zone” – you are already dying, it’s just a matter of how long until it happens.
And that is without bearing in mind the exposure to blistering cold, winds which are so fierce they can almost strip flesh of bone, and ground so treacherous that a step an inch out of place can result in a fall of thousands of feet to your end.
Most people who die in this place remain there forever. It is too dangerous for rescuers to spend time in this place to try and recover the bodies – all they would do is add to the body count.
This year, Anthony Gordon of Nothin’ But Shorts, is working as part of an international team on a world first – the formation of an Everest rescue team specifically focused on the climbers who try and make it to the highest point on the planet. Drawing on the expertise of Nepalese sherpas who have spent their whole lives working on and around these mountains, this specialist team will perform rescues and recoveries in one of the most inaccessible areas on the surface of the Earth.
They will battle the cold, the wind, the terrain, fear, frustration, themselves and each other to bring injured adventurers home.
In the Death Zone of Everest, you are already dead. It is only the miracle of specialists like this team who can bring you back.
Late last year we were finalising pre-production for a new series within Nepal that was postponed due to the tragic events of the past two weeks. Whilst we were in country we had the privilege of partnering with the most effective and efficient rescue organisation in the Himalayas “Alpine Rescue“.
They work tirelessly to save lives 24×7. This is a tribute to their work & dedication and the selfless acts of their pilots to help others.