5 Reasons Rob Hall’s The Only Person You’d Want To Climb Everest With
If you’re planning on climbing Mount Everest in the near future, or at all for that matter, maybe you should attempt the impossible before watching the biographical telling of the 1996 Everest disaster. Those brave enough to make the climb dance with death and face torturous temperatures that can cause permanent damage, if not death, to the human body. If that sounds like something you’re willing to endure, consider this your warning.
Out today, Baltasar Kormákur‘s 3D feature boasts an A-list cast, with Jason Clarke and Jake Gyllenhaal leading the pack. Based on actual events, the story depicts the journey of Rob Hall (Clarke) and Scott Fischer (Gyllenhaal) on their May 10 exhibition to reach the top of Mount Everest, Earth’s highest mountain sitting at 29,029 ft. This became known as the 1996 Everest disaster caused by a brutal storm striking the mountain as climbers made their descent. The storm caused mass amount of casualties and long-term injuries, but it was Hall’s compassion for his team and inability to leave no man behind that will give you chills. Here’s why he’s the one person you would want to climb Everest with, regardless of the outcome.
He’ll climb with anyone
A challenge is always met with greater motivation when presented with competition. Hall’s direct competitor, Scott Fischer, had a ‘I do what I want and don’t give a fuck’ attitude–appropriately cast with Gyllenhaal, but when it came down to it, Hall knew climbing as a team was the safer, more efficient way of making it to the top. Unfortunately, it wasn’t much help getting them down.
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Climbing a mountain like Everest costs more than your will. In 1996, it would set you back approximately $65,000. One of the many men Hall risked his life for couldn’t afford the bill, but that didn’t stop Hall from getting him to the top. This played as prime set up for Clarke’s character as the compassionate, and likable leader.
No man left behind
If Hall is the protagonist in this film he would need the ultimate foil in the Mountain. Everest is a beast, and the chances of suffering from death caused by exhaustion, cold temperatures, and unexpected shifts on the mountain are high. The film demonstrates a variety of traumatizing ways a person can die on the exhibition, and it also demonstrates the how a heroic figure like Hall could save your life.
Everyone makes it to the top
Dangers on the mountain due to weather and poor health conditions can end the climb before it starts, which ones came into play on the actual exhibition can’t be known for sure (the film is based on a true story after all). Doug Hansen (John Hawkes), a member of Hall’s crew that fell behind and refused to turn back until reaching the top, wouldn’t have made it to the summit without the leadership and strength of Hall’s character. Assuming this is actually how it went down, getting Hansen there counted as Hall’s second time at the top of Everest in just one day, and his last.
Motivation is key
Conditions aside, Hall never stopped motivating his team to find courage and strength up and down the mountain–so it’s been told. His own motivation kept him alive through the first night of the storm, sadly, it wasn’t enough to get him back down the mountain.