The Man Who Skied Down Everest
|The Man Who Skied Down Everest|
|Directed by||Bruce Nyznik|
|Produced by||F. R. Crawley|
|Narrated by||Douglas Rain|
|Edited by||Bob Cooper|
|Music by||Larry Crosley|
|Distributed by||Specialty Films (US)|
The Man Who Skied Down Everest is a documentary about Yuichiro Miura, a Japanese alpinist who skied down Mount Everest in 1970. The film was produced by Canadian film maker F. R. "Budge" Crawley. Miura skied 2,000 m (6,600 ft) in two minutes and 20 seconds and fell 400 m (1,320 ft) down the steep Lhotse face from the Yellow Band just below the South Col. He used a large parachute to slow his descent. He came to a full stop just 76 m (250 ft) from the edge of a bergschrund, a large, deep crevasse where the ice shears away from the stagnant ice on the rock face and begins to move downwards as a glacier.
The ski descent was the objective of The Japanese Everest Skiing Expedition 1970. Seven Sherpa members were killed during the expedition, as well as a Japanese member who died of a heart attack. At the same time, another independent Japanese expedition (called The Japanese Mount Everest Expedition 1970) undertook a combined ascent of (a) the normal route, including Naomi Uemura who made the summit, and (b) the first attempt at the South-West Face, the tall black face on the movie poster with the Y-shaped snowy gully. Two members of this second expedition died.
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