The Man Who Skied Down Everest

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The Man Who Skied Down Everest
The Man Who Skied Down Everest.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byBruce Nyznik
Lawrence Schiller
Produced byF. R. Crawley
James Hager
Dale Hartleben
StarringYuichiro Miura
Narrated byDouglas Rain
CinematographyMitsuji Kanau
Edited byBob Cooper
Millie Moore
Music byLarry Crosley
Distributed bySpecialty Films (US)
Release date
  • September 19, 1975 (1975-09-19)
Running time
86 minutes
United States

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. Six 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.[1]

Crawley won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature for this picture.[2] The Academy Film Archive preserved The Man Who Skied Down Everest in 2010.[3]

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  1. ^ Ohtsuka, Hiromi (1971). "The Japanese Mount Everest Expedition, 1969-1970". The Himalayan Journal. 31. Retrieved 3 January 2015.
  2. ^ "The 48th Academy Awards (1976) Nominees and Winners". Retrieved June 12, 2019.
  3. ^ "Preserved Projects". Academy Film Archive.

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