High and Hallowed: Everest 1963 Climb.Journey.Live2013High and Hallowed: Everest 1963 is the deeper story of the greatest Himalayan climb in American mountaineering history. Profiling the bold and visionary efforts of the 1963 American Mount Everest Expedition, the film examines the sheer commitment, step-by-step struggle and lasting impact of the first American ascent of Mt. Everest and the pioneering first ascent of the West Ridge by Tom Hornbein and Willi Unsoeld. Five decades later, High and Hallowed journeys back to Everest to discover if the essence of risk, adventure and the unknown that drew the first Americans to the summit still exists on Everest today.David Morton; Jake NortonKristen Elliott (associate producer); David Morton (producer); Jake Norton (producer); Natalie Smith (associate producer)Melissa Arnot (Himself - Climber); Barry Bishop (Himself - Climber); Brent Bishop (Himself - Climber); Norman Dyhrenfurth (Himself - Climber); Ngawang Gombu (Himself - Climber); Dave Hahn (Himself - Climber); Tom Hornbein (Himself - Climber); Lute Jerstad (Himself - Climber); Jon Krakauer (Himself - Narrator); Charley Mace (Himself - Climber); Reinhold Messner (Himself - Climber); David Morton (Himself - Climber); Jake Norton (Himself - Climber); Willi Unsoeld (Himself - Climber); Jim Whittaker (Himself - Climber)Documentary; Adventure; History; Sporttt3044580403875 tells the story of 1963 American Everest expedition. Despite James Whittaker becoming the first American to summit Everest earlier during the same expedition, the main feat of the expedition was the first ascent of Hornbein routeMount Everest8848mNW side50°, IV by Tom Hornbein and Willi Unsoeld.
Their route was the most difficult on Everest at the time is is widely c0onsidered to have been landmark in the history of mountaineering. The dramatic events of the expedition are also covered by the books Everest: The West Ridge, Reprint edition.Mountaineers Books1998Details the author and his partner Willi Unsoeld's ascent of Everest's West Ridge in 1963.9780898866162 and The Vast Unknown: America's First Ascent of Everest, First Edition Edition.Crown2013By the author of the New York Times bestselling Everest: Mountain Without Mercy, this chronicle of the iconic first American expedition to Mt. Everest in May 1963 – published to coincide with the climb's 50th anniversary­ – combines riveting adventure, a perceptive analysis of its dark and terrifying historical context, and revelations about a secret mission that followed.  In the midst of the Cold War, against the backdrop of the Bay of Pigs fiasco, the space race with the Soviet Union, and the quagmire of the Vietnam War, a band of iconoclastic, independent-minded American mountaineers set off for Mt. Everest, aiming to restore America's confidence and optimism.  Their objective is to reach the summit while conducting scientific research, but which route will they take?  Might the Chinese, in a public relations coup, have reached the top ahead of them?  And what about another American team, led by the grandson of a President, that nearly bagged the peak in a bootleg attempt a year earlier? The Vast Unknown is, on one level, a harrowing, character-driven account of the climb itself and its legendary team of alternately inspiring, troubled, and tragic climbers who suffered injuries, a near mutiny, and death on the mountain.  It is also an examination of the profound sway the expedition had over the American consciousness and sense of identity during a time when the country was floundering.  And it is an investigation of the expedition's little-known outcome: the selection of a team to plant a CIA surveillance device on the Himalayan peak of Nanda Devi, to spy into China where Defense Intelligence learned that nuclear missile testing was underway.9780307887146.
- High and Hallowed: Everest 1963. Jake Norton, climber, director and producer of High and Hallowed, on the making of the film, climbing the world’s highest peak and how Everest has changed: “It’s a different mountain,” Jake Norton, seven-time Everest Veteran, told Rock and Ice. “With the film, we wanted to ask if the Everest of 1963 still exists—not at all—it’s a different mountain altogether.”. At Rock & Ice.
- 'High and Hallowed:' The Quest to Document the 1963 Everest West Ridge Expedition. Fifty years ago, James Whittaker became the first American to summit Everest via the South Col. A second party from the same team led by Tom Hornbein, a 32-year-old anesthesiologist, and Willi Unsoeld, a 36-year-old Kathmandu-based Peace Corps staffer, wasn't interested in repeating that route. T. By Scott Rosenfield at Outside Online on 2013-05-24.
- From the archive, 24 May 1963: Editorial: Everest by the West Ridge. The American ascent of Everest by the West Ridge wholly deserves the comment made by Charles Wylie, a member of the 1953 British expedition - " the most remarkable feat I have heard of in high-altitude mountaineering." At The Guardian.
- Fifty Years Later. On May 22, 1963, three weeks after Jim Whittaker and Nawang Gombu became the first Americans to summit Everest, Tom Hornbein and Willi Unsoeld climbed in alpine style what was then the hardest route on the mountain, the West Ridge. At Outside Online.
- Everest: The West Ridge, a climb into the heavens. All other mountain ranges are of the Earth; the Himalayas belong to the heavens, as the former U.S. ambassador to India, John Kenneth Galbraith, reflected of the other-worldly white mountains soaring above the clouds. By Joel Connelly at Seattlepi on 2013-05-26.
- Into the vast unknown. As a teenager in the fall of 1965, I was transfixed—along with 20 million other American viewers—by the first-ever National Geographic TV special. The flickering images, viewed on black-and-white sets by most, showed shaggy men with grizzled beards and blistered skin forging up impossibly steep Himalayan slopes. The glaciers and crevasses were frightening. Looming above, Everest’s summit glowed with an otherworldly aura. At Climbing Magazine.