Mountaineer Hilaree O’Neill shares the gripping story of leading a five-person team to the summit of Burma’s Hkakabo Razi to determine if it is indeed Southeast Asia’s highest point. What unfolded was a harrowing expedition that pushed the group to the brink mentally and physically and carved them down to nothing. The team encountered one pitfall after another: interminable overland train rides, sketchy motorcycle trips in the rain, hellish jungle slogs, dwindling food supplies, logistical failures, howling winds, false summits, hypothermia, perilous gendarmes and —perhaps the most threatening of all — personality clashes that threatened to unravel the expedition.
O’Neill recounts the tough decisions she had to make to keep the team together, accompanied by photographer Cory Richard’s dramatic stills and clips from Renan Ozturk’s searing documentary Down to Nothing.
To purchase a subscription to all three National Geographic Live Breckenridge events, please click here.
Photo Credit: Cory Richards
Presented by: Breckenridge Creative Arts
* * * * *
National Geographic Live Breckenridge is a three-part speaker series that showcases the world through the eyes of great explorers, filmmakers, and photographers. The Breckenridge program will expose rarely seen perspectives on exploration through the often-daring experiences of National Geographic personalities. The 2017 Breckenridge series includes:
“Building the Photo Ark” with photographer Joel Sartore
Saturday, February 18, 7:30 pm
“Exploring Mars” with NASA engineer Kobie Boykins
Saturday, March 18, 7:30 pm
“Point of No Return” with mountaineer Hilaree O’Neill
Saturday, April 15, 7:30 pm