Our Inspiration: Spring, 1998 As
the rising sun crept across the Tibetan plateau ‘Frankie’ Arsentiev stepped onto
the summit of Mt Everest and into history as the first American woman (and only
the third woman in the world) to have reached the summit of Everest without
using supplementary oxygen – the most incredible achievement, and a true
American hero. Three days later we found Frankie lying near death just a few
hours below the summit.
‘Frankie, you have to fight. You have to help
me! Americans fight. If you want to live, you must fight!’ I just wanted to
galvanize a reaction, any reaction. Maybe she could take just a little of her
own weight. But I may as well have been shouting at the wind – there was no
reply. The battle was lost. I had nothing left. And as I laid Frankie back down
as gently as my trembling arms would allow, I collapsed next to her,
So we turned our backs on Frankie, and
with our heads spinning and tears streaming down our face, we stumbled back
down the steep rocks towards our high camp, not realizing how difficult and
dangerous it is to be climbing downwards with your eyes so full of tears.
Spring, 2007 Conditions on the mountain are so
extreme that bodies don’t disintegrate to any great degree, so nine years later
I returned to 26 000ft on the north face of Mt Everest to move Frankie away
from the prying eyes of passing climbers, and to give her the dignity she
So, with the steadily reducing hiss
of our oxygen bottles reminding us that time was our enemy, we quickly but
tenderly wrapped Frankie in the Stars and
Stripes, tucked a Teddy Bear under her arm for company, whispered a
personal message from her son Paul, and then slipped her gently over the edge
and down the north face, so she could join her beloved husband Serguei lying
Hi Kickstarters! Welcome to The Tao of Everest, the story of four Mt
Everest expeditions over twelve years, and which is now available to read in
full at www.thetaoofeverest.com.
Project Aim: The aim of our Kickstarter project is to turn The Tao of Everest’s moving and inspirational story into a feature length film documentary as well as a full color, coffee-table book.
Authentic Documentary: In order to offer the most authentic interpretation of the story our aim is to return to both the north and south sides of Mt Everest during 2013 and film the events of the story in the actual locations they occurred, including, conditions allowing, the summit itself.
While we are filming on the mountain
we will also have the opportunity to bury an Indian climber who has been lying
exposed at 26,000ft on the mountain for the past twelve years, and give him the dignity he deserves.
Quality Coffee-Table Book: The Tao of Everest coffee-table book will be high-end case bound, full-color throughout, have a full-color dust jacket, and use the finest 170gsm art paper. In addition, to show the color pictures to their best effect (please see examples below), the book will be A4 in size and landscape orientated so each picture can be shown on its own individual page. Truly a book that every collector would be delighted to have in their collection, and one that would make an outstanding gift!
Join Us! So Kickstarters, we hope that you will take advantage of our fantastic selection of rewards (which are explained in more details at www.thetaoofeverest.com) and join us on our inspirational journey to the top of the world! Should we raise more than our documentary and book requirements, then we will have the potential opportunity to bury two additional climbers (American & British) while we are filming on the mountain, according to the wishes of their families.
The biggest risk to the successful completion of the project is keeping the photographic equipment operational and functioning as expected within the harsh environment and extremely low temperatures that they will be exposed to.
The project team has successfully worked with camera manufactures during 5 previous expeditions to Mt. Everest to mitigate this problem. Backup equipment is also a standard part of the expedition and this includes multimedia and photographic equipment.
And receive a twice-weekly (minimum) email newsletter directly from Mt Everest – keeping you up to date with the drama, pictures and excitement of climbing and filming on the highest mountain in the world!
And receive a The Tao of Everest audio book including dramatic broadcasts from previous Everest expeditions, most which have never previously been made available to the public (download); plus all of the above rewards.
And receive a twice-weekly audio/video podcast directly from Mt Everest – keeping you up to date with the drama and excitement of climbing and filming on the highest mountain in the world; plus all of the above rewards.
And receive both the coffee-table book and the double DVD; plus all the above rewards & a SPECIAL BONUS: A full colour, book slipcase as a special reward for supporting both the book and the film. (PLEASE add $22 shipping.)
And become a part of Everest history! We’’ll include your name on the Benefactor‘s Plaque to be set up at Everest base camp, and send you a portfolio of digital pictures showing your inscription; plus all the above rewards. (PLEASE add $22 shipping.)
And take part in the adventure of a lifetime! Trek with the expedition climbers and film crew to our south Everest base camp (flight to Kathmandu NOT included) (subject to doctor’s certificate); plus all the above rewards.
Additional detailed descriptions of the rewards can be found at www.thetaoofeverest.com