Sep 11, 2012Into the Death Zone' airs Friday, Sept. 14 at 9 p.m. (9:30 NT) on CBC-TV
It was May 19, 2012 and a young and determined Canadian was proudly standing on top of the world after an agonizingly slow climb up Mount Everest. Shriya Shah-Klorfine had made it. But in the hours that followed, things would go dreadfully wrong and she would perish, like hundreds before her, high up in Everest's 'Death Zone'.
Since Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay's first ascent of Everest almost 60 years ago, it has held an irresistible fascination for aspiring mountaineers. Hundreds make the attempt every year, and not all make it: over the years, an estimated 233 climbers have perished trying to reach its summit.
This year was no exception as hundreds made the attempt even as worrying signs pointed to trouble. Among them was Shriya Shah-Klorfine, the cheerful and energetic Torontonian of Nepali origin. She had never climbed a mountain before, and despite warnings from her friends, husband, and seasoned Everest guides, there she was climbing the world's highest peak, utterly determined to succeed.
In the season premiere of the fifth estate, Friday, Sept. 14 at 9 p.m. (9:30 NT) on CBC Television, Bob McKeown travels to Nepal and pieces together what happened when Shah-Klorfine entered Into the Death Zone. McKeown uncovers startling new information about Shah-Klorfine's deadly descent in that icy oxygen-thin expanse of Everest.
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With exclusive, never-before-seen video of Shah-Klorfine on Everest, the episode also features her husband's first interview since the tragedy. Also interviewed is another young Canadian woman who passed Shah-Klorfine twice in that critical 24-hour period, and who will never be able to chase the haunting images from her mind.
Is the quest for glory to the world's highest peak overtaking common sense? Into the Death Zone chronicles Shriya Shah-Klorfine's ill-fated quest to the top of the world.
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Photos: Shriya Shah-Klorfine at the summit of Mount Everest, courtesy of the fifth estate.
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