Director Co-Producer Cinematographer David Breashears is
the world's most accomplished high-altitude
mountaineer/filmmaker. Breashears has combined his
climbing expertise and filmmaking vision in dozens of
adventure film projects, several of them involving
ascents of Mount Everest. In 1983 Breashears transmitted
the first live pictures from the summit of Mount Everest
for ABC Sports, winning an Emmy® for Innovative
Technical Achievement. In 1985, he became the first
American to reach the summit of Everest twice. He has
lead or participated in 18 Himalayan expeditions. As
deputy leader of the 1986 Everest North Ridge expedition,
he produced and filmed "Everest: The Mystery of
Mallory and Irvine," named Best Mountain Film in
Telluride, 1992. His other films include the
award-winning "Red Flag Over Tibet" for
the PBS series "Frontline"; "Ice
Climb!" for National Geographic Explorer and "Taller
Than Everest" for Nova. Breashears was also a
second unit cinematographer on the blockbuster feature "Cliffhanger,"
starring Sylvester Stallone. In 1997, Breashears reached
the summit for his fourth time while filming for PBS
David is currently working on a National Geographic Article (publication date, September 1997), contributing to a National Geographic book about the 1996 EVEREST Film Expedition (to be released in October 1997) and with other documentary and feature film production companies.
|Assistant Cameraman Robert Schauer achieved his second summit success during the filming of EVEREST. An instrumental member of the Expedition and Film Team, Schauer assisted with filming the mountain and summit with the world's heaviest and largest camera -- the IMAX® camera. Austrian native Robert Schauer is an expert mountaineer and filmmaker, who has completed many of the world's most difficult ascents, including Gasherbrum IV - West Face and the Eiger North Face in winter and five of the world's 8,000 Meter peaks -- Mount Everest, Hidden Peak, Nanga Parbat, Makalu and Broad Peak. His filmmaking expeditions have brought him to the Sahara Desert, the French Alps, Artic Circle, Pakistan, Tibet and Nepal. His film credits include "Everest, The Unclimbed Ridge," which he produced. His company, Robert Schauer Film Productions, has produced or co-produced 12 mountain and adventure films for Austrian and international television and Austria's tourist board, and a number of documentaries, including "Focus on Karakorum" for the Discovery Channel. Schauer is founder and director of the international Mountain and Adventure Film Festival in Graz, Austria.|
|Deputy Leader Ed Viesturs summited Mt.Everest without supplemental oxygen. It was his fourth summit of the mountain. Viesturs was also a vital part of the rescue effort to help critically injured climbers during the May 10 tragedy. Ed Viesturs is America's leading Himalayan mountaineer, having climbed many of the world's most challenging summits, including ascending Mount Everest five times. He holds this record with one other person. Viesturs is the only American and one of five people to climb the six highest peaks in the world -- all without supplemental oxygen. He is currently on a quest to climb all 14 of the world's highest mountains (above 8,000 meters) without the use of supplemental oxygen. He has successfully climbed ten to date.|
|Climbing Leader Jamling Tenzing Norgay comes from an unmatched mountaineering dynasty, becoming the 10th member of his family to climb Mount Everest. Norgay made his first-ever summit of Everest during production, following in the footsteps of his legendary father, Tenzing Norgay, who made the historic ascent of the mountain with Edmund Hillary on May 29, 1953. Jamling Tenzing Norgay is an experienced Himalayan climber, expedition organizer and managing director of Tenzing Norgay Adventures in Darjeeling, India.|
|Climber Araceli Segarra at the age of 26, Segarra became the first woman from Spain to ascend Mount Everest during the production of EVEREST. The spirited young climber was also responsible for the idea of using a giant Kool-Aid "X" to guide the rescue helicopter that saved the lives of injured climbers from one of the ill-fated May 10 expeditions.A physiotherapist, Araceli Segarra is an experienced and versatile ice, rock and alpine climber. Her previous climbs include several difficult routes in Yosemite and the French Alps. At the age of 22, Segarra made the second ascent of a new route in the SW Face of Tibet's Shisha Pangma (26,290'). She previously attempted the North Face of Everest in 1995, in alpine style, reaching 7800 meters.|
| Climber Sumiyo Tsuzuki is a
native of Japan, who made a third summit attempt on
Everest during production. After cracking a rib from
altitude-induced coughing, Tsuzuki turned back at the
South Summit and oversaw preparations for her teammates'
descents at Camp IV.