December 2, 2003 |
Inside Base Camp; National Geographic Channel; Weekdays, 6:30 a.m. Interview shows the world over rise and fall on the quality of their guests. Those rules apply to "Inside Base Camp," on the National Geographic Channel, but I would add an accompanying creed: Stay True to Your Title. "Inside Base Camp" succeeds best when host Tom Foreman interviews camera-shy foot soldiers from National Geographic's vast network of photojournalists and outdoor adventurers.
May 26, 2001 |
Two Americans on Friday became the first blind climber and the oldest man to reach the Everest summit. They were among 94 people who scaled the world's highest peak in four days from the Nepalese side of the mountain. Erik Weihenmayer, 32, of Golden, Colo., became the first blind climber to conquer the 29,035-foot peak, according to the Nepalese Ministry of Tourism. Sherman Bull, a 64-year-old physician from New Canaan, Conn., was the oldest climber.
June 21, 2001
Erik Weihenmayer's feat at becoming the first blind person to reach the summit of Mt. Everest is truly remarkable, as are similar achievements of other handicapped athletes ("Disabled Athletes Determined to Raise the Bar," June 11). Using accomplishments such as his, however, to somehow justify expenditures for every type of handicap accommodation risks ignoring the realities of the handicapped population. Should we, for example, now spend huge sums to make Everest accessible by wheelchair?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 2, 2001
If it sometimes seems as if the human spirit is flat-lining, that people are as selfish and sappy as "reality TV" suggests, it might be a good idea to look up. Last month's activity on Mt. Everest was astounding. The 29,035-foot summit, the world's highest, was climbed by a blind man, by the youngest person ever and by the oldest. Some dude even slid off the top of the world on a snowboard. But the real heroes of Mt. Everest this year never made the top.
July 2, 2004 |
Louis Schwartzberg's "America's Heart & Soul" offers a stirring Norman Rockwell vision of the USA with plenty of uplift, not unwelcome in these perilous times and arriving just in time for the Fourth of July weekend. The emphasis is on those individuals who have taken advantage of our freedom to pursue their dreams, sometimes overcoming adversity or bettering the lives of others in the process.
May 30, 2008 |
"Blindsight" starts with voices and a black screen, voices discussing part of a high mountain climb that would be scary if we could see what was going on and feels downright terrifying because we can't. The people in "Blindsight," however, are not scared, not scared at all. Directed by the gifted Lucy Walker, "Blindsight" is a documentary about what happens when six blind Tibetan teenagers set out to climb one of the highest mountains in the world.