Lake of the Sky Outfitters to show ‘The Summit’ |

Lake of the Sky Outfitters to show ‘The Summit’

"The Summit," which shows in South Lake Tahoe this week, documents a 2008 tragedy on K2.
Robbie Ryan / IFC |

If you go

What: “The Summit”

When: 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19

Where: Lake of the Sky Outfitters

Tickets: Free

Info: 530-541-1027

Lake of the Sky Outfitters will host a showing of a documentary detailing a tragedy on the planet’s second-highest peak, K2. It’s scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 19.

“The Summit” tells the story of 11 climbers killed on the mountain, located on the China-Pakistan border, in 2008.

“At the heart of ‘The Summit’ lies a mystery about one extraordinary man, Ger McDonnell, the first Irishman to summit K2. His team leader left him behind in the death zone,” according a description of the film. “His best friend on the mountain searched in vain to find him, rescuing several others. Ger’s final moments have been called into question by the last climber to talk to him alive. By all accounts, he was faced with a heart-breaking dilemma — at the very limit of his mortal resources, he stumbled onto a disastrous scene: three climbers tangled up in ropes and running out of time. Had Ger McDonnell stuck to the climbers’ code, he might still be alive.”

While exploring the tragedy, the film also seeks to answer the question of why humans go to such extreme environments in search of adventure.

“‘The Summit ‘is told with all the tension, pace and suspense of a Hollywood narrative,” according to the description. “The visual experience will put the audience in the boots of those facing life and death decisions on the mountain and show how a band of like-minded adventurers can be torn apart by the elements and the glory at hand.”

The movie is free to attend, but space is limited. Reservations can be made by calling 530-541-1027.

Lake of the Sky Outfitters is located at 1023 Emerald Bay Road in South Lake Tahoe.

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