Joe Simpson, whose battle for survival featured in Touching the Void, travels to the Eiger to tell the story of one of mountaineering’s most epic tragedies.
Toni Kurz was a brilliant German mountaineer who travelled to Switzerland in 1936, determined to be the first to conquer the Eiger’s terrifying North Face. The climb started well, but disaster struck and Kurz’s climbing colleagues were killed leaving him alone, fighting for his life.
The Beckoning Silence tells of Kurz’s heroic battle for survival, but also forces Simpson to confront some fundamental questions of his own – why continue climbing when you have come so close to oblivion?
|Broadcaster:||Channel 4, Discovery Channel|
|Distributor:||Channel 4 International|
|Format:||1 x 73 min|
|Executive Producer:||Julian Ware, John Smithson|
|Produced by:||Louise Osmond|
|Directed by:||Louise Osmond|