billi bierling female mountaineer and journalist from Germany

Drama on Discovery Everest Series

Everest in the sunset seen from Lobuje Peak in May 2009

Everest in the sunset seen from Lobuje Peak in May 2009

Apparently the series, the Discovery Channel shot on our Everest expedition, has been aired in the States. There are five episodes and our team, led by Russell Brice, is on episode five.

It is weird not having seen it as a lot of people have contacted me saying that they had no idea that my summit day was such a drama – well, neither had I! According to the series, I was lost, out of radio contact, late for my arrival time at the Hillary Step and so on.

However, after I had heard all that I contacted Russell to ask him whether he had ever been worried about me and whether there was a drama going on down at base camp but he calmed me down, telling me that this was not the case at all.

It is actually quite interesting how the media can make something out of nothing but I guess we did not have a major drama on our expedition and every little glitch in of the individual climbers helped the editors to make it more interesting.

However, I will have to see it myself to judge it with authority but unfortunately it is not yet available outside the United States. You can actually see it online but like the TV series, it is only accessible from the US and not from anywhere else in the world. So, if you are in North America and  want to have a look, just click here.

It would be great to hear what you think of it!

7 Responses

  1. Beth said on January 12, 2010 at 1:12 am

    Hi Billi,
    I agree with others that commented on how suspenseful your episode was. (I was also very glad I knew how it turned out before watching.) If all goes according to my plan, you should receive your episode this weekend.

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  2. Markus said on January 11, 2010 at 7:39 pm

    Hi Billi,

    das hört sich ja sehr dramatisch an – klingt so ähnlich wie die Geschichte von Lincoln Hall – der Dich übringens in seinem Buch zitiert
    wäre dennoch klasse wenn die Serie auch in Europa gesendet würde

    Markus

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  3. koji said on January 11, 2010 at 9:00 am

    Cooo!
    But when are you ever going to get to see it Billi – are Discovery not going to courier you a DVD right away? And me one too for that matter?

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  4. Marion said on January 11, 2010 at 8:23 am

    Hi Billi, Actually episode 4 focuses on you more than episode 5. I have to echo one of the other comments, so glad to have known the outcome beforehand, they made it sound really scary, having lost radio contact with you and all… Congratulations again, Pfiatdi, Marion

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  5. Ellen Miller said on January 11, 2010 at 6:56 am

    Hi Billi, Look at the positive…they showed brilliant images of you sumitting and of you on top! and you were awesome on the on-camera interviews! Over-all it was good. Thank Gooness they showed ONE woman climbing!!! Cheers

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  6. Claudia said on January 11, 2010 at 6:08 am

    I saw it and was glad to know the outcome prior to watching it. Discovery did make it very intense and somewhat scary. they also showed it as if you were minutes away from not getting Russel’s OK to summit. I second what Wanda wrote.Andrew and I were stunned at the masses of climbers up there. Regardless of the media twist, the series is awesome and it made your accomplishment so much clearer to non-climbers like me. Kudos to you once again!!!

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  7. Wanda said on January 11, 2010 at 4:37 am

    hey there billi, i will check out the episode on line tonight as an ex reporter give you my thoughts. i had a quick look at it this afternoon and was shocked at the crowd up there…shocked. however will watch the whole thing and let you know. when are you hitting kathmandu?
    wanda didi

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