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Conrad Anker on George Mallory: The Wildest Dream

Posted on: June 7th, 2010 by Erik Lambert

Anker and Houlding during the making of The Wildest Dream.

Conrad Anker and Leo Houlding looking out over a Himalayan valley. Photo by Jimmy Chin.

Coming to a theater near you this August, THE WILDEST DREAM: CONQUEST OF EVEREST is a  documentary by National Geographic that tells the story of Conrad Anker’s dramatic discovery of the body of George Mallory in 1999. Accompany Conrad (AAC board member) as he recreates the 1924 ascent of Mallory to the top of Mount Everest to solve a 75-year old mystery. The AAC is partnering with National Geographic to promote the film around the country, and will coordinate member nights to see the film as it releases in different areas. Watch for announcements from your section chair!

THE WILDEST DREAM brings to the giant screen the last days of pioneering Everest climber George Mallory – the man who may or may not have been the first to scale the world’s most challenging peak. After disappearing 800 feet from the summit in 1924, Mallory’s body was never found – until present-day climber Conrad Anker discovered it, frozen and intact, 75 years later.

Linking the past with the present, THE WILDEST DREAM recounts Anker’s efforts to scale Everest in precisely the same fashion as Mallory – with authentic equipment and clothing – to see if Mallory could indeed have made it to the top. Sifting through clues left by Mallory, some of which have only come to light with the discovery of his body, Anker and his team attempt to solve the mystery of Mallory’s death and grant to him the accolades that he may well be due.

THE WILDEST DREAM is narrated by esteemed actor Liam Neeson, accompanied by Natasha Richardson as the voice of Mallory’s wife Ruth and Ralph Fiennes as Mallory. The couple’s letters provide the backdrop for Mallory’s quest to scale the world’s highest mountain, as well as for its thrilling reenactment. Never-before-seen archival footage combines with the spectacle and grandeur of present-day Everest on the world’s largest screen to portray an adventure — shrouded in mystery — that spans generations. The just-released trailer is available here.

We caught up with Conrad at Mountainfilm over Memorial Day Weekend to hear a few of his thoughts on the film. Check out the interview, below, and watch your inbox and the AAC Facebook page for more information about the release.

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