David Bolling's ascent to the top of the world is cut from something different. He's there to document the cleanup of the mountain, littered with trash and spent oxygen canisters from 50 years of tourists-cum-mountain climbers. He's also there to show us how truly dangerous the mountain is: for every six people who try to make the summit, one dies. He tells us more than we've ever known before about Sherpa culture, what they eat at base camp, how clothes are washed, how the toilet works, and so on.
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