The Summit

The Summit / Vârful
2012 / 95 min / Irland
Script Mark Monroe
Directing Nick Ryan
Cinematographer Robbie Ryan
Editing Ben Stark
Music Nick Seymour

Nick Ryan / Image Now Films

Christine Barnes Cecile Skog
Hoselito Bite Climber (alpinist)
Marco Confortola Climber (alpinist)

The 2008 K2 disaster occurred on 1 August 2008, when eleven mountaineers from international expeditions died on K2 (8611 m), the second-highest mountain on Earth. Three others were seriously injured. The series of deaths, over the course of the Friday ascent and Saturday descent, was the worst single accident in the history of K2 mountaineering. Some of the specific details remain uncertain, with different plausible scenarios for timing and actions by different climbers when reported later in eyewitness accounts from survivors or from radio communications of climbers who died later (sometimes minutes later) in the course of events on K2 that day.


Nick Ryan is a film director and producer from Dublin, Ireland. Ryan directed A Lonely Sky (2006), The German (2008), Electric Picnic: The Documentary (2008), and the award winning documentary The Summit (2012); he was also the producer for Ruairi Robinson's short films The Silent City, BlinkyTM, and Imaginary Forces.