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The Adventure World of Sir Edmund Hillary - The Kaipo Wall (Part Two)

Television (Full Length) – 1974

This Roger Donaldson-directed documenary follows Sir Edmund Hillary, as he leads an A-Team of mates on an epic expedition to climb Fiordland's Kaipo Wall. In part two Murray Jones and Graeme Dingle attack the imposing 1000 metre face, and tackle icy rocks and vertical overhangs. Hillary's supply team skirts around towards a peak rendezvous, meeting friendly kea and unfriendly weather en route. When the climbers unite there's a celebratory beer before a blizzard traps them in a snowcave and tents. Awesome cinematography captures the old school thrill of adventure.

Wilson is using modern techniques to climb the ice face; we had none of these fancy gadgets on Everest.
– Edmund Hillary watching a climber ascend a glacier climbing the Kaipo Wall

Produced by

  • Aardvark Films

  • Daisy Films