Modern technology, resource management and good old-fashioned capitalism now define the modern day commercial expedition. Today climbing Everest has become a “science”—just about anyone has the opportunity to make the summit. Reality television has even gotten into the act with the latest series on the Discovery Channel—Everest, Beyond the Limits.
But what is the key element behind the science of climbing Everest?
Mountain School breaks into new territory by presenting a rarely seen perspective into the Himalayan climbing world—a viewpoint that for the most part, has been overlooked. We go beyond the melodrama and hype of climbing Everest and explore the lives of those who put it on the line to ensure the safety and success of climbers coming to Everest. Little is known about where these young guides, porters and cooks come from. These unsung heroes make up the most important element of an expedition. They are a part of the “science” that makes it all work.
The fabled Silk Road represents a vast network of ancient trade routes spreading westward across Asia through the Middle East eventually reaching Europe. Some of the various routes can be traced back almost 6,000 years B.C.
When thinking about the Silk Road it’s easy to imagine the site of a laden caravan of camels winding across waves of sand. But it’s not just the story of ancient traders that pique the imagination when one experiences the Silk Road first hand. There is incredible history that dates back to the spread of human civilization — cultures merged, religions proliferated, the influence of art stretched across the Silk Road.
Across China’s Silk Road is an exciting television travel series revealing the unique history of this magnificent ancient trade route. Starting in China, each episode reveals a new discovery as well as a new adventure. Along the way we’ll meet extraordinary people from a variety of cultures and learn about this diverse landscape. This visually stunning and adventure based series will also unlock a treasure trove of knowledge about the world as it was and how it paved the way to a modern world.
In May of 2006 filmmaker Tim Boelter, photographer Mike Chrisp, and assistant producer Wang Xiaolin took a spontaneous adventure, uninhibited by outside influences, and drove over 6,000 miles along China’s northern and southern silk routes. The purpose of the trip was to scout and film the remarkable landscapes and people of China’s Silk Road for an upcoming series for television. The experience was truly unforgettable and the series will reflect that.
Beyond the Great Wall is a high-energy adventure travel series that takes the viewer on a remarkable journey off the beaten path and into the heart of China. Through this series we’ll embark on a traveling odyssey across the far-flung reaches of China’s remote cultural and geographic wonders, places overlooked or undiscovered by mainstream travel.
China is teeming with natural wonders—it’s a country of contrasts, from snowcapped Himalayan peaks to the arid Gobi Desert, to the lush tropical rainforest of the Yunnan Province. Some of the world’s greatest rivers flow through China; the Yangzi, the Salween, the Yellow, and the Mekong are China’s longest and most dynamic waterways. China is home to 56-minority groups creating a vast diversity of cultural heritage. Simply put—China is abounding with history, culture, geography, and adventure.
Beyond the Great Wall will be an eye-opening experience that will inspire, entertain, educate, but most importantly it will arouse your curiosity.
Discover what lies beyond the Great Wall.