For decades, the general public's knowledge of the Annapurna adventure was limited to Maurice Herzog's book "The First 8000 metre Peak" which sold over 10 million copies.
In the last few years,though, accounts by other protagonists of the adventure - Louis Lachenal, Herzog's companion on the summit, Lionel Terray, Sherpa Tarkey, the Rebuffat notebooks - have been published.
What pushed the French, who had not participated much in the great pre-war Himalayan expeditions, to commit themselves (through the Alpine federation) in the race to conquer the first 8000 metre peak ? What motivated those who accomplished this extraordinary feat?
Festivals and Awards:
* Autrans Festival 1999: 1st Prize
* Grand Prix du Festival International du film alpin des Diablerets
(Octobre 2000 - Suisse)
* Best Alpinie Film
Banff Mountain Film Festival
(Novembre 2000 - Canada)
* Telluride, Colorado (USA) 2001: Best Climb