Directed by Icelandic filmmaker Baltasar Kormákur (Contraband, 2 Guns), Everest chronicles the stories of two groups of climbers as they attempt to summit the world’s highest peak in May of 1996. One team is led by New Zealand-born family man Rob Hall (Jason Clarke); the other by a freewheelin’ American named Scott Fischer (Jake Gyllenhaal). Unexpected delays foreshadow that this trip will not go smoothly for those involved, and things take a turn for the worse when the climbers are caught in a fatal blizzard atop the mountain. (Among them is journalist Jon Krakauer, on assignment for Outside magazine, who survived the expedition and wrote about the infamous ordeal in his 1997 bestseller Into Thin Air.) If you plan on tackling the peak of the world, chances are your packing list is of a more current nature. Otherwise, let this frigid blockbuster, laden with ’90s-era expedition gear, inspire you to buff up your urban defenses when the weather heads south. Winter may be coming, but it doesn’t have to be a living hell.
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