In fall 2014, a five-person team from National Geographic set out to summit the obscure peak to determine if it is Southeast Asia’s highest point.
The team encountered many pitfalls, including: interminable overland train rides, sketchy motorcycle trips in the rain, jungle slogs, dwindling food supplies, logistical failures, winds, false summits, hypothermia, gendarmes and personality clashes that threatened to unravel the expedition.
O’Neill will share stories from the expedition, accompanied by photographer Cory Richard’s stills and clips from Renan Ozturk’s documentary “Down to Nothing.”
After graduating from Colorado College O’Neill moved to Chamonix, France. From there she could be found on volcanoes in the Kamchatka Peninsula of Russia and on slopes in Mongolia, India, Lebanon and first descents of the tight couloirs of Baffin Island in the Canadian Arctic.
Her mountain adventures led Outside Magazine to name O’Neill one of the most adventurous women in sports.
In 2012, she climbed both Everest and its neighbor Lhotse, making her the first woman to climb consecutive 8,000-meter peaks in one day.
Most recently, O’Neill attempted another Himalayan giant, Makalu, which was named by Outside Magazine as one of the “Most Badass Adventures of 2015.”
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