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Tok Everest 1998 Imax

Tok Everest 1998 Imax

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Some questions to help stimulate discussion with re: to the use of the Imax documentary on Everest in TOK lessons...
Some questions to help stimulate discussion with re: to the use of the Imax documentary on Everest in TOK lessons...

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THE EVEREST DISASTEREVEREST 1998 Imax
Think of the clibers as “Knowers”. From the c
limbers perspectives
what doesclimbing Everest mean to each one. What does it mean to them personally giventheir backgrounds and motivations for making the climb. If each one were askedto state a position on why they climbed the mountain, what would they say?What 
is their “Knower’s perspective”
in each case
 
what “knowledge claims”
would they make about their experience and Everest?
Jamling Norgay
Son of Tensing Norgay, with Edmund Hillary the first men to summit Everest.For him the climb is
“to live up to my father’s legend”
.It is part of the culture he lives in amongst mountains, Sherpas and Nepal
it comes from a long line of mountain endeavours:
“its in my blood”
 For him it is a very spiritual experience, based on his religious beliefs.He prayed to
the “m
ountain gods
” before father lef 
t in 1953 to climb Everest. Healso prays in Katmandu at the Buddhist temple, before departure and also at thelast temple on
Everest before going higher. He tells us that “A Sherpa
believes inpraying to the mountain gods for protection
” and “those who don’t show
arrogance and risk danger and death
”.
 
Roger Billing
geologist 
His mission is to place GPS equipment on the mountain to read shifts in theAsia/India plates that are actively pushing up the Himalaya. He sees mountainsas formations. Placing gear to detect tiny movements in mountain to monitorpossible earthquakes to help villages. Uses very denotative scientific language.He is on the mountain for the greater good
the equipment has the potential todetermine the onset of earthquakes and thus be prepared for them.
 Alicari Segara
female Spanish climber
Her interest is purely selfish
self interest. She is driven by her:
“love to climb
-
it is my passion”
. The narrator tells us it will be first Spanishwoman to reach summit. Suggest she is also seeking glory. Mountain is her goal
 a challenge
a passion. She does not appear connected to any other groups inher endeavor.
Ed Viesturs
expedition leader
He is the mission leader and is experienced having climbed Everest four times.Presumably, he has employed to lead the scientific team
by Roger Billing’s
bosses/backers.

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