Tuesday, August 29, 2017

"Mountain: Life At The Extreme" (new BBC series)


On Wednesday evenings at 9 pm starting 30 August, television network BBC TWO will be airing a new 3-part documentary series exploring three different mountain ranges: the Rockies, the Himalaya and the Andes.

Each episode is more than a natural history program in that it depicts examples of both the "extraordinary animals and remarkable people" living in these extreme environments (quote credit here).

The Rocky Mountain
sequences feature wolverines, extreme skier Hilaree O'Neill, big horn sheep, and Native American horse racing - among others. Clips and more are available on their website:  <http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b093x4gb>

The Himalaya episode also features
animals, along with the people comprising remarkable ancient cultures. One exciting sequence follows Nepali ultrarunner Mira Rai through a race. (Mira is featured in the May 2017 issue of Outside Magazine, and will be running one of the UTMB races in Chamonix this week.) For more on the episode, including clips and updated information, check the BBC website: <http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b094klt5>

Details on the final episode airing 13 September have not yet being released. This post will be updated when they are - for it includes a sequence on our work at Quelccaya.

Unfortunately for North Americans, BBC TWO is not available. There will be rebroadcasts by PBS, but dates are not yet available.

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