The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest Opens Friday!

March 8, 2011

There’s a reason people say something is “my Everest” when they mean “I’m embarking on an uber-ridiculously-difficult task.” And actually, compare pretty much anything to this epic trek and you’re undoubtedly exaggerating.

Conrad Anker and Leo Houlding wearing
replica 1924 kit. Their clothing included
six layers of wool and silk with a gabardine
oversuitand leather hobnailed boots.

Here is what it means to actually climb Everest:

–Temperatures so low that exposing any body part to air results in frostbite.

–2/3 less oxygen available to breathe by the time you reach the top.

–The final 848 meters are actually referred to as the “death zone.”

–As of 2009, 216 people are known to have died in the attempt to reach the top.

Makes that 5K you’re training for seem a little less daunting, huh?

Now – imagine dealing with those conditions in the 1920s – before anyone had ever been known to summit the mountain. George Mallory disappeared just a few hundred feet from the top in 1924, and the mystery of his death persisted for decades.

In 1999, explorer Conrad Anker found Mallory’s body on Everest’s north slope – with tantalizing evidence suggesting he made it to the top almost thirty years before the celebrated expedition of Sir Edmund Hillary.

The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest – opening Friday in IMAX at HMNS – chronicles Anker’s discovery of Mallory’s body and follows him in an attempt to summit Everest with 1920s era equipment – to see if it would have been possible for Mallory to have done it.

You can ask him how tough it was yourself – Conrad Anker will be here at HMNS for a lecture and film preview on Thursday, March 10! Get Tickets.

Can’t see the video? Click here.

Conquest of Everest Contest: Enter to Win!

Conquest of Everest Giveaway!
Win me! I’m full of great stuff, too!

Want to go on your own outdoors adventure? We’re giving away two North Face backpacks filled with gear + tickets to see Conquest of Everest here at HMNS!

Two prizes to win! Each includes:

–Family Four Pack of Tickets to HMNS – including 4 passes to see Conquest of Everest at HMNS
–1 North Face backpack
–The Complete National Geographic – every issue since 1888 on DVD!
–National Geographic travel mug
–Arctic Tale on DVD
–A super-cute stuffed lion – and more!

Here’s how to enter:

Super Easy: Leave a comment on this post
(one entry)

Just A Little More Involved: Tweet about the film at HMNS – and comment here with a link to your tweet
(one entry for blog comment + one entry for tweet = 2 entries)

You Heart IMAX: Blog about the film – and leave a comment here with a link to your post
(one entry for comment plus one entry for blog post = 2 entries)

So, you can enter to win up to three times (comment + tweet + blog post = three entries). 2 winners will be selected randomly.

You have until Thursday at 5 pm to post! We’ll announce the winners here on Friday, March 11 – the day the film opens at HMNS!


Thank you to everyone who commented, tweeted and blogged about Conquest of Everest! Our winners are:

Jordan Dailey

Congratulations! Check your inbox for an email with details on how to claim your prizes!

Erin B
Authored By Erin B Blatzer

Erin is the Director of Business Development at HMNS. In a past life, she was a public relations and online marketing dynamo at HMNS.

95 responses to “The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest Opens Friday!”

  1. matt teel says:

    sounds like The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest is going to be awesome! can’t wait to see it!

  2. chris farmer says:

    Can’t wait to see it!

  3. Carol Todd says:

    This movie is going to be a “not to miss” item! Can’t wait to see it.

  4. erica mchard says:

    yay! the kids have been so excited for its release, cant wait to see it!

  5. jennifer says:

    Like completing an Iron Man triathlon, scaling Everest (or climbing any mountain, for that matter) seems a feat so grueling it’s hard to comprehend why anyone even wants to try, which of course makes it that much more fascinating to uninspired schlubs like me. Can’t wait to see this film in IMAX!

  6. Even though I’ve been a member at HMNS for some time now, I’ve actually never seen a movie in IMAX. I wanted to see the Hubble movie, but I never got around to it. I’m definitely going to make time for this one, though. My eyes can’t wait.

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  7. Alisia says:

    Love camping and the outdoors!!!!

  8. Maryana says:

    you can go anything whatever you put your mind into!
    anything is possible, just dont give up.

  9. Aimie Kemp says:

    Thumbs up! Going to be a great IMAX film.

  10. David Creech says:

    Sounds like an awesome story, Can’t wait to see it.

  11. Shrenwick Powell says:

    Can I have those tickets? PLEASE!

  12. Pandora Sadeghian says:

    Love HMNS and IMAX. Will definitely be taking the kids over Spring break!

  13. Marah Short says:

    I can’t wait to see this! Hope to be able to make it to the museum on Thursday to hear from Conrad Anker as well.!/mnshort1/status/45174097776353281

  14. Christi Drawhorn says:

    I definitely cannot wait to see this IMAX. HMNS never lets me down!!! 🙂

  15. Monica Espinosa says:

    Mount Everest is to me the most fascinating place in the world. I saw in National Geographic channel how it was formed and how it is still growing. I collect pictures of Mt. Everest and use them as wallpapers. I can’t wait to see this new movie and experience how it would have been in the 1920’s with Mallory climbing to the top!!

  16. Catrena Hodge says:

    This looks so cool, can’t wait to see it!

  17. Christina Benavides says:

    Sounds like it will be a awesome film. Can’t wait to see it!

  18. April says:

    Sounds amazing! Can’t wait to see it!

  19. Debra Hibbard says:

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  20. Lydia K says:

    I can’t wait to see it! I know it’ll make me miss mountains, one thing lacking in flat Houston!

  21. Miguel Gonzalez says:

    I can’t wait to watch The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest that opens Friday. Going to be such an amazing film!

    My tweet

  22. Colleen Loper says:

    I just moved back to Houston and haven’t been to the IMAX since I was a kid! So excited to see the newest addition!

  23. Dana says:

    So I guess Mallory made it to the top but died on his way back down? It does seem like it would be more dangerous coming down.

  24. Mandy DeCola says:

    Thanks! Can’t wait to see it!

  25. Amanda Baldwin says:

    I’d love to see this! It looks great!

  26. A. Justice says:

    I love all Mt. Everest stories/films/books and will be at the HMNS to see this asap!

  27. Bill says:

    Sounds interesting.

  28. Andy says:

    This looks so awesome

  29. Cheryl says:

    Would love to see it!

  30. Tara says:

    Very exicting opportunity! Can’t wait to view the film and hear the star himself discuss.

  31. Aubrey olson says:

    I’ve always been fascinated by the thought of what goes through the
    Minds of those that take the journey to the top of Mt.Everest. This movie will be amazing to see! I’ll definitely make a trip out there to see it!

  32. Sarah says:

    I can’t help it — I love watching anything Everest!

  33. jenny says:

    Am losing sleep over the excitement of Everest! Can’t wait! Winning!

  34. Elle says:

    Always wanted to hike Mount Everest! Looking forward to hiking a mountain in Houston!

  35. melissa h. says:


  36. Dane says:

    This sounds like an interesting film!

  37. Tara says:

    Can’t wait to see Everest. It looks amazing!

  38. Imelda says:

    I’ll definitely be seeing this one!

  39. Holly says:

    Sounds like a great story…and I’m sure the movie will be amazing! Looking forward to seeing it.

  40. Amy says:

    Sweet backpack

  41. Wendy says:

    Hmmm… looks a bit cold there.

  42. Jerome says:

    Looks Awesome. Can’t wait to see it.

  43. Scott H says:

    Looking forward to seeing the film. Haven’t been to HMNS in awhile, this is a good excuse to go!

  44. Westbrook says:


    This sounds like the most compelling IMAX film I’ve heard about in YEARS.
    Definitely dropping Houston friends a line to make an HMNS/IMAX date!

  45. Michelle Engelman Berns says:

    Holy Guacamole! This is gonna be great! Thanks HMNS!

  46. Jennifer says:

    I’ve been needing a good excuse to take my fiance to HMNS! (he’s never been! unbelievable!)

  47. aimee says:

    can’t wait to see the film!

  48. cedric says:

    Can’t wait to see it!

  49. Becca says:

    IMAX movies are always amazing and I’m sure this one at HMNS will be one to remember!

  50. Christine says:

    Ooooh! What a fantastic sounding film – I can’t wait to come & see it!

  51. Raoel Sheikh says:

    I believe George Mallory was the first to make it to the top! looking forward to the lecture and the film!!!!

  52. Bryan says:

    I’ve always wanted to climb it, but that whole “brain starvation due to lack of oxygen” thing got me down.

    Watching it on the big screen is a better way than killing some neurons 🙂

  53. Peg says:

    I’m in, and would love to see it with my kids.

  54. Brittany says:

    My family and I have been waiting for this one. Yeah!

    Posted on Twitter:!/bmbosse/status/45572704690114560

  55. wendi says:

    I am really interested in seeing this movie!

  56. Chris jew says:

    Yes plz

  57. Chris says:

    Already looking forward to this movie, looks interesting!

  58. Isidro says:

    Looking forward to this movie!, the story sounds amazing.

  59. Colin Faulkingham says:

    I am looking forward to seeing the movie.

  60. Chad Jones says:

    Kudos to HMNS for bring cool things to Houston. Sounds like a great movie!

    Tweet reference:!/senojc76/status/45875207017205760

  61. Can’t wait to see this one. I used to rockclimb a lot, but Everest is big time.

  62. Sergio says:

    This movie sounds very interesting… and the backpack giveaway very tenting. Sign me up!

  63. Krista says:

    So thankful for great filmmakers, climbers, and HMNS IMAX that allow us mortals that will likely never make it to 29,029 ft up in the Himalayas, experience the adventure of Mt. Everest!

  64. Juston P. says:

    Whoever wins this is one lucky person, I’ll be jealous unless I win!

  65. Alicia says:

    Wow… Cant wait to see it!

    And here’s my tweet

  66. Nancy Fischer says:

    Can’t wait to see the IMAX. I’m an Everest trek junkie.

  67. Sureya says:

    Everest + IMAX = AMAZING EXPERIENCE!…we are going to feel that we are right there! Can’t wait to see the movie! =D

  68. Lor says:

    facinating! can’t wait to see it

  69. Bridget says:

    This movie sounds amazing! I’m very excited about seeing it. And though that’ll probably be the closest I ever come to Everest, I do enjoy hiking.

  70. Deborah Nelson-Dousay says:

    Come Climb with Me!!!!!!

  71. K. says:

    oh my goodness, that would be awesome!

  72. Sarah Duffney says:

    So glad to have the opportunity to ‘take in’ one of most exciting journey’s via IMAX…Can’t wait!!

  73. Cecil says:

    Looking forward to seeing this!

  74. Frances says:

    HMNS + IMAX + Everest. Sounds amazing!

  75. Kelly Russo says:

    I’m slightly obsessed with Everest and the people who make the life choice to try and climb it. Can’t wait to see the film!

  76. Stephanie Spooner says:

    Just got into hiking a few years ago with my fiance and this definitely looks like something we’d both love!

  77. Vilma Lurie says:

    Going today, with my family….can’t wait!

  78. Stephen Lurie says:

    Can’t wait!

  79. Howard Rushing says:

    Sounds like a good one

  80. jatorres says:

    Hey, I had a tweet exchange tangentially-related to this contest! That’s gotta be good for a couple of entries!

  81. Thomas Morrow says:

    This sounds amazing.

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