Thrill-seekers adhere closely to the Billy Idol paradigm: more, more, more. They want their thrills to be a neverending crescendo, constantly growing bigger, faster and harder than those that came before.
But at a certain point, they reach the limits. Not just of their bodies but of the physical world--that place where there's no taller bridge to leap from, no environment more extreme to brave.
For mountain climbers, it's Mt. Everest. Though the world's tallest mountain isn't as technically difficult as K2, the second-highest, its summit sits at 29,029 feet above sea level, an altitude-sickness inducing height with air as thin as Rod Blagojevich's defense.
And though there's no way for thrill-seekers of the world to climb higher, there's a way for them to get down faster: skiing. And that's exactly what adventure filmmakers Les Guthman and Mike Marolt decided to document in the simply named film Skiing Everest.
Filmed during a 10-year period, the filmmakers and nine high-altitude skiers continuously challenged themselves to go bigger, faster and harder than anyone ever had before. They skied through the so-called "death zone" above 26,000 feet without oxygen.
The film also delves into the history of high-altitude skiing.
Though Skiing Everest was purchased for broadcast by ESPN, Boiseans have a special chance to see the film and meet the director this week.
It will be screened at Boise Contemporary Theater on Friday, Jan. 6, and twice on Saturday, Jan. 7. Tickets are available at the BCT box office.