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AARP members can watch “Accidental Climber” through June 2, 2023. Video run time is 1 hour, 7 minutes.


‘Accidental Climber’ Documentary Showcases Triumph of the Human Spirit

One man’s record-breaking quest to climb Mount Everest is an inspiration for finding your calling

Accidental Climber tells the story of Jim Geiger, a retired forest worker and amateur mountaineer from Sacramento, California, who at 68 years old, attempts to become the oldest American and first great grandfather to scale Mount Everest.

The film follows Geiger as he embarks on a journey to transform from a weekend hiker to attempting one of the most extreme and physically demanding feats known to man. Driven by a desire to prove that age is just a number, Geiger pushes his body to the limits in a record-breaking quest to summit the world’s tallest mountain. What ensued, however, was the worst disaster in mountaineering history, leaving 16 climbers dead in a tragic avalanche and forever changing Geiger’s life.

Director: Steven Oritt

Producers: Erit Yellen, John Nguyen, Corey Bobker

Language: English

Run time: 1 hour, 7 minutes

Release date: 2020

MPAA rating: NR, documentary

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