We’re proud to share the news that cameramen and adventure videographers John Griber and Ed Wardle will be carrying Hyperlite Mountain Gear’s ultralight packs when they climb Mt. Everest to film Joby Ogwyn’s historic wing suit jump off the summit.
NBC hired Griber to be a cameraman this spring for an event called Everest Jump Live. He and Wardle will be following Ogwyn up the mountain filming his climb and running jump off Earth’s highest point. No human has ever attempted this feat before, and the Discovery Channel will be airing the 11,000 foot drop and five mile descent back to Base Camp during a two hour live broadcast in May.
This is not the first summit attempt for Griber who has reached the top twice previously, but it is the first time he will be filming a live broadcast.
“As a cameraman, just to be asked to go to Everest is one thing, but to be breaking ground in broadcasting is entirely another level. This live event will be broadcast to 224 countries/territories and that’s very exciting,” Griber said.
While Hyperlite Mountain Gear packs have been all over the world including Everest Base Camp, this is the first time an Hyperlite Mountain Gear ultralight pack will summit the world’s tallest peak. According to Griber, weight and gear are of the utmost importance while climbing at altitude.
“Hyperlite Mountain Gear makes sense on various levels. The Cuben Fiber based pack is obviously lightweight as well as incredibly strong and durable. The basic design is perfect for Everest where you don’t need any extras, you simply need gear that you can rely on and that works.”
Wardle will be carrying the 4400 Ice Pack, a 70L technical climbing pack. But Griber will be carrying Hyperlite Mountain Gear’s 4400 Windrider – a basic large volume hiking pack. When asked if he realized this or had any thoughts on it, Griber humbly said, “Well after all it’s just one big hike…I just happen to be walking to the top of the world!”
Be sure to check out this epic event live in May on the Discovery Channel