Jackson filmmaker on Everest hike

by Christian Mower on March 26, 2014

A valley-based adventure filmmaker is in Nepal preparing to document the ascent of the world’s tallest mountain by a great-grandfather from California.

Thom Pollard of Jackson runs Eyes Open Productions in North Conway. He left for Nepal this weekend to take part in a series of smaller acclimating climbs as he documents the attempt by 68-year-old Jim Geiger of Sacramento to be the oldest American to ever reach the summit of Mount Everest.

Pollard frequently works in the valley area and on Mount Washington. And he has been on Everest before, serving as the high altitude cameraman for an expedition in 1999 that was documented on public television.

When we last heard from Pollard, he was delayed by smog while waiting for his next flight. He and Geiger hope to be in position to make a bid for the summit of the mountain – just more than 29,000 feet high – by the second week of May.

Right now he says he and Geiger are focusing only on the next day ahead, making sure they stay healthy, hydrated and fit.

We will continue to bring you significant updates about their progress.

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