Camera crews and an NBC News Peacock Productions team were on location in the Himalayas for Joby Ogwyn’s planned May 11 jump off the Everest summit when an avalanche killed 13 climbers near base camp. Many of the mostly Nepali Sherpa climbers were working with the production when the deadly avalanche struck early in the morning of April 18.
It is believed to be the worst single accident in the mountain’s history.
The planned documentary will use footage from the time surrounding the disaster and will add footage of the Sherpa community’s reaction along with an interview with Ogwyn (who helped in the post-avalanche recovery efforts). Regarding Ogwyn’s participation, Discovery Group president Eileen O’Neill said in a statement that “He’s obviously quite emotional. He’s committed to talk about his experience. He was right there when it happened, and he feels like he owed a lot to the Sherpa team.”
Discovery is planning to make a donation to a Sherpa charity in association with the documentary. No airdate for the program has been announced.