The Porter: what it's really like to work one of the hardest jobs on the planet

Posted by Emma Travers on 18/08/2020
The Porter: watch the documentary here

Sherpas. Porters. The spine to many a mountaineering mission. Watch the documentary that gives the mountaineering community an eye-opening look at what it's really like to work one of the hardest jobs on the planet.

You can't watch a film about Everest or read any account of a 8,000m ascent without their essential efforts featuring. But how much media do we consume from the perspective of a Porter, and how much do we really know about their true experiences? We're sharing with you this eye-opening documentary where Nate Menninger becomes an Everest porter and in doing so, experiences the injustices faced by the local people.

Nate did a live Q&A session with us - scroll down to watch 👇

'The Porter' is an extraordinary hour-long documentary following US born mountaineer Nate Menninger become one of the first ever foreign-born Porters to aid a Mt. Everest Expedition. The young American fully immersed himself in the role: eating, sleeping, dressing, speaking and working as similarly as he could to other Sherpas. He didn't shower for 23 days, lost over nine kilos and carried 100 kilos — fortunately, all on camera.

In his effort to equal their strengths, he stumbles into a reality far more harrowing than he expected and ends up documenting a serious injustice. 

Menninger hopes that the documentary will spread this insider experience through the global mountaineering community so that they can share it's takeaways.

WATCH THE FILM: The Porter - The untold story at Everest 

The Porter: The Untold Story at Everest from Nate Menninger on Vimeo.

Q&A with Director and Sherpa Nate Menninger

Protagonist and Director, Nate Menninger, gave a live session with further insight into the whole experience. Scroll down to watch 📺


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11/09/2020
Watched this film the other week - it is absolutely superb and highly recommended.
Anonymous User
11/09/2020
THE VIDEO HAS NO START BUTTON - CAN'T SEE IT!
Anonymous User
21/09/2020
Why would anyone watch a privileged us citizen pretending to be a porter for an internship.
You could as easily have documented a real Sherpa or multiple Sherpa from teens onwards

Could even have bettered some lives missed opportunity I won’t support that

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