1996 Everest Disaster Survivor Talks About New Film

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DALLAS — It’s the world’s tallest mountain, and the most dangerous. Mount Everest. 19 years ago, Dr. Beck Weathers attempted to scale the summit when a blizzard hit.

“It has a mystical, magical quality to it,” said Dr. Beck Weathers.

Eight people would die in the storm, and the harrowing tale is being told in the new movie “Everest” out this week.

Weathers, a Dallas native, is played by Josh Brolin in the film.

“I think they have done a fairly spectacular job,” Weathers said of the movie.

But it’s a film that can still be difficult for him to watch.

“These were my close friends and seeing it as a opposed to for instance reading about it, is much more searing,” said Weathers.

Weathers was left for dead twice on the mountain but managed to survive. He lost part of his face, his right arm, and the fingers on his left hand to frostbite, but he still continues to work today as a pathologist at Medical City in Dallas.

And despite everything he’s faced, he wouldn’t change a thing.

“Had I been conventionally successful, then I’m pretty sure that I’d be divorced today, I’d be estranged from my kids, and I’d be the most successful, loneliest old guy you knew,” said Weathers. “If I knew exactly what was going to happen to me on that mountain, every bit of pain, exhaustion, misery and loss, knowing what I gained from it, I’d do it again in a heartbeat.”

The mountain tried to kill him, but in a way it saved him.

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