A chronicle of Dodge Morgan's nonstop solo circumnavigation of the globe (October 1985-March 1986) in his 60-ft. cutter. Along the way, he contends with 55-ft. waves in the Southern Ocean; loneliness; and the frustration of being becalmed for a week.
Chronicling a Swiss team's attempt to conquer K2, a 28,250-ft. Himalayan mountain. The team traverses nearly impassable terrain to reach the base camp at the 15,000-ft. mark. There, the climbers are challenged by snow storms, avalanches and illness. Narrator: Julie Tullis.
A 1986 attempt by a six-person team to balloon over Mount Everest. The crew is seen in preflight preparations, charting a course and taking test flights to become acclimated to the altitude. Also: aerial views of the Himalayas.
This film chronicles the attempt by three Britons to circumnavigate the globe along its polar axis over land, sea and ice. The trio is seen navigating the Northwest passage; and crossing the frozen Arctic Ocean by foot and snowmobile to reach the North Pole. Richard Burton narrates the 1983 documentary.
Charting an attempt by sailor Robert Hobman and his crew to cross the Indian Ocean in an outrigger canoe to test a theory that Madagascans originally came from Indonesia 800 years ago. The crew uses the sun to navigate and lives on a diet similar to that of the early voyagers.
A 1983 attempt by Welsh climber Eric Jones to scale the mile-high North Face of the Eiger in the Swiss Alps. Jones traverses an area called the "white spider," a route swept by avalanches and falling rocks. Also: re-creations of past climbs, including a 1966 try that cost American John Harlin his life.
A four-part chronicle of British radio personality Tom Vernon's 1500-mile tour from Norway to the Soviet border. In Part 1, Vernon views Constitution Day celebrations in Stavanger; and meets a WWII Resistance leader in Bergen. Also: a child wedding in Voss; brewing homemade beer in Trondheim.
In Part 2 of "Fat Man on a Bicycle (Goes Norse)," Tom Vernon makes stops in Norwegian Lapland and several Swedish locales, including Storsatern, Lake Siljan and Rattvik. Featured: a Rattvik Lutheran minister who discusses changing religious and folk customs.
Tom Vernon begins Part 3 of "Fat Man on a Bicycle (Goes Norse)" in Sweden, where he visits a copper mine and a bakery in Vika. He also attends a dinner party in Dalarna and travels to the Finnish island of Aland.
Charting filmmakers Lorne and Lawrence Blair's voyage from Singapore to Indonesia's Aru Islands in search of the bird of paradise. Included: a wedding ceremony; folk dances; and a rare species of ape. Richard Gere introduces the program.
Writer Christina Dodwell goes on a Polynesian odyssey that takes her to Fiji and the Cook Islands, where she explores a U.S. ship that was sunk in 1943, learns to hand-feed sharks, observes a volcano and joins pearl divers.
Writer Keith Huxley traces the 1944 escape by his father and four other men from a Japanese internment camp in Shanghai. Included: comments from the elder Huxley; a visit with people who aided the escapees.
Writer-conservationist Gerald Durrell and his wife, Lee, travel to the east coast of Madagascar, where they search for endangered lemurs. Included: Lee feeds a captured aye-aye a mixture of bread, honey and egg yolk.