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Synopsis: A century ago on March 18,1921 the first expedition to Everest departed from Darjeeling, India to Tibet on a 360 mile trek to find a route to the world’s highest mountain. On this all-British Expedition was a lone Canadian: WWI veteran, surveyor and climber Major Oliver Wheeler. This film is a personal and intimate journey taking Jeff Wheeler, Oliver’s great grandson, on a once-in-a-lifetime adventure that will reveal a forgotten part of history, highlighting the brave man behind the discovery of the ‘doorway’ to Everest in 1921 and the first mapping of the mountain and the surrounding Himalayan massif.
Join Jeff and world famous author Wade Davis as they travel in Oliver Wheeler’s footsteps from the halls of London’s storied Royal Geographical Society to the French battlefields of WWI, to the green mountains of Darjeeling, India and, even higher, to a climactic trek through Tibet’s legendary Rongbuk Valley. There, retracing that first Everest expedition of a century ago, they will rediscover a brave but almost forgotten Canadian’s incredible adventures and achievements



Run Time

78 minutes


Wade Davis (Anthropologist, Author and Explorer)

Directed by

Martin de Valk


Sean F. White

Director's Statement

WHEELER’S EVEREST is a cinematic adventure; a film of physical and emotional discovery; a film that undertakes a journey to unlock a forgotten piece of history and connect the bloodline from our present day adventurer, Jeff Wheeler, to his great grandfather Major Oliver Wheeler, who found and mapped the ‘doorway’ to Everest on the first expedition to Everest in 1921. Anthropologist, author and explorer, Wade Davis leads the way through Tibet to the North Face of Everest where Wheeler’s discovery showed the way for renowned British climber George Mallory’s next two Everest expeditions and is still in use today, yet few know the man who has always been in Mallory’s shadow. Oliver Wheeler has remained a footnote in history until now.

Director's Bio

Director credits include Trunk: the movie, Back in the Day Season I and II, K9 Mounties, Survival of the Fittest: Stories from the West Coast Trail, Good to Go: Oitch to Premiere, Family Tree Narraitve, The Flight of BIRD, A Forgotten Legacy, Within the Walls: A Story of Healing

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