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The goal of this unit is for you to become an active audience member and be critical in your viewing – to not simply accept what is presented to you but to question and interrogate it, realise that documentaries present audiences with particular versions of their subject matter and understand that documentaries function to persuade audiences to accept the particular view of events which it offers.
Mountaineers : great tales of bravery and conquest by Celebrating a tradition of bravery, thirst for knowledge, and pursuit of glory, this book tells the stories of the most famous mountaineers in history and explores the climbs that they conquered. It chronicles the stories of the pioneers who first conquered the heights of this planet, from Otzi the Iceman to Edmund Hillary, important scientific discoveries that were made along the way, and accounts of great bravery, fellowship, altruism, and humour in the face of adversity. The book features fact files for over 100 famous mountaineers, photography of the mountains they scaled and rare artefacts that were found on their journeys, previously unpublished photographs, and specially commissioned route maps to recreate history's greatest ascents.
Call Number: 796.522 MOU
Publication Date: 2019
Death zone : can humans survive at 8,000 metres? by Death Zone! is packed full of incredible information about mountaineering, from avalanche rescues and how to dig a snow hole to, most amazing of all, the story of how one man (Simpson) survived against all odds after falling into an icy crevasse.
Call Number: 796.522 PIP
Publication Date: 2008
The beckoning silence by In a narrative which takes the reader through extreme experiences, from an avalanche in Bolivia, ice-climbing in the Alps and Colorado and paragliding in Spain - before his final confrontation with the Eiger - Simpson reveals the inner truth of climbing, exploring both the power of the mind and the frailties of the body. The subject of his new book is the siren song of fear and his struggle to come to terms with it.
Call Number: 796.522 SIM
Publication Date: 2003
Touching the void by ouching the Void is the heart-stopping account of Joe Simpson's terrifying adventure in the Peruvian Andes. He and his climbing partner, Simon, reached the the summit of the remote Siula Grande in June 1995. A few days later, Simon staggered into Base Camp, exhausted and frost-bitten, with news that that Joe was dead. What happened to Joe, and how the pair dealt with the psychological traumas that resulted when Simon was forced into the appalling decision to cut the rope, makes not only an epic of survival but a compelling testament of friendship.
Call Number: 796.522 SIM
Publication Date: 1989
Online encyclopaedias are great for short, concise and reliable information. It may be best to access these articles from the Online encyclopaedias page through the Hale portal. Don't forget Britannica has ready made citations for you to use.
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A online collection of magazine and newspaper articles as well as interview transcripts, images and videos. You can sort your results by publication, full text versions and even date. Online databases are available through the portal and many require specific login details.
Both EBSCOhost and Gale INFOTRAC have specialized databases so use these first.
Suggested articles would include:
The ascent and descent of Siula Grande
Touching the Void - The documentary:
Reference Generator It is important to provide evidence of using a variety of reliable resources. Use the online Reference Generator available through the Portal to create your citations. Make sure you alphabetically sort them afterwards. Click here for a Hale School guide to referencing.
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A sample bibliography for 3 resources suggested on this page would look like:
Headlines with a Voice 2018, The man that cut the rope, 26 December, viewed 21 June 2022, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=arKBfXA7F98
Mountain climbing 2022. Britannica School. Retrieved 21 June 2022, from https://school.eb.com.au/levels/middle/article/mountain-climbing/275958
Piper, R 2008, Death zone : can humans survive at 8,000 metres?, A & C Black, London