Picks and Pans Review: Adventure: Harder Than Everest

06/27/1988 AT 01:00 AM EDT

PBS (Mon., June 27, 8 p.m. ET)


This season's first four episodes of Adventure took us along as two eccentric Brit brothers named Blair explored wild Indonesian islands. I gave the Blairs rave reviews because they sought adventure for the right reason: curiosity. Last week the series gave us a new show about Ronald Bligh-Ware, who sailed the South Pacific route taken by his ancestor Capt. William Bligh after the mutiny on the Bounty. Bligh-Ware sought adventure for the wrong reason: ego. Now come Australian and American mountain climbers who challenge Gasherbrum IV, a Pakistani peak allegedly tougher than Mount Everest. They seek adventure for adrenaline... masochism...stupidity...because it's there...who knows? Yes, it is an amazing feat to climb 26,000 feet with no oxygen, no food at the end and too much snow. But unlike the Blair brothers, these men do not look for new, strange and fascinating people and places. They look only for glory—and that's not as entertaining to watch. The Blairs found true adventure. The men who've followed them are merely faking it.

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