11:48 AM EDT 01/26/2015
Originally posted 02/10/2010 09:15AM
From a blizzard and hailstorm to altitude sickness and exhaustion, a group of Hollywood stars and activists battled the elements to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro last month. PEOPLE.com has a first look at the documentary that captured their journey.
While fans followed the group's progress online, cameras filmed the stars – including Jessica Biel, Emile Hirsch and Isabel Lucas – as they decontaminated water with local villagers, camped in the brutal weather conditions, and eventually completed the grueling seven-day trek to the top of Africa’s tallest mountain.
The expedition, dubbed "Summit on the Summit," was organized by musician Kenna to raise awareness of the global clean water crisis. The full documentary will air March 14 at 9 p.m., on MTV.
For more on their adventures, visit summitonthesummit.com.
– Marisa Laudadio
Originally posted 01/13/2010 06:35PM
Reaching the top of 19,340-foot Mt. Kilimanjaro proved to be an emotional experience for Jessica Biel and Emile Hirsch, who climbed
Africa's tallest peak to raise awareness of the global water crisis.
"I walked over to Jessie and gave her a big hug," UN Foundation executive Elizabeth Gore, who also made the hike, tells PEOPLE via satellite phone. "The two of us embraced and we just cried. Every single one of us was in absolute tears."
"The temperature was zero degrees and so many people were struggling," she adds. "People had hurt limbs, people had altitude sickness."
Originally posted 01/12/2010 01:40PM
Jessica Biel, Emile Hirsch and Isabel Lucas reached the summit of 19,340 –foot Mt. Kilimanjaro Tuesday, the sixth day of their trek up Africa's tallest peak, in their quest to raise awareness of the global water crisis.
After enduring torrential rain and a blizzard earlier in the trek, the star-studded group of entertainers and activists started their final ascent of the Tanzanian mountain at 1:30 a.m. Tuesday. They climbed for seven hours, then finally reached Uhuru Peak, where they posed for a photograph holding a sign that read "SEND WATER."
Originally posted 01/11/2010 07:45PM
Jessica Biel, Emile Hirsch and Isabel Lucas trudged through a blizzard Monday on the fifth day of their hike with other entertainers and activists up 19,340-foot Mt. Kilimanjaro.
“It’s pretty gnarly,” Elizabeth Gore, an executive with the United Nations Foundation, and one of the participants of the trek to raise awareness of global water issues, tells PEOPLE by satellite phone. “The visibility is only 10 feet in front of you. And it’s cold. I’ve got six layers on.”
With just a day left of climbing before hitting the summit of the Tanzanian mountain, the group reached 16,000 feet, causing many to experience headaches and stomach problems due to the high altitude.
Originally posted 01/07/2010 02:50PM
A star-studded group of actors, musicians and activists, including Jessica Biel and Into the Wild star Emile Hirsch, have kicked off 2010 with a lofty mission: summiting the formidable 19,340-foot Mt. Kilimanjaro, Africa's tallest peak, to raise awareness and funds for the global water crisis.
Originally posted 01/16/2008 02:45PM
Zac Efron has until Jan. 27 to get back on his feet – that's the night he's set to step onstage as a presenter at the 14th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, the event's organizers have announced.
Efron, 20, is currently recuperating from an operation to remove his appendix, after being hospitalized Tuesday.
The SAG Awards are being held the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, and will be broadcast on TBS and TNT. (Click here for PEOPLE's complete red carpet coverage.)
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