The review above pretty much nails it. The script is cheesy and cliche ridden, the acting is ropey (no pun intended) and the 'realism' of the climbing scenes is lacking some err... 'realism'. However, the cinematography is excellent. You could quite easily watch this film with the sound on mute.
Time Out saysThis abyssal action adventure details the efforts of two American buddies to scale the world's second highest peak. Roddam's intentions are made clear early on: climbing as metaphor - take risks! you've only got one shot in life! go for the dream! The film opens with drunken jock-lawyer Taylor (Biehn) in post-party garb scaling the outside walls of his erstwhile climbing chum's apartment building. Will his scientist mate Harold (Craven) - he's the married, sensitive type - team up for the big one? Much philosophical debating later, Who's-a-Wimp Harry is in. The rest is snowbound, rope-and-piton daredevil drivel. On trip one (Alaska) two dorks die. Trip two involves much palaver with porters, challenges from old rivals, and beyond-the-cliché dialogue. Cinematographer Gabriel Beristain does wonders filming the mountain landscapes of Pakistan and British Columbia.