The story begins following the preparation and training involved in undertaking an endeavour of this magnitude. There have been precious few dives made at high altitudes and the Steep N’ Deep concept has had to be created essentially from scratch. Every piece of equipment has been specifically chosen based on both its operational capabilities and suitability for packing into such a challenging environment. The training required is highly specialized¾akin to astronautics¾with meticulous preparation required in order for divers to function safely when afflicted by the underwater environment investigated by this project. The audience will witness dive simulations and testing in high-pressure chambers, extensive training and preparation dives with cutting-edge Closed Circuit Rebreather underwater breathing systems, at a variety of captivating locations to rehearse every detail of the mission.
The expedition phase of the project will transport viewers deep into one of the planet’s most iconic regions, home of the legendary Mount Everest and the setting of this pioneering adventure. A nontraditional test of human endurance and perseverance as the world has never been witness to, undertaken with all the seriousness the situation demands augmented by the humor and humanity it deserves. From absolute technical precision underwater to impromptu fiddle performances to lighten the atmosphere more than the altitude already has, the Steep N’ Deep Project aspires to entertain, inform and intrigue.
After nearly 2-weeks of hiking, the expeditionary team arrives at Lake 464 and establishes a professional diving laboratory and operational control center on shore. This base will serve as dive mission control, field research station, emergency medical and dive equipment staging hubs. The scene is magnificent and otherworldly, yet treacherous. Precariously perched high above are several enormous blocks of ice. Any of these could finally lose its hold and plummet into the frigid waters below, triggering the lake to burst its banks and unleash millions of tonnes of water and debris into the valleys below. The stakes couldn’t be higher and the dive team has dedicated months preparing themselves for the mission at hand.
The Steep N’ Deep concept is founded on uncompromising safety, discipline and meticulous technical perfection. Small Underwater Autonomous Vehicles and Remotely Operated Vehicles (AUV/ROVs) will serve as agile filming platforms, provide visual supervision capabilities to mission control, and check for unseen hazards before divers enter the water. Similar to astronauts on a spacewalk, recordable live video and voice communications between all divers and mission control will allow topside researchers to help direct underwater efforts in real time as well as monitoring for safety. The team will be subject to a variety of research tests and monitoring throughout every dive. The technical diving team will be investigating the internal conditions of the dynamic glacial systems, identifying potential failure points and documenting the geologic structure in detail for analysis by our research affiliates.
Upon completing the investigation of 464, the dive spread will be broken into its travel arrangement again and the team will carry on to Imja Lake to continue their research. Between the lakes is Amphu Lapcha Pass, regarded as one of the most challenging and technical high-passes in Nepal and the terrestrial crux of the expedition. Follow the adventure of the recon team’s solitary perseverance through literally breathtaking landscapes to bring you real-world science saving lives in the most inhospitable conditions on Earth. James Cameron has captivated us all with his historic descent into the abyss of the Challenger Deep; the world watched in awe as Felix Baumgartner jumped from the edge space. The Steep N’ Deep Project continues this legacy and will define a new discipline of extreme exploration unlike anything before.