Nawang Gombu, first to summit Everest twice.
Nawang Gombu, Hillary and Tenzing
Apa (right) and Phinjo were electric together.
Image by Roger Kehr of Snowbird
Sherpa tigers on Kickstarter

Posted: Apr 21, 2013 12:14 am EDT
(Newsdesk) Two Sherpa documentaries are up on Kickstarter.

The Tiger of the Himalayas: The Apa Sherpa Story closed yesterday at $1980 shy of its $100,000 pledged.

Closing tomorrow Nawang Gombu: Heart of a Tiger already reached its goal of $8,587.


Tiger of the Himalayas: Apa

US supporters are currently on Everest shooting a documentary about the super Sherpa who summited Everest 21 times.

The kickstarter has ended but you can read more about Apa Sherpa who got caught in his first avalanche at the age of 2 months, and give support here.

Nawang Gombu: Heart of a Tiger

Few know about Nawang Gombu, nephew of Tenzing Norgay and the first man to summit Everest twice.

Nawang was with Jim Whittaker the 9th person to stand on the summit of Mount Everest, and two years later he summited again in an all Indian expedition.

Producers Mele Mason and Bev Chapman travelled US, Europe and India to shoot interviews and gather material. Read more.

More documentaries on Kickstarter

Also on Kickstarter, Distill productions reached $20,286 out of $107,500 pledged and have 20 days to go. Distill are running a 100 year anniversary expedition/documentary project .

Earlier this winter Lonnie Dupre raised 13K on Kickstarter while climbing Denali. At $1371 raised the US-Hungarian Nanga Parbat Winter Expedition came short of their 5K pledge in their Indiegogo campaign.

While it's all or nothing on Kickstarter, Indiegogo allows projects to keep any funds raised.

Manhattan-based Kickstarter takes a 5% cut of the funds successfully raised through its site. In 2012 Kickstarter boasted its first of several million-dollar projects, and its first $10 million project—for smartphone-enabled watch Pebble.

Valuable for Kickstart success (ExWeb compilation of various web research posted in fall 2012):

- Promotion outside of Kickstarter.
- Creators are well-connected in media and among social media heavyweights ready to back them.
- Creators provide updates and communicate with backers.
- Time of funding period (around 1 month).
- Aim high.
- Projects around $10,000 are most commonly funded.
- Projects below $1000 have the best success ratio.
- Numbers vary but around 60% of projects, if not more, fail.
- Few near misses: you either get very little or greatly exceed your pledge.
- Few last-minute miracles, you should be able to tell after a few days whether your project is going to succeed.
- Failure seems to be disproportionately likely among (documentary) films and music projects.










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