Traditionally mountaineering movies has always been made as documentaries. I guess, North face (a German movie) broke this trend and Everest (2015) gave genre of mountaineering movies an IMAX status.
For me the mountaineering movies are holy inspiration and careful remainder that hiking is not a child’s play. I may never be able to accomplish any thing remotely as these great mountaineers but I can definitely learn a lot from their tales – tragedies to ecstasy
I have put together a list of the best mountaineering films that I have watched in descending order
1. Touching the void
The infamous ordeal of Joe Simpson and Simon Yates’s expedition up the Siula Grande in Peruvian Andes. Its a must watch movie made in documentary style.
2. North face / Northwand
A chilling German film about a failed attempt on the Eiger, one of the most dangerous rock faces in the Alps, back in 1936. This is the story of two German friends who dared to accept this challenge.
This movie is not only one of the best mountaineering cinematography but also one of the most thrilling narratives of all time. Based on first successful ascend to Shark’s Fin in Mount Meru, one of the toughest peak in the world.
4. The summit
A day on K2 when 22 climbers attempted to reach the peak but 11 never returned. This is the narrative of the deadliest day on the world’s most dangerous mountain.
Enough has been said about the tragic 1996 climbing expedition on Everest. The deadliest day on Everest ever. I was lucky enough to watch this epic saga in IMAX theater.
Happy watching 🙂