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There are thousands of films released every year around the world. But very few of these are based on adventure or real-life adventure stories. And even out of those that are made, there are only a handful that actually do justice to the spirit of the theme!
This New Year, Adventure Nation recommends to you four of the finest films made on some of the most significant moments in mountaineering history.
- Touching the Void (2003):
This adventure-filled documentary is based on Joe Simpson’s book of the same name. It features Simpson’s and Simon Yates’ calamitous attempt to climb Siula Grande (6,344m, 20,814ft) in the Peruvian Andes in 1985.
This film is high on emotion and has been widely praised for its cinematography. It combines documentary footage of the interviews of the climbers along with a re-enactment of the attempt. It is highly rated on rotten tomatoes.
Read more about Joe Simpson here.
- Everest: Beyond the Limit (2006):
This reality television series by Discovery Channel is about the attempts made on the summit of Mount Everest every year. Russell Brice, a mountaineer from New Zealand, is the leader.
In this season, there are 11 climbers, three guides and a group of Sherpas followed by a production crew of 17 people, during their climb in the months of April and May of 2006. We highly recommend this film to all adventure lovers for the actual footage in extreme conditions.
- North Face (2008):
Based on the famed 1936 attempt on the north face of the Eiger in the Bernese Alps, Switzerland, this film revolves around two German climbers who are part of a competition to climb this most treacherous rock face in the Alps.
Upon release, this film enjoyed a successful run in Europe and the United States. It received excellent reviews by critics and viewers alike.
Read more about the Eiger.
- The Wildest Dream (2010):
This award winning docudrama is about two mountain climbers, George Mallory and Conrad Anker, separated by decades but bound by their love for the world’s highest peak – Mount Everest! Seventy-five years after Mallory’s disappearance, Anker is the one to discover his body, approximately 600 mts shy of the summit!
The film beautifully connects both stories, and also gives viewers a glimpse into Mallory’s life through original film footage from the 1920s and archival photos.