Movies that Will Inspire You to Climb Mountains
There is nothing more motivating than seeing the journey of other people as they attempt to scale a summit. If you would like to get some inspiration from the people who have been there or are just looking for a boost in morale, these mountaineering films will surely give you what you need.
The latest and perhaps one of the best in cinematography among mountaineering movies is this retelling of the tragic Mount Everest disaster in 1996. The movie is based on the book written by one of the survivors, Beck Weathers. The film generally received a positive response except from journalist Jon Krakauer, who was also one of the survivors. The director of the film did not use Krakauer’s book as a source for the film as his version is said to be in conflict with what really happened.
Conrad Anker, Jimmy Chen and Renan Ozturk attempted to scale Meru but failed to do it in 2008 so they set off on yet another attempt in 2011 — and finally became successful. While documenting their climb, Chin always made sure to balance climbing with filmmaking saying that he always considers their safety first before taking out the camera. Aside from the footage, the film also focuses on narrating how a climber faces his or her demons during the journey.
Most mountaineering movies show tragedies and this film is yet another example. This time around, the story revolves on the K2 disaster back in 2008 where 11 climbers died on their way to and from the summit, thus making it one of the deadliest and worst catastrophes in the history of climbing. The footages featured in the movie were captured by Frederik Strang, who planned to make a documentary out of it but canceled the plans because he failed to reach the summit.
Yet another tragic mountaineering movie in our list, 127 Hours focuses not on the difficulty of the mountain being scaled but by the consequence on a hike alone — and not telling anyone about it. It is the story of Aron Ralston whose arm got stuck in a boulder in Blue John Canyon, Utah in 2003.
In 1936, German mountaineers Toni Kurz and Andi Hinterstoisser attempted to summit the Eiger in the Alps via its north face. The two mountaineers got involved in competition between two groups which is why the climb took place. In the movie, Kurz and Hinterstoisser were refused to leave the Germana army so they had to quit the service in order to pursue the climb.
Touching the Void
Joe Simpson wrote a book of the same name based on his nearly fatal climb of Siula Grande in Peru in 1985. During the climb, his climbing buddy, Simon Yates, had to cut Simpson’s rope due to the hopeless situation that they were in. It was astonishing how Simpson managed to survive by crawling and hopping nearly five miles around glaciers and with almost no water supply.
This 1991 film is loosely based on the Jim Wickwire and Louis Reichardt’s attempt at summitting K2, which is the second highest mountain in the world. In the movie, the two were able to summit successfully but one had to be left when he could no longer move after breaking his leg badly.
It may seem weird to get motivation from a film that talks about failures and tragedies but it is here that you will see the resiliency of people and how they never give up even with the trials that they face.