10 of the Best Mountaineering Films Days to Come

From neighbors to teammates to brothers, the Manley High rowing team defeated all odds, including the communal expectation of gang life — but that doesn’t mean it was smooth sailing. Touching the Void has garnered critical acclaim, The Guardian called it was one of the most successful documentary films in British history. This high profile tragedy raised a debate over the commercialization of climbing Mount Everest. Into Thin Air highlighted how wealthy amateurs paid thousands to join the expeditions and put themselves and the lives of other climbers and guides at risk. To commemorate the death of his younger brother, Luke, Jon Abbate takes on his number five jersey for the Wake Forest High School football team.

  • After failing to summit Meru in 2008, Anker, Chin, and Ozturk return to the peak in 2011 to try once again.
  • Everest is a commercial movie based on Jon Krakauer’s bestselling book Into Thin Air, which chronicled the devastating events of the 1996 Mount Everest disaster.
  • The following films document stories of mountaineers who have attempted the death-defying feat of summiting some of the world’s most unattainable peaks.
  • In 1985, Simpson and Yates attempt to ascend the previously unclimbed West Face of Siula Grande in Peru.
  • Heading in a downward spiral, Rich joins a local football team while also developing a dependency on alcohol.
  • Struggling with his own demons, Bill — an alcoholic and estranged family man — unwillingly attempts to save the six-person team.

During the successful 2011 summit, Chin and Ozturk shared a Canon 5D Mark II and a Panasonic TM900 camcorder to capture footage that would be used in the film. The following films document stories of mountaineers who have attempted the death-defying feat of summiting some of the world’s most unattainable peaks. Let the individuals who follow in the footsteps of historical climbing figures or dare to go where no man has before, inspire you to find your own hiking and trekking adventures out there in the world. However, climbing mountains requires a lot of training and persistence; we don’t recommend trying this at home unless you know what you are doing and are in the hands of the professionals! Three elite climbers struggle to find their way through obsession and loss as they attempt to climb Mount Meru, one of the most coveted prizes in the high stakes game of Himalayan big wall c… Sherpa is a 2015 documentary by Australian filmmaker Jennifer Peedom that was shot during the 2014 Mount Everest ice avalanche.

Unable to see or hear each other, Simpson thinking there is no way to save his partner, decides to cut the rope, Yates is trapped in a crevasse and has to find a way out. Everest is a commercial movie based on Jon Krakauer’s bestselling book Into Thin Air, which chronicled the devastating events of the 1996 Mount Everest disaster. Although the movie Everest got a lot of backlash from Krakauer, it raked in millions at the box office and got a high rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Disappointed by his son’s (a professional race-car driver) choice of success over family, former race-car driver Sam Munroe comes out of retirement to beat his son and teach him a lesson or two. Quarterback Rich Porter is the newest addition to the Miami Dolphins, but when his mother goes missing, priorities change and he heads to the Philippines to find her. Heading in a downward spiral, Rich joins a local football team while also developing a dependency on alcohol.

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Free climbing or solo climbing is where individuals attempt to ascend without the help of any ropes, harnesses or protective equipment. Free Solo documents and celebrates Honnold’s remarkable feat of making it to the top of Yosemite’s 3,000ft high El Capitan Wall without any assistance. Brought on as a favor, Bill is the new head coach of a girl’s high school varsity basketball team. Struggling with his own demons, Bill — an alcoholic and estranged family man — unwillingly attempts to save the six-person team. Mount Meru is the one of the most talked about mountain peaks among professional climbers, known for its dangerous depths and technically complicated structure. Three best friends travel to the Himalayas to climb the mountain, fully aware they may not live to tell the tale.

Motivated to carry on his brother’s spirit, Jon carries the team to victory after victory, ultimately leading to a new football record in school history. Nicknamed “The Race That Stops a Nation,” the Melbourne Cup is around the corner, which means it’s go-time for Australian jockey Damien Oliver. The prestigious race covers ground in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia, and requires the upmost concentration and dedication. Right before, Damien gets wind that his brother has been killed due to a racing accident — the same accident that took their father’s life years ago.

After attempting but failing to summit Meru in 2008, Conrad Anker, Jimmy Chin, and Renan Ozturk return to the mountain in order to conquer its peak – a 4,000 foot wall known as the “Shark’s Fin”. After suffering an horrific accident while filming on location with Chin, Ozturk has a mere five months to recover before their second attempt, battling near-fatal injuries. Four days after Ozturk’s accident, Chin returns to the filming location to finish but is caught in a catastrophic avalanche that he miraculously survives with barely a scratch. Anker wrestles with bringing his mentor’s dream to fruition and the loss of both him and his climbing partner many years ago.

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Although this is not something anyone would encourage someone to undertake without prior rigorous training, the film does highlight just how far sheer determination can take a person. In 2008, Dendoune became the first French-Algerian to climb Everest, an accomplishment made more remarkable by his total lack of mountaineering experience. Co-directed by Jimmy Chin and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, Meru chronicles the first ascent of the Shark’s Fin route on Meru in the Indian Himalayas by Chin, Conrad Anker and Renan Ozturk. After failing to summit Meru in 2008, Anker, Chin, and Ozturk return to the peak in 2011 to try once again.

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Also directed by Jennifer Peedom, Mountain follows her debut movie Sherpa, and explores the relationship between humankind and earth’s soaring natural wonders. Sadly, the expeditions fall in chaos after the summit attempts are delayed due to ropes not being installed in the upper regions of the climb, and the weather turns abruptly. Free Solo is another documentary film directed by Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin. The film follows rock climber Alex Honnold on his journey to become the first person to free climb El Capitan in Yosemite National Park.

Spirit of the Game

While focusing on the Sherpa Phurba Tashi, a man who has climbed Mount Everest 21 times as he leads an expedition for a New Zealand company called Himex, the film explores the sacredness of mountains within Sherpa culture. As the documentary was being shot, an ice avalanche killed 16 Sherpas and the narrative of the film switches label the following as temporary or permanent tax differences to telling the story of the events that took place in the aftermath of the tragedy. Sherpa is essential viewing for all mountain lovers and anyone that hopes to climb Mount Everest someday. K2 is the world’s second highest mountain, and in 2008, one of the worst mountaineering disasters in its history took place.

The Great Depression has rocked America and the country needs something or someone to believe in and cheer for. A horse owner and breeder, a formally-injured jockey, and a horse trainer join unlikely forces in hopes of training an unbalanced, feral horse named Seabiscuit to victory.

For some, sports may mean kicking a ball, tackling an opponent, or hitting a home run, but for this all-Hispanic high school robotics team, it means tinkering around with spare parts and building something amazing. Determined to crush the reigning champions, four students bond together with the support of their teacher to engineer an underwater robotic machine. Touching the Void is a docudrama film that tells the story of the disastrous and near-fatal climb of Siula Grande in the Cordillera Huayhuash in the Peruvian Andes by Joe Simpson and Simon Yates. Meru is the electrifying story of three elite American climbers—Conrad Anker, Jimmy Chin, and Renan Ozturk—bent on achieving the impossible.

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