This adrenaline-inducing film is about rock climbing and the people who are passionate about it. Narrated by renowned mountaineer and author Greg Child, the film is packed with breathtaking footage of majestic mountains and gorgeous valleys.
Whether you’re climbing up, down or across rock formations, it’s all about discovering the natural world around you. Although some movies have made it out to be all glamorous, small injuries do occur regularly. For instance, it’s common to cut up your hands and get a number of scratches on the skin all over your body. But it’s all worth it when you reach your destination and are able to look around at what you just conquered.
Contrary to popular belief, climbing is not all about having physical strength. Few experienced climbers have impressive muscular physiques. In fact, gracefulness is a plus for climbing. And it’s not only for the young, either. There are many climbers in their fifties and beyond who are able to compete and keep up with the younger crowd. Climbing styles fit many different tastes. The basic list of options includes: free rock climbing, solo climbing, bouldering, indoor climbing, trad rock climbing, aid climbing, ice climbing, and alpine climbing. From the Canadian Rockies, considered to be the Mecca of mixed climbing and home to some of the best climbers alive, to Greenland, eighteen of North America’s most talented young climbers take on seemingly dangerous routes all over the world. Some describe the risk as a thrill, while others don’t think it has anything to do with taking risks, but with passion and overcoming the fear of emptiness.
Why do they climb? What attracts them to the vertical (and sometimes horizontal) landscape? Well, some of them describe it as a need similar to the need to eat or sleep; the constant desire to explore. But the answer is different for each climber. Whether it’s seen as escaping or as facing reality, the truth is that climbing can be an exhilarating experience for men and women of any age. Watch this documentary now.