Main photo by Jimmy Chin/Meru
What makes a good mountaineering film? It’s a tricky question to answer.
There’s got to be drama, sweeping landscape panoramas, drama, an element of life/death, a strong narrative and ultimately a portrayal of the passion that keeps these men and women climbing some of the most dangerous mountains on earth.
Many of us will never climb mountains as treacherous as the brave individuals in these mountaineering documentaries, but that doesn’t stop us wanting to watch documentaries about their tales – from the tragedies to the moments of accomplishment.
We’ve put together a list of the best mountaineering films available to watch today. So, in no particular order…
TOUCHING THE VOID (2003)
Touching The Void is one of the classic must-watch mountaineering films. It charts Joe Simpson and Simon Yates’ successful but near fatal expedition up Siula Grande, a 6,344m peak in the Peruvian Andes in 1985.
It is a truly miraculous tale that is definitely worth a watch. Prefer reading over films? Try these mountaineering books instead.
Mount Meru in Northern India is commonly regarded as one of the toughest climbs in the world. No one had managed to summit it – which is exactly why legendary mountaineers Conrad Anker, Jimmy Chin and Renan Ozturk knew they needed to conquer it.
This mountaineering documentary is an epic narrative of the attempts to climb the Shark’s Fin. It’s a beautifully crafted film with a strong narrative that will keep even your grandma hooked until the very end.