5 Best Mountaineering Movies You Might Not Have Seen

Who doesn’t like mountaineering? It is an experience for which many have left everything. There are bravehearts who have created records and stories about these experiences and many are documented in the form of film or TV series.

If you have a desire for the bizarre or something just beaten off the track, you will be thrilled with this list of mountaineering movie recommendations.

You can watch all of the options on this mountain movies list online. Most are cheaper than a pint.

Here are my five top mountaineering movies to watch…. as John Muir once said: the mountains are calling. Get your popcorn ready, and let’s go.

Free Solo (2018)

Available on: Netflix, Amazon Prime

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Free Solo is one of the best mountaineering films directed by Vasarhelyi, Elizabeth Chai and Jimmy Chin. The movie is about Alex Honnold, a professional rock climber specializing in free solo climbing.

Free Solo is basically climbing crazy high rocks by yourself and without any help of ropes. Essentially, you’re pretty much risking your life at every single step you climb on the way.

Solo climbing is different from bouldering, as people frequently go much higher than normal. Free Solo shows and celebrates Honnold’s exceptional feat of getting it to the top of Yosemite’s 3,000ft tall El Capitan Wall without any support.

Thanks to its thrilling story and lovely shots, it won the Academy Award for Best Documentary in 2019. While several films are hype, I recommend Free Solo: It drives you a past buzz and straight into the life of a climber.

IMDB Rating: 8.2/10

The Dawn Wall (2017)

Available on: Amazon Prime

In January 2015, US rock climbers Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson entertained the world by climbing the Dawn Wall, a hopeless 3,000-foot rock face in Yosemite National Park, California.

The duo remained on the steep vertical cliff for weeks, inflaming a frenzy of global media attention. But for Tommy Caldwell, the Dawn Wall was a lot more than just a mounting.

At the age of 22, the climbing prodigy was considered a hostage by rebels in Kyrgyzstan. Shortly later, he lost his pointer finger in an accident but resolved to come back more powerful.

When his marriage fell to pieces, he tried to escape the pain by fixing the exceptional goal of mounting the Dawn Wall. Blurring the line between obsession and dedication, Caldwell and his friend Jorgeson spend around six years practicing and plotting their route.

On the last attempt, with everyone watching, Caldwell is faced with a flash of truth. Should he leave his friend to achieve his final dream or risk his success to save his friendship? Watch to know!

IMDB Rating: 8.1/10

3.Touching The Void (2003)

Available on: Netflix, Amazon Prime

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A film, the Guardian called “the Most Successful documentary in British Cinema History”. This 105-minute film made over four times its $3-million budget after its release in December 2003.

Directed by Kevin MacDonald, the R-rated survival drama gives the impossible real-life account of two mountain climbers’ near-fatal climb of Siula Grande in the Andes mountains. Using a never-before-taken route, which led to disaster.

British friends Simon Yates and Joe Simpson recount their respective experiences of one memorable fight for survival.

When Joe falls during their descent and badly breaks his leg, the two struggle to get down the mountain safely. Simon ultimately is forced to leave Joe to death. But, what he performs next is such an unusual and inspirational tale, it’s impossible not to be fascinated by their story.

Although these incredible incidents took place in 1985, the grown men are still visibly affected by their emotions and relationships eighteen years later.

Perhaps the best scene is when both are initially separated. Simon tries to lower Joe’s injury by hundreds of feet beneath a blind ledge, but a powerful storm blocks them from hearing each other.

Resulting in a dreadful situation where Simon is forced to make a life or death decision without knowing the position or condition of his partner. These are the moments that may make you too emotional.

IMDB Rating: 8/10

4.Everest (2015)

Available on: Netflix, Amazon Prime, Disney+

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Everest is a popular film based on Jon Krakauer’s top-selling book Into Thin Air, which chronicled the destructive incidents of the 1996 Mount Everest disaster.

Although the film Everest received much backlash from Krakauer, it collected millions at the box office and received a high rating on IMDB and Rotten Tomatoes.

The film focuses on the survival efforts of two business expedition groups headed by famous climbers Rob Hall (popular for spreading the commercial climbing of Everest and performed by Jason Clarke in the movie) and Scott Fischer (Hall’s rival and performed by Jake Gyllenhaal).

Krakauer attached Hall’s journey as a journalist for Outside magazine. Unfortunately, the expeditions drop in chaos after the summit efforts are delayed because ropes are not installed in the higher regions of the climb, and the weather abruptly changes.

This high-profile disaster put a debate over the commercialization of responsible trekking over Mount Everest. Into Thin Air featured how wealthy aspirants paid thousands to follow the expeditions and put themselves and the lives of other guides and climbers in danger.

IMDB Rating: 7.1/10

5.The Summit (2012)

Available on: Netflix, Amazon Prime

This documentary presents the incidents that happened on the world’s second-highest mountain after Everest, Mount K2, positioned on the China-Pakistan border, in which 11 international mountaineers lost their lives.

This movie includes actual documentary footage and survivors’ data and describes it with dramatized recreations of the incidents of that deadly August day.

This brilliant movie is captivating partly because the issues that occurred are still not completely known. There’s still some mystery behind 11 responsible travelers’ deaths in this terrible 48 hour period.

These deadly 48 hours focused on in the film will allow you to witness how the climbers face problems, including icefalls, miscommunication, avalanches, and delays.

While it’s last on my list, it’s 100% still worth a watch if you’re curious to find out more about this mountaineering disaster.

IMDB Rating: 6.9/10

I hope that you will find this list worth your time. What are your favorite travel and mountaineering movies, share in comments. For more updates, connect with me on Instagram and YouTube.

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