Rock climbing is a relatively new sport in the world of elite sports. The gods and goddesses of rock have crossed the boundaries of sport since the 1950s and 1960s, but it wasn’t until the late 1970s that rock climbing began to be documented.
Even then, the quality of the document was very poor.
Since then, a number of films and documentaries about the radical sport of rock climbing have been released. We’re here to give you a rundown of ten of the best rock climbing movies of all time. Each of these documentaries is based on a true story that took place in Hollywood here!
Are you ready to ignite the climbing fire in your home with the best climbing sequences ever made? You might want to cheer up before sitting down to check out some of these poignant stories from the rock!
1. Valley Uprising
- Directors: Peter Mortimer, Nick Rosen and Josh Lowell
- Runtime: 90 minutes
- Summary: Yosemite National Park’s countercultural climbing scene from nearly
The captivating and unforgettable story of half a century of rock climbing in California’s Yosemite National Park: half a century of fighting gravity and nature.
Find out how climbers have created a counterculture lifestyle of junk diving and wild parties that clash with the National Park Service’s conservative values in shady campgrounds of Yosemite Valley.
2. 360 Ascent
- Director: Kunstkollectiv
- Duration: 48 min
- Summary: a Slovenian couple climbs the highest chimney in Europe
In six years, the chimney of a power plant Trbovlje remained in slumber and meanwhile the Domen Skōfic embarked on the ascent of the tallest chimney of its kind on the continent.
Finally, he got the green light and teamed up with Slovenian climber Janja Garnbret to do a one-of-a-kind marathon climb on the World Cup track. 360 Ascent lives through thrills, drops and races with fading light to the top in a captivating adventure.
Tour de la force: going up the highest chimney in Europe
This is Yosemite, nature’s great sanctuary
Into the Greenland ice cap with a photographer…
3. Beneath the ice
- Director: Will Gadd
- Length: 17 m
- Summary: Explore the immense depths of the Greenland ice cap.
Will Gadd uses his unsurpassed skills and knowledge of ice climbing to lead a scientific expedition to previously uncharted territory beneath the Greenland ice cap.
“I’ve been to some of the craziest places on Earth and climbed some pretty crazy stuff, but that’s another level,” Gadd said.
With temperatures dropping to 30°C, it was an inhospitable environment for Gadd and his travel partner, glaciologist Jason Gulley, to do their job, but through their efforts, information new is being collected from the ice cap of Greenland and the way it melts.
4. Cerro Torre: A Snowball’s Chance in Hell
- Director: Thomy Dirnhofer
- Duration: 1 hour 41 minutes
- Summary: Record your first free ascent by Cerro Torre
David Lama saw Cerro The first time Torre appeared in a climbing magazine, he immediately discovered its route. “I was immediately excited,” he said. “I want to climb it freely.”
Cerro Torre is one of the most formidable mountain faces on the planet and it is 3,128-meter tower pierces the tops of Patagonia and near its top, the rock collapses like puff pastry. At the top was a giant ice mushroom, and its controversial first ascent ended in the death of a climber.
When Lama announced his intention to climb unassisted, the legendary Jim Bridwell, who climbed the great wall in 1979, offered simple advice: “You’re not lucky enough to have a sphere. snow in hell.” Lama didn’t listen and what unfolds is a dramatic and ultimately moving drama that follows his story as he tries and tries to reach the top.
5. Lunag Ri
- Directors: Michael Ginthoer and Martin Hanslmayr
- Length: 35m
- In short: A training to climb without slipping
David Lama and Conrad Anker make a second attempt to climb the 6,907 m Himalayan Peak, Lunag Ri. Unusual weather changes, technical challenges, and health issues are just a few of the challenges Lama and Anker face as they strive to stay ahead.
Regarding the ascent, Lama said: “There are still a lot of mountains that have not been covered, but unlike Lunag Ri, many of them are not very attractive from a climbing point of view.
This second attempt was ultimately unsuccessful, but Lama was able to do it for the third time alone in 2018 and took the top spot.
- Director: Philipp Manderla
- Length: 1hr 38m
- In a nutshell: Climbing in a lost world
A group of climbers undertakes an expedition to Mount Roraima, a legendary peak in South America. Kurt Albert and Holger Heuber aren’t sure what they’re for when they join rock climbing superstar Stefan Glowacz on an expedition to Mount Roraima, a steep South American summit set in the deep rainforest that marks the point three of Venezuela, Guayana and Brazil.
“There are walls where there’s an almost 100% chance you’ll die, simply because there’s always something colliding around you: falling rocks, falling ice, everything,” Glowacz says of the walk. up of Mount Roraima.
7. Claim Freedom
- Director: Various
- Length: 52m
- In a nutshell: a climber explores the limits of imagination
In the Claim of Freedom, four adventurers have the opportunity to take on unique challenges. In the climbing segment, climber Gareth Leah’s search for “superman obsessions” leads him on an adventure to São Tomé, an island off the West coast of Africa, to climb. up the majestic ‘Pico Cão Grandé.
8.K2: The Impossible Descent
- Director: Slawomir Batyra
- Length: 1 hour 5 m
- Basically: Andrzej Bargiel descends K2 on skis
Ski mountaineer Andrzej Bargiel made history by skiing down K2, the world’s second-highest peak, at an elevation of 8,611m, in June 2018. Find out more about the project here and follow Bargiel on his epic journey from Poland to Pakistan.
9. Climb Terra Incognita
- Director: Corey Rich
- Length: 23 m
- In a nutshell: Kilian Fischhuber is doing well and is really off the grid in Siberia
Terra Incognita is not literally mapped. This is what Kilian Fischhuber and his team got when they started climbing in search of a group of granite towers in the very remote and rarely visited Ulahan Sis region of Siberia. First sighted and filmed in
2016, the team embarked on a true adventure for the modern era, climbing the tower, and no one knew if they would even find it.
10. Last Ascent
- Director: Tom Beard
- Length: 45 m
- In a nutshell: Will Gadd’s ice climbing is Kilimanjaro
Unfortunately, several world tropical ice caps are melting rapidly. It is melting as fast as Africa’s famous Mount Kilimanjaro, which is losing glaciers and ice fields at an alarming rate. A heartbreaking and thought-provoking film about famous ice climber Will Gadd’s return from the continental summit to the last mountain he first visited six years ago before the ice was gone forever.