Cerro Torre: A Snowball's Chance in Hell
is a movie starring
David Lama, Peter Ortner, and Jim Bridwell.
Set against the backdrop of breathtaking Patagonia, David Lama, the worlds youngest climbing world champion, sets out to climb an unfathomable route on Cerro Torre, a mountain once said to be the most difficult in the world.
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CERRO TORRE is a documentary about mountaineering, friendship and transformation. It's a coming of age story that also takes a close look at the state of rock climbing and alpinism, as well as their many philosophies and ethical approaches.Written by
Climbing, especially at altitude, is a controversial sport. How much risk can you take? What style and equipment are fair to use? Should one trust the experts and community, or only himself?
Cerro Torre is an excellent example of this controversy - first with Maestri's disputed ascent, then with his undisputed but condemned one, then with Kennedy & Kruk cleansing the mountain. "Cerro Torre" captures all of this and adds a story of David Lama, a Nepalese wonder boy obsessed with free climbing the peak.
Some interest in climbing is probably required to fully enjoy this movie. If you don't understand the delicate difference between free & aid climbing, or don't know where Patagonia is and why climbing there is special, then you might not enjoy it as deeply as more informed viewers. However the amazing scenery, thrilling climbing sequences and conflicts between the climbers are there for everyone.
Extra kudos to the film crew for getting to the summit themselves!
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