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By Bang
From Charlottesville, VA
Feb 21, 2013
Thanks Hank Caylor!


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By Just Solo
From Colorado Springs
Mar 11, 2013

Ha ha, ya it was made for TV... Cheesy as hell! Can't wait till The Summit is released. Selected at Sundance. About the 2008 K2 climb.

Of course, the best all time climbing movie, with all it's campiness, is K2 with Michael Baene. As bad as it is, I absolutely love it!


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By superkick
From West Hartford, CT
Mar 11, 2013
Free Solo up hitchcock gully WI3

no way. Eiger Station!


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By Bang
From Charlottesville, VA
Mar 11, 2013
Thanks Hank Caylor!

Just Solo wrote:
Ha ha, ya it was made for TV... Cheesy as hell! Can't wait till The Summit is released. Selected at Sundance. About the 2008 K2 climb. Of course, the best all time climbing movie, with all it's campiness, is K2 with Michael Baene. As bad as it is, I absolutely love it!


By K2, you meant the movie named "K2" right, not the "Verticle Limit" right?


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By Bob M
From Alpharetta, GA
Mar 11, 2013
T Wall

Come on! It's the Eiger Sanction.


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By Just Solo
From Colorado Springs
Mar 11, 2013

Bang wrote:
By K2, you meant the movie anmed "K2" right, not the "Verticle Limit" right?



Yes... Vertical limit was just stupid. Amazed Viesters had anything to do with it. That scene at the beginning with the team simul-climbing and the rope cut was just ridiculous!

Eiger Sanction was good, but not a strictly climbing movie...


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By Stich
From Colorado Springs, Colorado
Mar 11, 2013
Coffee after freezing our asses off near James Peak.

Just Solo wrote:
Amazed Viesters had anything to do with it.


He got paid, yo!

And all of the guys that worked on Cliffhanger had a blast and got paychecks as well. Honestly, wouldn't you want to get paid to work on the cheesiest movie about climbing ever made? It would be even sweeter if you got a walk on role delivering some super serious line.

"He's dead, Jim."


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By Woodchuck ATC
Mar 11, 2013
Rock Wars, RRG, 2008

Yeah, you've hit up on some of the top movies ever made for cheese factor....but what the hell if the paychecks are good just laugh about them all the way to the bank I say. My vote for realism is Eiger Sanction from the mid 70's....a classic that broke the mold for Hollywood action climbing flicks to follow the next 25 years.


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By Fat Dad
From Los Angeles, CA
Mar 11, 2013

The Eiger Sanction by far. Cool picture of Clint on the cover of the most recent Alpinist (41) with some nice back story.

Just before he cut the rope in the climatic scene, Clint asked one of the rope guys, Hamish MacInness: "Is this safe?"

MacInness replied: "It's safe enough, but I wouldn't do it.


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By Joe Stark
From Iowa
Mar 11, 2013
Warming up

I saw a guy act out that beginning scene from Vertical Limit after finding out I was a climber. He got into it, too. Shouting out dialogue and wildly gesticulating. He then got really quiet and asked, "Is that what it's like going climbing?"

I so badly wanted to turn and sprint away as fast as I could. Alas, I'm not that cool. So I weakly explained to him that Vertical Limit is a movie and that kinda shit doesn't happen. At least not where I climb.

He seemed disappointed. I remember thinking that was weird.


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By Just Solo
From Colorado Springs
Mar 11, 2013

I think the best actual climbing movie to date is Touching the Void. Or, if you haven't seen it, get on netflix and watch the german movie, The North Face. It's about the first german ascent of the Eiger. Fantastic movie. Great scenes, and I think a good portion actually filmed on the Eiger itself. Could be wrong about that one.


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By Woodchuck ATC
Mar 11, 2013
Rock Wars, RRG, 2008

Just Solo wrote:
I think the best actual climbing movie to date is Touching the Void. Or, if you haven't seen it, get on netflix and watch the german movie, The North Face. It's about the first german ascent of the Eiger. Fantastic movie. Great scenes, and I think a good portion actually filmed on the Eiger itself. Could be wrong about that one.


Both are great, but I consider them more of documentary types, not just hollywood entertainment stuff. Nordwand' was pretty dam cool with all the old gear they used.


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By Bang
From Charlottesville, VA
Mar 12, 2013
Thanks Hank Caylor!

Well, also the German movie "Nanga Parbat" about the Messner brothers


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By Woodchuck ATC
Mar 12, 2013
Rock Wars, RRG, 2008

Bang wrote:
Well, also the German movie "Nanga Parbat" about the Messner brothers


Agree, if we open it up to lots of unknown great foreign climbing films, the list will certainly grow by quite alot. There are many good ones out there..think Nordwand' was the most famous to cross over into the US markets.


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By The Mother Ship
Mar 12, 2013

One thing though, the effort/sadness of the guides came across well, and I understand that the author was there to write an article, but I didn't get the impression that the story adequately portrayed the authors climbing experience. I remember the R&I article that he wrote about the Eiger N Face and I articles about routes in AK and climbing in New England. The story is tragic, but I got the impression from the movie that the author was a writer with limited climbing experience, rather than a climber turned author.


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