You’re probably aware that there is a film that’s set to be released this year based on the events described so (in)famously by author John Krakauer in his book ‘Into Thin Air’. It would be far too obvious for me to sit here and bang on about how awful the trailer looks and how it appears that Hollywood has managed to misrepresent Himalayan climbing again, so I’m not going to. If you haven’t already seen the trailer, take a look for yourself.
In a rather appropriate twist of fate, the trailer for the film that much of the climbing community has been looking forward to seeing, for years in fact, has also been released this month. ‘Meru’ looks incredible. It’s more of a documentary than a movie and it should definitely be worth a watch. Everest veteran Conrad Anker stars alongside Jimmy Chin and the super talented photographer / film maker Renan Ozturk. Incidentally, if you haven’t already, check out Renan’s instagram feed – it’s ridiculous.
But that’s not all – there’s another film out there this year. Jeff Lowe’s Metanoia is has perhaps the most poignant story on offer in all three films and will undoubtedly be seen by the fewest number of people. Jeff Lowe is considered by many people to be one of the world’s greatest ever climbers. He’s certainly done some very special things in the mountains. His climbs in the 70’s and 80’s on routes such as the futuristic South Pillar of Nuptse, along with several far-out climbs on remote Alaskan peaks, define the freedom and spirit of alpine climbing. His route ‘Metanoia’ on the north face of the Eiger is unrepeated.
Although there are no scheduled showings of Jeff Lowe’s Metanoia in the UK at the moment I’d be very surprised if it wasn’t shown at the Kendal Mountain Festival in November, along with Meru too.
Edit – Metanoia was shown at the 2014 Kendal Mountain Festival.