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5 Best Mountaineering Films & Documentaries

Meru Trailer Best Mountaineering Documentaries

Are you in need of a good mountaineering documentary fix? If so, then we’ve got you covered. We’ve asked the Earth’s Edge team to write down their 5 best mountaineering films & documentaries and this is what we got!

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Watch on: Netflix or Amazon Prime

Described as “The PTSD of high level climbing”, Meru is based on the real life achievements, obsessions and loss of three elite climbers as they take on Mount Meru. The three climbers, Conrad Anker, Jimmy Chin and Renan Ozturk, show us the real-life / raw struggles of summiting this Himalayan peak. This documentary is our ultimate favourite and a must if you have not already seen it!

2. Free Solo

Watch on: Netflix or Amazon Prime

If rock climbing is your thing, then this is your documentary! What can only be described as a rock-climbing thriller, you will be sitting on the edge of your seat. Produced by National Geographic, this academy award winning documentary follows free soloist climber Alex Honnold as he takes on his lifelong dream of El Capitan in Yosemite National Park.

3. The Dawn Wall

Watch on: Netflix or Amazon Prime

Living on a sheer vertical cliff for weeks, climbers Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson attracted media attention in their effort to take on the seemingly impossible Dawn Wall of Yosemite National Park. Faced with many life-changing decisions, their obsession for The Dawn Wall takes front seat. So grab your popcorn and be prepared to be awed!

4. The Porter

Watch on: Youtube

An inside look into the life of Everest porters. An American attempts to become an Everest porter, not quite understanding the strength and willpower that is required. This true story shines a light on the amazing Everest porters who trek the mountain day-in-day-out. Award winning and a glimpse into the life of some of the most admirable people in the world – a must watch!

5. Everest

Watch on: Netflix or Amazon Prime

We are sure that you have already seen this one, but watching it the second time is just as good as the first time! The true story of New Zealander Robert Edwin Hall as he teams up with Scott Fisher to ascend the tallest mountain in the world – Mount Everest.

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