A Line Across The Sky
Every so often a climber, or group of climbers, does something previously thought impossible. This forty-minute documentary tells the story of one such climb. Over five days in February 2014, A-list climbers Alex Honnold and Tommy Caldwell worked their way across the Cerro Fitz Roy Traverse, in Patagonia. It's one of the world's toughest peak linkups, meaning the climbers had ascend and descend a series of granite spires above a glaciated valley. With minimal gear (one sleeping bag, no tent, one ice ax) they climbed over 13,000 vertical feet, seven individual summits, and four miles. The footage the duo's hand-held camera does a remarkable job of placing you amongst the climbers as they overcome one obstacle after another. By the end of the climb Honnold and Caldwell are tattered, torn, and slightly delirious. But their feat won them the prestigious Piolet D'Or, climbing's highest honor, and the film clearly shows why the award was deserved.