Filmography

Conrad Anker

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  • Documentary / Expedition Journal

    An American ascent

    George Potter (2016)

    An American Ascent documents the first African American expedition to tackle Denali, North America's highest peak and explores the complex relationship many African-Americans have with the outdoors. As the United States transitions to a 'minority majority' nation, a staggering number of people of color do not identify with America's wild places. By embarking on the grueling multi-week climb of the 20,327ft Denali, nine African-American climbers set out to bridge this 'adventure gap' - challenging outdated notions of what adventure looks like by changing the face of America's biggest and baddest mountain on the 100th anniversary of its first summit.

    USA / 66 min

    An American ascent

    George Potter, Andrew Adkins

    • 2016
    • USA
    • 66 min
    An American Ascent documents the first African American expedition to tackle Denali, North America's highest peak and explores the complex relationship many African-Americans have with the outdoors. As the United States transitions to a 'minority majority' nation, a staggering number of people of color do not identify with America's wild places. By embarking on the grueling multi-week climb of the 20,327ft Denali, nine African-American climbers set out to bridge this 'adventure gap' - challenging outdated notions of what adventure looks like by changing the face of America's biggest and baddest mountain on the 100th anniversary of its first summit.

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  • Documentary / Portrait

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    Dirtbag

    Dave O'Leske (2017)

    Fred Beckey is the legendary American 'Dirtbag' mountaineer whose name has evoked mystery, sarcasm and adulation since the 1940s. His stubborn determination to climb one peak after another was translated into a solitary life on the road, where he left a trail of furious climbing partners and abandoned lovers. At the age of 94 he is still obsessed by the mountains and plans ambitious expeditions, but the man who once cavorted over the rock and ice now has to come to terms with everyday life. The story of this athletic rebel, who inspired generations of climbers with his monumental first ascents and impassioned books, is recounted for the first time.

    USA / 96 min

    Dirtbag

    Dave O'Leske

    • 2017
    • USA
    • 96 min
    Fred Beckey is the legendary American 'Dirtbag' mountaineer whose name has evoked mystery, sarcasm and adulation since the 1940s. His stubborn determination to climb one peak after another was translated into a solitary life on the road, where he left a trail of furious climbing partners and abandoned lovers. At the age of 94 he is still obsessed by the mountains and plans ambitious expeditions, but the man who once cavorted over the rock and ice now has to come to terms with everyday life. The story of this athletic rebel, who inspired generations of climbers with his monumental first ascents and impassioned books, is recounted for the first time.

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  • Documentary / Chronicle

    Meru

    Jimmy Chin (2015)

    Three elite climbers struggle to find their way through obsession and loss as they attempt to climb Mount Meru, one of the most coveted prizes in the high stakes game of Himalayan big wall climbing.

    USA / 87 min

    Meru

    Jimmy Chin, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi

    • 2015
    • USA
    • 87 min
    Three elite climbers struggle to find their way through obsession and loss as they attempt to climb Mount Meru, one of the most coveted prizes in the high stakes game of Himalayan big wall climbing.

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  • Documentary / Expedition Journal

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    The last great climb

    Alastair Lee (2013)

    Are rock stars Leo Houlding, Sean “Stanley” Leary, and Jason Pickles up to their old tricks again? Maybe so, but they’ve brought along a few new friends and hopes of a bold new line on a remote spire in Queen Maud Land, Antarctica. They’re going big again – the majestic unclimbed Ulvetanna Peak is their goal this time. But they’re in the middle of nowhere, miserably cold, a bit delirious. Hopefully it’s nothing a little adrenaline can’t cure.

    UK / 60 min

    The last great climb

    Alastair Lee

    • 2013
    • UK
    • 60 min
    Are rock stars Leo Houlding, Sean “Stanley” Leary, and Jason Pickles up to their old tricks again? Maybe so, but they’ve brought along a few new friends and hopes of a bold new line on a remote spire in Queen Maud Land, Antarctica. They’re going big again – the majestic unclimbed Ulvetanna Peak is their goal this time. But they’re in the middle of nowhere, miserably cold, a bit delirious. Hopefully it’s nothing a little adrenaline can’t cure.

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  • Documentary / Historical

    The wildest dream Vod

    The wildest dream

    Anthony Geffen (2009)

    After discovering Mallory’s body on Everest in 1999, Conrad Anker’s life became intertwined with Mallory’s story. Mallory’s frozen body was found with his belongings intact; the only thing missing was a photograph of Ruth, which Mallory had promised to place on the summit. Haunted by Mallory's story, Anker returns to Everest with British climbing prodigy Leo Houlding to discover the truth about Mallory and to unravel the mysteries surrounding his disappearance. Anker and his climbing partner take on the Second Step without the use of the fixed ladder; free climbing it to evaluate if indeed Mallory was capable of climbing the Second Step himself in 1924.

    USA / 94 min

    The wildest dream

    Anthony Geffen

    • 2009
    • USA
    • 94 min
    After discovering Mallory’s body on Everest in 1999, Conrad Anker’s life became intertwined with Mallory’s story. Mallory’s frozen body was found with his belongings intact; the only thing missing was a photograph of Ruth, which Mallory had promised to place on the summit. Haunted by Mallory's story, Anker returns to Everest with British climbing prodigy Leo Houlding to discover the truth about Mallory and to unravel the mysteries surrounding his disappearance. Anker and his climbing partner take on the Second Step without the use of the fixed ladder; free climbing it to evaluate if indeed Mallory was capable of climbing the Second Step himself in 1924.

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  • Documentary / Climbing Journal

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    Himalayan Ice

    Ari Novak (2019)

    In December 2018, alpinists Ari Novak and Karsten Delap set out for India to explore one of the most remote valleys in the Indian Himalaya with local climber Karn Kowshik. Their goal was to meet with the indigenous population of the Spiti Valley and try to support local ice climbing. What they found was perhaps the biggest treasure trove of unclimbed ice in all the Himalaya. Himalayan Ice tells the history-making story of their journey to put up 9 first ascents and start an ice climbing movement by the local population. From their journey to the valley along the most treacherous road on earth to walking amongst Snow Leopards, the expedition was anything but expected.

    USA / 47 min

    Himalayan Ice

    Ari Novak, Austin Schmitz

    • 2019
    • USA
    • 47 min
    In December 2018, alpinists Ari Novak and Karsten Delap set out for India to explore one of the most remote valleys in the Indian Himalaya with local climber Karn Kowshik. Their goal was to meet with the indigenous population of the Spiti Valley and try to support local ice climbing. What they found was perhaps the biggest treasure trove of unclimbed ice in all the Himalaya. Himalayan Ice tells the history-making story of their journey to put up 9 first ascents and start an ice climbing movement by the local population. From their journey to the valley along the most treacherous road on earth to walking amongst Snow Leopards, the expedition was anything but expected.

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  • Documentary / Portrait

    Fine lines

    Dina Khreino (2018)

    The world’s most elite group of mountain adventurers reflect on why they leave behind families, friends, and everyday comforts, to risk everything for a fleeting glimpse into the unknown. Director Dina Khreino interviewed world-class athletes, listening to what compels them to this uncertain search. What she found was a tribe, a diverse group of professional adventurers and amateur philosophers, forged by the ultimate test of body, mind and spirit.

    Hong Kong, United Arab Emirates / 96 min

    Fine lines

    Dina Khreino

    • 2018
    • Hong Kong, United Arab Emirates
    • 96 min
    The world’s most elite group of mountain adventurers reflect on why they leave behind families, friends, and everyday comforts, to risk everything for a fleeting glimpse into the unknown. Director Dina Khreino interviewed world-class athletes, listening to what compels them to this uncertain search. What she found was a tribe, a diverse group of professional adventurers and amateur philosophers, forged by the ultimate test of body, mind and spirit.

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  • Documentary / Expedition Journal

    High Spirits

    Bernhard Stern (2016)

    David Lama and Conrad Anker became the first expedition ever to reach the headwall of Lunag Ri, a 6907 meters high mountain located at the border of Nepal and Tibet. The Austrian-American rope team gave everything to be the very first to reach the untouched summit. But in the end, due to freezing cold temperatures and strong wind the only reasonable option was to retreat. Lama said: '...we still have our fingers. They will surely be useful on our next attempt, which we have set our sights on for next year.'

    Austria / 10 min

    High Spirits

    Bernhard Stern, Florian Klingler

    • 2016
    • Austria
    • 10 min
    David Lama and Conrad Anker became the first expedition ever to reach the headwall of Lunag Ri, a 6907 meters high mountain located at the border of Nepal and Tibet. The Austrian-American rope team gave everything to be the very first to reach the untouched summit. But in the end, due to freezing cold temperatures and strong wind the only reasonable option was to retreat. Lama said: '...we still have our fingers. They will surely be useful on our next attempt, which we have set our sights on for next year.'

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  • Documentary / Portrait

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    Jeff Lowe's Metanoia

    Jim Aikman (2014)

    From the top of the world to the end of the line, this film follows the life and climbs of Jeff Lowe through his visionary ascents around the world up to his current dance with a chronic disease.

    USA / 78 min

    Jeff Lowe's Metanoia

    Jim Aikman

    • 2014
    • USA
    • 78 min
    From the top of the world to the end of the line, this film follows the life and climbs of Jeff Lowe through his visionary ascents around the world up to his current dance with a chronic disease.

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  • Documentary / Climbing Journal

    Hold Fast

    Jim Aikman (2017)

    While making a summit attempt to an unclimbed peak in Nepal in 2016, Conrad Anker suffered a heart attack. With his climbing partner, David Lama, able to do little more than look on, Anker self-rescued from 20,000 feet. It marked the end of his long and storied career as a high-altitude mountaineer, but not his passion to climb. In Hold Fast, Anker returns to one of his favorite big wall climbs — El Cap, in Yosemite National Park. With him is Alex Wildman, an ardent amateur climber and close friend. The good news is that Wildman is a cardiac nurse. But he has never before climbed a big wall. And he has a serious health concern of his own.

    USA / 56 min

    Hold Fast

    Jim Aikman

    • 2017
    • USA
    • 56 min
    While making a summit attempt to an unclimbed peak in Nepal in 2016, Conrad Anker suffered a heart attack. With his climbing partner, David Lama, able to do little more than look on, Anker self-rescued from 20,000 feet. It marked the end of his long and storied career as a high-altitude mountaineer, but not his passion to climb. In Hold Fast, Anker returns to one of his favorite big wall climbs — El Cap, in Yosemite National Park. With him is Alex Wildman, an ardent amateur climber and close friend. The good news is that Wildman is a cardiac nurse. But he has never before climbed a big wall. And he has a serious health concern of his own.

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  • Documentary / Expedition Journal

    Queen Maud Land Vod

    Queen Maud Land

    Cedar Wright (2018)

    A motley crew of climbing legends (Conrad Anker, Anna Pfaff, Jimmy Chin, Alex Honnold, Savannah Cummins, and Cedar Wright) mount an expedition to the world’s coldest and most remote peaks in the heart of Antarctica. Sometimes hilarious, often heinous, and completely otherworldly, Queen Maud Land showcases outrageous cinematography from a beautiful and rarely seen part of the earth. The team summited 15 peaks over 17 days.

    USA

    Queen Maud Land

    Cedar Wright, Taylor Keating

    • 2018
    • USA
    A motley crew of climbing legends (Conrad Anker, Anna Pfaff, Jimmy Chin, Alex Honnold, Savannah Cummins, and Cedar Wright) mount an expedition to the world’s coldest and most remote peaks in the heart of Antarctica. Sometimes hilarious, often heinous, and completely otherworldly, Queen Maud Land showcases outrageous cinematography from a beautiful and rarely seen part of the earth. The team summited 15 peaks over 17 days.

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  • Documentary / Chronicle

    Barefoot water skiing

    Scott Ayers (1995)

    Gabrielle Reece tries her luck at barefoot water-skiing with champion brian fuchs. Guy Cooper shows us what big air motorcross jumping is all about at his private ranch in oklahoma. Ice climbing in canada with the north face climbing team. A programme of the extreme sports series The Extremists.

    USA / 22 min

    Barefoot water skiing

    Scott Ayers, Eden Ayers

    • 1995
    • USA
    • 22 min
    Gabrielle Reece tries her luck at barefoot water-skiing with champion brian fuchs. Guy Cooper shows us what big air motorcross jumping is all about at his private ranch in oklahoma. Ice climbing in canada with the north face climbing team. A programme of the extreme sports series The Extremists.

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