The Alps: “A Gorgeous Homage to Alpine Climbing”


International Herald Tribune has posted an AP story on the new IMAX film The Alps which I’ve mentioned briefly a few times already. This is the film that follows John Harlin III up The Eiger on the same route that killed his father nearly 40 years ago. The climb was the inspiration for Harlin’s book The Eiger Obsession.

The article talks about Harlin climbing in his father’s footsteps, even as his own nine year old daughter watches through a telescope from the chalet below. Harlin III was nine years old himself when his father fell off the face of the Eiger while pursuing his dream to climb the “Eiger Direct” route.

This is the first “review” of the film that I’ve seen however, and it comes across as nothing short of glowing. The film looks great, as you would expect from an IMAX film, and goes to great lengths to capture an accurate portrayal of what it’s like to climb a big mountain face in the Alps. The BIGGEST face in the Alps as a matter of fact.

The film sounds amazing, and I can’t wait to see it. Unfortunately, it isn’t playing in my area yet, nor is listed on the IMAX website, so I’m not sure when it’s coming. But I’ll keep my eyes peeled, and when I do get a chance to see it, I’ll be sure to post my thoughts here. I’m also plugging away on the book, but with a busy week ahead, I’m not sure I’ll be able to post a review before I leave for Kili on Saturday. With a little luck, I’ll get it finished, otherwise I’ll have to post it upon my return.

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