Best Hiking and Mountaineering Films for Lock-down 2020

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Best Hiking and Mountaineering Films for Lock-down 2020

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We’re all stuck in, still dreaming of the mountains!

So why not use this time to check out some of the best hiking, climbing and mountaineering films, to take you on an adventure from your armchair!

Hiking & Trekking

Into The Wild

Hike across North America into the Alaskan Wilderness in the early 1990s, with Christopher McCandless, a young adventurer trying to find his place in the world!

Released: 2007

Based On: Christopher McCandless

Stars: Emile Hirsch & Vince Vaughn

Directed By: Sean Penn

Location: USA & Alaskan Wilderness

Book Written By: Jon Krakauer


Join an autobiographical adventure across the heart of America on the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert to the Oregon–Washington state line.

Released: 2014

Based On: Cheryl Strayed

Stars: Reece Witherspoon

Directed By: Nick Hornby

Location: Pacific Crest Trail, USA

Book Written By: Cheryl Strayed

A Walk in the Woods

Bill Bryson’s witty and observant writing at its best in this biographical comedy-drama film set on The Appalachian Trail.

Released: 2015

Based On: Bill Bryson

Stars: Robert Redford, Nick Nolte & Emma Thompson

Directed By: Ken Kwapis

Location: The Appalachian Trail, USA

Book Written By: Bill Bryson

127 Hours

127 hours trapped alone in a Utah Canyon. Join Aron Ralston as he takes desperate measures to survive.

Released: 2010

Based On: Aron Ralston

Stars: James Franco

Directed By: Danny Boyle

Location: Utah’s Canyonlands National Park, USA

Book Written By: Aron Ralston

The Way

Follow a father walking the traditional pilgrimage route along the Camino de Santiago in Spain following the death of his adult son.

Released: 2010

Based On: Fictional

Stars: Martin Sheen & Emilio Estevez

Directed By: Emilio Estevez

Location: Camino de Santiago, Spain

Book Written By: Jack Hitt

The Revenant

The legendary frontiersman Hugh Glass’s experiences in 1823 included surviving a fight with a grizzly bear and being left for dead by his men!

Released: 2015

Based On: Hugh Glass

Stars: Leonardo Di Caprio & Tom Hardy

Directed By:

Location: 1820s America

Book Written By: Michael Punke

7 Years in Tibet

Following Austrian mountaineer Heinrich Harrer on his experiences in Tibet between 1939 and 1951 during World War II.

Released: 1997

Based On: Heinrich Harrer

Stars: Brad Pitt

Directed By: Hans Nieter

Location: 1940s Tibet

Book Written By: Heinrich Harrer

The Way Back

Siberian prison escapees walk 4,000 miles to freedom in India.

Released: 2010

Based On: Sławomir Rawicz

Stars: Colin Farrell & Ed Harris

Directed By: Peter Weir

Location: WW2 Siberia, Russia

Book Written By: Sławomir Rawicz



Be part of first ascent of the “Shark’s Fin” route on Meru Peak in the Indian Himalayas.

Released: 2015

Based On: Conrad Anker, Jimmy Chin & Renan Ozturk

Location: Meru Peak in the Indian Himalayas

Directed by: Jimmy Chin

Free Solo

Alex Honnold progressed from man to myth on his quest to perform a free solo climb of El Capitan in June 2017.

Released: 2018

Based On: Alex Honnold

Location: El Capitan, USA

Directed by: Jimmy Chin

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A stunning cinematic experience following the events of the 1997 Mount Everest disaster.

Released: 2015

Based On: Rob Hall, Scott Fishcher & Anatoli Boukreev

Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Jason Clarke & Josh Brolin

Location: Mount Everest, Nepal

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Touching The Void

Follow the disastrous and near-fatal climb of Siula Grande in the Cordillera Huayhuash in the Peruvian Andes, in 1985

Released: 2003

Based On: Joe Simpson

Stars: Simon Yates & Joe Simpson

Location: Peruvian Andes, Peru

Book Written By: Joe Simpson

Into Thin Air

Based on Jon Krakauer’s personal account of events in 1997 Mount Everest disaster.

Released: 1997

Based On: Rob Hall, Scott Fishcher & Anatoli Boukreev

Stars: Christopher MacDonald, Peter Horton & Richard Jenkins

Location: Mount Everest, Nepal

Book Written By: Jon Krakauer

Vertical Limit

A high-adrenaline tale of extraordinary rescue efforts on K-2. A tad over the top, but a bit of fun!

Released: 2000

Based On: Fictional

Stars: Chris O’Donnell & Bill Paxton

Location: K2, Himalayas

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