- Jan 31, 2008
- Reaction score
- Middletown, CT
For those who haven't watched the Alone series, it streams for free at:
A new movie is out, The Last Mountain. No recreations, the entire movie is of actual footage.
The movie covers a lot of ground, from what I can make of it, but seems to be about a family coping with loss. In this case, the loss of two family members. The first Alison Hargreaves, the first woman to solo Everest without oxygen, among other achievements. The second is her son, Tom Ballard, who was only six when Alison died on K2.
This BBC movie examines how the Ballards were impacted by the loss of their mother and brother.
Tom and his Italian girlfriend, Daniel Nardi, died attempting a winter ascent of the Mummery Spur on Nanga Parbat in 2019. and I get the impression Nardi's family was all that pleased that she went on the expedition with the more-experienced Ballard.
It doesn't strike me as the warm and fuzzy movie that Torn was, with footage of people making accusations and speaking of the deaths in harsh tones that Torn seemed to elide.
There is also the problem that the son had more footage than the mother, so it should come as no surprise that his story gets more screen time, even as a the movie focuses less on climbing and more on the family. Indeed, I get the impression this isn't much of a climbing movie at all.
I haven't watched it yet. It's streaming on Amazon.