Aconcagua – The film, the climb.


With the Kendal Mountain Festival been and gone, we are prepping for our own time on the big screens in Kendal.


We have teamed up with documentary film-maker Craig Bingham to make a film of our ascent of Aconcagua in January 2017. We met Craig last month to do some filming on scrambling ground in the Lake District to train him up for filming on tough terrain – quite different to what he has done before and a big challenge.


‘I will be the climber with the least experience on the trip. I haven’t earned the respect of any summit. With the distance and high altitude, this climb may break me emotionally and physically. For this reason I will be becoming one of the subjects in the film and docing myself, my thoughts and feelings along the way.’ (Craig)

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His latest documentary is based on the life and career of Olympic boxing champion Luke Campbell – a documentary that shows off the main characteristics of Craig’s artistic style: a raw and real life feel and emotive use of colour schemes – in ‘Adapt’ he is juxtaposing the imagery of close-up portrait shots with the loud and aggressive colours of the televised boxing footage. Craig’s background as a portrait photographer is apparent as he draws up this honest and involved story of Luke Campbell.


We are excited to have Craig on board for our next expedition to film the subtleties of partnership on the mountain, leadership, personal struggles and success – intimate stories that are quintessentially human – both closely personal and universal at the same time. He will be filming stories of real people and capturing our climbers in their most vulnerable. It will feel uncomfortably real, highlighting not just the scale of the climb, but the breaking points of our climbers, their  exposed emotions.


In the context of this, it will be interesting to find out a bit more about the background to the mountain film and the history of the genre – wait for our next Blog to come out!


Fancy featuring in the Mountain Festival yourself? There are still places left on our Aconcagua expedition in January!


Find out more about Craig Bingham’s work: Craig Bingham Film & Photography


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