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The Death Climb

45' (GER, ENG subs)

What began as gruelling but fulfilling climbs to the top resulted in the premature ending of two lives.

Mario Bornschein, owner of an outdoor store in Berlin, sought to guide normal people on a hike up the Broad peak in Pakistan. An extreme sport enthusiast and photographer, Mike Fuchs, planned an expedition to Mount Mckinley in Alaska. For both, the climbs were supposed to be dream expeditions; however, instead they were both confronted with the death of a close comrade. 

Both Mike and Mario question if they had a hand in what happened and torture themselves with thoughts of ‘what ifs’. However, self-flagellation is no recourse for accidents that couldn’t have been avoided. With dramatic takes from the mountains and intensive interviews, the film shows two dream tours that turned into complete nightmares. A film about the fight to survive and dealing with feelings of guilt and responsibility. 

Fotos: ©WDR

Original Title: Bergtour in den Tod
Year: 2016
Length: 45' (GER, ENG subs)
Resolution: HD
Film by: Markus Thös & Harriet Kloss
Produced by: WDR, Pinguin Film

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