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Go see “Past the Summits”.


Aerial photography has participated in the mapping of mountains, allowed climbers to find new routes, and others to discover the wonders of nature.

Aerial images has participated within the mapping of mountains, allowed climbers to seek out new routes, and others to find the wonders of nature.

Renan Ozturk and Freddie Wilkinson’s documentary is each an journey story and a portrait of climber and photographer Brad Washburn.

Through the open door of an airplane, Brad Washburn captured iconic images, participating in the first explorations in Alaska, then unknown territory.
By the open door of an airplane, Brad Washburn captured iconic photographs, taking part within the first explorations in Alaska, then unknown territory.

It was a black-and-white aerial {photograph}, taken in 1936 in Alaska, that triggered each the movie and journey initiatives by Renan Ozturk and Freddie Wilkinson. A shot of Mount Denali, the best peak in North America, then referred to as Mount McKinley, taken by “the best aerial mountain photographer”, Brad Washburn, gave three climbing buddies the concept to chain the peaks of the Moose’s Tooth, a type of mountain jaw.

“Past the Summits” (out June 15) thus mixes the journey story of passionate younger climbers with a portrait of Brad Washburn (1910-2007), photographer, cartographer, climber, pilot, explorer… and director of the Boston Museum of Science. Renan Ozturk and Freddie Wilkinson’s episodic expedition is certain to thrill mountain lovers who’re excited to see “individuals who like to harm themselves” undergo, fail, attempt once more, and succeed; climbers who wish to make never-before-done ascents, search out the feat and the hazard, and climb up there on the ridge.

Waves of snow on the peaks

However essentially the most fascinating a part of this documentary is clearly the one devoted to Brad Washburn, this man who flew over the mountains, this couple actually, since his spouse Barbara adopted him in lots of expeditions. By the open door of an airplane, he took emblematic photos from the air, taking part within the first explorations in Alaska, then unknown territory. By going to see “past the summits”, this pioneer of aerial images thus participated of their mapping, he allowed mountaineers to seek out new routes, and others to find the great thing about the mountains and the wonders of nature.

Unknown to non-specialists, his affect on climbing followers was huge, due to his “majestic, serene, chic” photographs, waves of snow on the summits, massive codecs captured above Alaska, the Grand Canyon, Mount Everest… or the Chamonix valley, which he found in his youth. Brad Washburn had impressed a personality to Frison-Roche for his novel “First of the rope”, “Past the summits” pays him a authentic tribute.

Patrick TARDIT

“Past the Summits”, a movie by Renan Ozturk and Freddie Wilkinson (launched June 15).

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