The Hard Way - Annapurna South Face 1970

The Hard Way - Annapurna South Face 1970

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A gripping and timeless documentary recording the first ascent of the South Face of Annapurna in 1970, apparently impossible but one that proved, with the right team, anything was possible.


Best Climbing Film, Trento Mountain Film Festival 1971

This entertaining film documents the first ascent of the very difficult South Face of Annapurna, a huge Himalayan wall that proved that the right team could achieve the seemingly impossible.

The ascent of the South Face of Annapurna in 1970 was one of those breakthrough ascents - both technically and psychologically.  Chris Bonington assembled the cream of British mountaineering and American Tom Frost for the attempt. This documentary is punctuated by wry observation, understatement and cutting humour from a by-gone age when the game of taking huge risks was matched by a determination not to take it too seriously. The summit triumph leads to unexpected tragedy, a common theme in the Himalaya, but never told more poignantly as in the classic film. 

About the Film

Release Date
Adventure & Exploration and Mountaineering
Chris Bonington, Martin Boysen, Mike Burke, Ian Clough, Nick Escourt, Tom Frost, Dougal Haston, Mike Thompson and Don Whillans
John Edwards
John Edwards
Download Filesize
SD (4:3)
The Hard Way - Annapurna South Face 1970


daniel rees
23 April 2015
6 December 2012
29 March 2012
Dave Stuttard
7 January 2012

Excellent groundbreaking footage and some classic quotes from the northern climbers! You really get the sense of how immense these Himalayan mountains are and what an incredibly difficult and ambitious route this was. Ian Clough was my uncle and his death was an absolute tragedy, but his spirit lives on and he will always be remembered.

Bob Clough
23 May 2011
Brian Hall
6 April 2011

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