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Mountain of Storms

Published: Mon Oct 22 2012

Founded during the salad days of hippy hiking by train hopper, falconer and occasional rock climber Yvon Chouinard, there’s no knocking Patagonia’s outdoor credentials. But if you were — DON’T, just watch this film and you’ll see how legit this bunch are. Filmed in 1968, Mountain of Storms follows a pre-Patagonia Yvon Chouinard and some of his mates (including North Face founder Doug Tompkins) as they drive a campervan from California to Chile to conquer Mount Fitz Roy.

Shot on hazy 16mm film to a soundtrack of folk-rock noodlings, Mountain of Storms almost makes climbing up one of the most dangerous mountains around look like a bloody good laugh — although the bit where they are forced to spend about three weeks in an ice cave doesn’t look too fun. Highlights include the less-than-enthusiastic voice-overs of the climbers, a few cracking jackets and the wistful, rose-tinted dream sequence. It’s an hour long, but what else have you got planned? Exactly — so take off those boots, get the whistling kettle on the stove and roll out that roll-mat, ‘cause the whole thing is available for your viewing pleasure below…

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