Featuring some of the biggest names in mountain sports, it will explore the psychology of risk taking in the mountains, asking – is it worth it?
In October 2014, Steve Wakeford, an award winning sports editor, fell 70 metres whilst climbing a mountain known as Les Petites Jorasses in the French Alps. It was a fall that required him to be airlifted out of the mountains suffering from a number of serious injuries and resulted in him being temporarily left in a wheelchair - he is lucky to be alive.
Whilst in the confines of this wheelchair, and at the start of a long journey of rehabilitation, he began to ask himself some serious questions -
"Regardless of injury or trauma, why are we drawn to the mountains in the first place? Is risk an essential part of what we do? Our experiences form us, so do we perceive risk differently after an accident? Perhaps most importantly, why is it that I am planning to climb the same route from which I fell?"
Unable to do any of the things that make him "him", Steve lost his sense of direction and identity. He decided to pick up his camera and document his journey.
And so, Magnetic Mountains was born.
After the trauma he suffered, and with the break down of a relationship, Steve had to seriously reflect upon why he had put himself in that position in the first place, and why he was considering going back for more. In order to start finding answers, Steve decided to meet with some of the leading figures in alpine sports - household names such as Sir Chris Bonington, Tommy Caldwell, Steve House, Eva Walkner and Liv Sansov.
The Magnetic Mountains Kickstarter campaign is trying to make the film a reality .....you can donate and invest at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/mennapritchard/magnetic-mountains