Cory Richards likes to say that 90 percent of climbing is failure. This past winter he came close to disaster after an avalanche hit his team on a harrowing descent on Gasherbrum II. In Cold, Director Anson Fogel pieced together Richards’ footage from GII, gave it a stellar audio treatment, and created a narrative line that explores the physical and emotional extremes of attempting an 8,000-meter peak in winter. In a surprisingly expansive 19 minutes, Fogel and Richards have crafted a climbing film with more insight and action than most multi-hour features. Cold took home the award for Best Film – Climbing, as well as the Audio Post-Production Scholarship, before nabbing Banff’s Grand Prize.
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