10. Cory Richards, Simone Moro, and Denis Urubko Climb GII

Fast and light up an 8,000-meter peak in Pakistan, with a camera

It wasn’t just that Cory Richards, Simone Moro, and Denis Urubko climbed one of Pakistan’s 8,000-meter peaks in winter, or that they survived a brutal storm and avalanche on the way down. It was that Richards documented the entire journey, and that Moro and Urubko let him. The Anson Fogel directed short that followed wowed audiences for the quick, gritty look it offered inside a fast and light mountaineering expedition. It took home the Charlie Fowler award at Telluride Mountainfilm, The Spirit of Adventure prize at the 5Point Film Festival, and the Grand Prize at the Banff Film Festival.

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