K2 the movie (1991)


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Big Wall climber
Topic Author's Original Post - Oct 22, 2011 - 02:57am PT
K2 is on instant queue.

Anyone one to guess without cheating where the climbing is done and who is doing the climbing?

Pretty much Hollywood climbing but I dig it.

Trad climber
Oct 22, 2011 - 05:49am PT

I'm up waaaay to late, or Waaay to early? 4:50am my time.

Trad climber
Oct 22, 2011 - 07:18am PT
K2 "cheesy goodness"!

Now on to Cliff Hanger.

Ice climber
Pomfert VT
Oct 22, 2011 - 07:55am PT
I actuall liked that movie even though it was cheesy at times. It looked like the climbed El Cap and then did an alpine climb that was sitting on top of the captain?

Trad climber
Josh, CA
Oct 22, 2011 - 08:03am PT
Another good one is The North Face. It's a german film (english sub titles) about one of the early attempts on Eiger.

Excellent movie.

Boulder climber
Dalian, Liaoning
Oct 22, 2011 - 08:09am PT
Has it been twenty years since that thing came out?
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
Oct 22, 2011 - 08:57am PT
Tommy Herbert at Squamish yo?

The goofy f*#ks hanging out under the roof, with the avalanche thing above nearly ruint that movie for me. I still like it though.

The lead character, the guy who goes back to save his pussy whipped bro? He does come across as a climber, imo, particularly when he climbs up the building to get some tang.

My hero, putting climbing skills to good use.


Ice climber
Pomfert VT
Oct 22, 2011 - 09:36am PT
Dingus. that nailes it. For me the drunken buildering for poon stunt gave the movie climbing creds. the bigwall followed by the snow climb was pretty silly and almost wrecked it. The rest of the partner dynamic was pretty spot on. So many of us end up in situations where the one partner is so much better and more motovated than the other that we either get dragged up or drag up someone into situations that one person really wants to climb yet the other simply wants to survive and not let their partner down...
Tim Camuti

Trad climber
Oct 22, 2011 - 11:38am PT
The movie was apparently based on a play, and I have always been curious to hear about how they staged the climbing scenes in a theatre. I feel that because of the roots of the play, this has always been the most credible climbing movie. The climbing story is more human than the lengths that the true Hollywood productions go to for a story. And it has Michael Biehn (of James Cameron fame- Terminator, Aliens, The Abyss, others)!

Trad climber
North Vancouver
Oct 22, 2011 - 12:12pm PT
Anyone one to guess without cheating where the climbing is done and who is doing the climbing?

I remember a couple stellar shots of Waddington (posing as K2) and the Tiedemann group for sure. I think Bruce Kay may be listed in the credits?

Trad climber
So Cal urban sprawl Hell
Oct 22, 2011 - 03:09pm PT
I loved that movie!!!! Cool history, thanks!

Oct 22, 2011 - 03:16pm PT
I thought I remembered Barry Blanchard being interviewed about doing the pendulum scene during their "training" climb. No? Almost bit it/face skidded on one of the swings...


Spider Savage

Mountain climber
The shaggy fringe of Los Angeles
Oct 22, 2011 - 03:19pm PT
Pretty cool movie. The key art (movie poster) sucked. But that's Hollywood.

Thanks for the tip Acer!

Oct 22, 2011 - 04:26pm PT
Danny Redford was the climbing double for the Japanese guy

Hobart, Australia
Jun 4, 2013 - 05:35am PT
Watching this film now for the first time on iTunes. Fun to see my portaledges in the hollywood film...

Trad climber
Jun 4, 2013 - 10:46am PT
"cat burglar?"

"pussy thief!"

I love how they film the same move a bunch of times like it's differet

fun movie

Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Jun 4, 2013 - 11:16am PT
The portaledge party shot was done on Steinbok Peak if memory serves.

Social climber
Jun 4, 2013 - 12:56pm PT
As anyone who's been there will tell you, its a fair approximation of the Karakorum if you close one eye and drop a hit of acid, which of course is hollywood in a nutshell.

Fabulous Special K. Too bad that piece on Wadd withered on the vine. Dang.

Weren't the Brothers Spat also in that melée? But their characters hit the cutting room floor IIRC.

Thanks for that great summation Bruce.

Trad climber
Jun 4, 2013 - 02:18pm PT
That was well worth dredging up. Tell us moar Bruce Kay.

Jun 4, 2013 - 03:33pm PT
YAS, MOAR! The whole sordid truth!
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