The Citadel

Synopsis

Matt Helliker and Jon Bracey aim to make the first ascent of the extraordinary 1200m long north-west ridge.

The stage is set for two mountaineers, who despite their many accomplishments, must still seek out new lines in unchartered territory.  The odds are stacked heavily against them.  It’s a hard and difficult climb to the top.  They test their endurance, will, and commitment to the climb.  Why?  So that they can experience the freedom of standing alone on a peak with no one else around for miles; the chance to chart their legacy as explorers and adventure seekers and make their own paths in life.

The Citadel is a stunning 3,000m peak in one of the remaining untouched corners of the Great Alaskan Range.  With the mantra “EatClimbRepeat,” the mountaineers need a minimum of 3 weeks to make it to the top.  Will they make it?  In the documentary we take a front seat ride on a trip through the unknown and are with Matt and Jon every step of the way through all the hardships and struggles, hopes, and disappointments.  What unfolds is a classic narrative arc where success is snatched from the jaws of defeat.

Film Information

Director(s): Alastair Lee

Release: 2015

Runtime(s): 55

Awards & Accolades

  • Golden Award, Baku International Film Festival 2016
  • Best Documentary, Sports Film Festival Moscow 2016
  • Best Cinematography, Chamonix Adventure Film Festival 2016
  • Grand Prize, Flix Mountain & Adventure Film Festival 2016
  • Best Climbing Film, Flix Mountain & Adventure Film Festival 2016
  • Grand Prize, Verona Mountain Film Festival 2016
  • Best Climbing Film, Vancouver Mountain Film Festival 2016
  • UIAA Best Climbing Film, Trento Film Festival 2016
  • Best Cinematography, Danish Adventure Film Festival 2015
  • Best Documentary, Torello Mountain Film Festival 2015
  • UIAA Best Climbing Film, Trento Film Festival 2016

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