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Top 5 Best Rock Climbing Movies

Rock climbing in the Blue mountains.

Rock climbing in the Blue mountains.

Looking For Awe-Inspiring Rock Climbing Documentaries?

There's something so beautiful, so intense, and so terrifying about rock climbing at the professional level that it literally boggles the mind. These athletes and enthusiasts have learned how to control their bodies, both physically and mentally, to such an extent that they are able to accomplish climbs that most of us would consider impossible. It's like watching someone ballet dance their way up the side of a 200-story building . . . insane.

Whether you are a rock climbing enthusiast or not, these films are guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seat. Enjoy!

  • Type: Documentary
  • Release date: August 15, 2007
  • Runtime: 63 mins
  • Director(s): Peter Mortimer, Nick Rosen
  • Stars: Bernd Arnold, Hank Caylor, Johnny Copp, Micah Dash, Jindrich Hudecek, Dean Potter

The Sharp End Trailer—Sender Films

2. First Ascent (Six-Part Series)

  • Type: Documentary—six-part series
  • Release date: October 1, 2006
  • Runtime: Varies by disc, approximately 30 minute per video
  • Director(s): Peter Mortimer, Nick Rosen
  • Stars: Didier Berthod, David Lama, Timmy O'Neill, Kevin Perez, Dean Potter, Sonnie Trotter

First Ascent: The Series Trailer—Sender Films

3. King Lines

  • Type: Documentary
  • Release date: March 1, 2007
  • Runtime: 70 mins
  • Director(s): Josh Lowell, Peter Mortimer
  • Stars: Melissa LaCasse, Tony Lamprecht, Miquel Riera, Chris Sharma, Sam Whittaker

King Lines Trailer—Sender Films & Big Up Productions

4. Progression

  • Type: Documentary
  • Release date: October 1, 2009
  • Runtime: 70 mins
  • Director(s): Bret Lowell, Josh Lowell, Cooper Roberts
  • Stars: Tommy Caldwell, Johanna Ernst, Alex Honnold, Kevin Jorgeson, Adam Ondra, Paul Robinson, Matt Segal, Chris Sharma, Patxi Usoblaga, Daniel Woods

Progression Trailer—Big Up Productions

5. Dosage V

  • Type: Documentary
  • Release date: September 15, 2008
  • Runtime: 75 mins
  • Director(s): Bret Lowell, Josh Lowell
  • Stars: Chris Sharma, Dave Graham, Beth Rodden, Tommy Caldwell, Dani Andrada

Dosage V Trailer—Big Up Productions

Rock Climbers Poll

Reader Feedback - Comments, suggestions or questions in Haiku form preferred.

Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on May 17, 2015:

Great list of rock climbing documentaries moving. Real interesting to know about them. Voted up!

Chad Heddleston on March 04, 2015:

Almost Alpine is the best rock climbing movie ever made- just so you know.

Legenden on July 11, 2013:

I love rock climbing. Great lens! :)

anonymous on February 15, 2013:

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"Do the palms of your hands get sweaty just watching these trailers?

Yes! These guys (and girls) are crazy!

Nah, I'd love to be up there with them!"

Huh? Your palms get sweaty when you get pumped about climbing. The options here should be "Yes, I'd love to be up there with them!" and "No, these guys (and girls) are crazy!"

jojones55 lm on November 03, 2012:

Excellent page. I'm going to have to give King Lines a watch and give it more than just a mention on my lens

ErHawkns7100 on November 15, 2011:

Great movies to add to my watching list.

anonymous on November 11, 2011:

I like to watch but I could never climb a mountain like they do , scared :)

CoeGurl on October 28, 2011:

Rock climbing looks very scary but I enjoy watching some else do it! :)

CoeGurl on October 28, 2011:

Rock climbing looks very scary but I enjoy watching some else do it! :)

Malu Couttolenc on October 26, 2011:

I've never been rock climbing but I have seen some brave atheltes at the Chief in BC. It must be a wonderful experience that I would like to try someday

Rose Jones on October 19, 2011:

Scary stuff - my son does this.

julieannbrady on October 19, 2011:

I was just enjoying some rock climbing on The Amazing Race ... and thinking, you go girl ... but not for me.

oyningen on October 18, 2011:

Very well written lens, thumbs up! :D

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