#82 Summits (2015) by Samuel Gyger
The climber Ueli Steck and his right-hand man Daniel Mader aimed to climb all Alpine peaks higher than 4,000 metres during the summer of 2015; this amounted to 82 summits in Switzerland, Italy and France. What’s more, they wanted to achieve this journey of 1,000 km by muscle power alone. Ueli climbed 30 summits solo, and the rest with various climbing partners. Samuel Gyger made a documentary mountain-slash-road movie about this ambitious project. All the images are authentic and real. ‘In an age when Hollywood and energy drink manufacturers use the mountains to showcase their own heroism, our film aims to do the opposite: back to the good old documentary film.’
Director Samuel Gyger is a globetrotter from the Swiss Alps. His parents are photographers, and he is a cameraman; he uses his camera to unite motion and emotion in sports films and documentaries. He has worked for companies such as Mammut Sports and Red Bull, and for TV series such as the German Tatort crime dramas, as well as for several mountaineers. He uses a Wescam for this work, which allows him to film from a helicopter, but he has also developed his own Samcam: a mobile camera that can be attached to a sports helmet.
In April 2017 Ueli Steck died in Nepal in his beloved mountains where he had been planning to ascend Everest and Mount Lhotse.