Patagonia's Fifth Door

Tuesday, 5 January 2010

Happy New Year, and a snowy one, as the northern hemisphere experiences one of its coldest winters in years. So the arrival of a new DVD from Patagonia called Mountain of Storms seems appropriate. It's a reissue of the movie made about the third ascent of Fitzroy in 1968, shot by American climbing legend Lito Tejada-Flores. It starts as a road movie. Three Americans, Yvon Chouinard, Doug Tompkins and skier Dick Dorworth drift down the west coast of the Americasin a camper van, surfing, skiing, and picking up Brit Chris Jones somewhere in the middle of nowhere along the way. At times superbly self-indulgent as only the 1960s could be, the flm is worth seeing for all kinds of reasons, including Tejada-Flores' excellent camera work high on Fitzroy. But there's also an original soundtrack co-written by Doug Lubahn, who started as a ski instructor but quit to play bass guitar with The Doors. Groovy. It's available from Patagonia.

Posted by Ed Douglas at 2.20 PM