WALK THE RIDGE

Filmaker Mathieu Le Lay put together this short film, WALK THE RIDGE, about the passion of the Australian filmmaker Benjamin Dowie. Ben fell in love with the Alps upon his first visit and decided to return. On the return, he hiked some mountain peaks with Mathieu that neither man had hiked before. The two men hiked four peaks in a few days, alternatively one day off with one day up. Amongst those peaks, there was the massive Mont Buet standing at 3096 meters in front of the Mont-Blanc range. To ascend the peak, the two friends had to climb up to 2225 meters in seven exhausting hours. They set up camp on top of the peak and Mathieu says he experienced an early sunrise generating the most outstanding mountain view he had ever seen.

Mathieu says that making of the video WALK THE RIDGE aimed to “share the deep feelings one can experience hiking up in the mountains, highlighting those precise moments when you know you are finally going to make it. Those very precise seconds when you finally walk the dizzy ridge before reaching the final summit.”

I feel like as humans we were made for adventure, for discovery of new things and as we walk in all these we discover more about ourselves and who we are and we are refreshed with new passion and inspiration

Benjamin said “Being in the mountains alone amongst the vast wilderness is such a special experience. To be what feels like a million miles away from anyone and anything; adventuring through such breathtaking beauty is so good for the soul. I feel like as humans we were made for adventure, for discovery of new things and as we walk in all these we discover more about ourselves and who we are and we are refreshed with new passion and inspiration. This was my second time I spent in the Alps. I couldn’t wait to come back, to be re-inspired and simply just to enjoy life, setting off on a hike to reach a summit that you’ve never done is such a good feeling.”

Benjamin concludes that “usually though, that feeling will wear out several hours into the hike, because of the physical pain you begin to experience and you’ll just want to sit and eat your entire food supplies. You keep going though, one foot in front of the other with an expectation that there is something amazing waiting for you at the top. There are so many special moments you encounter along the way that give you just what you need to keep going. When you finally reach the summit, all the pain you felt during the ascent drifts away and you’re left with nothing but a deep joy in your heart and blessed with a beauty beyond words.”

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