Perhaps you are thinking about making the summit of one of the most iconic mountains in the world or you already have your bags packed and you are eagerly awaiting your departure to start your ascent of Kilimanjaro? Whatever the case may be, we all need some inspiration or something to get us in the mood. Sound good? Here are 3 movies about Kilimanjaro that will have you raring to get going when the credits appear:
Beyond Limits (2011)
This documentary follows the journey of Bonner Paddock as he attempts to climb the tallest free- standing mountain in the world. He is not a climber and has only a few months of training behind his name. Born with cerebral palsy, he disregards his doctor’s advice about climbing Kilimanjaro and sets out on a journey in the hope of defying his condition and raising money for charity at the same time. His story follows the trials and tribulations of 8 days and ever changing conditions as Bonner and his team encounter many obstacles on their journey to push human boundaries and defy physical and mental limits.
Kilimanjaro: To the roof of Africa (2002)
This is a great choice for anyone thinking about climbing Kilimanjaro and those who have recently conquered its summit. It is said to have inspired many would-be climbers to take the plunge and embark on the great journey of treacherous paths. Best watched on the big-screen or at IMAX, the story follows a group of trekkers as they battle rugged terrain and ever-changing conditions in their pursuit of the summit. It is filmed using the most evocative motion picture format and follows the adventure of the human spirit on their journey of endurance and courage as they battle through five climate zones.
The Snows of Kilimanjaro (1952)
If you’re in the mood for a golden oldie, this technicolour gem follows the story of disillusioned writer Harry Street who is severely wounded from an African hunting incident. His loss of mobility brings about self-reflection and he recalls his true love, Cynthia Green, who he lost while touring the world in search for stories for his novel. In his dire state, his wife, Helene, attends to his injuries and listens to his ranting. Her devotion to him makes him realize his will to live.
Soak these great films up and get in the mood for an adventure that will surely shape the character of your own Kilimanjaro expedition.