Magnetic Mountains is an independent, feature-length documentary that follows the journey of Steve Wakeford. Steve is a BAFTA and EMMY award winning sports editor who has recently abandoned life’s ‘traditional’ paths to become a climber and alpinist.
In October 2014, Steve fell 70 metres whilst climbing a mountain known as Les Petites Jorasses, in the French Alps. It was a fall that required him to be airlifted out of the mountains suffering from a number of serious injuries, and resulted in him being temporarily left in a wheelchair. He's lucky to be alive. Whilst in the confines of this wheelchair, and at the start of a long journey of rehabilitation, he began to ask himself some serious questions:
"Regardless of injury or trauma, why are we drawn to the mountains in the first place?
Is risk an essential part of what we do?
Our experiences form us, so do we perceive risk differently after an accident?
Perhaps most importantly, why is it that I am planning to climb the same route from which I fell?"
Our journey will ultimately lead to Steve’s return to the same mountain climb where he originally suffered his near fatal fall, together with his climbing partners from that day. It will document their attempt to overcome this personally defining climb, both physically and psychologically.
Along the way, the film will feature provocative and honest interviews from a wide range of characters – from household alpine names, heroic professionals of PGHM Mountain Rescue, surgeons, psychologists, business CEO’s, military units to leading figures from other high risk sports.
It will explore the psychology of risk taking and tell the story of the people for whom risk is a part of their everyday life. It is the story of the people that inspire us - an examination of the bonds that bring us together. A story of inspiration, determination and spirit – not one of heroism.
Mountains do not exist to be conquered. We can only hope to conquer ourselves in their shadow. And, at the end of it all, as the evenings draw in, we can look up and reflect upon why we are drawn, time and time again, into the Magnetic Mountains.