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Steve Wakeford, Man of Rare Character PART TWO

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Steve Wakeford, Man of Rare Character PART TWO

Magnetic Mountains is a British documentary film that follows the story of Steve Wakeford [see Part One], who after falling from an Alpine north face, is struggling to find a balance. Featuring some of the biggest names in mountain sports, it will explore the psychology of risk taking in the mountains, asking – is it worth it?


At Snow Leopard Vodka we are constantly on the hunt for people doing extraordinary things. In our ‘Rare Character’ series we have featured some truly inspiring people. From Nadia Mijiddorj, a Conservationist helping the lives of the snow leopards in her native village in Mongolia to Helen Freeman, founder of The Snow Leopard Trust. Indeed, our interests extend beyond the world of the humble snow leopard, which is why we want to talk about Steve Wakeford.


In October 2014, Steve, an award winning sports editor, fell 70 metres whilst climbing 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. Feeling lost and frustrated, he decided to pick up his camera and document his journey. And so, ‘Magnetic Mountains’ was born.


After the trauma he suffered and it’s impact on those around him, Steve had to seriously reflect upon why he had put himself in that position in the first place - and why he was considering going back for more. In order to start finding answers, Steve decided to interview some of the leading figures in alpine sports, heroic professionals of the PGHM Mountain Rescue, surgeons, psychologists, business CEO’s and military units.


But if anything, this process has led to him needing to ask further, more challenging questions - both of himself and the mountain community in which he is a part of. Why are we drawn back to places of trauma? Is risk-taking in the mountains selfish? What impact does it have on those around us? Rather than equip us for 'everyday life', does our time in the mountains actually detach us from reality?


The journey of ‘Magnetic Mountains’ 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.


When he picked up his camera during his long and dark days of rehab, even Steve couldn't have predicted quite how much the next 18 months would have in store for him. Even now, as he prepares to re-climb the route from which he fell, he's discovering that perhaps the bigger mountains to climb are, in fact, closer to home...



Magnetic Mountains is due for release in Autumn 2016. 



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PHOTO CREDIT: Ben Tibbetts



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