In the film “Cold,” a guy says, “What the ef am I doing here?” If there are situations with no reason to mince words, certainly this was one of them.
Showcasing nutsoid adventure extremes is a legacy of the Wild & Scenic Film Festival. About ten percent of the films play to the adventure niche. The film “Cold” ascends to the extreme end of the extreme adventure realm. Firsts, such as first ascents, seem to appeal especially.
Apparently, sixteen expeditions by others failed to conquer an 8000 meter peak in Pakistan (over 26,000 feet). Mind you, the qualifying challenge includes doing it in winter. The three guys in “Cold” brought a camera to capture the lunacy of expedition #17. They didn’t bring oxygen, but they brought a camera.
Not only did they chronicle the title subject of the film, enduring daily temperatures of 20 below zero and 50 below zero. Not only did they document their torturous quest. They heightened the coverage with the near death experience that chased them on their return.
More than the physical feat, “Cold” accounts for the luck and the weather conditions that gel numbing commitment into fulfillment. Making what is essentially a home movie as far away from home as anyone can go, these three guys have added awarding winning film credits to their chilling accomplishments.