Final Ascent: The legend of Hamish MacInnes (PG)
The outstanding mountaineer, author and filmmaker lost his memory in his 80s. This documentary follows his struggle to regain his mind by piecing together his remarkable life story.
The legend of Hamish MacInnes began early. At 16 he climbed the Matterhorn. At 17 he built his first motor car — from scratch. He attempted Everest in 1953 with his friend Johnny Cunningham, and almost stole the peak before Hillary and Tenzing. As an explorer, expedition leader and engineer he achieved world fame. As inventor of the all metal ice axe, author of the International Mountain Rescue Handbook and founder of Glencoe Mountain Rescue he has been responsible for saving hundreds of lives, if not thousands. But at the age of 84, his accomplishments could not save him from being institutionalized against his will, suffering from delirium. After a spell in psychogeriatric detainment in a hospital in the Highlands of Scotland, during which he made many escape attempts — he emerged to find his memory gone. This film tells the story of his life by mirroring his greatest challenge: to recover his memories and rescue himself.
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