Between the Peaks

Between the Peaks

2014, Society  -   14 Comments
Ratings: 6.29/10 from 70 users.

In 2013, three friends decided to take the ultimate pilgrimage of adventure, philanthropic outreach and self-discovery. They left the United States, bought a car, and headed to Argentina. There, they set out to conquer Aconcagua, the tallest mountain in South America. Their final destination awaited them at the peak of North America's tallest slope, Mount McKinley.

But the real adventure occurred in between their visits to these two towering peaks as they performed various community services upon each stop, and attempted to make at least a small difference in the lives of each region's inhabitants in the process.

Between the Peaks is the picturesque and transcendent new documentary which chronicles every meaningful step along their remarkable journey. Their travels are not void of occasional setbacks. Along the way, they must contend with cost-prohibitive car repairs, a bout of food poisoning, difficulties crossing the border in Peru, sand fly infested housing, and unforgiving natural elements.

But they also enjoy the company of amazing people, and relish the opportunity to learn of their cultures and their unique and fully-invested relationships to their environment. They build refuges for wild chinchillas in Chile, construct trash landfills in the Andes, aid in the protection of exotic animals at a nature preserve, invest their efforts in farming and agriculture in Nicaragua, and witness the inspiring legacy being set at a humble college campus housed in the jungles of Honduras.

Between the Peaks spotlights the need to return to a place of humility in the face of our large and endlessly fascinating planet. As days and weeks turn into many months, the friends experience life at a different rhythm than what they're accustomed to in the States. They learn that when you give to the Earth, the Earth will give back. They bask in a simpler and more meaningful plane of existence where they feel more in tune with the world around them than ever before. Most importantly, they discover that the smallest gestures of contribution can ripple farther and wider than they ever expected. No doubt they will take these lessons and work to apply them in their own native homeland once they return to the States. The real gift of the film is that it may inspire viewers to do the same.

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7 years ago

Like watching someone your aunt's best friend's uncle's home videos and equally as entertaining...

Sarah Fillmore
8 years ago

A documentary about some privileged white kids who backpack around South America for a couple of months and consider themselves to be deeply special snowflakes for doing so. Spending their tourist dollars in a foreign land and then patting themselves on the back over it. You've got to be kidding me that this thing got awards. People really must not get out much.

8 years ago

I truly enjoyed this doc as I found it refreshing compared to to many docs showing the depravity of man. Bravo for these young men for wanting to make a difference,but I fear the truth is that the money they and others spent on this trip would have been better spent if it had been sent to the charitable organizations and they hired locals to do the simple manual labour these men did, but their intentions were certainly honorable.
If the cast reads this don't let the little people with little minds with just negative comments get you down, it's usually just out of envy.

8 years ago

Apparently these folks have not heard of Denali or Mt. McKinley which is 20,321 feet. There are several peaks in the San Juan Mountains in southwest Colorado that has more than five peaks above14,000 feet. So I don’t understand the comment that Mt. Aconcagua the highest peak in the world outside of the Himalaya. Misinformation so how did they get an award?

Laird Beevor
8 years ago

Thanks guys. Truly inspiring.