This Mountain Life

Few venture into true wilderness. Martina and her 60 year-old mother attempt a 6-month journey to Alaska on skis.
Martina and Tania discover an ice cave on their 2300km ski trek through remote British Columbia



Grant Baldwin


Jenny Rustemeyer


Tania Halik, Martina Halik, barry blanchard, Bernhard Thor, Mary Thor

Running time

78 minutes

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Our Judges say:

An absolutely beautiful collection of stories documenting mountain life in British Colombia. Philosophical, emotional, heartbreaking and heart warming, it has to be a pick of the festival for anyone who has lived life in the mountains.

Anna Paxton

This film has a skiing nun !!! 💪 But oh my god so much more. The cinematography is incredible the stories are powerful, sweet and sad. Oh did I mention SKIING NUN !!!!!

Ed Birch Director of Salt-Street productions

The intersection of lives on a mountain. Beautiful.

Claire Carter Writer, Film Officer for Kendal Mountain Festival, 'Creative Consultant'.

Welcome to the high life: Canadian filmmaker Grant Baldwin’s portrait of the local mountain men and women who choose to breathe the thin, pure air of adventure and isolation is a stunning visual experience and a profound spiritual journey. Chances are, you have never seen British Columbia quite like this before. In a province that is 75% mountains, few people have ventured as far into true wilderness as the hardy folk featured in this awe-inspiring film. Living amongst us is a special breed of people. They are undefined by age, gender, profession or background, but for them, the draw of the mountains is so strong that their lives must revolve around it. Martina and her 60 year-old mother Tania embark on a 6 month, 2300km journey to Alaska through a relentless mountain wilderness in a tale of passion and drive and of regular people following their dreams for no one but themselves. Woven between their arduous and uplifting story are vignettes of others who have chosen a mountain life: a group of nuns inhabiting a mountain retreat to be closer to God; a photographer is buried in an avalanche; an impassioned alpinist; a focused snow artist; a couple who has been living off grid in the mountains for nearly 50 years. What is it that leads these adventurous people to sacrifice everything – comfort, family, personal safety – for a life in the mountains? Shot in cinematic detail, This Mountain Life is a riveting portrait of human passion set high in the peaks of British Columbia, Canada.