New Way Up

Could Paragliders be the secret tool to cutting edge Himalayan climbing?



Jake Holland


Jake Holland


adidas, Petzl

Running time

24 minutes

Country / Nationality

United Kingdom

Our Judges say:

A traditional alpine adventure film done differently!

Hannah Maia

The Karakoram mountains are known for their huge scale and jaw dropping beauty. Nestled within them is Gulmit Tower (5810m), a technical granite pinnacle that has never been summited. Previous teams have often failed because the highly glaciated terrain makes the approach by foot long and treacherous. Fabi Buhl and Will Sim, both experienced alpinists, have a new idea. They plan to harness the power of the sky and use paragliders to fly over the glaciated terrain, reaching the base of the climb in hours, not days. Follow them on their epic journey as they attempt to set a new direction for Himalayan climbing.

Sustainability Notes:

Due to the nature of our travel to Pakistan (areoplane) we cant say this trip was very sustainable. However once in country we were based in only one place and nearly always walked from the town to the take off.