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What peak is this?

Postby Sam Page » Fri Dec 11, 2009 2:05 am

The Wildest Dream is an upcoming movie about Mallory and Irvine's disappearance on Mt. Everest in 1924. One would think that the mountain featured prominently on the website would be Mt. Everest, but it sure does not look like Mt. Everest. What is it? It looks like something in the Mont Blanc Massif, but I can't place it.
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Postby kiwiw » Fri Dec 11, 2009 3:09 am

maybe it's from a part where he's training for the big climb. or the producer doesn't know shit about climbing/mountains and doesn't care.
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Postby kheegster » Fri Dec 11, 2009 3:20 am

Maybe it's a minor peak with the rest of the mountain foreshortened behind it?
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Postby Damien Gildea » Fri Dec 11, 2009 3:25 am

The rocky peak on the left looks like a reversed image of the NE side of Mt Blanc du Tacul. I think the snowy V down to the left of the summit is the top of the Gervasutti Couloir.

The small sharp peak in the middle looks like the Aguille du Midi. The snowier peak on the right looks like the slopes up to MtBdT and Mont Blanc.

So I guess they've taken the view from the NE of the Midi and MBdT then overlaid a reversed image of the NE face of the Tacul in front of it and put it all together.

Which also happens to be one of the most accessible areas of the Alps to get a film crew.

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Postby Mountain Bandit » Fri Dec 11, 2009 3:41 am

I've just read a book from one of my favorite authors Jeffery Archer about Mallory and Irvine, 'Paths of Glory'. It was a good read. Hopefully 'The Wildest Dream' is good as well.

Thanks again Damien for your insight.
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Postby Autoxfil » Fri Dec 11, 2009 3:44 am

I don't think it's quite that complicated, I think it's just Aguille du Midi - imagine the view from the right side of this shot:

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It's Mont Blanc massif for sure, though.


You see stuff like that all the time in mountaineering movies. Wasn't much of the IMAX Everest film shot on Rainier and Mt. Washington?
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Postby Sam Page » Fri Dec 11, 2009 4:10 am

Damien Gildea wrote:a reversed image of the NE side of Mt Blanc du Tacul.


That's it, Damien. Check out this image of Mont Blanc du Tacul (on the right, with Mont Maudit on the left) by Antonio Giani:

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Not only is the image on The Wildest Dream website not Mt. Everest, it's a reversed image! :evil:
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Postby kheegster » Fri Dec 11, 2009 4:41 am

Well, in all likelihood its the fault of the web developer...doesn't necessarily reflect on the film itself.
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Postby Damien Gildea » Fri Dec 11, 2009 4:53 am

You can be pretty sure there's no 'fault' involved on anyone's part. It has nothing to do with accuracy, it's just an image to convey a sense of the story. They just played with images to see what looked good for what they want, using what they had. Probably similar imagery is in the film too, given Mallory's climbs in the Alps.

You just have to look at it through the eyes of a designer and marketer. 99% of the population would neither know nor care what mountain it is. And assuming the film covers some of Mallory's earlier climbs in the Alps, who said it had to be Everest?

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Postby taxinvestor » Fri Dec 11, 2009 1:27 pm

Ha. Great detective work, can't slip anything past summitpost!
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Postby Hotoven » Fri Dec 11, 2009 6:50 pm

Autoxfil wrote:You see stuff like that all the time in mountaineering movies. Wasn't much of the IMAX Everest film shot on Rainier and Mt. Washington?


And they filmed "Touching the Void" on Mt. Sunflower
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Postby Damien Gildea » Fri Dec 11, 2009 9:24 pm

Hotoven wrote:And they filmed "Touching the Void" on Mt. Sunflower


WTF is Mt Sunflower?!

- Much of TTV was filmed above Chamonix, plus some in the actual valley beneath Siula
- Vertical Limit was filmed in NZ, lots of shots of Mt Cook and peaks near the Tasman
- K2 (Michael Biehn etc) was filmed on Waddington
- Cliffhanger was supposed to be 'the Rockies' but was filmed in the Dolomites

There's been more than a few mountain "storms" generated by the director screaming to rev up the nearby helicopter :)
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Postby Scott » Fri Dec 11, 2009 11:37 pm

WTF is Mt Sunflower?!


http://www.summitpost.org/mountain/rock ... lower.html

The topo map uses 10 foot contours and even then they are spaced pretty far apart.
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Postby soad » Fri Dec 11, 2009 11:44 pm

A Colorado politician got a lot of heat a few years back by having a TV ad referencing the mountains but showing a picture of Denali :oops: :oops:
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Postby Damien Gildea » Fri Dec 11, 2009 11:48 pm

Scott wrote:http://www.summitpost.org/mountain/rock/152360/mount-sunflower.html


Let the jury panel for the Piolet d'Or know I'm on my way to Kansas!
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