Tom Ballard, the film about the great British climber
Tom, the film by Angel Esteban and Elena Goatelli, is now online. This documents the attempt of British mountaineer Tom Ballard to become the first to solo in the same winter season the six great North Faces of the Alps: Cima Grande di Lavaredo, Pizzo Badile, Matterhorn, Grandes Jorasses, Petit Dru and the Eiger. This is a touching portrait about Ballard who lost his life on Nanga Parbat with Daniele Nardi in 2019.
"The point is climbing mountains alone, without anyone else around. This is what’s important" says Tom in the film. And then, referring to the minimum quantity of gear he takes on his ascents and also the pegs produced by his father because "they cost too much" he says: "It is not what you have, it’s what you do with what you have that counts." Yes, Tom Ballard is truly a unique mountaineer, almost one from a different era. Indeed, Tom is a solitary alpinist who transcends time, because this is his way of being.
Exerpt taken from our film review prior to Tom's death.