The responsible thing to do now is to stay inside. Climbing gyms are closed (most things are closed), and it's not a good idea to climb outside either. Most of us have a lot of free time right now. While hangboarding, core work, and wondering if it would be rude to your postal worker to order heavy dumbbells can fill some of that time, there are a lot of hours in the day. If you're looking for a way to spend some of your time, consider some of these climbing movies available on popular streaming services.
Note: Each of these services requires its own paid subscription.
Due to high order volume, Amazon is no longer delivering toilet paper to Prime members within two days. Luckily, your Prime membership can still provide value during this difficult time. Prime Video has a large selection of climbing movies to stream. View our picks below, and find even more options by searching for "climbing" on Prime Video.
16 Climbing Movies on Amazon Prime
Description: Three elite climbers struggle to find their way through obsession and loss as they attempt to climb Mount Meru, one of the most coveted prizes in the high stakes game of Himalayan big wall climbing. Meru is the story of that journey, an expedition through nature's harshest elements and one's complicated inner demons, and ultimately on to impossible new heights.
Watch Meru on Amazon Prime
Netflix, unfortunately, doesn't have many climbing movies right now. They do have The Dawn Wall, though. The Dawn Wall is great. You should definitely watch that if you have a Netflix subscription,
The 2 Climbing Movies on Netflix
That's right, both of them,
The Dawn Wall
Description: In January 2015, American rock climbers Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson captivated the world with their effort to climb The Dawn Wall, a seemingly impossible 3,000-foot rock face in Yosemite National Park, California.
The pair lived on the sheer vertical cliff for weeks, igniting a frenzy of global media attention.
But for Tommy Caldwell, The Dawn Wall was much more than just a climb. It was the culmination of a lifetime defined by overcoming obstacles. At the age of 22, the climbing prodigy was taken hostage by rebels in Kyrgyzstan. Shortly after, he lost his index finger in an accident but resolved to come back stronger. When his marriage fell apart, he escaped the pain by fixating on the extraordinary goal of free climbing The Dawn Wall.
Blurring the line between dedication and obsession, Caldwell and his partner Jorgeson spend six years meticulously plotting and practicing their route. On the final attempt, with the world watching, Caldwell is faced with a moment of truth. Should he abandon his partner to fulfill his ultimate dream, or risk his own success for the sake of their friendship?
Editor's note: The Dawn Wall ascent was likely the biggest mainstream climbing news story until Alex Honnold's free solo of El Capitan. We loved the film for portraying Caldwell and Jorgeson's story honestly and accurately, and without sensationalizing the climbing for a mainstream audience. Want more Dawn Wall coverage? Read our feature about Adam Ondra's repeat of the route.
Watch The Dawn Wall on Netflix.
Like Netflix, Hulu's climbing options are limited, but they have Free Solo! [Update: And now Fine Lines as well.]
Description: Free solo climber Alex Honnold prepares to achieve his lifelong dream: scaling the 3,200-foot El Capitan in Yosemite National Park without a rope.
Editor's note: We're going to assume that we don't need to tell you anything about Free Solo. You already know. If you haven't had the opportunity to see the film yet, it's well worth a watch. Read our think piece about it after you're done.
Watch Free Solo on Hulu.
Description: It’s not about adrenaline or thrill seeking. There is something far deeper that drives the world’s most elite group of mountain adventurers to take life threatening risks. For nearly three years, director Dina Khreino interviewed these world-class athletes, listening to what compels them to leave behind families, friends, and everyday comforts, to risk everything for a fleeting glimpse into the unknown.
Editor's note: While Fine Lines does not contain new climbing footage, it's an interesting look into the philosophies of some of the top names in our sport.
Watch Fine Lines on Hulu
Film Festival Flix
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13 Climbing Movies on Film Festival Flix
Jeff Lowe’s Metanoia
Description: Jeff Lowe’s Metanoia is the story of a legendary athlete’s rise to the top of his sport before a devastating fall from grace that precipitated perhaps the boldest solo mountain climb in history. Jeff’s “unimaginable” new route, Metanoia – solo, in winter, up the North Face of the Eiger – changed his life and prepared him for the greatest adventure he’s ever been on. Twenty years later, Jeff embraces a debilitating disease with the same vision, courage and grace that he brought to his climbing. Choosing love over fear and embracing reality, Jeff ‘s indomitable spirit and sense of humor defy the odds as he slowly loses his physical abilities and faces his own mortality. Narrated by Jon Krakauer.
Editor's note: Jeff Lowe is an integral figure in ice and alpine climbing. This film is required viewing for fans of climbing history.
Watch Jeff Lowe’s Metanoia on Film Festival Flix