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Switzerland: an IMAX experience

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Photograph by Alon A
Photograph by Alon A

Last night we scaled the north face of the rocky, icy Eiger. From the safety of our chairs, of course. Though we didn’t accomplish any death-defying feats we sure felt we did at a special screening of The Alps, MacGillivray Freeman’s new IMAX film.

It was breathtaking. It was exhilarating. We loved it. We got amazing views of Grindelwald’s storied Eiger, notorious for deadly showers of falling rock, unpredictable weather changes, and slick ice that make it difficult and exhilarating for climbers.

The movie chronicles the climb John Harlin III made in honor of his father, a famed alpinist who met his tragic demise 40 years ago when his rope broke during a climb of the mountain. With overwhelming views of the mountain face, stops in enchanting mountain villages, and various other surprises, the film shows just why John Harlin II loved the Alps, and why we do too.

It almost made us want to climb the mountain ourselves.

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Suzanne Russo

About the author: Suzanne Russo thinks of herself as equal parts California Girl and New Yorker. She moved from San Francisco to New York four years ago to pursue her MA in English, and her obsession with all things New York life and history hasn’t dwindled yet. She is a freelance writer, director of the San Francisco-sponsored, New York literary pub crawl, Lit Crawl, and constant wanderer.

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