Between the Peaks

62 minutes 8.8/10 based on 12 votes

This 2015 Best Documentary Feature Winner of the Mountain Film Festival portrays the experience of three friends who set out to climb two of the Seven Summits in 2013. After two years of planning, Ryan Sarka, Ethan Lee, and Jonathan Ronzio began their journey with a one-way ticket to Chile. Once there, they bought a truck and then set out to climb the tallest mountain in South America and the Western and Southern Hemispheres, Mount Aconcagua in Argentina. This majestic peak has an elevation of 22,841 ft. The goal was to head north after that until they reached the tallest mountain in North America.

Not only were they focused on climbing, they also decided that this journey would include doing volunteer work in every country they passed through during this journey. So after meeting Mount Aconcagua, they head back to Chile to a town called Illapel for their first volunteer assignment. The organization they partner with is Save The Wild Chinchillas, founded by Amy Deane.

After leaving Illapel, they head north to Peru. They face some difficulties in this South American country that force them to make a few big changes in their plans. Undaunted, these brave young men continue on their journey through most of South America and Central America.

Their main goals were to follow their dreams and to make a difference.

Along the journey they encounter many unforgettable cultural experiences, but most importantly is the fact that they discover a new appreciation for a simpler way of living.

Find the inspiration. Follow your dreams. Make a difference.

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  • NurseKatie

    As I watched these 3 men realize their dreams, I was amazed at their dedication to man, animal and the planet. If only we all acted upon our dreams…. the possibilities are unending………….. Well done Ryan, Ethan, and Johnathan ~ you have memories to last a lifetime!

    • Thanks so much for checking out the film and for taking the time to share your thoughts! We really appreciate it. Cheers!

  • Konstantinos Koletsis

    Congratulations guys!! that was more than real life!

  • Moses Lawrence

    Great documentary. It’s always good to see a film like this to remind us how great Earth is. Because of the worries of this world, all the things in this world, all the clutter and busyness…that all tends to dull our consciousness from appreciating the beauty of the world we live in, which comes in all flavors. I guess we start to take for granted how beautiful Earth truly is because of the fast pace world we live in. So yeah, awesome documentary and it was awesome to watch! Moses Lawrence

    • Thanks for watching Moses! You’re totally right. And happy you enjoyed the film!

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