In 1968, five friends set out on a 5,000-mile road trip in a white Ford van bound for South America. They packed surfboards, skis, and climbing gear and documented the whole trip on a 16mm Bolex camera. The film is, of course, Mountain of Storms, the legendary documentary of a life changing trip which ended with an awesome first ascent on Cerro Fitz Roy – there’s nothing like a bit of Patagonian alpine action to whet our winter appetites.
Following in the footsteps on ‘The Endless Summer’, a 1966 surfing movie, Mountain of Storms went on to pre-figure the modern adventure film with an infectious dirtbag style and philosophical undercurrent. Taking centre stage in the film is a pre-Patagonia founding Yvon Chouinard. Having already established himself as one of the leading climbers of the time on Yosemite’s granite walls, it was this trip that cemented the philosophy that Yvon would take into his later life and eventual company, Patagonia – ‘What’s important isn’t what you accomplished, it’s how you got there’.