Synopsis: Steep traces the legacy of extreme skiing from its early pioneers to the daredevils of today.
Director(s): Mark Obenhaus
Production: Sony Pictures Classics
Rotten Tomatoes:
92 min

I think adventure is a great part of life.

For me it's, "Why am I living?" You know?

Gee, it's to have some adventure.

Before dawn on June 16th,

Briggs, and three friends he had convinced

to help him climb up the Grand,

Ieft their camp at 11, 000 feet

and began the push to the top.

The route Briggs planned would

take them up the Stettner Couloir,

up the avalanche-prone snowfield

on the east face

along the Petzoldt Ridge

and then the last few hundred feet

to the summit of the Grand.

I expected those guys to break trail for me.

Breaking trail is physically exhausting.

So I get up to the top of the Couloir

and I find they are all right there

and they say, "We can't do it."

Oh, that means I have to do it.

They took one look at the top of the Couloir

and it's a thousand-foot drop, and sheer.

And that was just too much.

Well, at that point I didn't want to quit.

At least I was going to see

how far I could go.

I think the biggest thing

is that he was alone.

You have this internal dialog

up there all the time.

You don't have your friend to talk to.

"You think we should go around

to the left a little?"

Or, "Boy, it's getting steep now."

You know, that's all in your brain.

You can't relay it to anyone else.

And it's fall-you-die terrain.

Where if you get avalanched, you'd be gone.

It's tough when you're alone.

His friends watched Bill pull himself up

onto the steep, snow-covered east face

of the Grand

and disappear from view.

No one saw Bill Briggs

when he reached the summit of the Grand.

No one saw him begin his ski descent.

No one saw him fall

and recover just below the summit

or ski the high snowfields.

Hours after he left them,

Bill's climbing partners waiting below

witnessed an avalanche tear past them.

They are sure that I was in it

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