FILMING has started for a feature-length movie detailing the life of the only British mountaineer to have climbed all the world’s 8,000m peaks.
Award-winning filmmaker Terry Abraham will work alongside Alan Hinkes, of Northallerton, until August, at key locations, ranging from Roseberry Topping and the North York Moors to Nepal, which have shaped the record-breaking mountaineer’s career.
Mr Hinkes said the biopic would be a celebration of “exciting, interesting and dramatic” places, and feature insights into his passions for steam locomotives and real ale, as well as the close shaves and near death experiences he has had on the world’s highest mountains.
He said the film would start from his school days, when he had a paper round in Northallerton, and also include interviews with a wide range of people, some of whom have helped shape his life, such as mountain rescue and cystic fibrosis charities he has fundraised for.
He said: “I’m flattered and it will be a privilege to make this film, but it is going to be hard work and take a lot of my time. I wouldn’t have done it with anybody, Terry Abraham is a fabulous film-maker.”
Mr Hinkes, who climbed the world’s 14 highest peaks between 1987 and 2005, said the movie would enable him to revisit the Himalayas, where he aborted an attempt on a mountain after a sneezing fit led to him suffering in a prolapsed disc in his back. He said other locations would include the Alps, and that he hoped funding would stretch to filming in Scandanavia, Morocco and South America.
Mr Hinkes, who was once rescued on a mountain while wearing only his underpants after an avalanche crashed into his tent, said he would not be mountaineering for the film. He added: “Nothing will get me to climb up K2 again, even six-figures.”
The movie, which will be titled Alan Hinkes OBE and is being sponsored by Scandinavian outdoors brand Fjällräven, will premiere in October next year.
It remains to be decided if the movie will be released to cinemas or television.
A Fjällräven spokesman said: “If you cut Alan in half it says ‘mountain man’ and he loves the fells and crags of Britain as much as the Himalaya. Not only packed full of adventure-filled stories from Alan’s impressive career, the film is set to be a spectacle for the senses.”