Free-Soloing Honey Hunters Risk Their Lives for Hallucinogenic Sweetness

What could be more terrifying than scaling a perilous rock face with no safety rigging? How about doing it while surrounded by hundreds of angry bees.

Huge swaths of honeycombs dot the tall cliffs. Handmade ropes position along the incline that honey-hunters free-solo. The act is incredible, as is filming it.

In “The Last Honey Hunter,” Renan Ozturk and Mark Synnott document the Nepali practice of harvesting honey from wild bees. Their goal? To collect “mad honey” that, thanks to its hallucinogenic properties, sells for six times the price of regular Nepali honey.

This film by The North Face goes behind the scenes of the incredible National Geographic coverage and film.