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If you’re into the risk and drama of singular alpine objectives, you’re in the right place.

Babsi Vigl’s ascent of Monviso (or Monte Viso) in Turin, Italy, was one of those climbs that’s somehow more than just a climb.

Then again, it’s been that way for more climbers than her alone. Patrick Berhault described the Monviso ridge as “a journey between heaven and earth.”

That’s roughly what The North Face’s “DER STEINKÖNIG,” the story of Vigl’s attempt on the ridge, puts itself forth as. If you like to contemplate the threshold between alpinism and life itself, then you’ll find purchase here — somewhere between heaven and earth.

Runtime: 17.5 minutes

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