Bleak, cold, forbidding, steep: the alpine north faces are the epitome of extreme mountaineering. This especially applies to the north faces of the mountains Eiger, Matterhorn, Grandes Jorasses, Piz Badile, Großer Zinne and Aiguille du Dru.
Every one of them is part of a well-known and prominent peak, and a milestone of alpine history links every one of the faces.
In the 20th century, they embodied those goals which a mountaineer had to have conquered in order to rank among the elite. To this day these faces constitute a popular and at the same time exceedingly dangerous arena for extremes.
In six episodes, each of these faces is portrayed, and associated human fates, adventures and stories are recounted from new and surprising perspectives.
World-famous elite mountaineers such as Robert Jasper, Roger Schaeli, Ueli Steck, Hansjörg Auer, Alexander Huber and Steve House demonstrate climbing skill at the highest level through first and solo ascents. Spectacular images from the faces and breath-taking Cineflex shots allow the viewer to participate in the events up close. Archive material partially never shown before as well as interviews with mountaineering legends such as Reinhold Messner, Walter Bonatti and Sir Chris Bonington recount dramatic stories of triumphs and tragedies. Modernity and history blend to form portraits featuring spectacular mountain landscapes and adventure stories which depict people in extreme situations.