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To the Hills & Back

Trigger Warning

This film contains content about avalanches and mountain accidents that may be traumatizing for some viewers.

46 mins |
Canada |
  • Canadian
  • Mountain Culture
  • Snowsports
Mike Quigley
LANGUAGE(S): English


A new film from Sherpas Cinema.

At a remote backcountry cabin, a veteran mountain guide and his daughter connect and reflect upon a lifetime in the mountains. A torch is being passed within their family’s legacy of guides as they discuss the history of those that have come and gone, some too soon.

Avalanche accidents have been happening in the mountains since humans first started traveling within them and we learn about this evolution of winter recreation and avalanche safety. Stories unfold, from the early pioneers to modern day hard charging enthusiasts, and we hear from several characters including those with life shattering events.

Many of these stories share striking similarities that those who follow can learn from. Unfortunate mistakes, common pitfalls, and decision points where things may have gone astray. Know about those who have succumbed to unfortunate endings. Learn from the wise who have journeyed a long life in these mountains. In a quest to avoid avalanche accidents in your life path, learn, and know before you go.

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This film was part of VIMFF 2023 and is no longer available for viewing.


vimff to the hills and back mike quigley director

Mike Quigley

“Quigs” Sherpas Cinema’s Swiss Army Knife.

Hailing from Kenora, Ontario, he moved out west straight after high school and immersed himself in Alberta’s Rocky Mountains, where he still resides today.

In 2010, he was awarded a three-year editing internship at the Banff Centre which is where he first crossed paths with the Sherpa Cinema Crew.

After that, he took on as much work as he could on conservation and environmental films, doing whatever it took to get on projects that were trying to make the world a better place.

“For me, it’s 100% about the planet and humanity,” he says. “We often get asked to work in the most remote, breathtaking places. It’s here that I feel we can really make a difference behind the lens.”

The nicest damn guy you’ll ever meet, Sherpas Cinema is proud to call him one of our own.

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