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The Last Mountain - The Tom Ballard Story Video

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A new BBC 2 documentary tells the story of talented British climber Tom Ballard, who disappeared on Nanga Parbat in February 2019 aged 30. Tom was the son of the late and highly accomplished mountaineer Alison Hargreaves, who died while descending from the summit of K2 in 1995 aged 33. Director Chris Terrill weaves snapshots of Tom and his sister Kate Ballard's childhood spent in the mountains with footage of the last climbs of both Alison and Tom, and Kate's pilgrimages to visit their final resting places, 25 years apart.

The result is a moving exploration of passion, obsession and grief.

Watch the film on BBC iPlayer.

Read our UKC Digital Feature about Alison's life and Tom's desire to follow in her footsteps, published in 2015:


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29 Sep

Thanks for sharing this. I'd have missed it otherwise. Absolutely gut wrenching I've been thinking about it for days.

I'd recommend it to anyone. The most thought provoking thing I've seen in years.

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