Parents' Guide to

Race to the Summit

By Sabrina McFarland, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Speed climbers sprint to the top in docu; language, peril.

Movie NR 2023 89 minutes
Race to the Summit movie poster: Right facial profile of record-breaking White Swiss rock climber Dani Arnold going up a mountain, wearing a denim blue hardshell jacket, orange climbing pants, orange and white climbing helmet, and carrying an orange and black backpack. There's a cap N in the upper left hand corner to designate that this is a Netflix film and the documentary's title appears in white bold letters across the image of Arnold

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The spirit of competitiveness soars in this comprehensive film's look inside the world of modern-style alpinism. Enter the universe of Swiss natives Ueli Steck and Dani Arnold in Race to the Summit, where Steck is the reigning speed climbing champ and also serves as a sports role model to many, including Arnold, a mountain guide and machine parts mechanic. "I was fascinated by his approach to climbing," says Arnold. "I admired the way he could make a living from mountaineering." Steck, who played ice hockey as a kid and has "always been an athlete," confesses that "it may be difficult for people to believe or understand, but I'm really am a scaredy-cat."

Arnold, on the other hand, experiences a series of leaps and bounds during childhood. He climbs up and over the roof of the family's three-story home at the age of 3 or 4 years old. "It was easy for him," recalls his mom Monika. Arnold later plunges into the "vertical world" of climbing and declares, "when I took that first step…something kind of clicked." Arnold shares his passion with his parents who are leery about their son's choice, but support him. "We live in a society overrun with rules and regulations," says Arnold. "But the ability to do what I want when I want and the way I want to do it, I want that freedom, and you can get that in the mountains."

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