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There is no boom box music, no flying down the spine of impossible mountains and no tongue waving powder shots. However, A Life Ascending is a movie of skiing life. It is a chronicle of the recent life of Ruedi Beglinger, a man born and raised in the mountains of Switzerland, who made a conscious decision at a young age to make a life in the mountains.
Schooled and certified to the highest degree in mountain guiding, Beglinger moved from the Alps to finally settle and ply his trade and start his own mountain guiding business in western Canada. For about 20 years Beglinger carried on, building a reputation as a highly skilled, widely respected ski mountaineering guide.
With a business thriving on the growing popularity of ski touring and solid in his reputation for safety and well controlled day expeditions, life in the mountains couldn't be more idyllic - until That Day. That day was January 20, 2003. A massive avalanche tore down and snuffed the life out of 7 people ski touring under Ruedi's watch.
That day he performed all the snow tests of a true mountain man - a man who puts the lives of his guests and his own life out into nature. He gauged the incoming weather and then he made the decision - to go, and to go where. Nature made the next decision. On and after That day Ruedi Beglinger lives with those decisions.
A Life Ascending chronicles how Ruedi Beglinger lives on with those decisions. A loving family man with a passion for sharing the wonders of mountain life Ruede carries the weight of grief for losing "7 beautiful people" on his watch. Like great generals in all the wars ever fought, Ruedi Beglinger lives every day with thoughts of "what if." However tragic, somehow life must go on, all the while coping with the 'what ifs' and the grief.
Ruedi Beglinger leading skiers in the Selkirk Mountains Copyright Ptarmigan Films