After becoming the first person to ski the Seven Summits, Kit DesLauriers found herself searching for purpose beyond herself. And through an epic adventure of athleticism, survival, and conservation, she found it.
The film Beyond the Summit explores her two weeks of traversing the arctic on skis, telling the story of a diminishing snowpack in one of the most pristine wilderness areas in the world—the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
“In April 2022, I went back for another summit, yet that was just one reason,” said DesLauriers. “The bigger one, Beyond the Summit, was to scientifically study the snow on the coastal plain as we skied 60 miles north to the Beaufort Sea because the perceived rugged landscape is actually super fragile under the thin Arctic snowpack and may just hold a story that makes everyone look at our climate reality differently.”
Directed by Natasha Mynhier, co-directed by Nate Luebbe, produced by Rachel Nederveld, this is one of the most inspiring films to be released this season.