DOCUMENTARY 2012 | 43 and 52 mins | ARTE, ZDF, BR and SWR

The fifth episode of the Series ‚Alps from Above‘ leads us across Eastern Tyrol. Shortly after sunrise, there is only one person on the road here: musher Martin Eigentler with his 24 Huskies. In winter the European champion takes part in races all over the world. A loud roar disturbs the idyllic quietness in Wildschoenau: Conrad Gruber tunes powerful sports cars, and ups their power to more than 800 PS. The journey leads us to High Tauern National Park. The summits are covered with ice and snow, even in the summer. But due to global warming the alpine glaciers are melting. Scientists want to find out which dangers impend, when millions of litres of meltwater tear down rocks on their way to the valley. In the Tuxan Alps Himalayan sherpas get trained as lodgekeepers in Tyrolean huts. In the Karwendel massif Hermann Albrecht and his son Bernhard bore for precious rock oil. The journey ends in Innsbruck, where the foundry Grassmayr have been manufacturing bells since 1599.

Written and directed by CHRISTIAN SCHIDLOWSKI


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