The 1600m Phantom Direct is a bold and challenging alpine ice route on the Grandes Jorasses which was first climbed in 1985. The route has only been traversed a few times and until recently never by a woman. This short film presents is not only an account of the first women’s team on this route, but the personal reflections of a climber seeking her place in society and a climbing partner with whom she can feel completely at ease.
With the exceptional performance given by Line van den Berg (NL) and Fay Manners (UK), Line’s filmed diary won a wildcard for the official selection of the Dutch Mountain Film Festival.
She burst into our lives in November 2022. She was a bundle of energy and joy when she presented her debut film at the 12th Dutch Mountain Film Festival. In the following months she would win acclaim at many other mountain film festivals at which she expounded on her film with great passion. On Friday 19 May this year, Line van den Berg – just 30 years old – perished along with two other Dutch mountaineers whilst ascending the Grosshorn (3,754 m) in the Swiss Alps. They were preparing for an expedition to Hui Zom 2 in Pakistan this September, where Line was planning to make a film about a new climbing route. Sadly, My Phantom is to be her last film.
Line, we shall continue to share your message!