So many climbers have stared death in the face on the mountains or lost their climbing partners along the way. What place does such a traumatic event occupy in their lives and climbing careers? The question is seldom so poignantly answered as in these interviews that Henna Taylor held with several professional climbers. Some don’t allow their feelings to show through, they talk around the subject, whilst others are rendered lost for words by their emotions. Taylor chose to film in monochrome to give it a sobering effect. As such, A Thousand Ways to Kiss the Ground is as confrontational as a bare slab of rock.