Dave Ohlson


Dave Ohlson grew up in the San Francisco Bay area and learned to climb in the Sierra Nevada mountains. His passion for climbing, travel and photography have taken him to Alaska, Nepal, Tibet, Africa and Pakistan. While continuing to run Ursus Films he is now working his way through medical school.


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Ursus Films- K2: Siren of the Himalayas

Shot in Pakistan in the summer of 2009, K2: SIREN OF THE HIMALAYAS follows world-class alpinists Fabrizio Zangrilli and Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner with veteran climbers Jake Meyer and Chris Szymiec in a breathtaking glimpse into the world of high altitude mountaineering.

Director Dave Ohlson joins this group’s attempt to summit K2 on the 100-year anniversary of the Duke of Abruzzi’s landmark K2 expedition in 1909. The documentary examines the history and geography of the Karakoram mountains while contemplating the risks, rewards and personal nature of exploration in an age when there are few blank spots left on the map.

K2: Siren of the Himalayas (Official 2013 Trailer) from Ursus Films on Vimeo.