James Newton Howard, who had a remarkable year in 2000, really outdoes himself with this awesome, thematic action score. The first 7 tracks really shine, with "Utah" beginning the score with brass playing the main theme over heavy percussion. "Three Years Later" showcases the theme being played over the beautiful mountainous setting of the film. It is a heroic and noble 6 note fanfarish motif played mainly by the brass section. The theme gets more recognition in "Base Camp", "Maybe You Should Turn Back", and "It's A Good Song". A noble secondary theme that really gives you goose bumps is found in "You Wanna Do This?" This secondary theme is heard again in "Maybe You Should Turn Back", but not as noble and heroic as in the other track. There are some really good action cues as well, such as "Avalanche", which contains pulse pounding brass lines, forceful strings, and driving percussion. "Nitro" is another good action and suspense cue, with chasing percussion and ominous brass and strings. "Peter's Jump/Tom's Heart" is another great action and ominous cue, with plenty of suspenseful and action packed moments. "Your Father Was A Smart Man", "Annie and Peter", and "It's A Good Song" are 3 laid back cues that focus on the brother and sister of the film and not the mountain climbing adventures. As the first half of the soundtrack is much better than the second, don't let that talk you out of getting this. The second half is good, just not as good as the first. A solid recommendation all around.