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Free solo - Ropeless rock climbing

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    Toucher le ciel Vod

    Toucher le ciel

    Olivier Van'l (2017)

    World famous extreme athlete Alain Robert, also known as the 'French Spiderman', has been climbing bare hand the tallest buildings on the planet for over 25 years. So when the construction of the Burj Khalifa in Dubai was completed, making it the tallest tower in the world culminating at 828m, it seemed natural that he had to face the challenge. That endeavour represented 5 years of intense negotiation and preparation.

    France / 52 min

    Toucher le ciel

    Olivier Van'l

    • 2017
    • France
    • 52 min
    World famous extreme athlete Alain Robert, also known as the 'French Spiderman', has been climbing bare hand the tallest buildings on the planet for over 25 years. So when the construction of the Burj Khalifa in Dubai was completed, making it the tallest tower in the world culminating at 828m, it seemed natural that he had to face the challenge. That endeavour represented 5 years of intense negotiation and preparation.

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  • Documentary / Climbing Journal

    Die Freiheit, die ich meine

    Die Freiheit, die ich meine

    Eduardo Gellner (2015)

    The idea: to climb two one thousand meter high walls of limestone without a rope and without a partner. Free solo. Rudi Hauser will connect these walls in Salzburg's Pongau region, which are about 15 km apart as the crow flies, with a mountain run and a wheel unit. Everything from own strength. For some it sounds crazy, for Rudi it means absolute freedom.

    Austria / 51 min

    Die Freiheit, die ich meine

    Eduardo Gellner

    • 2015
    • Austria
    • 51 min
    The idea: to climb two one thousand meter high walls of limestone without a rope and without a partner. Free solo. Rudi Hauser will connect these walls in Salzburg's Pongau region, which are about 15 km apart as the crow flies, with a mountain run and a wheel unit. Everything from own strength. For some it sounds crazy, for Rudi it means absolute freedom.

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  • Documentary / Portrait

    The sky walker

    The sky walker

    Mark Soldinger (2009)

    Dean Potter is a unique breed of daredevil. He is the only person in the world practicing extreme high-lining - a hair-raising variation of tightrope walking - which sees him crossing a bouncy stretch of 1-inch wide rope suspended hundreds of feet above some of the worlds most breathtaking canyons… without any safety harness. One slip and he could plunge to his death. Fourth episode of the TV series Daredevils, als known as Cutting Edge, about extraordinary humans.

    UK / 46 min

    The sky walker

    Mark Soldinger

    • 2009
    • UK
    • 46 min
    Dean Potter is a unique breed of daredevil. He is the only person in the world practicing extreme high-lining - a hair-raising variation of tightrope walking - which sees him crossing a bouncy stretch of 1-inch wide rope suspended hundreds of feet above some of the worlds most breathtaking canyons… without any safety harness. One slip and he could plunge to his death. Fourth episode of the TV series Daredevils, als known as Cutting Edge, about extraordinary humans.

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  • Documentary / Portrait

    The Human Spider returns

    The Human Spider returns

    Mark Soldinger (2008)

    This heart-stopping Cutting Edge documentary follows the married father-of-three on his quest to 'free climb' some of the world's tallest buildings using just his bare hands, with no ropes or any safety equipment. Second episode of the TV series Daredevils, als known as Cutting Edge, about extraordinary humans.

    UK / 48 min

    The Human Spider returns

    Mark Soldinger

    • 2008
    • UK
    • 48 min
    This heart-stopping Cutting Edge documentary follows the married father-of-three on his quest to 'free climb' some of the world's tallest buildings using just his bare hands, with no ropes or any safety equipment. Second episode of the TV series Daredevils, als known as Cutting Edge, about extraordinary humans.

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  • Documentary / Climbing Journal

    Buildering

    Michele Radici (1995)

    Frenchman Alain Roberts risks his life climbing skyscrapers in Paris, New York and Chicago. An episode of the extreme sports Italian TV series No Limits, by Michele Radici. Alain Robert, after years of hard training and dangerous climbs to get to be the best, discovers, and courageously admits, that what really interests him now is to be able to achieve a great success with the public. He decided to leave the cliffs and climb in the city, where everyone can follow his exploits. In Chicago, Paris, New York, Brooklyn, Alain Robert holds everyone in suspense and his eyes barred upwards, including the police, to follow his daring and fast climbs along the walls of a skyscraper or the ropes of a suspension bridge.

    UK / 15 min

    Buildering

    Michele Radici

    • 1995
    • UK
    • 15 min
    Frenchman Alain Roberts risks his life climbing skyscrapers in Paris, New York and Chicago. An episode of the extreme sports Italian TV series No Limits, by Michele Radici. Alain Robert, after years of hard training and dangerous climbs to get to be the best, discovers, and courageously admits, that what really interests him now is to be able to achieve a great success with the public. He decided to leave the cliffs and climb in the city, where everyone can follow his exploits. In Chicago, Paris, New York, Brooklyn, Alain Robert holds everyone in suspense and his eyes barred upwards, including the police, to follow his daring and fast climbs along the walls of a skyscraper or the ropes of a suspension bridge.

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  • Documentary / Portrait

    The ascent of Alex Honnold

    Jeff Newton (2011)

    Mountain climber Alex Honnold seems to defy gravity, scaling sheer, steep rock faces with no rope and apparently no fear. Lara Logan and Jeff Newton report. They have been reporting from inside the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq for a decade, yet they were still awestruck and at times terrified as they watched the 26-year-old Honnold scale 'Sentinel' in Yosemite National Park, a climb captured on tape for their '60 Minutes' segment this week: 'Alone on the Wall.'

    USA / 14 min

    The ascent of Alex Honnold

    Jeff Newton

    • 2011
    • USA
    • 14 min
    Mountain climber Alex Honnold seems to defy gravity, scaling sheer, steep rock faces with no rope and apparently no fear. Lara Logan and Jeff Newton report. They have been reporting from inside the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq for a decade, yet they were still awestruck and at times terrified as they watched the 26-year-old Honnold scale 'Sentinel' in Yosemite National Park, a climb captured on tape for their '60 Minutes' segment this week: 'Alone on the Wall.'

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  • Documentary / Climbing Journal

    Ueli Steck's North Face Trilogy Vod

    Ueli Steck's North Face Trilogy

    Daniel Keller (2010)

    The infamous north faces of Eiger, Grandes Jorasses and Matterhorn are awesome challenges just for the best climbers. Swiss speed climbing legend Ueli Steck doesn't let things scorch. He conquers in free solo style this trio of threat in only hours - no rope, no bolt was needed.

    Switzerland / 23 min

    Ueli Steck's North Face Trilogy

    Daniel Keller

    • 2010
    • Switzerland
    • 23 min
    The infamous north faces of Eiger, Grandes Jorasses and Matterhorn are awesome challenges just for the best climbers. Swiss speed climbing legend Ueli Steck doesn't let things scorch. He conquers in free solo style this trio of threat in only hours - no rope, no bolt was needed.

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  • Documentary / Chronicle

    The New Spider Man

    John Aronson (1993)

    Join climbers Todd Skinner, Dan Osman, Melody Wong, John Bachar, and World Cup Climber Lynn Hill as they discuss the pull of rock climbing, the thrill that comes from solo climbing without a rope, and how to take the sport to new heights. Shot at awe inspiring natural rock formations, this video is full of extreme falls and dizzying climbs.

    USA / 23 min

    The New Spider Man

    John Aronson, Eric Perlman

    • 1993
    • USA
    • 23 min
    Join climbers Todd Skinner, Dan Osman, Melody Wong, John Bachar, and World Cup Climber Lynn Hill as they discuss the pull of rock climbing, the thrill that comes from solo climbing without a rope, and how to take the sport to new heights. Shot at awe inspiring natural rock formations, this video is full of extreme falls and dizzying climbs.

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  • Documentary / Portrait

    Hansjörg Auer - No Turning Back Vod

    Hansjörg Auer - No Turning Back

    Damiano Levati (2017)

    Probably no one has explored solo climbing like Hansjörg Auer, whose memorable feat on the 'fish route' has forever marked the history of this very peculiar kind of mountaineering. 'The hardest thing to do when you're doing free solo,' says Hansjörg, 'is not the ascent. It is to go back home.' Why? Because when loneliness strips you naked you understand the importance of the relationships you build with people around you. 'No turning back' is an introspective and epic film, delicate and powerful: there is not only vertical life, there is not only performance. There is an all-round discovery of what makes a life worth living.

    Italy / 30 min

    Hansjörg Auer - No Turning Back

    Damiano Levati

    • 2017
    • Italy
    • 30 min
    Probably no one has explored solo climbing like Hansjörg Auer, whose memorable feat on the 'fish route' has forever marked the history of this very peculiar kind of mountaineering. 'The hardest thing to do when you're doing free solo,' says Hansjörg, 'is not the ascent. It is to go back home.' Why? Because when loneliness strips you naked you understand the importance of the relationships you build with people around you. 'No turning back' is an introspective and epic film, delicate and powerful: there is not only vertical life, there is not only performance. There is an all-round discovery of what makes a life worth living.

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  • Documentary / Portrait

    Safety Third Vod

    Safety Third

    Cedar Wright (2017)

    For most climbers, it’s safety first. But Brad Gobright is definitely not most climbers. Fueled by day-old donuts and unhindered by a fear of falling, this young talent is pushing the limits of scary trad and free solo ropeless climbing. Having survived a few big scares, Brad is determined to make his boldest ascent yet — a first-ever free solo of a heart-stoppingly exposed and difficult route in Eldorado Canyon. A film by climber and filmmaker Cedar Wright and Taylor Keating, screened and distributed as part of the Reel Rock 12 series.

    USA / 28 min

    Safety Third

    Cedar Wright, Taylor Keating

    • 2017
    • USA
    • 28 min
    For most climbers, it’s safety first. But Brad Gobright is definitely not most climbers. Fueled by day-old donuts and unhindered by a fear of falling, this young talent is pushing the limits of scary trad and free solo ropeless climbing. Having survived a few big scares, Brad is determined to make his boldest ascent yet — a first-ever free solo of a heart-stoppingly exposed and difficult route in Eldorado Canyon. A film by climber and filmmaker Cedar Wright and Taylor Keating, screened and distributed as part of the Reel Rock 12 series.

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  • Documentary / Climbing Journal

    La parete che non c'è

    Michele Radici (1985)

    Endless emotions with Giorgio Passino and Stefano De Benedetti in the extreme ski descent of the Aiguille Blanche, from the East, in the Mont Blanc Massif. Off the field, the reflections, the motivations and the confessions of the two, sincere and moving. At the same time, the cameras follow the slow transformation of the mountain face over the seasons until an umpteenth snowfall makes conditions right. Having reached the peak at Aiguille Blanche, one of two is given honour and risk of the first descent on the snow and ice slopes.

    Italy / 50 min

    La parete che non c'è

    Michele Radici

    • 1985
    • Italy
    • 50 min
    Endless emotions with Giorgio Passino and Stefano De Benedetti in the extreme ski descent of the Aiguille Blanche, from the East, in the Mont Blanc Massif. Off the field, the reflections, the motivations and the confessions of the two, sincere and moving. At the same time, the cameras follow the slow transformation of the mountain face over the seasons until an umpteenth snowfall makes conditions right. Having reached the peak at Aiguille Blanche, one of two is given honour and risk of the first descent on the snow and ice slopes.

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  • Documentary / Making Of

    A behind the scenes look at Shattered

    A behind the scenes look at Shattered

    Kate Rolston (2012)

    A behind the scenes look at Shattered is a documentary about ice climbing that takes place in Bridalveil Falls. It was directed by Kate Rolston in 2012 and produced by Stableford Studios. It features Tyler Stableford, Steve House, Kate Rolston, Draper White, Ben Thomas, Matt Van Biene and others.

    USA / 15 min

    A behind the scenes look at Shattered

    Kate Rolston

    • 2012
    • USA
    • 15 min
    A behind the scenes look at Shattered is a documentary about ice climbing that takes place in Bridalveil Falls. It was directed by Kate Rolston in 2012 and produced by Stableford Studios. It features Tyler Stableford, Steve House, Kate Rolston, Draper White, Ben Thomas, Matt Van Biene and others.

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