Filmography

Richard Else

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    Wild climbs - Colorado

    Wild climbs - Colorado

    Richard Else (1999)

    First episode of Wild Climbs, a series that follows the world's finest climbers as they scale their chosen peaks and reveal what drives them to such exhilarating heights. In this episode, Stevie Haston and his partner Laurence Gouault face the mixed ice climb of Colorado's Vail ski resort. Here Stevie has unfinished business with what is undoubtedly the hardest mixed ice climb in America. This dramatic, dangerous route culminates in a hanging pillar of ice and tests Stevie's nerves, skill and endurance to reaching point and involves him adopting the most contorted positions imaginable in order to try and achieve his goal. Wild Climbs series is the sequel of 'The Face: Six great climbing adventures'.

    UK / 30 min

    Wild climbs - Colorado

    Richard Else

    • 1999
    • UK
    • 30 min
    First episode of Wild Climbs, a series that follows the world's finest climbers as they scale their chosen peaks and reveal what drives them to such exhilarating heights. In this episode, Stevie Haston and his partner Laurence Gouault face the mixed ice climb of Colorado's Vail ski resort. Here Stevie has unfinished business with what is undoubtedly the hardest mixed ice climb in America. This dramatic, dangerous route culminates in a hanging pillar of ice and tests Stevie's nerves, skill and endurance to reaching point and involves him adopting the most contorted positions imaginable in order to try and achieve his goal. Wild Climbs series is the sequel of 'The Face: Six great climbing adventures'.

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  • Documentary / Climbing Journal

    Wild climbs - Czech Republic

    Wild climbs - Czech Republic

    Richard Else (1999)

    Third episode of Wild Climbs, a series that follows the world's finest climbers as they scale their chosen peaks and reveal what drives them to such exhilarating heights. In this episode, precocious British teenager Leo Houlding , who last year made a landmark ascent of El Nino in America's Yosemite Valley, is accompanied by Andy Cave in an attempt to scale the unique sandstone towers that litter the northern and eastern regions of the Czech Republic. Wild Climbs series is the sequel of 'The Face: Six great climbing adventures'.

    UK / 30 min

    Wild climbs - Czech Republic

    Richard Else

    • 1999
    • UK
    • 30 min
    Third episode of Wild Climbs, a series that follows the world's finest climbers as they scale their chosen peaks and reveal what drives them to such exhilarating heights. In this episode, precocious British teenager Leo Houlding , who last year made a landmark ascent of El Nino in America's Yosemite Valley, is accompanied by Andy Cave in an attempt to scale the unique sandstone towers that litter the northern and eastern regions of the Czech Republic. Wild Climbs series is the sequel of 'The Face: Six great climbing adventures'.

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  • Documentary / Historical

    The games climbers play...

    The games climbers play...

    Richard Else (1992)

    Fifht episode of 'The climbers', a six-part series on the history of mountaineering by Chris Bonington and Richard Else produced by the BBC. This episode contrasts the traditions of climbers in Britain and on the continent of Europe, the former developing a technique of free climbing and the latter employing aids such as spanners, bolts and drills to climb routes that would otherwise be inaccessible. The program includes old footage of the 1946 film by Alain Pol 'L'appel des cimes' and of a young Joe Brown climbing in Snowdonia in 1957 in a program of the BBC 'Eye to eye' series.

    UK / 30 min

    The games climbers play...

    Richard Else

    • 1992
    • UK
    • 30 min
    Fifht episode of 'The climbers', a six-part series on the history of mountaineering by Chris Bonington and Richard Else produced by the BBC. This episode contrasts the traditions of climbers in Britain and on the continent of Europe, the former developing a technique of free climbing and the latter employing aids such as spanners, bolts and drills to climb routes that would otherwise be inaccessible. The program includes old footage of the 1946 film by Alain Pol 'L'appel des cimes' and of a young Joe Brown climbing in Snowdonia in 1957 in a program of the BBC 'Eye to eye' series.

    Climbing locations

  • Documentary / Historical

    Portrait of a snow lion

    Portrait of a snow lion

    Richard Else (1992)

    Fourth episode of 'The climbers', a six-part series on the history of mountaineering by Chris Bonington and Richard Else produced by the BBC. This episode portraits Reinhold Messner, the most famous mountaineer in the history of the sport. He was the first person to climb all 14 peaks over 8,000 meters, and the first, with Peter Habeler, to climb Everest without artificial oxygen. Chris Bonington visits Messner in his Tyrol castle. The program also highlights the figure of Doug Scott and the way he approached the highest Himalayan peaks.

    UK / 30 min

    Portrait of a snow lion

    Richard Else

    • 1992
    • UK
    • 30 min
    Fourth episode of 'The climbers', a six-part series on the history of mountaineering by Chris Bonington and Richard Else produced by the BBC. This episode portraits Reinhold Messner, the most famous mountaineer in the history of the sport. He was the first person to climb all 14 peaks over 8,000 meters, and the first, with Peter Habeler, to climb Everest without artificial oxygen. Chris Bonington visits Messner in his Tyrol castle. The program also highlights the figure of Doug Scott and the way he approached the highest Himalayan peaks.

    Climbing locations

  • Documentary / Historical

    Old game... New rules

    Old game... New rules

    Richard Else (1992)

    Sixth and last episode of 'The climbers', a six-part series on the history of mountaineering by Chris Bonington and Richard Else produced by the BBC. This episode tells how climbing appears to have changed radically during the last ten years - from sport into a spectacle. But Chris Bonington argues is that, whatever it is, climbing has always been about new challenges... The program reviews outstanding ascents by French top climbers like Christophe Profit, Eric Escoffier, and Jean-Marc Boivin.

    UK / 30 min

    Old game... New rules

    Richard Else

    • 1992
    • UK
    • 30 min
    Sixth and last episode of 'The climbers', a six-part series on the history of mountaineering by Chris Bonington and Richard Else produced by the BBC. This episode tells how climbing appears to have changed radically during the last ten years - from sport into a spectacle. But Chris Bonington argues is that, whatever it is, climbing has always been about new challenges... The program reviews outstanding ascents by French top climbers like Christophe Profit, Eric Escoffier, and Jean-Marc Boivin.

    Climbing locations

  • Documentary / Historical

    In the long shadow of the mountains

    In the long shadow of the mountains

    Richard Else (1991)

    Second episode of 'The climbers', a six-part series on the history of mountaineering by Chris Bonington and Richard Else produced by the BBC. In this episode, Chris Bonington makes a two-week trek to the Diamir Face of the Nanga Parbat -the most unforgiving of mountains- in the company of German mountaineer Sigi Hupfauer and the American veteran Charles Houston. Bonington considers the part this mountain played in the development of climbing nationalism between the wars when rival national teams competed to conquer this and other peaks.

    UK / 30 min

    In the long shadow of the mountains

    Richard Else

    • 1991
    • UK
    • 30 min
    Second episode of 'The climbers', a six-part series on the history of mountaineering by Chris Bonington and Richard Else produced by the BBC. In this episode, Chris Bonington makes a two-week trek to the Diamir Face of the Nanga Parbat -the most unforgiving of mountains- in the company of German mountaineer Sigi Hupfauer and the American veteran Charles Houston. Bonington considers the part this mountain played in the development of climbing nationalism between the wars when rival national teams competed to conquer this and other peaks.

    Climbing locations

  • Docudrama / Historical

    By fair means...

    By fair means...

    Richard Else (1991)

    First episode of 'The climbers', a six-part series on the history of mountaineering produced by Chris Bonington and Richard Else for the BBC. This episode recreates Alfred Mummery's first ascent of the Grepon, in the French Alps in 1881. Chris Bonington dons tweeds, woollen stockings and velour hat to re-create Alfred Mummery's classic ascent. As Bonington says, Mummery could be described more than anyone as the father of modern alpinism.

    UK / 30 min

    By fair means...

    Richard Else

    • 1991
    • UK
    • 30 min
    First episode of 'The climbers', a six-part series on the history of mountaineering produced by Chris Bonington and Richard Else for the BBC. This episode recreates Alfred Mummery's first ascent of the Grepon, in the French Alps in 1881. Chris Bonington dons tweeds, woollen stockings and velour hat to re-create Alfred Mummery's classic ascent. As Bonington says, Mummery could be described more than anyone as the father of modern alpinism.

    Climbing locations

  • Documentary / Historical

    Another golden age of alpinism

    Another golden age of alpinism

    Richard Else (1992)

    Third episode of 'The climbers', a six-part series on the history of mountaineering by Chris Bonington and Richard Else produced by the BBC. This program focuses on three outstanding postwar climbers: the Italian Walter Bonatti, the Frenchman Rene Desmaison, and the presenter of the series, Chris Bonington. The episode covers the years following the second world war, described as an era as exciting as the first Victorian golden age of alpinism.

    UK / 30 min

    Another golden age of alpinism

    Richard Else

    • 1992
    • UK
    • 30 min
    Third episode of 'The climbers', a six-part series on the history of mountaineering by Chris Bonington and Richard Else produced by the BBC. This program focuses on three outstanding postwar climbers: the Italian Walter Bonatti, the Frenchman Rene Desmaison, and the presenter of the series, Chris Bonington. The episode covers the years following the second world war, described as an era as exciting as the first Victorian golden age of alpinism.

    Climbing locations

  • Documentary / Climbing Journal

    5 Climbs, 5 islands DVD

    5 Climbs, 5 islands

    Richard Else (2010)

    As part of the preparation for the BBC Scotland’s hugely successful Great Climbs live outside broadcast, Dave MacLeod and Tim Emmett came up with the ultimate climbing challenge - five new routes of E6 and above in five days on five different Scottish islands. The idea behind this film was as a backup to be shown on the television in case the Great Climb was unable to go ahead. Tides, weather, fatigue and the sheer difficulty of the routes were all against them, but our plucky lads were, of course, up to the task!

    UK / 120 min

    5 Climbs, 5 islands

    Richard Else

    • 2010
    • UK
    • 120 min
    As part of the preparation for the BBC Scotland’s hugely successful Great Climbs live outside broadcast, Dave MacLeod and Tim Emmett came up with the ultimate climbing challenge - five new routes of E6 and above in five days on five different Scottish islands. The idea behind this film was as a backup to be shown on the television in case the Great Climb was unable to go ahead. Tides, weather, fatigue and the sheer difficulty of the routes were all against them, but our plucky lads were, of course, up to the task!

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  • Documentary / Chronicle

    Mountain rescue

    Mountain rescue

    Richard Else (1995)

    Portrait of the Scottish mountain rescue service, as they battle to save injured climbers. The documentary joins the Scottish rescue teams in action during a traumatic week in February of 1995 as they battled against horrendous conditions to save lives in the mountains. Shot using a mix of 16mm and professional Hi-8 cameras it features rescues in the avalanche struck Cairngorm mountains and in 119mph winds on a blizzard struck Lochnagar at night.

    UK / 41 min

    Mountain rescue

    Richard Else

    • 1995
    • UK
    • 41 min
    Portrait of the Scottish mountain rescue service, as they battle to save injured climbers. The documentary joins the Scottish rescue teams in action during a traumatic week in February of 1995 as they battled against horrendous conditions to save lives in the mountains. Shot using a mix of 16mm and professional Hi-8 cameras it features rescues in the avalanche struck Cairngorm mountains and in 119mph winds on a blizzard struck Lochnagar at night.

    Climbing locations

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