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  • Documentary / Climbing Journal

    High hazard

    Stanley Watson (1935)

    Britain's first complete rock climbing film, by Stanley Watson. A film about climbing in the Lakes. Norah Johnstone, a teacher at Keswick Grammar School and later Watson's wife, starred as a Victorian climber. The film includes footage of Stanley Watson himself climbing Kern Knotts blindfolded and a young girl, Vivian Verity, whose first climb at aged 9 was up Napes Needle. Stanley Watson is a keystone in the history of British climbing. He established the British Mountain Guides Organisation in 1930.

    UK / 18 min

    High hazard

    Stanley Watson

    • 1935
    • UK
    • 18 min
    Britain's first complete rock climbing film, by Stanley Watson. A film about climbing in the Lakes. Norah Johnstone, a teacher at Keswick Grammar School and later Watson's wife, starred as a Victorian climber. The film includes footage of Stanley Watson himself climbing Kern Knotts blindfolded and a young girl, Vivian Verity, whose first climb at aged 9 was up Napes Needle. Stanley Watson is a keystone in the history of British climbing. He established the British Mountain Guides Organisation in 1930.

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  • Documentary / Climbing Journal

    The power of jam

    Sean Villanueva O'Driscoll (2009)

    The power of jam is a documentary about rock climbing that takes place in Squamish and South Howser Tower. It was directed by Sean Villanueva O'Driscoll in 2009 and produced by Patagonia. It features Nicolas Favresse, Sean Villanueva O'Driscoll, Mason Kinloch Earl, Juan Alberto Henriquez Muñoz and Ben Ditto.

    Belgium / 14 min

    The power of jam

    Sean Villanueva O'Driscoll

    • 2009
    • Belgium
    • 14 min
    The power of jam is a documentary about rock climbing that takes place in Squamish and South Howser Tower. It was directed by Sean Villanueva O'Driscoll in 2009 and produced by Patagonia. It features Nicolas Favresse, Sean Villanueva O'Driscoll, Mason Kinloch Earl, Juan Alberto Henriquez Muñoz and Ben Ditto.

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  • Documentary / Climbing Journal

    Testing Ourselves

    Josep Serra (2017)

    Is it possible to climb an 8,000m mountain in two weeks? What sort of acclimatization is necessary and how does it affect the body? These are the questions Kilian Jornet and Emelie Forsberg were asking themselves. To find the answer they set off to climb Cho Oyu using a new method of acclimatization that could revolutionize climbing. Would it work?

    Spain / 17 min

    Testing Ourselves

    Josep Serra

    • 2017
    • Spain
    • 17 min
    Is it possible to climb an 8,000m mountain in two weeks? What sort of acclimatization is necessary and how does it affect the body? These are the questions Kilian Jornet and Emelie Forsberg were asking themselves. To find the answer they set off to climb Cho Oyu using a new method of acclimatization that could revolutionize climbing. Would it work?

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  • Documentary / Climbing Journal

    Ocean Peak

    Robin Montrau (2018)

    Eight people embark for a month on a sailboat from Edinburgh to the Lofoten Islands, Norway. On board: sailors, mountaineers, an author, an artist. Between sea and mountain, they will learn to share, surpass themselves and organize the future of this project which aims to alternate expeditions to the far north and trips for troubled youth. So this is just the first trip of a project that goes much further and that seeks to unite social action and adventure.

    France / 27 min

    Ocean Peak

    Robin Montrau

    • 2018
    • France
    • 27 min
    Eight people embark for a month on a sailboat from Edinburgh to the Lofoten Islands, Norway. On board: sailors, mountaineers, an author, an artist. Between sea and mountain, they will learn to share, surpass themselves and organize the future of this project which aims to alternate expeditions to the far north and trips for troubled youth. So this is just the first trip of a project that goes much further and that seeks to unite social action and adventure.

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  • Documentary / Climbing Journal

    Gutless wonder

    Dan Holz (2015)

    Ben Rueck tells us what it took to send Gutless Wonder, an impossibly steep 5.14b located in The Puoux of Glenwood Springs, Colorado. Rueck grew up in the rural country side of western Colorado. At age 17 he found his passion for climbing and shortly focused all of his energies on bouldering, putting up first ascent boulder problems ranging to V12. By age 25 he shifted his focus to ropes, climbing 5.13+ trad., 5.14 sport, and 5.13 big wall. A film by Dan Holz.

    USA / 5 min

    Gutless wonder

    Dan Holz

    • 2015
    • USA
    • 5 min
    Ben Rueck tells us what it took to send Gutless Wonder, an impossibly steep 5.14b located in The Puoux of Glenwood Springs, Colorado. Rueck grew up in the rural country side of western Colorado. At age 17 he found his passion for climbing and shortly focused all of his energies on bouldering, putting up first ascent boulder problems ranging to V12. By age 25 he shifted his focus to ropes, climbing 5.13+ trad., 5.14 sport, and 5.13 big wall. A film by Dan Holz.

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  • Documentary / Climbing Journal

    A Grand Journey

    Amon Barker (2019)

    Born and raised in Jackson, WY, Kira has found a great love for the outdoors. Her lifestyle involves hiking, skiing, biking and pursuing her career as a yoga instructor. Kira was born with a rare birth defect and had her lower leg amputated as a child. Since being able to walk, she has used a prosthetic leg. While some might see this as a major setback, Kira’s fiery passion and athleticism drives her to achieve her goals and amaze those around her with her achievements. Climbing the iconic Grand Teton has been a childhood dream of Kira’s. In A Grand Journey short documentary film, we get an intimate look into Kira’s unique but incredibly relatable journey as she attempts to take on a goal she herself may not believe is possible.

    USA / 15 min

    A Grand Journey

    Amon Barker

    • 2019
    • USA
    • 15 min
    Born and raised in Jackson, WY, Kira has found a great love for the outdoors. Her lifestyle involves hiking, skiing, biking and pursuing her career as a yoga instructor. Kira was born with a rare birth defect and had her lower leg amputated as a child. Since being able to walk, she has used a prosthetic leg. While some might see this as a major setback, Kira’s fiery passion and athleticism drives her to achieve her goals and amaze those around her with her achievements. Climbing the iconic Grand Teton has been a childhood dream of Kira’s. In A Grand Journey short documentary film, we get an intimate look into Kira’s unique but incredibly relatable journey as she attempts to take on a goal she herself may not believe is possible.

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  • Documentary / Climbing Journal

    Waking dream

    Maxime Moulin (2018)

    What about Dreaming? Join the search for a unique ride in the Mont Blanc Massif. Sharing an unforgettable adventure up high in the mountains and far away from the crowd. The new movie about Freeskier Sam Favret and snowboarder Julien Herry will bring you right to the heart of steep riding. Impressive, exposed, technical, are we really here right now? Or is it just a dream. Watch and find the answer.

    France / 28 min

    Waking dream

    Maxime Moulin, Alex Blaise

    • 2018
    • France
    • 28 min
    What about Dreaming? Join the search for a unique ride in the Mont Blanc Massif. Sharing an unforgettable adventure up high in the mountains and far away from the crowd. The new movie about Freeskier Sam Favret and snowboarder Julien Herry will bring you right to the heart of steep riding. Impressive, exposed, technical, are we really here right now? Or is it just a dream. Watch and find the answer.

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  • Documentary / Portrait

    Chu Bien

    Kaare Iverson (2019)

    Set amidst the emerald waters and soaring limestone islets of coastal Vietnam, Captain 'Chu' Bien spends more time in a modest boat at sea than at home. Embodying simplicity—the items he uses daily can be counted on one hand—he confirms that happiness and fulfillment are found in the relationships we forge, not the things we accumulate. A short by Dan Holz and Kaare Iverson.

    USA / 9 min

    Chu Bien

    Kaare Iverson, Dan Holz

    • 2019
    • USA
    • 9 min
    Set amidst the emerald waters and soaring limestone islets of coastal Vietnam, Captain 'Chu' Bien spends more time in a modest boat at sea than at home. Embodying simplicity—the items he uses daily can be counted on one hand—he confirms that happiness and fulfillment are found in the relationships we forge, not the things we accumulate. A short by Dan Holz and Kaare Iverson.

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  • Documentary / Climbing Journal

    13 faces du Valais

    Yannick Bacher (2017)

    13 Faces du Valais is a journey through the heart of The canton of Valais, Switzerland. From the high peaks to the mouth of the Rhône. 13 faces and 13 facets, revealed during a journey over four seasons and told by 13 encounters through 13 districts. Through the eyes of these 13 characters, we discover “their” Valais; enthusiastic, dynamic, and athletic. The film is dotted with testimonials and authenticity while following the flow of the water.

    Switzerland / 88 min

    13 faces du Valais

    Yannick Bacher, David Carlier, David Arnaud

    • 2017
    • Switzerland
    • 88 min
    13 Faces du Valais is a journey through the heart of The canton of Valais, Switzerland. From the high peaks to the mouth of the Rhône. 13 faces and 13 facets, revealed during a journey over four seasons and told by 13 encounters through 13 districts. Through the eyes of these 13 characters, we discover “their” Valais; enthusiastic, dynamic, and athletic. The film is dotted with testimonials and authenticity while following the flow of the water.

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  • Documentary / Poetic

    Footless Mountain Climber - Hugh Herr

    Dave Caldwell (1984)

    This Real People reportage filmed by Bob Carmichael, portrays a young Hugh Herr, only eighteen months after being rescued on Mount Washington, where after being caught in a blizzard and having passed three nights under extreme cold, suffered severe frostbite and lost his legs below the knees. With the help of leg prostheses, Herr is now back on the rock and climbs an easy route on Chickies Rock with the show host, Sarah Purcell, and a more difficult route on Shawangunk Ridge. Real People was a television series in which different hosts in front of a large studio audience were presenting reportages of varied 'real people' (as opposed to celebrities) with unique occupations or hobbies.

    USA / 10 min

    Footless Mountain Climber - Hugh Herr

    Dave Caldwell

    • 1984
    • USA
    • 10 min
    This Real People reportage filmed by Bob Carmichael, portrays a young Hugh Herr, only eighteen months after being rescued on Mount Washington, where after being caught in a blizzard and having passed three nights under extreme cold, suffered severe frostbite and lost his legs below the knees. With the help of leg prostheses, Herr is now back on the rock and climbs an easy route on Chickies Rock with the show host, Sarah Purcell, and a more difficult route on Shawangunk Ridge. Real People was a television series in which different hosts in front of a large studio audience were presenting reportages of varied 'real people' (as opposed to celebrities) with unique occupations or hobbies.

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  • Documentary / Portrait

    Free Climber - Ron Kauk

    Dave Caldwell (1981)

    In this Real People reportage filmed by Bob Carmichael, we follow Ron Kauk as he free climbs the Rostrum, in Yosemite National Park, belayed by Rick Ridgeway. The segment also portrays Kauk, and shows him training at Camp 4, running, slacklining, and having a picnic with his wife and daughter. Real People was a television series aried at NBC television from 1979 to 1984, in which different hosts in front of a large studio audience were presenting reportages of varied 'real people' (as opposed to celebrities) with unique occupations or hobbies.

    USA / 7 min

    Free Climber - Ron Kauk

    Dave Caldwell

    • 1981
    • USA
    • 7 min
    In this Real People reportage filmed by Bob Carmichael, we follow Ron Kauk as he free climbs the Rostrum, in Yosemite National Park, belayed by Rick Ridgeway. The segment also portrays Kauk, and shows him training at Camp 4, running, slacklining, and having a picnic with his wife and daughter. Real People was a television series aried at NBC television from 1979 to 1984, in which different hosts in front of a large studio audience were presenting reportages of varied 'real people' (as opposed to celebrities) with unique occupations or hobbies.

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  • Documentary / Climbing Journal

    The Sky Piercer

    Jase Hancox (2018)

    World Champion athletes Xavier De le Rue, Nadine Wallner, and local Sam Smoothy take on the exposed, technical terrain of Aoraki (Mount Cook), New Zealand’s highest mountain. For New Zealand freeskier Sam Smoothy, the driving force behind the Aoraki adventure is not only part of New Zealand folklore, but it also part of his family’s folklore. Both his parents climbed the mountain in the 1970s and he’d heard plenty of stories while growing up. Climbing and skiing Aoraki was something he’d always wanted to do.

    Germany, Switzerland / 44 min

    The Sky Piercer

    Jase Hancox

    • 2018
    • Germany, Switzerland
    • 44 min
    World Champion athletes Xavier De le Rue, Nadine Wallner, and local Sam Smoothy take on the exposed, technical terrain of Aoraki (Mount Cook), New Zealand’s highest mountain. For New Zealand freeskier Sam Smoothy, the driving force behind the Aoraki adventure is not only part of New Zealand folklore, but it also part of his family’s folklore. Both his parents climbed the mountain in the 1970s and he’d heard plenty of stories while growing up. Climbing and skiing Aoraki was something he’d always wanted to do.

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