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    Final Ascent - The legend of Hamish MacInnes

    Final Ascent - The legend of Hamish MacInnes

    Robbie Fraser (2019)

    The legend of Hamish MacInnes began early. At 16 he climbed the Matterhorn. At 17 he built his first motor car from scratch. He attempted Everest in 1953 with his friend Johnny Cunningham. As an explorer, expedition leader, and engineer he achieved world fame. As inventor of the all-metal ice axe, author of the International Mountain Rescue Handbook and founder of Glencoe Mountain Rescue he has been responsible for saving hundreds of lives, if not thousands. But at the age of 84, his accomplishments could not save him from being institutionalized against his will, suffering from delirium. This film tells the story of his life by mirroring his greatest challenge: to recover his memories and rescue himself.

    UK / 80 min

    Final Ascent - The legend of Hamish MacInnes

    Robbie Fraser

    • 2019
    • UK
    • 80 min
    The legend of Hamish MacInnes began early. At 16 he climbed the Matterhorn. At 17 he built his first motor car from scratch. He attempted Everest in 1953 with his friend Johnny Cunningham. As an explorer, expedition leader, and engineer he achieved world fame. As inventor of the all-metal ice axe, author of the International Mountain Rescue Handbook and founder of Glencoe Mountain Rescue he has been responsible for saving hundreds of lives, if not thousands. But at the age of 84, his accomplishments could not save him from being institutionalized against his will, suffering from delirium. This film tells the story of his life by mirroring his greatest challenge: to recover his memories and rescue himself.

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    Life in a legend's shadow

    Chris Alstrin (2015)

    Opportunities may be handed to you a little easier when you’re the son of a legend but that doesn’t guarantee success. Being dragged to Pakistan at the age of 1 for a climbing expedition only to come home with Chicken Pox and being told 'You’re never going to be as good as your father' would make any young child stay as far away from climbing as possible. Jess Roskelley the son of Legendary climber John Roskelley and the only American to receive a Piolet d’Or Lifetime Achievement Award for his climbing achievements thought the same way throughout his childhood until that one climb changed his entire life.

    USA / 5 min

    Life in a legend's shadow

    Chris Alstrin

    • 2015
    • USA
    • 5 min
    Opportunities may be handed to you a little easier when you’re the son of a legend but that doesn’t guarantee success. Being dragged to Pakistan at the age of 1 for a climbing expedition only to come home with Chicken Pox and being told 'You’re never going to be as good as your father' would make any young child stay as far away from climbing as possible. Jess Roskelley the son of Legendary climber John Roskelley and the only American to receive a Piolet d’Or Lifetime Achievement Award for his climbing achievements thought the same way throughout his childhood until that one climb changed his entire life.

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    Seele aus stein

    Taylor Zann (2014)

    This six-minute short film revolves around Bernd Arnold, the iconic barefoot climber from Saxony, who has logged over 980 first ascents in his 67 years. Now facing the phase of decline, he reflects on the power of psyche in overcoming fear. Before mainstream climbing brands, sponsorships, and magazines, Bernd was out on the rock pushing his limits. With no chalk, no protection, no shoes, and no rope, he has constantly walked the line between life and death. Why? As Camus once said, 'The struggle itself toward the heights is enough to fill a man’s heart.'

    USA / 6 min

    Seele aus stein

    Taylor Zann

    • 2014
    • USA
    • 6 min
    This six-minute short film revolves around Bernd Arnold, the iconic barefoot climber from Saxony, who has logged over 980 first ascents in his 67 years. Now facing the phase of decline, he reflects on the power of psyche in overcoming fear. Before mainstream climbing brands, sponsorships, and magazines, Bernd was out on the rock pushing his limits. With no chalk, no protection, no shoes, and no rope, he has constantly walked the line between life and death. Why? As Camus once said, 'The struggle itself toward the heights is enough to fill a man’s heart.'

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    The rapture of free soloing on acid Vod

    The rapture of free soloing on acid

    Colter Johnson (2020)

    This film follows the legendary climbing photographer and Stone Master, Dean Fidelman. Fidelman was at the forefront of the free climbing revolution in Yosemite Valley and Joshua Tree during the 1970s, making photographs with John Bachar, Lynn Hill, Ron Kauk, John Long, and many other talented climbers. This documentary takes a look at Fidelman's impact and influence as a photographer and climber. A portrait short film by Colter Johnson.

    USA / 11 min

    The rapture of free soloing on acid

    Colter Johnson

    • 2020
    • USA
    • 11 min
    This film follows the legendary climbing photographer and Stone Master, Dean Fidelman. Fidelman was at the forefront of the free climbing revolution in Yosemite Valley and Joshua Tree during the 1970s, making photographs with John Bachar, Lynn Hill, Ron Kauk, John Long, and many other talented climbers. This documentary takes a look at Fidelman's impact and influence as a photographer and climber. A portrait short film by Colter Johnson.

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    Sherpa Stew Vod

    Sherpa Stew

    Andrew Cockrum (2019)

    The Sherpa of Nepal’s high Himalaya are known for their endurance and ability to survive at oxygen-deprived altitudes. And in New York City, they’re driving cabs, selling imports at street market stalls and chopping vegetables in restaurant kitchens. Sherpa Stew is the story of hard-working immigrants who put everything on the line to provide a better life for their families. Follow mountaineers Nima Dawa Sherpa and Kipa Sherpa from the top of Mount Everest to Queens, New York, as they strive to start a new life. Their story will have you reconsidering your assumptions about the people you pass on the street.

    USA / 78 min

    Sherpa Stew

    Andrew Cockrum

    • 2019
    • USA
    • 78 min
    The Sherpa of Nepal’s high Himalaya are known for their endurance and ability to survive at oxygen-deprived altitudes. And in New York City, they’re driving cabs, selling imports at street market stalls and chopping vegetables in restaurant kitchens. Sherpa Stew is the story of hard-working immigrants who put everything on the line to provide a better life for their families. Follow mountaineers Nima Dawa Sherpa and Kipa Sherpa from the top of Mount Everest to Queens, New York, as they strive to start a new life. Their story will have you reconsidering your assumptions about the people you pass on the street.

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    Rise

    (2019)

    Jacopo Larcher's pursuit to resolve 'Tribe', possibly the world's hardest trad climb, in Cadarese, Italy. For Larcher, this route represents not only 'the most difficult thing I’ve ever climbed' but also, and above all, the end of an odyssey that began 6 years ago when he first started to delve into the trad climbing game. This venture took Larcher from the rudimentary basics of climbing with nuts and friends to cutting edge trad repeats as well as huge big wall ascents, and over the years he has rapidly transformed into one of the most versatile climbers in the world. Tribe, with no fixed gear and climbed while placing all pro on lead, stands as testament to Larcher’s vision, ability and evolution as a climber.

    USA / 14 min

    Rise


    • 2019
    • USA
    • 14 min
    Jacopo Larcher's pursuit to resolve 'Tribe', possibly the world's hardest trad climb, in Cadarese, Italy. For Larcher, this route represents not only 'the most difficult thing I’ve ever climbed' but also, and above all, the end of an odyssey that began 6 years ago when he first started to delve into the trad climbing game. This venture took Larcher from the rudimentary basics of climbing with nuts and friends to cutting edge trad repeats as well as huge big wall ascents, and over the years he has rapidly transformed into one of the most versatile climbers in the world. Tribe, with no fixed gear and climbed while placing all pro on lead, stands as testament to Larcher’s vision, ability and evolution as a climber.

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    Rotpunkt

    Chelsea Jolly (2019)

    Through failure and success, Alex Megos strives to be the best climber in the world. The movie is a portrait of the German climber and a look into the history of free climbing including the likes of Kurt Albert and Wolfgang Güllich. The film analyses Megos through his strengths and weaknesses and delves into his origins, namely the start of the Rotpunkt movement, that revolutionary red dot invented in 1975 in Germany's Frankenjura by Kurt Albert which indicates that a route has been climbed free, without the use of aid for progression.

    USA / 51 min

    Rotpunkt

    Chelsea Jolly, Ken Etzel

    • 2019
    • USA
    • 51 min
    Through failure and success, Alex Megos strives to be the best climber in the world. The movie is a portrait of the German climber and a look into the history of free climbing including the likes of Kurt Albert and Wolfgang Güllich. The film analyses Megos through his strengths and weaknesses and delves into his origins, namely the start of the Rotpunkt movement, that revolutionary red dot invented in 1975 in Germany's Frankenjura by Kurt Albert which indicates that a route has been climbed free, without the use of aid for progression.

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    Free solo climbing - John Bachar Vod

    Free solo climbing - John Bachar

    Dave Caldwell (1984)

    This Real People reportage portrays John Bachar and shows him climbing unroped in Joshua Tree National Park while we hear him talking about his life and climbing philosophy. At the end of the reportage and when the program comes back to the studio, Bachar appears on scene from above doing a rappel. Real People was a television series aired 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' with unique occupations or hobbies (real as opposed to celebrities).

    USA / 6 min

    Free solo climbing - John Bachar

    Dave Caldwell

    • 1984
    • USA
    • 6 min
    This Real People reportage portrays John Bachar and shows him climbing unroped in Joshua Tree National Park while we hear him talking about his life and climbing philosophy. At the end of the reportage and when the program comes back to the studio, Bachar appears on scene from above doing a rappel. Real People was a television series aired 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' with unique occupations or hobbies (real as opposed to celebrities).

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    The last climb - Eric Jones

    The last climb - Eric Jones

    Aled Llyr (2019)

    Eric Jones is a legendary adventurer. A climber, parachutist, base jumper, balloonist, and motorbiker whose love for speed and his need for pulse-racing adventure has seen him live an incredible and inspirational life. Eric is widely recognized as Britain's most successful solo climber. It's the purest and most dangerous form of climbing - solo and with no safety rope. Now, this 82-year-old grandfather has one last epic climb - back to where it all began over 50 years ago on the dramatic southwest ridge of the Torre Delago, in the Italian Dolomites. Eric reflects on his own life, not just his climbing achievements, and how he fell in love with a young Australian teacher who abandoned her homeland for a new life in Snowdonia. A beautiful, poignant, and inspirational film about a great man growing old - but never too old.

    USA / 60 min

    The last climb - Eric Jones

    Aled Llyr, Steve Peake

    • 2019
    • USA
    • 60 min
    Eric Jones is a legendary adventurer. A climber, parachutist, base jumper, balloonist, and motorbiker whose love for speed and his need for pulse-racing adventure has seen him live an incredible and inspirational life. Eric is widely recognized as Britain's most successful solo climber. It's the purest and most dangerous form of climbing - solo and with no safety rope. Now, this 82-year-old grandfather has one last epic climb - back to where it all began over 50 years ago on the dramatic southwest ridge of the Torre Delago, in the Italian Dolomites. Eric reflects on his own life, not just his climbing achievements, and how he fell in love with a young Australian teacher who abandoned her homeland for a new life in Snowdonia. A beautiful, poignant, and inspirational film about a great man growing old - but never too old.

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    Speak to me softly

    Henna Taylor (2018)

    Climbers love to talk about exposure, about vertical rock faces and sheer ridgelines, and the experience of hundreds of feet of air underfoot. But what of the exposure that happens within? The inner dialogue and the battle with fear, expectations, and self? 'Speak To Me Softly' is a short film and case study into the emotional and mental side of climbing. Akin to reading someone else’s journal or sneakily looking over their shoulder, the film invites you to take an honest and intimate peek into the headspace of climber having a not-so-sendy day.

    USA / 7 min

    Speak to me softly

    Henna Taylor

    • 2018
    • USA
    • 7 min
    Climbers love to talk about exposure, about vertical rock faces and sheer ridgelines, and the experience of hundreds of feet of air underfoot. But what of the exposure that happens within? The inner dialogue and the battle with fear, expectations, and self? 'Speak To Me Softly' is a short film and case study into the emotional and mental side of climbing. Akin to reading someone else’s journal or sneakily looking over their shoulder, the film invites you to take an honest and intimate peek into the headspace of climber having a not-so-sendy day.

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    Ascent - The Story of Hugh Herr

    Ascent - The Story of Hugh Herr

    Jonathan Grupper (2002)

    A documentary that follows the story of rock climber turned MIT prostheticist, Hugh Herr. The film joins Hugh on a very personal quest, as he is himself a double amputee. At age 17 while fast becoming a world-class rock climber, Hugh was caught in a terrible blizzard on Mount Washington. He barely survived, only to lose his legs and, worse, to suffer the loss of one of his rescuers' lives. Undaunted, Hugh took to creating artificial limbs that would enable him not only to continue climbing but to climb at a more advanced level than he could with biological legs. This instinct for innovation soon became an adult passion for helping others through high tech prosthetics.

    USA

    Ascent - The Story of Hugh Herr

    Jonathan Grupper, Brian Knappenberger

    • 2002
    • USA
    A documentary that follows the story of rock climber turned MIT prostheticist, Hugh Herr. The film joins Hugh on a very personal quest, as he is himself a double amputee. At age 17 while fast becoming a world-class rock climber, Hugh was caught in a terrible blizzard on Mount Washington. He barely survived, only to lose his legs and, worse, to suffer the loss of one of his rescuers' lives. Undaunted, Hugh took to creating artificial limbs that would enable him not only to continue climbing but to climb at a more advanced level than he could with biological legs. This instinct for innovation soon became an adult passion for helping others through high tech prosthetics.

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    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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