5 MOVIES TO GET PSYCHED ABOUT CLIMBING

If you want to stay psyched about a particular topic then you have got to be exposed to it.  Take climbing. 

Many of us climbers can’t get out to the crag more than once or twice a week and the responsibilities we have in the meantime tend to take the limelight.  To keep motivated when away from the crag I like to get a good dosage of climbing flicks each week.  Watching the pros do what they love—taking risks and exceeding their physical and mental expectations—is what gets me excited about my own development as a climber.  Unfortunately, the best climbing films are often expensive and YouTube searches result in either amateur GoPro montages or shirtless, beanie wearing boulderers repeating “Come on, brah.”

 Still, there are many great [free] climbing films out there if you know what you’re looking for.  And so, I present to you here five short [free] films to get you itching to get outdoors.     

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1.      VIEWER’S CHOICE

PETZL ROC TRIP CHINA

A modern classic.  I have not met a single climber who hasn’t seen this Roc Trip.  Petzl has come a long way since their original Roc Trips and this imaginative work with Baraka Films has set a precedent in climbing cinematography yet to be matched (even by Petzl themselves).

2.     THE BREATHTAKER

DESERT ICE

After meeting and climbing with a full time ice climbing guide from Hokkaido, I became fascinated with the skills and courage it took to become proficient in the sport.  This was one of the first films I watched on ice climbing.  I admire these climbers’ adventurousness and daring in attempting uncharted climbs in an unlikely region. 

3.     THE STORY

DON WHILLANS’ LAST CLIMB

British climbers have grit—even in old age.  Don Whillans, the epitome of old school British climbing, is little known but the man had an impressive alpine career from Annapurna to South America.  This film is not about that, though.  Instead, this film documents Whillans’ climb of Cemetery Gates, an old trad favorite which turned out to be his last climb before his death.    

4.     THE STANDARD

AUGMENTIUM

This is your classic Man vs. Wall climbing film.  It is simple at heart but one cannot deny the man his vision.  The story behind the climb’s name is one for the books and the production value is second to none. Besides…Tasmania!    

5.     THE ORIGINAL

MOUNTAIN OF STORMS

We’ve all ogled over 180° SOUTH but have we all seen the adventure that gave it its birth?  Mountain of Storms documents the original journey of Yvon Chouinard (founder of Patagonia), Doug Tompkins (founder of NorthFace), and Dick Dorworth as they vagabond south from California to Patagonia in a busted van to climb Cerro Fitz Roy.  A classic adventure film that, in my opinion, has not been matched by today’s adventure storytelling. 

Pt. 1 http://bit.ly/1yzkz4R

Pt. 2 http://bit.ly/14NR86V

Pt. 3 http://bit.ly/1xTDiLK

Pt. 4 http://bit.ly/1ya9Vnq

Pt. 5 http://bit.ly/1BSPLkj

Pt. 6 http://bit.ly/1AHecj7

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