Sunday, November 17, 2013
Just a few years ago, Alex Honnold was just another girlfriendless climber living in his van and roaming the Yosemite Valley. But he began putting up routes with increasing audacity and remarkable composure and then pulled off a couple of insanely bold free solo feats on Moonlight Buttress and Half Dome, shocking the climbing world and drawing media attention and public intrigue in equal measure. He was vaulted into the spotlight—appearing on the cover of National Geographic and featured in 60 Minutes, The New York Times and even commercials. His gift: tremendous strength, steely focus and incredible mental control. Honnold 3.0 is a portrait of an intensely private person who must balance his ambitions with self-preservation under a new set of expectations. From highball boulder first ascents to 5.13 free solos to speed records on The Nose, Honnold wrestles with this as he prepares for his biggest adventure yet: The Yosemite Triple, an attempt to climb Mt. Watkins, El Cap and Half Dome in just one day, 95 percent of it without a rope.
A New Perspective
Corey Rich | USA | 2012 | 10m
David Lama is best known as the young competition climber who conquered an 8b+ at the age of 12 and went on to become a junior world championship and twice winner of the European Youth Cup. But these days, Lama is focused on the toothy peaks in the world’s tallest mountain ranges. A New Perspective follows the soft-spoken climber and his partner, Peter Ortner, as they tackle these heights. After free climbing the Cerro Torre in Patagonia, the pair travels to Pakistan to attempt to free climb Eternal Flame, a pitch up the Nameless Tower in the lofty Karakorum Range.
The Kyrgyzstan Project
Jim Aikman & Matt Segal | USA | 2012 | 20m
Impeccable rock, one-of-a kind setting, good and trusted friends: the stuff of climbers’ dreams. Real life is rarely so straightforward, though, and this story of a climbing trip in Kyrgyzstan is haunted by the specter of an earlier one that had frightening and dire results. In 2000, John Dickey went on an expedition to Kyrgyzstan and was kidnapped by violent militants who held him and his partners at gunpoint for six days. They made a harrowing escape, but Dickey is still troubled by the memories of what they had to do to save their own lives. His return to Kyrgyzstan extols the meaning of friendship and the healing power of climbing adventures.