Meru Expedition video by Jimmy Chin
An intimate portrait and adventure with photographer Jimmy Chin as he attempts to cover the climbing culture and cutting edge of climbing in Yosemite for a National Geographic feature cover story.
After two months of shooting on assignment for National Geographic and with the help of multiple Camp 4 teams documenting the project, we were able to compile and combine much of the behind the scenes action and climbing footage from the shoot to create this piece.
In May 2013, Adam Ondra drilled a few very hard projects in the "Flatanger cave". In August 2013, it was time to get back to Norway and to start working them. It was our 4th long trip to far Norway during the last year. Adam chose one 55m long one, all the time in the overhang, big part of it in the 100% roof, including the crux. It seemed to be as hard as Change, the world´s first 9b+, which he established here in October 2012.
Our "media aim", during this trip, was not to film anything new in the cave, as we still have hands full of the work with the movie CHANGE and there is no space to follow similar process on another route. And especially because Change has much stronger story and colorful background for a great adventurous movie. More here: WWW.CHANGE-MOVIE.COM
Anyway, one afternoon, as the camera was in the cave, (to do one last small "landscape shoot" for Change movie), I could not resist to make a few "ground shots" of Adam in the new project. There was no intention of making anything out of this, as it seemed, that the ascent is way too far and will happen during one of our next trips to this magic country...
I left Flatanger one week before Adam, to visit other beautiful norwegian wild areas. On the way back to the Czech republic 2 days ago, I got the message, that the project is done. Wow... It was fast... Adam named it MOVE and graded it 9b/+.
It was a bit disappointing for him, he expected it to happen much later. But he found painful, but better knee rest position, temperatures went down and he felt superstrong that day. So it can not be harder than Change, he said, and did not go for the grade of 9b+.
I returned from Norway yesterday, and today I quickly edited this small video, to give you a glimpse, of how this new nordic climbing pearl looks like... :-)
So, after 10 months of work of Adam Ondra, Norway has already 3 routes in the 9b range. Change 9b+, Move 9b/+, Iron Courtain 9b. What is going to be next? I am sure this is still just the beginning ;-)
More info about the cave, our movies from there etc on: WWW.CHANGE-MOVIE.COM
Chris Sharma sends "Dessèchement planétaire" (8c - 5.14b FA) during the CAF RocTrip Tarn 2013.
It was the first ascent of this amazing route above the water, located in the L'Oasif sector, in the Gorges du Tarn, France.
Enjoy the send !!!
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NEW TRAILER IS NOW AT vimeo.com/ondemand/snowguardians
Snow Guardians is an immensely visual documentary on the life and work of Ski Patrol at several Rocky Mountain Ski Resorts as well as the Search and Rescue teams that respond to winter emergencies in the backcountry. The goal will be to capture the hard work and passion of Ski Patrol and snow science experts as they work in challenging, dangerous, yet beautiful locations.
Much of the above trailer was shot durring the last winter season and the beginning of this season. This year has been one of the worst avalanche winters in recent history already claiming 8 lives in the Western United States. We critically need your help to complete the filming and interviews of people effected by these avalanches, and to edit, grade, buy music rights and to finish post production.
The expanded interest in the backcountry has resulted in a growing number of adventurers seeking enjoyment outside a ski resort. The imperfect science of avalanche study and prediction may be the only thing standing in the way of life and death for a growing number of backcountry adventurers. The film will also be a highly educational yet gripping story to help educate people traveling into the backcountry on the science and skills needed to survive.
We are on our second season shooting a documentary about Ski Patrol & Search and Rescue teams with the help of 14 talented filmmakers in Montana. Across the West, there had been 13 avalanche deaths this season as of Feb. 16, and with the boom in backcountry winter sports there is a critical need in avalanche safety training. Our film will provide a much needed overview of the training and equipment needed to venture off the beaten path all while being visually breathtaking enough to entertain all generations of snow adventures.
Because of the heavy avalanche year we are filming interviews of survivors and their rescuers and are in the process of editing over 3.5 Terabytes of HD footage that captured the lifestyle and visual beauty that draws people the rustic mountain lifestyle. The cost to pay editors, visual effects specialists and to license music will be over $22,000 alone.
We were lucky to keep our operating costs down because of the amazing donation of time by our super talented film crew. Now we need your help to contribute. Due to the donation of time you will find this is one of the lowest costing Kickstarter campaign for a HD broadcast quality film.
The project has turned out as an amazing visual compilation of the life and science behind backcountry snow safety. We hope that it will not only be great to watch but provide needed education on backcountry safety to save lives. Now its time for you to help, your contribution is critical to help us complete the project.
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