This film was my first film. I produced and directed it and then hitch-hiked to NYC from Boulder to sell it. I sold my truck to pay for it. Leonard Aitken and Bill Synder were local 16mm filmmakers with sports backgrounds in ski racing and biking. Leonard Aitken had never climbed before and he was MY cameraman. I rope soloed this route prior to our filming to work out camera angles and to get to know the terrain. The route took me two days to climb. But at least I knew where I wanted to shoot from. The climbers were Roger Briggs and Duncan Ferguson, two of the best climbers in Colorado and the country. Bill Roos who died in 2016 was a highly capable climber/head rigger and he and Paul Sibley got that job done and kept us safe. The cameraman and I were climbing on ropes using Jumars to get around. Aitken was also belayed as he was not a climber. He was a bit from the Colorado Stan Brakhage school of art cinema and I was more interesting in telling a linear story of this climb and this emerging sport. This was the Golden Age of Free climbing we were just brushing up against. Remember we were just coming out the 60's in Boulder and spirituality was part of the culture of climbing. I lucked out to find a kid in Boulder named Tommy Bolin who was just starting his career as a guitarist. He went onto play with Zephyr, James Gang, and Deep Purple. His band then was called Energy and they put together a great interpretation of climbing. Tommy died at 27 years old of an overdose. He is a revered American Guitarist. I knew something about filmmaking because I had completed three summers of internship at KGO TV in SF. That experience with the documentary department opened my photographers eye to cinematography. Little did we know that we were opening up climbing to the American public and creating a new skill set called Rigging and climbing cinematography. We used 16mm cameras. I hope you enjoy this film, it was one of the very first to films to showcase the sport of climbing to the American public thanks to CBS Sports and Brent Musburger who introduced it. Also thank you to my uncle Ted Shaker for getting me in the door at CBS Sports. It was not the last time. This film has been called one of the pioneering examples of adventure sports filmmaking. We got better at that as we pursued other climbing projects but the love of climbing in this film is there for everyone to see. Thank you John Ruger!